Welcome to Strawberry Hill
When I arrived at the stream on a beautiful 40 degree day in January, there was anchor ice locked from one side to the other due to the recent very cold weather. Most anglers hate this stuff; the fish just sit under it and laugh at us. I wondered what was going on under there. What were the bugs doing? What were the fish doing in response? How can I take advantage of this unique opportunity?
I sat down and watched. Upstream the faster water was free of ice in the middle, yet frozen on the sides. It was trapping air and bringing it to the fish and other life under the ice. The insects that usually hang out in the riffle were still there, and being dragged from the rocks and tumbled down to the waiting fish. How could I get a fly under that ice? I found a nice fat tasty looking nymph, and pinched on two number 8 split shot. I got into position upstream of the riffle and let the nymph drift down stream and under the ice.
When the fish took my offering, I was excited – then worried. How was I going to get him up from under there? He pulled and I pulled back. I tried to guide him toward the bank under the ice, from up stream. I was winning; then he was winning. The battle ensued for at least 5 minutes until I finally got his head turned to run up… Continue reading
Strawberry Hill’s annual Mount Hope Maple Madness is quickly approaching, with pancake breakfasts and maple sugaring tours (plus great crafts vendors!) set for February 28th and March 7th! We need your help to make this event a sweet success. Volunteers are also needed to help tap trees and collect sap throughout maple sugaring season (February and March).
If you are interested in volunteering, please call (717) 642-5840 or email email@example.com.
Maple Madness Volunteers Needed
-breakfast cooks and servers
-ticket table & breakfast room hosts
-parking lot attendants
| Vendor Space Available
Of course, an important part of our “Festival of Fun” includes you! The breakfasts are growing in popularity and since we have added the feel of a craft show it has definitely been a plus. Our vendors with winter crafts have done especially well over the past few years.
|There is a small fee for each vendor depending on the size of the space you will need. The availability is somewhat limited so we will accept merchants on a ‘First come, first served’ basis so we will try to fit in as many of you as possible. Please note that the costs are per day. Here are your options:
Other things you need to know:
February 7th and 8th are loaded with great winter programs for the whole family! Plus, we’re all looking forward to Maple Sugaring!
Get Ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count
February 7th 8:30-10:30 am
Watching the birds appeals to all ages. The colors, feeding behaviors and interactions between different bird species at the feeders will entertain you for a lifetime. So, bring a friend, a sister, a spouse, a child, a grandparent and join us for some serious fun at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve. You will learn the basics of identifying birds and have the opportunity to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count from February 13th through the 16th. All it takes is twenty minutes a day of watching and recording your species. An hour-long bird hike will follow the presentation. We will play a bird game if weather is foreboding. Dress in layers for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for the hike. $5 members / $8 non-members
Fly Tying Clinic
Feb 7th 10 am-3 pm
George Hammond, licensed Pennsylvania Fishing Guide, of Custom-Tied Flies and Guide Service will be teaching how to tie four types of flies. You’ll learn how to tie a nymph, dry fly, wet fly and a streamer. Nothing adds to the fly fishing experience like fooling fish with something that you made with your own hands! Preregistration is required. $45 / $55
Fly Casting Clinics: May 16… Continue reading