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: outings@pptu.org or 410-730-5150.

2017 - 2018 Outings Schedule

Big Spring - Newville, PA October Caddis# November, 2018
Savage River, Monroe Pavilion Camp Out October 5-8, 2018
One Fly Constest, Gunpowder September, 2018
White Fly Hatch, Yellow Breeches - Boiling Springs, PA# August, 2018
Catskills - Roscoe, NY@ May 31 to June 3, 2018
Yellow Creek - Hope, PA# May, 2018
Casselman - Grantsville, MD Sat & Sun April, 2018
Beaver Creek - near Hagerstown, MD March 24, 2018
Fly Fishing 101 Class - Laurel, MD March 18, 2018
Yellow Breeches - Boiling Springs, PA# February 17, 2018
Big Spring - Newville, PA# Cancelled
Craft Beer Holiday Fundraiser December 14, 2017
Big Hunting Creek - Thurmont, MD November, 2017
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
* 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


March 18, 2018 - Fly Fishing 101 Class

The Potomac Patuxent chapter will once again be assisting the Chesapeake Woman Anglers conduct of a Fly Fishing 101 class on March 18th at the National Wildlife Visitors Center in Laurel, MD (10901 Scarlet Tanager Ct, Laurel, MD 20708-4011).

If you're new to fly fishing or just need a refresher class, this is for you. We'll be covering all the basics from gear, to knots, to bugs, and casting. The day will finish off with some actual fishing at the Wildlife Center's pond. A Maryland fishing license will be required to participate in the fishing. You do not need a license to attend the class.

The class is open to anyone interested in learning the basics from some great instructors. To sign up, simply send an email with your contact information to Bob O'Donnell: TroutWrangler@Yahoo.com

March 24, 2018 - Beaver Creek, MD

Continuing the theme of spring creeks, the March Outing is at Beaver Creek, Washington County, MD. We have (or tried due to weather) fished two spring creeks (limestone creeks) in PA and will now stay in MD. More information 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. The book can be purchased, at a discount price, at the PPTU chapter meetings.

Initially meet at the parking area across from the Beaver Creek Fly Shop at 9:00 am. Of course spread out from there.

As per the Guide, Beaver Creek has the distinction of being Maryland's only major limestone influenced stream. The spring creek starts, just a few miles up from the Catch & Release (C&R) section, at the Albert M. Powell State Hatchery. We will be fishing mostly the C&R area near Black Rock Rd (just behind and below the Beaver Creek Fly Shop) to before Beaver Creek Rd (posted private and there use to be a wire across creek and park bench there). One can fish upstream from the C&R area up to I-70 and before the Hatchery. No fishing in the Hatchery. Upstream from the C&R section, one has to walk on private property, which they allow, so please be considerate. The Beaver Creek map shows parking locations and Begin and End points of the Catch and Release section. The two parking areas are across from the Beaver Creek Fly Shop and downstream at Beaver Creek Church Rd (after bridge and turn left). The lowest parking area on Beaver Creek Rd has been posted for about 2-3 years ago and you can no longer park there. I assume now one will have to walk downstream to reach the lowest C&R section of creek. One may recall this lowest section underwent stream improvement work below the old spring house about 5-6 years ago, so it is a good section if we can get there.

The creek can get overgrown with trees and hedgerow of briars. So care must be taken when casting.

Flies will be midges and possible Blue Winged Olives (BWO) of all stages, scuds and cress bugs (Coburn's deer hair cress bug), and don't forget woolly buggers and a few black ghost streamers just tied at the Fly Tying Class. Read also there may be some caddis. You can definitely stop in the fly shop for flies and get stream report. At least tie one fly each listed in Guide to Maryland Trout Fishing, The Catch - And - Release Streams. Rods from 3-5 wt are fine and 7-9 ft length.

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

New members are welcome and if you need assistance please contact Lou Reichel and we can arrange driving assistance, rendezvous places, and show the stream and best places to fish.

Hot dogs and brats will be served for lunch. Please bring your favorite chips, cookies, cobblers, pies, ice cream, etc, to be shared. Most likely serve lunch at Beaver Creek Fly Shop parking area around 12:30 pm. I will use my new portal grill rather than boiling hot dogs.

Please contact Lou if you plan on attending so as to get count of people and make sure we have enough hot dogs and brats.

Driving Instructions:

I-70 West, past Frederick, to exit #35, Rt 66. Turn left on Rt 66, south, and in very short distance you will see on right the sign for Beaver Creek Fly Shop at Black Rock Rd. Turn right and left and park in the public parking area across from the shop. The fly shop is located at 9720 Country Store Lane. Of course we can spread out from there. From my place in Ellicott City it is about 60 miles, 1h drive.

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

Outings Coordinator

Lou Reichel



Casselman Outing April, 2018

It's that time again, as in time for the Mothers Day Caddis Outing on the Casselman River in Western Maryland. Check for specific details on our PPCTU Forum. If the weather is right and the hatch is on, there should be an intense emergence of #14/16 mottled brown/grey wing dark body Caddis flies from early to late morning with fish smashing them on the water and even leaping clear of the water to take them air borne.

After the morning hatch and into the afternoon, the flies swarm up and down the river in fast flight, sometimes in a blizzard of flies with eventual egg laying taking place late afternoon/eve. During this swarming period there can be a mid day lull in surface activity and a good time to switch to subsurface flies. This is one of the best spring hatches in Maryland and the classic dry fly experience.

