• From the field

    West Branch Susquehanna: A river in recovery

    WEST BRANCH SUSQUEHANNA RIVER, NORTH CAMBRIA, Pa. The angler stood in the shadows, peering intently at the water like a heron waiting for the moment. Then the cast. The line tightened. Allison Lutz smiled, subtly, as she netted the 12-inch-long wild brown trout. The smile was not so much about this individual fish. It was…

  • From the field

    Homegrown wild trout conservation

    It took a trip across the country for a Pennsylvanian to discover anglers quietly making a difference back home.

    I spent my childhood summers in Easton, Pa., around the water. Though I never went fishing, I did tube down the Delaware River, play in and picnic beside Bushkill Creek, chase minnows and crayfish in the various streams around my neighborhood, and watch men and women enjoy fishing on warm summer afternoons. I did not…

  • Restoration Conservation

    Long road trip a journey through TU wins

    “You’re driving?”  The question came with an unmistakable tone of incredulity.  I had just told a friend that I would be driving from my home in Virginia to a conference in northern Vermont. Their surprise was understandable. The shortest route from my home in Roanoke to Jay Peak Resort is 824 miles.   There was a method to…

  • Trout Talk Featured

    Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good

    Wadering up on the banks of a Pennsylvania trout stream last week I faced a dilemma. Which rod? I had three choices. An 8-foot 6-inch 3-weight that’s perfect for dry flies. An 11-foot 3-weight Euro nymphing rod that is perfect for, well, Euro nymphing. And a 10-foot 3-inch 3-weight that is perfect for swinging wet…

  • Barriers

    What do dirt and gravel roads have to do with trout?

    Penn State's Bloser makes the connection for anglers In populated trout country, streams and roads are in frequent contact with one another. How those roads — including bridges — function is critically important to the health of those streams and the browns, brookies and rainbows that live in them. In Pennsylvania, the Center for Dirt and…