Latest From SRS – Archive – 2019

December 14, 2019:

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Slate Run Sportsmen!

SRS Santas Helpers 2019

Santa’s Slate Run Helpers 2019

Slate Run Sportsmen wishes you and your families a very Happy Holiday! Be safe if you are traveling over this holiday season. I’m already thinking about what I’d like to do there in Slate Run next year! Just my opinion but, it’s never too early or late to ‘think Spring’! This reminds me – I need to get tying!
(the Unintentional Blogger – aka UB)!

November 9, 2019

SRS Board Meeting 2019 Style

Today, Slate Run Sportsmen held there annual Board meeting at ‘Libby’s Place’ in Slate Run. We discussed many topics relating to our namesake stream, Slate Run, along with other issues we’ve observed this past year.

One issue has been the trash we’ve seen in or around the vicinity of the Crooked Tree hole on Slate Run. Conditions along Slate Run are regularly monitored and we usually see what is happening. Actions to be taken against those that do not respect this area are being formulated. Leaving camping areas or other places where people gather along Slate Run in a state of disarray, will not be tolerated along our beautiful stream.

11-9-19 SRS Board 3A

Harry Finkbiner, Marion Alexander, and SRS President Joe Lemmon – L to R

We also set next year’s calendar. New dates are now available for your viewing on the 2020 Calendar Page.

11-9-19 SRS Board 4

John Pastorek, Dan Helm-SRS Co-Secretary, Hugh Wenger-SRS Trustee, and Dale Houseknecht, SRS VP – L to R

Speakers are being contacted and a slate (no pun intended) of who will be presenting, when, will come forward in the near future. We will post this information as it becomes available here on the SRS website.

So as you can see, we’re already thinking about next year. That doesn’t mean there isn’t any more fishing to be done this year. But the weather certainly is acting more like December than November isn’t it?

EDIT: addition – there was some discussion that Slate Run Road was reopened. I have not see this but presume that this has taken place.

September 15, 2019:

SRS Fall Membership Meeting

Our Fall Membership meeting took place yesterday at the Brown Township Fire Hall! Twenty-Two people were in attendance! All the usual reports were, well… reported. Membership was announced as 145 members in Good Standing. This was up from the June meeting and I believe is significantly up from about a year and a half ago when I  seem to remember a 117 member count for some reason. Three NEW members joined at this meeting which brought the total membership to 148 to date. A few ‘motions’ (and one E-motion – Walt!) were/was made which concluded the business part of the meeting.

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At the SRS meeting September 14, 2019, Brown Township Fire Hall, Cedar Run, PA.

Dave Rothrock gave a fine presentation with some outstanding pictures of flora and fauna (Ok, I might be stretching the meaning of the phrase or playing with fire here as I am going to consider the fish he showed us, fauna… just  for the sake of trying to justify using the phrase ‘flora and fauna’). The point is, we witnessed some nice, if not great, pictures of fish, flowers and flies. I’m sure we all learned something new listening to  Dave.

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Dave Rothrock(right) is presented with a token of our appreciation for a fine presentation to Slate Run Sportsmen. Presenter, John Pastorek, on left.

After the presentation we all enjoyed a lunch with Bar-b-Que, macaroni salad, a bean soup and a nice peach topped cake. Thank you Denise Rice for setting up and presenting us with a great lunch. And thank you SRS VP Dale Houseknecht for arranging the food for all of us to enjoy.

SRS will  hold its Board meeting on November 9, details to follow.

August 16, 2019:

SRS Non-Members Wanting to RSVP for the next Meeting September 14, 2019 and SRS Website Membership Fees

To make clear –

  1.  If you want to RSVP to come to any SRS meeting  – PLEASE send an email to:
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Please note that this email address is not a link. You will need to enter this in your ‘send to’ field in your email message. We do this because the internet bots send us too much junk email.

  1. We’d like if you RSVP’d by 9-7-2019.
  2. Membership dues paid online through this SRS website are adjusted due to the cost we are charged from PayPal – to have them (PayPal) as the payment method for the memberships. Thus, an individual membership (paid online through the website) is $12 and a Family membership (paid online through the website) is $22. Memberships are $10 and $20, respectively, if paid for at Wolfe’s store in Slate Run.

August 4, 2019:

Slate Run Sportsmen Signage Revamped!

SRS President, Joe Lemmon; acting Co-Secretary, Dan Helm; Treasurer, Harry Finkbiner; Stream Warden, Ron Stout; Slate Drake Editor, John Pastorek; and Membership Chair, Marion Alexander got together on August 3 to repair and replace the old SRS signs which border Slate Run in 7 locations along the stream.

After meeting at Wolfe’s Store at 9 am, the entire group moved to the Morris Run Bridge location to collectively replace the sign there. After establishing the methods to be used for the project, the group was split up into 2 teams – Team 1 comprised of Joe Lemmon, Ron Stout and John Pastorek, –  Team 2 was Harry Finkbiner, Dan Helm and Marion Alexander.


