Lou Reichel is our Outings’ Chairperson for PPTU. Periodically, photos and descriptions of the monthly outings will be posted to this section of the web site and to our monthly publication, The Conservationist. If you plan to attend an outing, please complete the Outing Registration form. Please add This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to your contacts list.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, summer is a great time for outdoor events and activities where social distancing and responsible recreation and conservation can occur.

For our chapters and councils looking to return to conservation, community and fishing activities, deciding when to move forward with in-person events and how to do so safely is daunting and challenging. While in-person activities are permitted by TU at this time, every chapter, council and volunteer leader is required to follow all federal, state and local laws, regulations, ordinances and best practices for gatherings and group events.

At the same time, we encourage our chapters and councils to carefully consider whether holding any in-person event at this time is appropriate or necessary and if so, whether those events can be held exclusively outdoors or in spaces where social distancing is easily maintained.

For more information on these outings, please contact Lou Reichel at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 443-745-0313.

2022 - 2023 Outings Schedule

Erie, PA Steelhead + November/December, TBD, 3 or 4 Days
Western MD Campout, Savage River, Monroe Pavillion October 7, 8, 9 2023 Sat-Mon, 3 Days, 2 Nights
Camp Buffalo Bill, Near Cody, WY & August/September, 2023 TBD 7 Days
Yellow Breeches, PA White Fly Hatch # August, 2023 TBD
Catskills, NY @ June 8-11, 2023 4 Days, 2 Nights
Spring Creek, PA Sulphur hatch, Near State College, PA # May 19-21, 2023 2 days, 1 night
Casselman, MD Grannom - Mother's Day Caddis April 22-23, 2023 2 Days, 1 Night 
Gunpowder, MD 1-Fly Contest April 15, 2023
Patuxent River (upper), MD March 25, 2023
Yellow Creek, PA Near Loysburg, PA # March 4, 2023
Big Spring, PA # February 18, 2023
Big Hunting Creek, MD Little Black Stoneflies February 4, 2023
Erie, PA Steelhead + December 3, 4 & 5, 2022
Western MD Campout, Savage River, Monroe Pavillion October 8-10, 2022 Sat-Sun, 3 Days, 2 Nights
Yellow Creek, PA Near Loysburg, PA # September 24, 2022
Yellow Breeches, PA White Fly Hatch # CANCELLED August, 2022 Generally 2nd or 3rd week
Gunpowder, MD One Fly Contest June 11, 2022
Spring Creek, PA Sulphur hatch, Near State College, PA # May 14-15, 2022 2 days, 1 night
Casselman, MD Grannom - Mother's Day Caddis April 30 - May1, 2022 
Gunpowder, MD Hendrickson Hatch April 2, 2022
Beaver Creek, MD February 19, 2022
* All dates subject to change and dates may be added or deleted due to weather
+ Requires Non-resident PA License and Lake Erie Permit or Combo Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit
# Requires Non-resident PA License and Trout-Salmon Permit or Combo Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit
& Wyoming, Montana, and/or Yellowstone NP License Required
@ NY License Required
! DC License Required


Valid New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia Licenses with Trout Stamps are required for out-of-state trips. (The cost of a seven day non-resident New York freshwater fishing license is $28.00.  The cost of a non-resident one day Pennsylvania license and stamp is $26.70. The cost of a non-resident Pennsylvania license and combo Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit is $68.40. The cost of a non-resident Virginia five consecutive day license is $21.00. You do not need an additional $47.00 Non-resident Trout License to fish the Rapidan River in Virginia or streams in Shenandoah National Park.)

Remember, your feedback and participation are needed in order to make our outings’ program a success

One Fly Contest Winners

The One Fly Contest has become an annual outings tradition. The honor roll of winners are listed below along with the inches of trout landed and the fly used.

