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September 2022 / Otherwise known as the "How I spent my summer vacation" Edition
We are happy to announce that we are scheduled to resume our face to face monthly chapter meetings and speaker series at the Orvis location in the Eastern Hills Mall this month. It's been far too long since we've been able to gather in person, tie flies, tell fish stories, enjoy each other's company and learn from our lineup of speakers. 

Some will be in person this year and some will be taking advantage of the technology and joining us on the big screen remotely via Zoom.

The next WNY Trout Unlimited meeting is scheduled for
Tuesday, September 27th at 7:00pm. Our guest speaker will be Jim Markham of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Jim will be giving us an update at the state of the steelhead fishery in Lake Erie. Join us at 7pm for the presentation, Join us at 6pm for fly tying and fish stories!

We will also be attempting to simulcast the meeting on zoom for those who can't join us live or are still uncomfortable gathering. Email for the simulcast link.
Presidents Message:

Welcome Back! I hope everyone had a great summer. Our chapter has been very busy over the past summer. Here are some of the highlights:

- We gained 150 new members into our chapter when we merged with the Red House Brook Chapter. On behalf of WNYTU and myself Welcome to all our new members! Our chapters have a long history of working and supporting each other over the years so it is a natural fit.

- In late June we participated at a Western NY Boy Scout Fishing Derby in Ellicott Creek Park helping educate and spread TU’s Conservation mission to future conservationists.

- In July, our chapter Project Healing Waters group participated in a Veterans Fishing Derby at the Pike Town Park on Wiscoy Creek.

- The TU booth was staffed for 12 days at the Erie County Fair in August including Kid’s Fly tying.

- The Crow Creek Culvert Replacement Project was completed and is already showing some positive results with Brook Trout moving upstream and into the Lunker structures that were installed.

- After a little bit of a late start the Wiscoy Grey Cabin is near completion. Our chapter volunteers along with the NYDEC, Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District and USFWS built 17 Lunker structures. This project should help stabilize 500 ft. of bank and upgrade the habitat.

- WNYTU Volunteers helped the NYDEC in their annual electroshocking surveys in Region 9 throughout July and August. Please see the pictures in the newsletter for these events.

I would like to personally thank everyone that helped at these events over the summer. Without your dedication and help, we would not have been able to accomplish all we have done. A special thanks to Brian Barrey for running the TU booth at the fair. He spent 12 long days at the fair making sure we had a
personal presence each day.

On to this year! I am looking forward to another great year for our chapter and I am happy to announce we will start meeting again in person at the Orvis Store beginning September 27,2022 at 7:00 PM. Fly tying will begin at 6:00 PM. We are also going to live stream our meetings so folks can participate virtually if they choose. This will be the first time we will be doing this so please be patient in the event we have some unforeseen issues. September’s speaker will be Jim Marham from the NYDEC presenting his annual Lake Erie Steelhead Fishery update. We have a good lineup of speakers/events this year that should be entertaining and informative. Some will be hybrid – Guest speakers will present virtually via Zoom. In addition, we would like to do some social events outside our meetings this year. Stay tuned for that. This October we will be having a belated 50th Chapter anniversary party. We were scheduled to have this event right before Covid hit. Better late than never, I guess. If anyone would like to share pictures, news clippings, stories etc. please let me know. Should be a fun evening. In November we will have the President of a group called Trout Power. They are a citizen science group that explore Brook Trout Streams and Ponds primarily in the Adirondacks documenting Native Brook Trout populations. Again, welcome back and as you know we are always looking for folks to volunteer and help. Hope to see you in person at the September meeting.

Joe Morgan
Conservation Report

- The Crow Creek Project is complete. A 130 ft. long culvert and 7 Lunker Structures were installed. Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper has some additional funding available. They are hoping to plant some trees and install some instream structures above the culvert this fall. As soon as I get more details I will pass along.

- Wiscoy Grey Cabin Project- Work began August 29. 17 lunkers were built on site Sept. 1. The project should be complete by the middle of September weather depending. There will likely be stream side tree planting next Spring. See attached pictures.