SRS Signage Work Crew – R to L: Joe Lemmon, kneeling – Dan Helm, Harry Finkbiner, Ron Stout, standing – John Pastorek, Marion Alexander

Team 1 headed upstream to replace signs at the Francis Branch, Seven-Mile Campground and the Manor Lodge – while Team 2 went down stream to replace signs at Two-Mile, Black Forest Trailhead and Hotel Manor.

Just how good was the efficiency of these teams? As Team 2 was finishing up and putting tools away from behind Hotel Manor, Team 1 was pulling into the parking lot! Some good-natured banter was exchanged regarding who got done sooner – but… the main issue was the project was done!A replaced SRS Sign

The project was organized well and executed with great efficiency. Nice job guys!Team 2

Team 2 above.

July 20,2019:

Morris Run Road Follow-Up

I was up that way yesterday and saw what I believe is the culprit that was reported to be the potential issue. If this isn’t the one, then maybe there’s another further down the road. This one is visible up at the entrance going down in.

Morris Run Road Snare

Not sure how big a diameter tree this is but  you may want to make sure you have an escape plan if you decide to go down there folks  – or it might be a while before you get out.


July 18, 2019:

Mange is for Real!

Manged Black Bear

Someone has a tent up at the Two-Mile access. I saw this guy sniffing around there and got this picture. This is the first black bear I’ve seen in the wild with mange. The actual condition of this bear is far worse than what appears in this picture. I could not get this picture to show how clearly just what I saw. The lack of hair was gruesome. This bear will have little chance of surviving this coming Winter I believe.


July 5,  2019:

Take Note:

New content in the SRS BLOGs (“New Things To Check Out In The SRS BLOG”) will be highlighted in the sidebar to the right here on the HOME page when you view this site on a computer. On a phone or tablet  you will see the “New Things To Check Out In The SRS BLOG” at the TOP of this page . Therefore if something new is added to the BLOG titles: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Photo Gallery, Founder’s Rod, Fishing Regs, and 70 Degree Pledge – you will see it mentioned there and NOT in this ‘Latest from SRS’ page.


July 1, 2019

Morris Run Road Travel Warning!!!

Just spoke with SRS member John Pastorek who says that if you intend to travel down Morris Run Road to access Slate Run, you may want to take a chainsaw with you!!! Make sure to take plenty of fuel and bar oil as there seems to be a tree that looks like it’s about to fall over the road. You will not be able to get back out if this tree falls and you are down there unprepared to cut your way out.

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This is located several miles up Slate Run Road from Slate Run. Consider yourself warned and either be prepared to, 1- spend a cold night there or, 2- be prepared to do some cutting to get back out if the tree falls while you’re down there fishing!

June 10, 2019:

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SRS Summer Membership ‘Pat Eroh Memorial Picnic’ Meeting Comes and Goes!

Our Pat Eroh Picnic Membership Meeting has come and gone by the time you read this. There were about 25 in attendance and John Arway gave a whirlwind presentation through his 40 year career with the PA Fish Commission.

The two main points of business that took pace were the continued work John Pastorek has done on the SRS By-Laws and the approval of replenishing the stock of Slate Run Maps.

John started working on the By-Laws I think  some time this past late Winter. He brought those proposed changes to the April meeting where the board decided to allow some time to read over the  changes and make a decision at the next (Summer) meeting. Changes were mostly semantic and were approved by a majority vote.

SRS member and past secretary Karen Fry has volunteered to keep Slate Run Maps in stock for sale from our website and at Wolfe’s store. It was approved to allow Karen to do this and we certainly owe Karen a hardy ‘Thank You’ for undertaking this task.

Then John Arway took center stage and truly ran through his material in a quick fashion. His presentation was about 40 minutes  – a minute for every year – doesn’t  seem fair to sum up one’s career in a minute per year does it? However his span of work was and is impressive and I know I learned a lot.

Walt Nicholson provided this (and I must say this) OUTSTANDING picture of SRS Member Dave Craig fishing Slate Run some time this past month or so when the water was roaring on Slate Run.  Truly a GREAT picture Walt – thanks for sharing that with us! UB

Scaled- DCraig Fishes Slate Run

May 27, 2019

Slate Run Summer Meeting June 8 – RSVP by June 1st Please!!!

Just a reminder that the SRS Summer meeting will be held on June 8 at the Brown Township  Fire Hall – starting at 10:30 AM. John Arway, retired Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director is scheduled to join us! I’m betting he has a few stories to share with us!

PLEASE… RSVP by sending an email to:

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Please note that this email address is not a link. You will need to enter this in your ‘send to’ field in your email message. We do this because the internet bots send us too much junk email.

by June 1st! We need to get an idea of a ‘head-count’ and responding a week in advance really helps us plan on those that will attend and want to have lunch with us.

