In person and via Zoom
The Little Juniata River, or Little J, located in central Pennsylvania, is a blue-ribbon trout stream with rich aquatic insect and wild trout populations and is only a few hours away from Landenberg, PA. It wasn’t always that way. A generation ago its water quality could be poor and many of the trout were stocked. Policy changes and other work to improve the habitat for trout and fish forage have been enacted and improvements in the environment and the fishing have been dramatic.
In this program Bill Anderson will describe the decades-long, difficult process of restoring the river and give an up-to-date description of the fishing. The meeting will be done live and will also be available by Zoom. Details of the Zoom connection will be sent to WCFF members by EMAIL.
Speaker Biography: Bill Anderson
President of the Little Juniata River Association; fly fishing instructor/guide; Innovative fly tyer; National Finalist for the Field & Stream “Hero of Conservation” award 2014; and Outdoor News – Person of the Year for 2015. Winner of many environmental/conservation awards for his work preserving and improving the Little Juniata River.
Bill lives in a solar log house in Sinking Valley near Tyrone, located just five miles from the Little Juniata River. He has fished the Little J since moving to Central Pa. in 1978.
Since retiring in 2004: Bill and Carol opened a coffee shop in Tyrone, Pa.; Bill and a partner started and ran a fly shop located on Spruce Creek; And Bill has served as the leader of the Little Juniata River Association, a 501 c3 watershed conservation organization, since 2005.
In the winter months, Bill writes, teaches fly tying classes, and was the Senior Dog Handler for the Hillendale Hunt Club for more than 30 years. Bill has written articles on fly fishing and the Little Juniata River for regional magazines.
Bill is the author of “Trout Boomer and the Little “j” – The story of a fly fisher and his love for the Little Juniata River”. His innovative fly pattern, the CET (Crippled Emerger Transformer) was developed over several decades of observing and fishing the hatches on the little Juniata River. He contributed the chapter for the Little Juniata River in a newly released book titled “50 Best Places Fly Fishing the Northeast”. Most recently, Bill contributed “My Most Go To Fly” for the Pa Fly Fishing Museum Newsletter. He is also the creator of the EZ Waterproof Zipper for all brands of waders.