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Outdoors notebook: Fly fishing event coming to Seven Springs

| Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 5:12 p.m.

Some of the best fly tyers around are coming to Western Pennsylvania.

The fourth annual Fly Tyers Reunion will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on April 4 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort's Sporting Clays Lodge. The event will feature nationally recognized fly tyers, who will demonstrate their tying methods and skill in tying trout, bass and saltwater flies.

Some of those scheduled to appear are Bob Clouser and Bob Clouser Jr., Tom Baltz, Bob Popovics, Eric Stroup, Scott Loughner, Dave Brant, Bob Meade, Don Bastian, Bob Patlin, Richard Regensburg, Jere Haldeman, Randy Buchanan, Chuck Furimsky, Dave Allbaugh and Andy Fresch.

The event is open and free to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss fly tying and fly fishing with all of the tyers. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase.

Contact Justin Sparklin at 800-452-2223, ext. 7899, or fishing@7springs.com.

Help sought

Tri Community Anglers Association is looking for assistance.

The group works to improve Peters and Piney creeks in Jefferson and Park townships in Allegheny County, doing stream cleanups and stocking trout for public angling. The group also holds a kids' fishing day each September that attracts more than 100 youngsters. The group tries to make sure each child leaves with a prize or gift of some sort.

To make that possible, it's asking for donations, whether that be hats, fishing tackle, tackle boxes or whatever. Donations of food that can be served to the kids, such as hot dogs, chips and drinks, are also being sought. Information on the group is available at tcaa.peterscreek.org.

Ice jam warning

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is warning anglers looking to do a little early spring steelhead fishing to be careful on Elk Creek.

An ice jam that stretches more than a mile long has formed on the creek between the old bridge at Girard upstream though Legion Park. If it breaks loose all at once, it could send a wall of water downstream, officials said.

“As the weight of the water builds behind the ice accumulation, it's possible that the ice could break free and send a large quantity of water and ice downstream quickly. Anyone unable to retreat from the potentially dangerous rush of water could be injured or killed,” said a statement from the commission.

Cadets in training

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has begun training a new class of wildlife conservation officers.

Twenty-nine men and two women were chosen from among 622 applicants. Each will get 50 weeks of training before graduating next March.

Cadets include Jeremy Brunst of Richeyville, Washington County; Richard Buha II of Harmony, Butler County; Jeremy Febinger of Kittanning, Armstrong County; Matthew Savinda of Tarentum, Allegheny County; Michael Stutts Jr. of Meadville, Crawford County; Andrew Harvey of Friedens, Somerset County; and Zachary Edwards of Nanty Glo and Brian Madison of Summerhill, Cambria County.

Pheasants released in Franklin County

The Game Commission was hoping to stock hundreds of wild pheasants into its wild pheasant recovery areas this year. That was shelved when several Midwestern wildlife agencies refused to send any birds this way, given population declines in their own states.

But it did just recently get 58 wild ringnecks from Montana, along with four from central Pennsylvania. They were released into the Franklin County pheasant area. They are the first put there since its creation in 2011.

Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at bfrye@tribweb.com or via Twitter @bobfryeoutdoors.

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