In 2008, Saucon Valley, in cooperation with
Wildlands Conservancy and LandStudies,
Inc., stabilized a portion of the stream that
runs through Weyhill.
“We kind of redesigned the stream and put
some J-hooks in there, some kind of fishing
holes and stuff like that,” Roney, 47, of Bethle-
hem, Pa., said. “We do quarterly water testing
and biological sampling as well. Riparian
buffer management, evasive weed eradication
… and we also bring in a lot of high-quality,
native species to enhance the ecosystem and
“It made a huge difference,” Myslinski add-
ed. “It serpentines, and it’s perfect. You have
these shallow parts, and right across from
that is a deep hole where the fish hang out.
They’ll come into the shallow part to eat and
then hide. The stream restoration has been a
blessing for the club in terms of flood control.
One of Myslinski’s most memorable moments, in fact, occurred at Weyhill on April 23.
He caught 12 during an evening excursion.
“It was one of those days where everything
was working,” Myslinski said. “I noticed the
fish were feeding in the shallow water. I was
kind of surprised because it’s open. I thought,
‘I’m going to throw my line there.’ A 15-inch
Brown Trout hit the fly. It happened several
times. Time flies by when that’s happening.
“You get completely engrossed in what
you’re doing. You need to get your next cast in
because there’s activity. The cup looks like it’s
three times bigger. You’re pouring them in the
middle. You just get in that kind of zone. It’s a
Casting lines also leads to carding birdies,
in some cases.
“Increasingly, you see guys who say, ‘I’m
fishing today because I play better golf after
I fish,’” Stoneback said. “I get a rhythm and
a focus with my fly rod. It helps me keep a
rhythm with my golf clubs and my swing. It
helps me focus to make three, four-foot putts.
It’s very calming. It’s not just putting on a
fly after golf, going down to the water and
Myslinski, Stoneback and their fellow fish-
ermen and fisherwomen (wives and daughters
take part, too) soak in Saucon Valley’s splendor
– club or rod in hand – as often as possible.
“Most of the fishing I do is in the evening.
The sun and the shadows are different than
the morning, when I’m usually playing golf,”
Myslinski said. “It’s just a different view of
things. I appreciate the beauty here even more
so – when you’re standing in the middle of
the creek and the birds are chirping. You’re
challenging yourself to catch some fish. When
you do, it’s pretty exciting.”
Saucon Valley’s fishers typically share news
of their progress with golfers when they pass.
Myslinski doesn’t hesitate to offer Saucon
Creek’s hotspots, either.
“Just like a putt, you can show someone
the line. They still have to make the putt.
They still have to execute,” he said. “
Knowledge isn’t everything. It’s the same thing with
trout. I can tell you where they are. If you
catch them, great. If you don’t, you don’t.”
q Fishing at Saucon Valley, to some
degree or another, has existed since the club’s
inception in 1920.
“I have to believe there were cycles of
[fishing popularity and participation] before,”
Stoneback said. “If you read the incorporating
papers, and the newspaper articles, the club
recognized that it was being built on pastural
land along the Saucon Creek for the pleasure
and enjoyment of families. How programs get
developed at any club is a function of what the
members want and need at any given time.
“Saucon Valley is a venerable club located
in the birthplace of America’s Industrial
Revolution, replete with golf history and a
wonderful membership. With three miles of
the Saucon Creek, why not fish? Eventually
all things merge into one, and a stream runs
Fishing is permitted 10 out of 12 months
at Saucon Valley. July and August are off limits
because of water/external temperature.
“It gets pretty warm and that’s not good for
the fish. And they’re pretty lethargic when the
water’s over 70 degrees,” Myslinski, semi-re-
tired and working in diagnostics consulting
with a focus on oncology, said. “Last year, the
water stayed pretty cool all year because we
had so much rain. But we still suggested that
members not fish in July and August.”
“We’ve been the resident guides up there
for six years,” Nyles, 62, of Oley Valley, Pa.,
said. “Between Mark and I, we’re trying to
put together more programs and education
primarily to help utilize the stream more and
more every year. We’re trying to expand the
Nyles filled the shoes of George Maciag,
Saucon Valley’s fishing pro emeritus (2010-14).
“If any member was interested in learning
how to fly fish, or in becoming more proficient
at fly fishing, they would arrange to have a
lesson with me, much like they would arrange
a lesson with a golf professional to fix their golf
swing. I helped out with their fly-fishing techniques,” Maciag, 70, of Allentown, Pa., said.
“Whenever Saucon Valley had its new member
orientation, I would attend those meetings to
explain options other than golf.”
In addition to education, Saucon Valley
members/badge wearers learn fishing lessons
via magazines, You Tube videos, online research, etc. Just like a golfer.
“Then there’s the whole gear side of it,”
Myslinski said. “[When I go fishing], I bring
four fly rods. If I get hung up or break off, I
have another rod loaded. If what I’m using to
fish isn’t working, I put that rod aside and go
to Plan B. If driver isn’t working, hit 3-wood.”
“The prospects are quite good,” Myslinski
said. “Fishing is gaining popularity. I think
that will continue. The club is very supportive
of the trout program.”
“Mark is the new zealot. He’s like someone
who finds the new religion and is more zealous
than the priest,” Stoneback said. “I handed
Saucon Valley’s trout program off to Mark, and
he’s done some wonderful things. There is a
core of people that signs up every year, and
that core is growing. The Better-Ball/Better
Trout Tournament has increased interest.
“We’re sitting on an incredible resource.
We have a stream. Fishing is an asset. It’s a
membership driver in today’s world.”
– Tony Regina