  • 2022 Scott Cernick, 17”, #16 SOB Czech nymph
  • 2021 Roman Petruniak, 70”, #16 olive perdigon nymph
  • 2020 Roman Petruniak, 8”, Pink Squirmy Worm
  • 2019 Bob Dietz, 19”, Hares Ear Flymph
  • 2018 Sean Beck, 94”, Chartreuse Mop Fly
  • 2017 Bob O’Donnell, 39”, Hot Spot Pheasant Tail
  • 2016 Bob Kaiser, 48”, #14 Flymph
  • 2015 Zack Dingus, 9”, Stimulator
  • 2014 Bob O’Donnell, 43”, #18 BH Midge
  • 2013 Lou Reichel, 17”, #22 Midge Emerger
  • 2012 Bob O’Donnell, 23”, Titanium Head Peasant Tail Prince Nymph
  • 2011 Dennis Covert, 40”, #14 Crane Fly
  • 2010 Bob Dietz, 8.5”, #14 Grouse & Herl
  • 2009 Bob Dietz, 18”, Grouse & Herl
  • 2008 Bob Dietz, 90” , Grouse & Herl
  • 2007 Nick Weber, 19”, Brassie
  • 2006 Ken Bowyer, 45”, #14 BH Brassie



Big Hunting Creek February 4, 2023

Don't miss the outing to Big Hunting Creek (BHC) on February 4, 2023. It's a great opportunity to experience the Catoctin Mountain Park in winter and start the new fly fishing year.

New members are welcomed.  Let Lou know and we can pair you with a more experienced fisherman to help mentor you on the creek.

Expected hatches are the winter little black stoneflies in #20- #16 and Midges in grey or black in #24-#18.  If we are lucky we may see some brown stoneflies in size #14. More information on tying flies and the BHC can be found in the Guide to Maryland Trout Fishing, The Catch - And - Release Streams, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions, by PPTU members Charlie Gelso and Larry Coburn.  

Stonefly nymphs crawl to structures, hatch to adult, and crawl out of the water.  They fly away and then return to the water to lay eggs.  So both nymphs and adults should be fished.  If it’s a large hatch you will see adult stoneflies sticking on you and on the cars trying to get warm.  Fish near the edges of structures and the creek bank.  A bright sunny winter day over 50 degrees can really get the stoneflies and the fish moving on this creek.

In addition to stonefly nymphs, nymphs such as the Prince, Copper John, Zebra midges and Griffiths Gnat can be effective.  Don’t overlook soft hackles like brown and herl, starling and purple, Spanish needle and Stewarts spider.  Of course don’t forget San Juan worms, Green weenie and egg patterns which are worth a try. 

A 3-4 wt rod, 7-9 ft are great rods.

Of course, depending on weather, dress warm in layers. It can be 10 degrees colder out there than here.

This is a Catch and Release fishing area.  Md trout fishing license required.

Meet me at the Camp Peniel Bridge parking areas at 9:00am.  I generally park on side of the Ranger Station.  Once you check in with Outings Coordinator you are welcome to explore the whole 3-5 mile stretch of creek.  Try to meet back at Peniel Bridge at 3:00pm and report to Lou on all the trout caught. Please check-out with Lou (text) before leaving so I know nobody is lost and everyone is safe.

To sign up for this outing, you must login to complete the Outing Registration form.

Directions :

West on I 70 to Frederick, at Frederick take 15 North towards Gettysburg. Proceed for approximately 14 miles to Thurmont. At Thurmont take exit onto Hwy 77. Turn right (west) at bottom of ramp and proceed into Catoctin Mountain Park.  The parking lot is on both right and left side of the road at the first bridge, Camp Peniel Bridge, which crosses the creek. The Ranger station (or house) is on the right side.

Hope to see you there. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Lou. 

Outings Coordinator,
Lou Reichel
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December 2022 Erie Steelhead Outing

Outings Photo Album

These first ones are from the December 2022 Erie Steelhead outing


Below are some photos from some previous PPTU outings.

Savage River Brookie

Savage River Gold

North Branch 23" Brown

NB 20" Rainbow

Savage River

PPTU Members along NB Potomac 06


Fish Camp Fire

Tim Bowers 20 Incher NB Oct 06

Mike Abramowitz's Big Brown NB Oct 06

Dennis Covert 18" NB Rainbow 06

Tim Bowers 24" NB Brown 06

Fish Camp Fall 06

NB Fall 05 22" Brown