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    A aghE SEPTEMBER, 1 9 7 1

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    Executive Director

    TRULY RELAXING We have developed and promoted slogans that extoll the virtues of recreational fishing. The

    most popular of these slogans has been the one inviting all comers to "Find Peace in a Violent World—Go Fishing." Interestingly posters bearing this slogan have turned up in the halls of Congress, on doors of offices in the U.S. Department of Interior, the Governor's Office and nu- merous other auspicious places.

    Other popular slogans have been "Bless Your Heart—Go Fishing"; "Find a Bit of Heaven- Go Fishing"; "Tired of it All?—Go Fishing."

    Probably the most timely of these many slogans is the one that says "Nothing Relaxes After Taxes Like Fishing—Go."

    The point of these poster slogans has simply been to spread the word to an ever more frantic generation that fishing is truly a relaxing and entertaining form of recreation. Of course, avid fishermen have long known this and if you just stop and think about it, there is nothing like a few peacefully "busy" hours fishing to set your mind and body at ease.

    While our slogans urging folks to go fishing have often had a humorous overtone, they really carry a worthwhile message to the harried executive, to the frustrated businessman and to the tired craftsman, mechanic, office worker and even the farmer. Fishing is fun and even when the action is fast and furious, it's genuinely relaxing.

    In support of this contention, we have learned that many medical experts recommend fish- ing as a healthful form of recreation. Some psychiatrists have indicated fishing experiences pro- vide a valuable contact with reality for patients with certain forms of mental illness. Workers at some correctional institutions find that fishing activities form a useful part of their rehabili- tation program.

    My point in raising this particular topic now is simply that September is probably the very best month of the year to go fishing in Pennsylvania. The weather is usually ideal and the waters are cooling off, stimulating fish activity. Vacation crowds have left the lakes and streams peacefully quiet and the stage is all set for relaxing and spirit restoring fishing experiences.

    If you're a regular Fall fisherman, share your next fishing trip with a friend who really needs a good dav of relaxation. If you've always been too busy to fish in the Fall, set aside a day for an experimental trip this month .to one of Pennsylvania's many topflight smallmouth bass streams. Your catch will depend on your skill, but the broader benefits to mind and body will come naturally. Try it!

  • EXECUTIVE OFFICE Executive Director

    R O B E R T J. B I E L O

    Assistant to Director WARREN W. SINGER


    Information W l L L A R D T . J O H N S

    Administrative Services Director

    R A L P H P U T T

    \anagement Services Division

    HOWARD MILLER, chief Waterways

    I , Director I p T . C H A R L E S E . L E I S I N G

    ^Vatercraft Safety Division P A U L M A R T I N , Chief

    Law Enforcement Division

    HAROLD CORBIN, Chief Real Estate Division

    P A U L O'BRIEN, Chief

    E n g i n e e r i n g & F i s h e r i e s j , Director t 0 W A R D R . M I L L E R , P . E .

    • t Engineering Division *

  • VITALLY INTERESTED As a non-swimmer who bought his

    first boat in July of 1970—an eleven foot jonboat—I am vitally interested in why Ed Jones referred to the jonboat as, "the deadliest of them all" in his article on page 51 of the April issue.

    Having never owned any other boat and having no prior experience at all with boats; my knowledge is confined strictly to that acquired using my jon- boat. I have found two things which I suspect are peculiar to this style boat which I do not like: (1) on windy days it blows around at the whims of the wind making it a chore to stay on course, either rowing or using an electric trolling motor. (2) the boat being quite shallow (about 13") it is quite possible when lean- ing over the side to net a fish, to take on water or even submerge the boat if you are not very careful.

    I bought the boat to use mostly on Fish Commission lakes and ponds where I felt the shallow draft would be beneficial in reaching points where there wasn't much water. I also noted before making my purchase that the Fish Commission uses jonboats exten- sively in the Wayne County area where I fish. Another reason for my selection was the light weight (75 pounds) and low cost ($99).

