Conewago Creek Restoration
Northern Virginia TU (NVATU) Chapter members John Dudzinsky, Paul Freeborne, Don Grattan, Jon Johnson, and Daniel Lazenby gathered at the Rockwell Bowling Alley parking lot. There we met up with members of Adams County TU (ACTU); Tyler Neimond, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) staff; and the backhoe operator.
Introductions were made then Dave Swope gave a quick briefing about the days’ work, which included removing a windfall tree blocking the flow of the creek; filling in an eroded area with brush and using rocks to hold the fill in place; building a mudsill; cutting back weeds and invasive rose bushes along the creek banks; restringing the cable marking start of the special regulations area; grooming social trails between the farm road and the creek. The morning heat was slowly moving towards oppressive. Thankfully most all of the described work was shaded by the tree canopy.
NVATU and ACTU members broke into groups of 2 or 3 and began tackling the various tasks beginning at the creek entrance near Rockwell Lanes and working their way to the gazebo. A couple of people went with Dave and Tyler to build the mudsill infrastructure. Others fired up weed whackers and began eliminating tall grass and weeds. Others took lopping shears and a pitchfork and began removing invasive rose bushes along the social trails. Two other people went in search of cable remains and, if possible, restring the existing cable. An ACTU member went with the backhoe operator to take on what looked like a 40-foot windfall tree blocking the farm road and creek flow.
It was not all work and no play. Along the way to the gazebo, there was time to chat with Dave and Tyler about stream restorations. Dave shared restoration information specific to Conewago Creek. He described the creek easement established by the landowner. Tyler is deeply involved in several large Pennsylvania stream restorations on behalf of PFBC. Tyler freely shared information and answered general stream restoration technique/technology questions from first-timers.
Chapter members began arriving at the gazebo around 11:45 AM. We were visited by Richard Lewis of PFCB. Around Noon a cold lunch with chilled beverages arrived, a perfect meal for such a hot day. In the shade of the gazebo, we gathered around the picnic tables chatted and enjoyed our lunch. After lunch Dave shared with NVATU members, visiting Conewago for the first time, history of the gazebo, the memorial bench, and NVATU-ACTU partnership.”
The day ended with presenting April Swope, President Adams County TU a symbol of our appreciation for their dedication to a stream loved by many of our NVATU members.
The Walker Nature Center invites you to participate in our annual Spring Festival. This rain or shine event will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 11450 Glade Drive in Reston, Virginia. The festival will include entertainment, animals, children’s activities, a native plant sale, displays from environmental groups, and canoe/kayak rentals on Lake Audubon.
Spring Festival is the Nature Center’s largest event and an over 30-year tradition in the community. The festival draws a diverse population of 750-1,500 people of all ages and interests. Many local environmental organizations, community clubs, and performers have already expressed an interest in participating. We hope you can join us by hosting a booth of your own.
If you have questions, you can reach Abby Stocking at (703) 435-6509 or email@example.com.
2019 Stream Restoration Work Day
Volunteers needed to keep nearby fishing spot up and running. There will be a "Stream Restoration Work Day" with our "Fishin' Cousins”, the Adams County TU Chapter. NVATU has historically enjoyed an active program of stream maintenance and restoration as well as stocking.
When: Saturday 20 July 2019.
Where: Conewago Creek, Pennsylvania, just North of Gettysburg
Meet: Parking lot of Rockwell Lanes, 2855 Biglerville Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Arrive by 8:00 am, suggest arriving early to gear up and get work guidance
Restoration Goals: Install mudsills and log deflectors. Cut back weeds small brush. Machinery will do the heavy lifting
Work Attire: Hip waders or chest wader and boots, work gloves
Hand Tools: Whatever you may have for clearing weeds (weed whackers, etc.) and small brush
Lunch will be provided by our gracious hosts.
NVATU Coordinator for this activity is Daniel Lazenby (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please contact Daniel if you have questions.
FWAM Yellow Breeches April 27
Makes sure your PA fishing license is visible on the exterior of your vest or hat when fishing in PA. Meet at 09:30 AM in the parking lot to the left of Boiling Springs location of TCO Fly Shop:
Based on foretasted rain, day/night temperatures, and general weather prior to Saturday the 27th, I suggest we drop in at the TCO Fly Shop to get an update on fishing conditions and any last minute recommendations they may have to offer.
Fishing Overview: Recent rain has made fishing difficult on lower sections of the stream. A slight stain to the creek.
Specifics and Tips: Nymphing is still the most productive way to fish, however we are starting to see signs of spring with Hendricksons and Grannoms starting to come off.
Scuds sz. 12-20
Midges sz. 18-20
Grannoms sz. 14
Near Nuff Sculpin sz. 6-8
Fire hole Soft Hackle sz. 16
Elk Hair Caddis Black sz. 14
TCO Fly Shop stream report: http://www.streamconditions.com/StreamConditions_Fishing_Report.cfm?stream=Yellow%20Breeches
Rod: Some suggested line weights are 3, 4, 5, and 6wt. The fly fishing only catch and release section can be up to 60 feet wide at Boiling Springs, I'll be taking my 9' 5wt for this section. The creek gets narrower the farther upstream of the catch and release area you go, If we have to go upstream, I'll be taking a 7.5' 4wt in case the upstream section is too small for the 5wt rod. You may want to consider a 6wt rod if you're going to toss streamers and the water is high.
Conventional PA wisdom: In the early season use darker colors. When the dogwoods blossom - lighten up.
Travel distance & time:
- Approx. 109-113 miles from Vienna / Tysons area.
- Drive time is approx. 2 1/4 hours (113 miles) via Route 7 to Leesburg & up Route 15 to Boiling Springs.
- Drive time is approx. 2 hours (109 miles) via 495 to I-270 and up Route 15 to Boiling Springs.
Please be prepared to satisfy your hydration and dietary needs.
NVATU FWAM Conewago Fishing Trip
Another chance to join us to Fish Conewago Creek.
This FWAM trip is scheduled for April 16, 2019
All are welcomed.
Contact Daniel Lazenby (email@example.com).
NOTE: You will need a 2019 PA freshwater and trout fishing licenses.
Licenses may be purchased at http://www.pa.wildlifelicense.com/.
TU FAMILY DAY
When: April 14, 209. 11 AM – 4 PM
Where: FAIRFAX ROD & GUN CLUB 7039 Signal Hill Rd Manassas, VA 20111
Fishing, casting, tying lessons. Stocked fish can be taken home.
Follow parking signs to park. A shuttle will take you down to the pond due to limited parking.
RSVP to LUV2AT8@verizon.net
SUBJECT: TU FAMILY DAY with number you will a/end with.
Fairfax Rod & Gun Club members also invited if you RSVP.