The spring fly fishing season is officially in full swing with both NY and PA open for the regular trout season. While the weather can still be quite variable this time of year, Southern Tier anglers are lucky; there are still many local events going on throughout the spring to help sharpen fly fishing skills, provide knowledge, and give fly fishermen interested in conservation an opportunity to improve the environment and benefit the community.
Binghamton’s Al Hazzard chapter of Trout Unlimited will be holding three more chapter meetings that are sure to help fly anglers of the Southern Tier. Chapter meetings / speakers scheduled before the traditional summer break are:
- Tuesday, April 19th – Katy Dunlap, Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling – Katy Dunlap, Eastern Water Project Director for Trout Unlimited, will describe TU’s efforts to protect, conserve and restore coldwater resources in light of Marcellus Shale gas drilling. TU has been involved in oil and gas development on public land in the West for well over a decade. Building upon lessons learned, TU is now working to ensure that as Marcellus Shale gas drilling moves forward in the East, coldwater fisheries and habitat are not harmed.
- Tuesday, May 17th – George Douglas, Fish Like a Guide – George Douglas is a veteran steelhead guide on New York’s Salmon River. Besides authoring a book on fishing the Salmon River, he is an inductee to the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and publisher of Kype Fishing Magazine. George will speak on the art and science that guides use to produce consistent results for their clients.
- Tuesday, June 21st – BBQ at the West Branch
In addition to its informative monthly chapter meetings, the chapter is well known for giving back to the local community in other ways. Two great examples are:
- Kid’s Fishing Derby – This great annual event will be held on Saturday May 7, 2011 from 9am-1pm at Chenango Valley State Park. For only $2, kids can fish for stocked trout, participate in fly tying and fly casting lessons, and learn about fly fishing. There are raffles and grand prizes and lunch is provided. The event is sponsored by the chapter, NYS DEC, The Friends of Chenango Valley State Park, Riffles and Waves, and Gander Mountain. For more information or to register, call 607-648-5251.
- Geneganslet Creek Stream Structure Upgrade Grant – The Green Communities grant for the Al Hazzard Chapter of Trout Unlimited Geneganslet Creek Stream Structure Upgrade project has been awarded funding from Rockwell Collins in the amount of $2,500. This money will be used to fund habitat improvements for this wonderful wild trout fishery.
Stay tuned for more local happenings, including a future update on upcoming events by the Leon Chandler TU chapter.