Our mission statement of the Lackawanna Valley #414 Chapter of Trout Unlimited is to preserve, protect and restore the coldwater fisheries and their watersheds throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. We pride ourselves on being a conservation organization. Our chapter has restored streams through habitat improvement projects, conducted water quality test and fisheries management and many other activities. Our ultimate goal is to preserve and protect fisheries for future generations.
The Keystone Creekwalkers, our 5-Rivers initiative at Keystone College in La Plume, Pa, was founded in February 2015 by a group of students that enjoyed fishing together. The hope was to introduce fly fishing and cold water conservation to students that otherwise may not have been exposed to these ideals. Trout Unlimited in partnership with Costa Del Mar created the 5-Rivers initiative in order to involve college-age people with Trout Unlimited, similarly to the TU Teens program with middle and high school students.
With humble beginnings of bake sale and t-shirt fundraisers, the Creekwalkers have adopted an annual conservation and fly fishing expo featuring local experts, guides, merchants, and state conservation agencies. The club meets weekly, planning fishing trips ranging from the stream located on campus to the famed Salmon River in New York. The club provides fishing gear to club members at no cost and holds fly casting and fly tying demonstrations, as well as on-stream help. Creekwalkers often become leaders in conservation fields post-graduation, and many continue fly fishing on their own, continuing and advocating for the sport. One Creekwalker in particular even went on to become President of this very chapter.
For more information, please contact Club President Mason Crouthamel at email@example.com