By Antoinette Colon
On their way to Philadelphia, outdoor enthusiasts and water junkies who joined the 113-mile Schuylkill River Sojourn made a stop in Pottstown on Tuesday.
Sue Goddard of Mifflinburg has been sojourning on American rivers for over 10 years. But this was her first sojourn down the Schuylkill River, and she made the trip in her canoe with her three children.
"It's a very interesting stretch of river," Goddard said of the Schuylkill's run from Reading to Philadelphia. "It's been great There is easy white water and it has been very well organized. The food has been great."
The stop at Pottstown's Riverfront Park included live classic rock performed by Duck N' Cover and a fly fishing demonstration by angler and fishing guide Craig Hull of Camp Hill.
"Casting is important. It's the mechanism that delivers bait to fish but is far from being the crucial aspect of fly fishing, Hull said. "It's a great sport with lots of fun. Remember the farther you cast, the fewer fish you will catch."
Hull started fly fishing with his grandfather at age 10. Fifty years later, he has followed in his grandfather's footsteps as a guide. "My grandfather started in the 1930s guiding the New York's rich and powerful," he said.
Sydne Romig and Mary Ann Gindlesperger were on hand representing the Coast Guard Auxiliary, which offers public education classes at the Pottstown Middle School.
"The auxiliary is the civilian component of the Coast Guard," explained Public Affairs Officer Sydne Romig. The group meets once a month in Gilbertsville.
This was the auxiliary's first year participating in the sojourn event, offering valuable boating and water safety pamphlets along with other useful information regarding the "Waterway Watch," which began soon after September 11, 2001. Through the Department of Homeland Security, the watch calls on the boating community to keep a watchful eye on waterways for suspicious activity.