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Tri-County Trout Club offers Meck and more

The Lower Burrell-based Tri-County Trout Club has been a major fishing organization in the Alle-Kiski Valley for decades.

With a membership around 80 members, the relatively small group might not be a Trout Unlimited chapter — but they are a viable interest for local anglers.

Always working hard on conservation, stocking, and environmental issues, the group also does all it can to make fishing more fun, and in a way that everyone can learn something new.

“We’re not a big group with a lot of money, but we want to give the people a lot for their money — and even more whenever we can for free,” said Steve Hegedus, Tri-County Trout Club secretary.

Tri-County Trout Club sponsors an annual kids fishing derby; club fishing trips; float stocking of trout on several streams such as Bull Creek, Deer Creek and Buffalo Creek; a weekly fly tyers’ forum — and some very serious work with groups including the Deer Creek Watershed Association.

Traditionally, their monthly meetings have had interesting speakers — and the October meeting will highlight one of the state’s best known fly anglers, Charlie Meck.

The Oct. 8 meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. at Fischer Hall in Burrell Lake Community Park, will host Meck as he gives an educational seminar on “How to Catch More Trout.”

Several of Meck’s autographed books will be available for sale at the meeting.

Admission for this meeting is $5 for non-members; and current members need to bring along their valid membership card for free admission

The November meeting, and others to follow, will have a $2 entry charge for non-members. The November speaker is Dennis Tubbs, with a hands-on bass jig-making class.

Beginning with the November meeting, the club will offer early membership for 2004 for $15.

For more information on the October meeting with Meck and membership opportunities, call Steve Hegedus, 724-335-2697.


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