Hope to  see you at the meeting!

April 25, 2019

Slate Run Maps Now Available Through Our Website!!!

Maps of Slate Run have been available for some time now. The small map size has been described as 15″ x 24″. I measured my small map and it actually measures 16 1/4″ x 24″. The large map is reportedly 30″ x 48″. I do not have one to measure so I can not verify if this is actually the case.

Slate Run Sportsmen are now offering them for sale through this website! We do have to charge a little more to cover the costs of the mailing tubes, postage and  the PayPal charges. Online through our website, the small map will be $30 and the large – $65.

Click on the “SRS Merchandise” tab and  this will take you to where you can order them. We are only accepting PayPal and Credit Card payments for purchases of the maps through the website at this time.

So if you’ve wanted to see where some of the named holes and notable locations along Slate Run are located, this could be your opportunity to find those spots and go fish them!

April 15, 2019

Looks Like There Is A Need…Wanted: Stream Warden

This post might be updated in the future as more detail comes to us.

SRS President, Joe Lemmon, just got a report that one of our members, Ron Stout, has walked a section of Slate Run and gathered 2 large garbage bags full of trash! This just reinforces that there is a need for Slate Run Sportsmen to have a Stream Warden. Like mentioned in a previous post here, the Stream Clean-Up has been one of the duties of the SRS Stream Warden. Ron’s action provides evidence that we should continue this activity. We just need someone to ‘take the bull by the horns’ and lead it. That probably would mean that they would organize this event – which would include setting a date, becoming the contact person for information, arranging any post clean-up ‘refreshments (if wanted), etc…

Evidence of trash along our namesake stream sure ‘looks like there is a need’ – for a Stream Warden from SRS to monitor this valuable resource. If you or you know anyone interested in fulfilling such duties for SRS – please contact us at

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Please note that this email address is not a link. You will need to enter this in your ‘send to’ field in your email message. We do this because the internet bots send us too much junk email.


Thanks Ron, for taking it upon yourself to do something about the trash!

April 10,2019

At the SRS Spring Meeting …

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Slate Run Sportsmen held their Spring meeting this past weekend at Hotel Manor in Slate Run. Eric Hussar and Tom Casilio talked with those in attendance about current issues. But first, SRS had some old and new business of which the details follow:

SRS needs a new Stream Warden. We thank Joe Cramer for having served as warden in the past – but he can no longer fulfill this job. The job has consisted of holding an annual stream ‘clean-up’ in the past. If the candidate wants to expand their duties they might consider periodic monitoring of the stream for trash or identifying other issues which would negatively impact Slate Run. Maybe you could even ‘work into the job description’ – to go fishing up Slate Run a few times a year  –  you know, just because it’s your job as Stream Warden to check on the stream. Tough assignment but somone’s gotta do it! If you might be interested in doing this task for SRS,  please email us at

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Please note that this email address is not a link. You will need to enter this in your ‘send to’ field in your email message. We do this because the internet bots send us too much junk email.


Karen Fry, past Secretary of SRS,  has volunteered to help SRS ship Slate Run Maps sold  through this website! Both sizes will be available – the small is 16.25″ x 24″ and the large is 30″ x 48″. We’re working on figuring out just how to do this and will probably introduce a new page here on the website that will be titled ‘SRS Merchandise’. It should look similar to the current SRS Online page utilizing PayPal and credit card payments (through PP) as payment options. Keep your ‘eyes peeled’ for the new page and then you will be able to order the maps through this website. They will be a few dollars more than the price at Wolfe’s store in order to cover the costs of shipping.

Now on with Eric and Tom…

Eric talked about some bills coming to the State House floor this week regarding the PFBC being allowed to set fees and have more control over their revenue stream. I believe Eric said that the PFBC have been working on this for some time now. Eric told me  that he’s going to pass along a few links dealing with current issues he’d like us to  check out. As soon as he does this I’ll post them here in an update.

Tom mentioned that  he is hopeful that Slate Run road, which is closed due to the land slide down into Manor Fork, may be open by mid-Summer.  Tom mentioned that everything is seemingly falling into place to make this happen. Just keep in mind that if any ‘hiccups’ occur, then there may be more of a delay in its opening.

To get the latest word about the status of Slate Run Road, please contact the Tiadaghton State Forest Office to get an update at 570-753-5409.

Tom also mentioned that the Tiadaghton State Forest 2019 Management Activities have been defined and published on their website. Here’s a link to that page:

Scroll  down the page a bit till you see this part of  the page(below) and click on the link (bordered in the red box below).

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There is a lot of good information packed into that PDF. Not all may apply to SRS but as you will see, the Tiadaghton State Forest ‘Guys and Gals’ are working hard to maximize this forest resource.

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