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The next Monthly PPTU Meeting is Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Join us as Andrew Trelease talks about his favority trout fishery, Spruce Creek, and its fish, its pools, and its hatches!

For further details, check out the Meetings page.

New Fiscal Year - Annual Supporting Contributions are due!

September is the last month of our fiscal year. With that in mind, we are asking all members to make their ASC of $20 either on line or by bringing their $20 to the September meeting.

New Member Special Offer!!

Not a member of Trout Unlimited? New Members can Join Trout Unlimited for FREE!! Go to the Join TU National page.

The Wildlife Achievement Chapter Fall Cleanup

The Wildlife Achievement Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) will hold it's fall cleanup of the upper Patuxent on Saturday October 29, 2016 from 9:30 AM until Noon. Go to the flyer for further details.

Coastal Conservation Association Maryland Fundraiser Banqet

The CCA Maryland's Fundraiser Banquet is being held on Thursday November 3, 2016 from 6-10pm. Go to the CCA Maryland Flyer for details.

Latest Conservationist

The latest Chapter Publication, "The Conservationist," is available using the Chapter Publication Link.

Next Beer Tie!

The next BEER TIE is scheduled for November 14th from 7-9 PM at the Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits & Bistro in Beltsville, MD. You're invited to "Tie" one on with us that evening. Bring your tying gear and get ready for an evening of fun. For those that don't tie, don't worry. We'll have a vice or two free so you can step in and see what its all about. You're also welcome to just sit back and watch or additionally enjoy the food and spirits offered by the Bistro. Please bring cash to pay for your food and spirits as "Checks may not be split up".

Latest Outing Report

The OUTING REPORT for the September One Fly Contest is available in the Outings section!

Upcoming Outings

The NEXT OUTING is the Fall Campout in Western Maryland. We are going a little later this year with the campout scheduled for October 21-23. Additional details are available in the Outings section.

Chapter Merchandise

Check the Merchandise section for the Easton Press Collector's Edition Trout Fishing Classics and the collection of books purchased at the 2016 MAC Banquet that are now on sale.

Chapter Library

Check the Library section for DVD's, and yes a few videocassettes, available for rental at the Chapter meetings!

Stream Restoration Video

An excellent video of a stream restoration can be seen at Stream Restoration. It shows what can be done to improve a stream without disrupting the surrounding environment. By all means check it out.


We are seeking volunteers for several positions within the chapter.

Outings Coordinator - Currently Dennis Covert
Youth Program - Currently Vacant

As with any volunteer organization we are only as vibrant as our membership. Yes, there is some work involved, but the rewards of working with a great bunch of people while serving the community where you live by far outweighs the work.

In the past I’ve heard folks say, “I don’t volunteer because I don’t really know how to do any of these things”. Cast your reservations aside, we will help you!

We have roughly 450 members in the Potomac Patuxent Chapter of TU and about 30 of the same very dedicated people year after year put the show on the road. We need more support.

Take a look at the list above. If you have an interest you can contact me at a meeting or at home, or one of the board members, or, one of the current chairs listed by the activity above.


A facebook account has been created for PPTU. To view it, go to Facebook and login with your facebook account. If you don't have an account, you may create one using the link on that Facebook page.

Pebble Mine - Bristol Bay Alaska

The Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay (Alaska) watershed is still alive and gaining ground. Please visit the following sites for further information:
TU: Pebble Mine Bristol Bay Watershed Southwest Alaska
NRDC: StopPebble
Alaska Conservation Foundation


We recently created a fundraising account with AmazonSmile. If you shop at AmazonSmile instead of the regular Amazon website, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to our chapter. You can go to AmazonSmile by clicking on the AmazonSmile image under Miscellaneous in the left hand column.

We hope you bookmark the site and remember to use it while doing some of your on line shopping. This is another great way to help support our chapter.

Annual Newsletter

The Annual Newsletter for 2016 is posted in the Annual Newsletter section!

Fly Patterns from January Tying Demonstrations

Did you forget to pick up an instruction sheet for that fly at the January Tying Demonstrations? No worry! The tweleve patterns demonstrated are posted in the Fly Tying section!

Maryland Public Angler Access Map

Interested in finding a new public access point on your favority "little blue line" in Maryland? Curious about where the stream changes from "non-tidal" to "tidal"? Want to know the flow rate for that stretch of water, but not sure if there is a stream gauge? Then check out the Maryland DNR Public Access Angler Map link on the Stream Conditions section.

New "How To" Article!

Been busy tying up flies and the tying desk a bit disheveled? Check out the article from Mike Abramowitz on Organizing A Fly Tying Desk

One on one stream side fly fishing instruction is available to PPTU members.
Go to the Mentor Program page for details.


We've gone green! We now have an on line Liability Release Form. To sign up for a specific outing, simply complete the form. When you click on the Submit button, the Outings Chair is notified of your intent to attend that outing and you will receive a copy of your completed Liability Release via email. No paperwork is required. You can complete this form from any device that has internet access including smart phones and tablets.

Conservation Activities

PPTU is a conservation organization dedicated to the preservation of coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.  As such, we see it as an obligation, and an honor, to be active in this mission.  If we are to succeed as a TU chapter, we need all of us working together!  We need your suggestions and ideas on what we should be doing, how we cold improve on what we are already doing, and how we can make this organization more meaningful to you.  Let us know what kinds of projects you think PPTU should be sinking its human and financial resources into, and what kinds of projects you would like to get involved in.  How can we be more involved in coldwater conservation activities that would merit your interest and involvement?  Any and all ideas or suggestions are welcome, and very much appreciated!  Your opinions are instrumental in helping to formulate what we are going to do as a chapter.  Please, take a few moments to help the chapter by sending your suggestions via e-mail to mail@pptu.org.

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