16th Annual River Bank Clean-up

The LJRA will hold its 16th Annual Riverbank clean-up on Saturday April 10th 2021 at 9:00AM-12:00PM. Please meet at the Spruce Creek United Methodist Church parking lot prior to 8:45AM. Groups (church, office, clubs, etc.) are welcome. Bags, gloves, safety vests will be provided. The event will be held rain, snow or shine. A few people with waders are needed. Conditions permitting, wading may be done near the town of Spruce Creek.

Social distancing will be observed. Bring masks.

For more information email: [email protected]

A sharable, printable flyer can be downloaded here

Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s Online Auction and Sweepstakes thru 6:00 PM April 12th!

One sweepstake is for a Hardy rod/reel outfit donated by Flyfisher’s Paradise. And the second is for a handmade bamboo rod to raise money for the Sparrow Run Project.

The chapter is also holding an online auction. If you are interested in Guided fishing trips, fishing on Spruce Creek, bird hunting, home energy savings, exercising more, trout flies, spring birds, and much more, we have something for you. Please check it out and try the online bidding platform. It’s easy to use and all proceeds support Chapter activities.

Visit the chapter’s website for more information


Clean up on the upper J

pictured: Brent Hopkins, Brandon Burns, Stephan Long, Joel Bobetich

The LJRA was prevented from performing our annual 20 mile streambank clean-up in spring of 2020. Instead we have done several mini-clean-ups including a recent event conducted by employees of Veeder Root of Duncansville along River Road near the New Pig Corporation. This stretch is privately owned but is kept open for public fishing by the landowners, Andrew and Jessica Walker. The group picked up more than 600 lbs of trash including a number of tires.

Update on structures at Tipton

Photos show the trout habitat structures installed in August 2020. Over 300 tons of stone and 25 hemlock logs were placed strategically to improve this shallow, unproductive stretch upstream from Tyrone. You can see work completed by PFBC workers and LJRA volunteers and partially funded by your donations.  The structures handled a couple of high water events and the positioned boulders are starting to carve out good trout holding water. 

Tipton project completed

start of the project (before)

This was a very wide and shallow stretch that provided no significant trout habitat. During hot sunny weather it became a large solar collector that warmed the water as it slowly passed. Our effort was to narrow and deepen this stretch  In all 7 large side log/stone structures were installed and more than 25 large boulders were placed in a flat, shallow unproductive 500 foot stretch of the Little Juniata River. The before (top) and after (bottom) are shown. In all more than 270 tons of stone and 24 10″ dia. logs, 25 ft long were used. With the help of Juniata College Environmental Department, we will continue to monitor this area to gather data on the expected positive impacts regarding water temperature and wild trout usage. 

Thanks goes out to PFBC for a professional job, the PA DEP for permits and cooperation and George Bonsell for access to the site. We could not work alongside the state workers (Governor’s orders), but a number of volunteers observed and finished the project by planting seed and spreading straw, including Scott Kavanagh, Bill King, Carl Reed, Bill Anderson, Joe Reese, Mike Moschgat, Jim Rhodes and Jerry Green (JKTU).

More Pictures can be found here http://www.littlejuniata.net/photos-from-the-project/

Trout habitat improvement project

LJRA will be executing a major fish habitat/water quality project on the Little Juniata River near Grazierville. This stretch is characterized by wide flat, uniformly shallow water. In times as we are experiencing now, the project area becomes a large solar collector, and serves to super heat the slowly moving water. Our plan, designed by PAFBC Habitat Management folks, includes side deflectors to concentrate and deepen the flow, large mid-stream boulders to create pocket water and aeration. You can see the project site looking downstream from the I-99 ramp at Grazierville.

Due to the COVID situation, PFBC does not want volunteers near the state workers. Unfortunately, volunteers are not needed this time. 

Next hatch

Hook- #12 Daichi 1130; Thread- Wine Uni-Thread; Wing- dk Gray Poly-Pro; Thorax- Dk brn Haretron; Use tying thread for abdomen and tails.

Waning Sulphurs got you down? No worries. Slate drakes should start soon. Olives have also been providing good action in the early evenings. Bill’s video describing how to tie the CET style dry can be found on the dry fly tying page 

More access to the middle J

Thanks to Bill’s persistence, the stretch of water upstream of Spruce Creek owned by Ms. Morrow (yellow house) has reopened for fishing only.  Ms. Marrow does not want people parking or walking through her yard at the yellow house, but the gravel parking area upstream of the house is open. Our access is a fragile thing. Please be respectful of her signs. Please pick up trash and/or report problems to the LJRA so that they can be fixed.

March meeting

March Meeting

The LJRA will hold its monthly meeting at the Edgewater Inn in Alexandria on Thursday March 12th at 7PM.  2020 projects including the riverbank clean-up on April 4th and the Tipton trout habitat improvement will be discussed. Bill will report on what learned about raw sewage discharge into the J.  Come early and enjoy food and drinks at the Inn.