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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 send an email to Lou at the email address below.

For more information on these outings, please contact Lou Reichel at: lwreichel@aol.com or 410-730-5150.

2016 - 2017 Outings Schedule

Savage River, Monroe Pavilion Camp Out October 6-9, 2017
One Fly Constest, Gunpowder September 16, 2017
Clays to Save the Bay August 27, 2017
White Fly Hatch, Yellow Breeches - Boiling Springs, PA# August 2017
Savage River, Monroe Pavilion Camp Out May 19-21, 2017
Potomac Shad Outing, DC! April 30, 2017
Patuxent River March 25, 2017
Big Hunting Creek - Thurmont, MD Cancelled
Big Spring - Newville, PA# January 15, 2017
Yellow Breeches - Boiling Springs, PA# December 18, 2016
Steelhead - Salmon River, NY@ November 20-23, 2016
Savage River, Monroe Pavilion Camp Out October 21-23, 2016
One Fly Contest, Gunpowder River September 25, 2016
Clays to Save the Bay September 10, 2016
* 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 one day PA License or Non-Resident PA License and Trout-Salmon Permit
& Fish Free Days; No 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.)

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


Savage River, Monroe Pavilion Camp Out, October 6-9, 2017

The October Outing and Campout in Western Maryland will be on October 6-9, 2017, to fish the wonderful Savage River and any other western Maryland streams.

Savage River

Reservations have been made at Big Run Sate Park, at the Monroe Pavilion shelter, from Friday evening till Sunday noon for group tent camping that allows up to 25 people.  All this for just $180 split however many ways we have participants.  The shelter has a fireplace (bring our own wood), picnic tables, and a place to gather after the days fishing to cook, make coffee, swap stories, and if it rains we have something to get in under.  Dry campsite, has no running water, no fresh water at Big Run SP so you must bring your own water.  Last year there was electricity in the shelter, however, never know about changes.

Over the past years this has been a great experience.  Monroe Pavilion in Big Run State Park is accessible to the upper and lower Savage River within a few miles.  Other area streams and rivers include the North Branch of the Potomac, the Yock, and the Casselman.  This is a good time to explore the whole region with other fly fisherman, and find those brook trout in the upper Savage in some secluded run.

We will cook on the charcoal grill (charcoal provided with cooking utensils) the first night, so bring your favorite grilling food. Generally we have some other group chili or stew the next day but this has not yet been verified. Will keep you updated on this. If anyone can provide a special group dinner, please let Lou know. So bring food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are places to eat near Grantsville, MD and Keyser, WV

For those not interested in camping, there is lodging available in Keyser, WV or Grantsville, MD. In addition, there are cabins in nearby New Germany State Park. The park at least has running water with bathrooms and showers. Come by and join everyone in the evening for fishing reports around the campfire.

Take into consideration when packing gear this is October in the mountains.  There can be a good frost at night and be quite warm by afternoon.  Tents may be set up in the Pavilion, so bring some type of air mattress for the hard stone floor. Bring food for yourselves and anything that you would like to share. Any new participants that plan on camping may contact Lou Reichel for assistance. Lou will have a camp stove if someone needs to cook and extra water.

Directions to Monroe Pavilion from Baltimore:
Take I70 West. At Hancock interstate I70 splits into I68 and I70. Bear left onto I68. Proceed on I68 through Cumberland, just before Grantsville, take Exit 22, turn south (left) and follow to New Germany Road. Turn left and follow New Germany Road past New Germany State Park and proceed on to Big Run Road (small road, be prepared). Turn left on Big Run Road and proceed to Park entrance. Monroe Pavilion will be on your right, a short distance before road ends, just past the sign for Monroe Run Trail and bathrooms. Afterwards, follow Big Run Rd, shortly after Monroe Pavilion to Savage Rd, turn right onto Savage Rd, and follow to your favorite fishing area on Savage River, especially below dam.

Items Needed:
Tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, lantern, food (breakfast, lunch, grill cookout), water, and toiletries, basically everything needed to sustain you for a weekend.  There are basic bathrooms with no running water.  We can use showers at New Germany State Park.  I do ask for people to bring firewood for the campfire.

Flies that have worked are Caddis, Mayflies, Midges, Griffiths, BWO's, Adams Parachutes, Blue Quill, Slate Drake, Simple 3-Hackle, Wet flies; heck, just bring everything! Last year the fly of choice was a yellow, tan foam dry caddis. Bring the hot spot pheasant tail, this yeas 1-Fly Contest winner.

Please contact Lou Reichel if you plan on attending in order to get an idea who and how many people will be there.

Thanks. See you there!

P.S., We have had men and women, husbands and wives, set-up tents at the campsite.

Lou Reichel
Outings Coordinator
443-745-0313 (cell)


PPTU One Fly Contest
September 16, 2017
at the Gunpowder

Thanks for attending. Fog most of morning until 10-10:30 am. Beautiful day. Nice water, a little low.

Bob Dietz, thread ant, #16
Bob Kaiser, hares ear flymph, #14
Bob O'Donnell, hot spot pheasant tail, #18
Ken Bowyer, wing ant, #16
Lou Reichel, elk hair caddis, #16

Bob's Winning Fly !


2nd Place, Ken Bowyer, 9"

1st Place winner of 2017 PPTU 1-Fly Contest is:
Bob O'Donnell,
Total 39"; 10", 7", 2x 6", plus multi <4".
Bob is awarded with full bragging rights forever.


Lou Reichel
Outings Coordinator


Other Flies

Outings Photo Album

These first ones are from the November 2008 Erie Steelhead outing

Ken and Bill Goldner

Bill's 30 incher

Bill on a San Juan Worm

Dennis and Ken Monday Morning

The "Pig Pen" at the Trout Run Nursery

George Vincent 20 incher on Olive Woolybugger

Ken With a 17 incher

Joe Robinson

Quitting Time Sunday

Dick Friis


Dennis's 29 incher

Jack Benoit

Dennis with 29 incher

Evening Below Folly's

Bruce Eberle

Nick Weber

Steve Graves


Will recording Ken's fight


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

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