LHTT Plans Events
Inside the Outdoors, March 22
, 2013

Before I get to the topic of the day, I received a telephone call recently from a Latrobe resident who was a bit confused with the new ruling that one can fish all year long now in all approved trout waters. He thought this new policy applied to both streams and lakes.

In case one is new to this, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission put forth into action a new rule that anglers are now allowed to fish during periods when previously the lakes were off limits and closed. This would be the stretch whereby sometime in this duration, the basins would be stocked. Well, the ban was lifted and one is now allowed to fish lakes as long as the angler catches and releases all trout caught.

Upon getting the call, a gent cheerfully said over the phone, “Hey Pee Vee. I heard they are stocking today. Where is a good place to go fishing along the Loyalhanna?” “My friend,” I said, “That is only for lakes, not creeks. Do you want to find yourself without a fishing license, your gear and possibly your vehicle, too?” “Wow,” he stated. “You just saved me $5,000!”

Speaking of emails, Olga Herbert, executive director of Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, also recently contacted me to inform me that many events are in the planning stages and would I kindly say something about them leading to and including the Laurel Highland Trout Trail Rendezvous?

So, to begin, the Laurel Highlands Trout Trail Opening Reception will be held at the Lincoln Highway Experience, 3435 Route 30 East, Latrobe, commencing at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a viewing will take place of “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.” In addition, an overview of LHTT events will be presented. Wine and appetizers will be served. Cost of admission is $5.00. For information, email her at office@LHCC.org.

Next in line, in Ohiopyle State Park, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., instructors Dale and Cyndi Kotowski of Chestnut Ridge Trout Unlimited will introduce the basics of fly-fishing including rods, reels, line, tippets, knots and flies, in addition to a hands-on-practice in a variety of casting techniques. All participants are asked to bring their own waders. The Kotowski’s will provide the equipment. The outing, sponsored by Venture Outdoors, will cost participants $86 for non-members and $65 for members. For information, log onto ventureoutdoors.org.

And even though there are other learning experiences, the last get-togethers of the month are April 20th, fly-fishing at Ohio State Park, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by Venture Outdoors, and the latter, the LHTT Rendezvous. Held again at the Hidden Valley Resort, in Hidden Valley, PA, from 2 to 6 p.m., at this adult social, one may delight in appetizers, visit the assorted dessert/coffee bar and be instructed in a fly-fishing casting demonstration by Leo Vensel, elite fly fisherman of southwestern Pennsylvania.

Vensel started fly-fishing in the early 70’s and is completely immersed in the sport. He has taught hundreds of students the fundamental of fly-fishing and truly enjoys guiding others in the pursuit of wild fish. His passion for the sport has taken him to the American west, Great Lakes, Florida and Mid-Atlantic. He is a fully insured, licensed Pennsylvania fishing guide, certified in CPR and First Aid, Federation of Fly Fishers certified casting instructor and a member of Trout Unlimited.

Reasonably priced at $25 per person, this occasion is designed for both men and women anglers. In addition, door prizes will be handed out. Reservations must be made prior to attending by email (office@LHCC.org.)

Take it from someone who visited the event last year, you’ll come away feeling refreshed and ready to take to the waters!

- Paul J. Volkmann
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