- The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, US Fish and Wildlife Service along with the Wyoming County Soil and Water District have partnered in a Japanese Knotweed Removal and Habitat Restoration Project in the East Koy/Wiscoy Watershed to try to eliminate this invasive plant. You may have noticed this plant along sections of these creeks.

- A small project on the Upper Catt along Route 98 at the DEC parking site is set to occur this Fall Installation of 4 Lunkers along with some bank stabilization. The project lead will be the Wyoming County Soil and water District. They may need some TU volunteers.

- Trout Unlimited has a nationwide program called TU Priority Waters. The goal is to identify streams that will be keenly focused on to improve and enhance Wild Trout fisheries. It is a collaborative effort by TU and the NYDEC to share knowledge and resources to help protect and retain these fisheries. A
big part of the selection process was an emphasis on working on streams that have a good amount of Public Fishing Rights. Clear Creek Ellington has been chosen as TU’s Region 9 Priority water. Wiscoy Creek was selected as the WNYTU Chapter Priority Water. Statewide meetings are scheduled for this fall to layout the next steps to be taken.
The AT LARGE Report
from Chuck Godfrey, Sunshine Committee Chair and Director at Large

The Erie County Federation of  Sportsmen’s clubs is holding a National Hunting and Fishing Day program on Sat., Sept. 24th at Elma Conservation Society, 600 Creek Rd., Elma.  The  event will be from 10:00am til 4:00pm.  Kids will have a chance to shoot air rifles, archery equipment (both  compound bows and crossbows), fly cast, fly tying, presentations by trappers, demonstrations by a retriever club, and much more. Think about taking your children or grandchildren to this.
The Federation  also  offers a FREE raffle for lifetime hunting, fishing, or trapping license for children who are Erie County residents who are 15 or younger.  The drawing is in December and the online entry form can be found at   

We will be working with 13 schools this year in the Trout  In The Classroom program.  We will be adding Bolivar-Richburg, East Aurora, and Springville.  There will be a more complete report next moth as the programs get started.
On the environmental front, the judge in the Ohio demonstration  project for turbines in Lake Erie off Cleveland has ruled that the company may start the process of planning the project.  We will keep people updated on this issue.  There has been no  change in the stalled status of the proposed project  to  put  turbines  in Lake Erie from  Sturgeon Point  to Dunkirk.

Cash for Cans for WNYTU

The Can Bottle Return at 4255 Clark St. in Hamburg (across from JP Fitzgerald's) is accepting your can and bottle returns to benefit WNY Trout Unlimited. Simply tell them you'd like to donate your returns to Trout Unlimited and they'll do the rest. Every little bit helps, thank you!
2022.09.01 Tight Lines 

You don’t need me to tell you it’s been a hot and dry summer.  Has anybody found fish?  I’ve found a few bass and panfish around here, but also made a few road trips down to the West Branch of the Delaware in Deposit and Hancock.  I haven’t met a single trout there all summer, but I did find the perfect venue for our next Women of TU gathering.  Ladies, please join me on Saturday, October 1, 2022, for a Free Day of Fly Fishing at Dreamcatcher!  It’s going to be a great day, sponsored by the NY State Council of Trout Unlimited.  And guess who just registered? Yup, it’s Gil, the young vet from our last women’s event back in May at Taughannock Park!  She IS hooked, I was hoping to meet up with her again.
In other news, Trout Unlimited held their annual meeting in Portland ME last month.  The theme this year was CX3-shorthand for Community, Coldwater and Conservation.  The itinerary and speaker lineup were different, and pretty interesting: sunrise striped bass excursions with gear provided to guests, lots of Women on the Water trips, events and speakers, plus tons of kid’s activities like STREAM Kids (activities, education and contests curated by environmental education experts), environmental excursions to see local projects, and a sweet Starlight Cinema, which ran nightly short films about conservation and the outdoors. The feel was friendly, and family focused.  This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Shefali Mehta, the Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Watch her discussion on intersection of agriculture, aquaculture, economics, equity and the environment in the face of a rapidly warming and changing world HERE.  If you’d like to hear Chris Wood’s presentation on the state of Trout Unlimited, just click HERE Next year’s Cx3 will be held in Spokane, WA and runs from September 27th – October 1st, 2023.

