A Brief History of Slate Run Sportsmen:
A ‘regular’ group of people would gather at what was called the Manor House Hotel in Slate Run back in the 1950s. Curvin Bonner, Eddie Haines, George Durwachter, Grant Larrimer, Horace Hand, and Luther Fetter were those that regularly met and talked. One topic of conversation was the recent fishing in Slate Run. It sounded like there was complaints on how poor the fishing had become. The result of their conversations produced an idea – that the best way to help the stream recover was to form a fishing club whose collective voice would put forth policies that would address fishing issues of the day. They thought a club’s message would ‘have more clout’ than just a bunch of people demanding a change in regulations to the Fish Commission. Thus, Slate Run Sportsmen was formed in 1954. It’s early purpose was to make Slate Run a “Fly Fishing Only” stream.