OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe purpose of the Al Hazzard Chapter of Trout Unlimited shall be to conserve, protect, and restore cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.The Chapter shall operate as a volunteer, non-profit, non-political, and non-sectarian organization. The Chapter shall function for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes.  By-Laws ____________________________________________________________________________


Tuesday, December 16th  7:00pm

General Meeting – Vestal Public Library


Special Announcements:

Note from Your Chapter President

September 8, 2014

I hope this finds you all well and easing into a wonderful Fall Fishing Season.  While some of you are transitioning into hunting season, I remain steadfast with the trout – awaiting the brook and brown spawn as well as the run of steelhead and salmon.  The stocking of grouse and pheasant is not worth my time anymore.  If I flush one while walking to a spot to fish (which I have done) it is a blessing.

Last evening I was on the Main Stem.  As I got to the water an adult male eagle was flying directly overhead and did so for ten minutes.  I chose a large rock on the bank, sat and enjoyed.  I was actually hoping he would catch a fish.

It was the night before the last Harvest Moon (or Super-moon if you prefer) until next September.  And yes, I believe it does affect the fishing.  I was with two excellent hunters of fish and by seven o’clock Bob had two hits, I had one LDR and his friend had nothing. They were staying past dark.  When I came off the water the moon was just coming over the mountain (and then I got thinking about Kate Smith singing – so I figured I was too tired to fish).

So the question is:  Do you have to catch fish to have a good day?

Where I fish the ferns, red pines, eagles, additional flora and fauna are how I imagine Fishing Heaven.  There are flats and riffles.  Large stones deposited from glaciers allow me to set up a picnic while I watch the fish.  Occasionally, I see a bear.  There was one up in the red pines the other evening.  You never saw a Pontiac loaded and move so fast in your life.  My husband can’t figure why I go through transmissions, a rear differential and so many wheel bearing – I shrug my shoulders.  The cedar waxwings weave in and around my rod to snag the hatch, whatever it may be: cahills, BWOs, drakes, spinners, etc.  Sometimes they come so close you can hear their wings and you think they will get entangled in the line as you cast.  All season you heard the blue birds and of course cardinals, the finches and orioles.– then the red tail hawks.  But again the eagles!  How lucky are we?!  So is a fish really necessary?  I admit I am not thrilled when a snake startles me but I figure that’s my own fault.  But I am an uninvited guest in this paradise.

I caught a rainbow last week.  I have a waterproof camera so I attempted to take a picture – Trout in one hand, camera trying to align in the other.  It did not come out so bad but it got me thinking.  I was trying to capture a moment in that rainbows world and she really looked pretty and it looked so vast behind her.  No wonder it is called “fishing” and not “catching.”  We are entering their world, poorly equipped even though we think we are not.  So enjoy the non-fishing things about you!

See you soon!


Aka The Piscatorial Princess


Recent Willow Planting on Genegantslet Creek – COMPLETE!


Broome County DEC Official Receives Public Service Excellence Award from New York State Academy for Public Administration

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today commended Larry Lepak, an engineer with its Division of Water in Kirkwood, who has been awarded the Public Service Excellence Award by the NYS Academy for Public Administration (SAPA). Lepak is one of four individuals and four teams SAPA recognized this year as part of its Public Service Recognition week for outstanding performance by public servants.

“Larry represents DEC in a positive, professional and productive manner with a calm, cool demeanor and genuine interest in serving the needs of the public,” DEC Regional Director Ken Lynch said. “After Hurricane Sandy, Larry volunteered to travel to the affected areas and assisted several communities on Long Island to help them rebuild in a manner that is consistent with floodplain management requirements.”

“Larry exemplifies a person who has consistently devoted his long public service career to the safety of the people of our state day-in and day-out,” said Paul Shatsoff, Chairman of SAPA. “The fact that he stands out among his colleagues for his many achievements and dedication, make me proud, on behalf of the State Academy for Public Administration, to grant Larry this Excellence Award.”

Larry has devoted his life to public service through service in the military and 38 years with DEC. His work includes overseeing more than 30 flood control projects in Region 7 consisting of 52 miles of channels, 17.5 miles of levees, three miles of floodwalls, 179 gates, 24 closures and a large dam. During emergency flood events, Larry responds evenings and weekends working overtime and after-hours. Larry has successfully guided DEC’s flood control efforts in the Southern Tier through several major flooding events in recent years. In one recent storm producing record flooding, USACE estimated his team’s efforts prevented nearly $75 million in potential flood damage. His DEC team was recognized for this work with a certificate of appreciation by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The State Academy for Public Administration was formed in 1974 and provides a unique forum for engaging the skills and talents of senior government professionals in support of the public service in New York State. Its Public Service Excellence Awards honor New York State’s workforce.

A ceremony to recognize the awardees was held May 21, 2014 at Rockefeller College’s Milne Hall. The event was co-sponsored by the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.