    I have had the boat on Belmont Lake, near Pleasant Mount Hatchery, on days when the lake had white caps on it and the wind was blowing so hard I could barely make the boat stand still when rowing as hard as I could into the wind with the electric motor churning away locked straight ahead. Although the boat was badly out of it's class under these conditions it never took on enough water to re- quire bailing.

    Is anything dangerous about my boat that I already don't know of? Why does the Commission use this type boat propelled with a substantial outboard motor if it is potentially deadly.

    JOHN N. AYRES, Jermyn

    In 1970, 25 fatal boating accidents occurred which accounted for 34 fatal- ities. Of the 25 fatal accidents at least 8 of the accidents involved the type of boat being discussed—that is the small, highly portable, light, inexpensive and usually aluminum boat.

    The two leading contributors to ac- cidents in this type of boat are over- loading and/or improper loading. The difficulty of controlling a boat under adverse weather conditions has result- ed in many tragedies particularly when one or both of the above occur as well.

    If a boat does not have adequate flotation installed it should not be used except under ideal conditions.

    Boats without capacity plates, should have them added to help boaters learn just how much their boats can carry safely and how much power they should have.

    Boaters should also consider wearing a life saving device when using this type of boat unless they are good swimmers and even being a good swim- mer may not help you if you go over- board in very cold water. All non swimmers and children under nine years of age are advised to "wear" life saving devices and in fact it is re- quired on Fish Commission owned lakes beginning this year. Standing up or moving about in this type of boat is certainly dangerous at anytime.

    The type of boat Commission per- sonnel use are much larger, of heavier construction and have a wide beam.

    P E N N S

    Engines are no larger than the b

  • ^nual effort that is so necessary to e successfuf outcome of this sort of kct. Any interested group can get

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    %i t 01* information by contacting the str'ct waterways patrolman—they're

    ( Hsted in your Summary of Fish ***. the little booklet that comes ''« your fishing license.

    - T O M EGGLER, editor

    WANKS * Would like to thank you and your

    a " for the fine job in the publication the Pennsylvania Angler. I think

    ls a very fine magazine. , "owever, the main reason for this pk r is to thank Mr. Robert Brown, imperative Nursery Coordinator and

    r^e and assistance they gave to the . afysville Sportsmen's Association , °ut Co-op. This was our first year

    the program and last summer we i/1 into trouble when a disease hit ,e fingerlings. All it took was a One call and Bob Brown appeared j* told us what to do. Later we

    h: iIed him again and he arrived at 10

    J* that night and Mr. Byers also


    assistant Mr. Paul Byers for the "SORRY FRED, . . . I DON'T GET A REACH LIKE THIS TOO OFTEN

    e a trip down to help us with our perns. Without the help of these i ° men I am afraid our fish would .1 e been lost. We would also like to u,ank Mr. Ben Learner, Perry County i aterways Patrolman, for the fine job ^ nas done in the short time he has i ®n in Perry County. He has also v Ped us with our trout Co-op and p aH really appreciate it. The Fish . ^mission should be proud to have lj ** like these and we hope they con- j ue With the Commission for years (j come as we know they will con- ^ e to do a fine job.

    M E L FORTENBAUGH, Chairman Marysville Sportsmen's Association Trout Co-op.

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    TYING BOOK? Wish to congratulate you on the ishing and magnificent presenta-

    | °f your fine magazine. Well done! ead every Pennsylvania Angler I

    j„ get my hands on. I especially en- jj the fly tying articles by Chauncy


    MVely for they not only explain \ ry step of tying the fly in detail, N, §ive information about the cor-

    ct f L "me to fish the fly. It is a great

    3j fo know! 0 you publish a book including

    ^ T E M B E R - l 9 7 1

    Mr. Lively's fly patterns or does Mr. Lively? I think anyone interested in fly tying would be proud to own a book of this type. Thank you for a fine job on a great magazine. Keep up the good work!


    East Springfield

    It is our intention to compile Mr. Lively's fly tying articles in booklet form at some point in the future, al- though the booklet is not ready at this time. Once available, it will be an- nounced in the Angler. A small charge to cover printing costs will probably be made for

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