I finally had the opportunity to use my Leon Chandler TU raffle prize and floated the Susquehanna with Kirk Klingensmith and fellow female angler Liz McCheyne.  It was Damn hot that day, but the company was great, and I learned a lot from a very patient Kirk.  Thank you!! Closer to home, next month I will meet with local TU leaders to talk about how we can boost growth in youth and diversity.  I hope to come back with fresh information, new collaborating partners and a better idea of how to engage our marginalized groups in a way that is empowering and inclusive.  There’s so much to learn!  September 17 will be another day of meetings, as the NY Executive Council of Trout Unlimited gathers.  I’m excited to meet new people, IN PERSON!

Stay cool and tight lines!

Dee Brown
VP Diversity Initiative
NYS Council Trout Unlimited
Got Gloves?
Anyone interested in helping to put together and execute periodic stream cleanup events in the area? Email me at and let's get something on the calendar!
October Slamfest Tournament to Benefit UB Bassmasters to Take Place Sunday, October 16th.

Our partners at the UB Chapter of the Costa 5 Rivers and UB Bassmasters are holding a Fundraiser "October Slamfest" Tournament based at the Lake Erie Small Boat Harbor from 7:00am - 3:30pm on Sunday, October 16th. Registration begins at 6:00am with the cost being $150 accepted via cash or Venmo per boat with a three person crew.

The tournament boasts an 85% payout with raffles to follow the tourney.

Sponsored by Douglas Outdoors, Doc's Tackle and Captain Bob's Outdoors.

For more information contact Nolan Rogers from UB 5 Rivers / Bassmasters.
2022 Summer Stream Sampling with the NYS DEC
During the summer TU members and others helped out in the creeks and streams around WNY for the annual inventory and electroshocking. Electroshocking is a non lethal method of temporarily incapacitating the fish in a set section of stream allowing DEC and volunteers to capture the fish. After electroshocking, trout are measured and released back into the stream.  Numbers and sizes of trout allow comparisons from year to year. Other species captured are also noted.  

Thanks to Tom Piwowar and EJ Giroux for the pictures.
Grey Cabin Stream Project
Some cool drone footage from the Wiscoy provided by NYS DEC
“Before” pictures of the Grey Cabin stream project.  Lunker  structures are built and rough grading done.  You can see the temporary bypass channel to the right of the dewatered section.

Thanks to Tom Piwowar, EJ Giroux and Joe Morgan for the pictures.
Children in the Steam Fly Fishing Program begins its 24th Season
(This is a great program for folks down in Chatauqua County or ANYONE willing to take the drive down to Fredonia. It's a great program and very welcoming.) Ed

The Children in the Stream/4H Youth Fly Fishing Program is into its 24th season (since 1998) and will begin classes again tomorrow, Tuesday, September 6, 2022! 
The fly tying/ fly fishing classes will occur every Tuesday from 7-8:30 pm in the Costello Room in the Rockefeller Art Center at the State University of New York at Fredonia through May 16. There will not be any classes on November 22, 29, December 20, 27, and January 3.

Field trips are also scheduled periodically throughout the spring in Canadaway Creek.

The program is open to children over 12 (younger if accompanied by an adult), faculty, staff and community members of all ages. Classes and supplies are provided at no cost. We provided everything you need...just show up. No long-term commitment is needed.

For more info please contact Alberto Rey at or 716-410-7003
Fly Tying Corner with U&E Fly Shop: Tie the Tom Thumb.

Chapter member and owner of the U&E Fly Shop online Nathan Pogorzala teaches us how to tie the Tom Thumb fly.

Click HERE to download the story and tying instructions. Thanks Nathan!

Things I Wish I Knew - Beginners guide to Fly Fishing

Membership Report: September 2022

As of September 12th 2022, Our membership stands at 871 Members. Welcome to the 29 new members who joined this summer, Thanks to the 131 current members who renewed since June. 871 members is an impressive number. We hope to see you out this fall and winter helping to support the protection of our waterways. 
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