flooding in areas of play and protected
course infrastructure,” Kristie Fach, Wild-
lands Conservancy director of ecological res-
toration, said. “Now we continue to partner
with Lehigh and Saucon Valley Country Club
through their Audubon Certification pro-
gram that requires monitoring each year to
keep their certification. We assist in stream
monitoring and providing recommendations
for how they can protect and restore their
streams and natural areas.”
Lehigh’s grounds department monitors
the stream – and finishing thereupon – daily.
The native area that lines the water remains
untouched by lawnmowers and weedwhack-
ers. All other facets, however, fall under the
grounds watch. For example, Lehigh installed
log and rock vanes to direct the stream’s
main flow toward the center. It’s a healthy,
viable body of water – and fishing spot – on
“We had two cart bridges and one pedes-
trian bridge. The pedestrian bridge has never
really impacted the stream. Both cart bridges
have,” John Chassard, Lehigh’s director of
grounds for 36 years, said. “The upstream
cart bridge was a lot lower than it is now,
and it had a center span in the stream. That
created a lot of sedimentation on either side
of it. Now that it’s gone, the stream is so
much cleaner. The water flows a lot faster.
The bottom has more pebbles.”
Chassard, for his part, takes note of hatch-
es he observes along the creek. Fishing at
Lehigh entices members and staffers alike.
“I always keep my fly rod in my office,”
Chassard, 56, of New Tripoli, Pa., said. “Being
out here first thing in the morning and getting the crew going, I always make a couple
of casts here and there. I have a couple of
guys on my crew that are avid fishermen.
They’ll hit it up as well from time to time.”
q Fishing isn’t formally sanctioned at
Lehigh. The club does adhere to a catch-and-release policy. Little Lehigh Creek’s most
common catch, at least in Lehigh’s jurisdiction, is Brook Trout and Brown Trout.
Scagliotti’s largest haul – 15 to 25 fish
– occurs during the annual Sulphur hatch.
That’s when different mayfly species essen-
tially emerge en masse, thereby creating a
fish feeding frenzy.
“If you’re fortunate enough where you put
the right fly on, you’ll just get bump after
bump after bump. You don’t necessarily have
to catch all of them, but they’ll still hit it,”
Not every fishing excursion at Lehigh is a
hit for Scagliotti.
“There are always golf balls in the creek,”
he said. “The only time I ever fish on No. 4
is if I’m picking up golf balls. I’ll throw a fly
out and pick up a couple of balls. Sometimes
I’ll get 30 golf balls and no fish. It’s bad
when you’ll see one person’s initials on three
golf balls in the same spot. ‘Well, they didn’t
quite make it.’ And you know they’re brand
new when they don’t even have a ball mark
Fishing and golf mark Scagliotti’s Lehigh
history. He belongs to a nine-hole league
at the club. As he crosses Nos. 4, 7, 12 or
even the polarizing 13, Scagliotti peeks at the
stream to scout fishing conditions.
“It’s a social event, just like everything else
we do, to a greater or lesser degree,” Scagliot-
ti said. “At night, members will be playing
and they’ll stop and chat with me when I’m
fishing. If I catch a fish while they’re talking
to me, they say, ‘Wow. Look at that one.’
Most people know I fish here, but not very
many come down and fish. It’s surprising.
You would think that with all of the out-
doorsy type people that are here, somebody
would be on the bandwagon.”
More like the bass wagon. – Tony Regina
On No. 13 at Lehigh, this plaque
commemorates the Little Lehigh
Creek Restoration Project.