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Cabin Fever fishing show returns

One of the region's more noteworthy events is making its annual appearance.

Penn's Woods West Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its 15th annual Cabin Fever trout fishing show March 7 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Pittsburgh's North Hills.

As always, it will be a fisherman's dream.

"The many exhibitors include dealers offering fly and spin fishing tackle and gear, rod building materials, trout flies and fly-tying supplies, guide services and accommodations. Cabin Fever is the place to start the upcoming trout season and it's fun for the whole family," chapter president Walter Reineman said.

How-to seminars will be a staple of the show. The first, at 9:30, will be conducted by George Daniel, who was a gold medal winner in both the individual and team categories at the 2009 U.S. National Fly Fishing tournament. He will explain the techniques of fishing an underwater dropper fly under a floating dry fly.

Dwight Landis, author of "Trout Streams of Pennsylvania, An Angler's Guide," will follow at 10:30 and talk about fly fishing for wild trout in central and northcentral Pennsylvania.

Tom Brtalik from Tom's Fly Fishing Service will conduct a fly-casting demonstration at noon, while Jeff Turner -- who with his son fished 50 waters in 50 states in 50 days -- will speak at 1:30 p.m.

George Daniel will return at 2:30 with a seminar on dynamic nymphing and how to fish flies that imitate the underwater larva and pupa stages of immature insects that trout feed on.

Family Tyes, which is helping to sponsor the show, will host free, hands-on introductory fly-tying classes, a fly-casting clinic and a fly-casting contest for kids ages 7 to 18. The classes start at 10 a.m., a youth-casting clinic follow sat 1 p.m. and the casting contest will be at 2:30.

There will be rod raffles and bucket raffles for valuable fishing prizes, including a one-day, overnight fishing trip for two with all meals provided on a private section of Spruce Creek. There will be a flea market, too.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the show is $7, though children younger than 12 are admitted free.

For more information, call Doug Sherman at 412-370-4424 or Reineman at 412-999-8292.

Big dog hunt

A Linesville man won Tubmill Trout Club's 2010 Big Dog coyote hunt by taking a 43.54-pound coyote in Crawford County.

Bill Thompson used dogs to take the coyote and won $725.

Seventeen other hunters also registered coyotes in the hunt. They each won $125.

Coyotes were taken in a number of counties, from Wyoming and Bradford to Westmoreland, Indiana, Fayette, Armstrong, Butler, Cambria and Greene. Jim Delo of Pitsburgh shot a 37.59-pound coyote in Allegheny County and called it in.

Eight hunters used dogs to bag their coyotes. Seven others used calls, one used a lure and one used bait.

Park at risk?

One of the most popular parks in Western Pennsylvania is being eyed by another potential visitor -- this one industrial in nature.

According to PennFuture, a statewide environmental organization, "a major gas company is interested in drilling in a substantial portion of beloved Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County." The driller was not named.

The park won't be alone in facing drilling questions. The state doesn't own the mineral rights under 85 percent of parkland, so numerous parks could face drilling.

PennFuture and other organizations are calling for a moratorium on any further deep gas drilling on Pennsylvania's public lands until there can be a comprehensive study on the impacts of the drilling that has already been approved.

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