Recommended flies are brown/grey/mottled wing dark body Caddis #14/#16 tied in the Henryville or realistic patterns for slower water, or the Elk Hair style for the faster riffles. As I said earlier, it's been a long cold winter so be sure to bring plenty of boogers and nymphs just in case we're a week or two early this year on the hatch.

This is an overnight outing for those inclined to stay, and in the past most of us have gotten rooms at the Casselman Inn just a Mile west of the River on US 40 in Grantsville. There is also a Comfort Inn on I 68 just east of Grantsville, and of course camping at new Germany or Big Run State parks.

This should be a great fishing weekend and loads of fun so come out and join in! Just email lwreichel@aol.com to let us know who is coming.

As far as meals go it can be a little sparse and may take some planning. There is an Arby's at the Pilot gas station between route 40 & I68 at the east edge of Grantsville, a Subway shop in the Grantville shopping Center, and the Casselman Inn serves meals. Also, Keyser's Ridge about 8 miles west of Grantsville on US 40 has a truck stop restaurant and a MacDonald's

The Casselman River runs north into PA, so if you don't have a PA fishing License take care you don't accidently fish water you are not licensed for.

Getting there is pretty easy. Head West on I 70, take the I68 split at Hancock MD and proceed west to Grantsville MD. I 68 crosses the river. Any Grantsville exit will get you to the river, just follow the Penn Alps signs.

Lou Reichel

Catskills May 31 - June 3, 2018

A destination outing is planned to fish the trout streams in the Catskills Region at Roscoe, NY. The outing will be for 4 days, May 31, June 1, 2, 3; Thursday - Sunday. It takes about 6 h to travel to Roscoe, NY.

There are at least 5 main streams to fish; Beaverkill, Willowenoc, Neversink, East Branch Delaware and Callicoon. The trout streams of the Catskills are considered the birthplace of the American style dry fly fishing. And the Catskill style fly tying. These streams are accessible from Roscoe, NY. Roscoe has been designated as "Trout Town USA". How can any true fly fisherperson not experience these trout streams of the Catskills where history was made?

We will stay in Roscoe, NY, at either The Rockland House (www.rocklandhouse.com, 607-498-4240) as the primary place and the Roscoe Motel (www.roscoemotel.com, 607-261-0874) as the secondary place. Both places are close to each other and are on or very close to the Beaverkill and are in the range of 80-90$ for a double. Roscoe is home of some famous Fly Shops such as The Dette Flies. Also nearby in Livingston Manor, NY, is the famous Catskills Fly Fishing Center and Museum. June also has a Trout Parade in Livingston Manor with trout costumes. There are other towns nearby only 15-25 min apart from Roscoe; Livingston Manor and Liberty, with low budget motels if required. It does take about 6 h to travel to Roscoe, NY. So 2 days will be mostly tr avel. Details will be given later on times of departure if a car caravan is wanted.

This is my first time to the Catskills trout streams... We will learn as we go. I know some expert and experienced fly fisherpersons in PPTU have shown an interest on going and I will rely on their suggestions and guidance. A Major Catskill Hatch Chart for May/June shows only March brown, Sulfur dun, Green drake, Grey fox, Dun variant, and Blue wing olive.

I am asking for people to make their own reservations to the motels. I inquired to availability during that date and of course the reply is "it depends". I would strongly suggest making reservations at least 2 months in advance. It's my understanding that they can be canceled within 1 week notice without penalties.

A NY trout fishing license is required. Not all the fly shops sell licenses. Can get license on-line at www.dec.ny.gov/63.html.

Please let me know if you are going, to verify when a room is made, and your email. I can supply a list if requested if someone is looking for a partner to share a room and driving.. More details will be made later about car caravan driving..

I notice I didn't have directions. My phone map route is a little complicated, so I will figure out later. Any suggestions is appreciated.

Thanks. If there are any questions or need assistance or suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Lou Reichel


February 17, 2018 Outing Report

Where: Yellow Breeches Boiling Springs, PA

Participants: Ken Bowyer, Dennis Covert, Bob O'Donnell, John Jordan, Lou Reichel, Jonathan Simak

The morning was sunny, clear skies and temperature cool but mild. The Yellow Breeches creek was running high and fast, about 1100 cfm in the morning. But the spring water in the Run was clear and just right. From the foot bridge one could see many large and colorful rainbow trout. At the upper spillway, two large golden trout swayed in the current with some other large trout showing themselves.

We had some new people, John and Jonathan. It was good meeting them and hope they return.

Jonathan's brown trout


Our youngest member, Jonathan, age 15, started off strong and showed off his skills with hooking into a large rainbow in the spillway. It broke the line which only made Jonathan more determined to get another. All in all Jonathan did well catching a rainbow, a brown trout plus a golden trout. Therefore Jonathan receives the prize of Best Fishing Person. Jonathan mentioned he attended the youth fly fishing school that is given on the Yellow Breeches. I noticed Jonathan would knell along the bank and cast showing a low profile to the shy trout. For me it would require much time getting back up with moderate to strong groaning, only because my vest is too heavy with too many doodads.

Bob and Dennis also did well catching some trout up and down the Run. I was trying to catch the trout under the foot bridge for some time and Bob did his normal trick by standing next to me, cast, and hook a trout. I must thank Bob for generously tying on my fly since he had his magnifiers on.

By noonish the skies got cloudy, a little colder, and we started to leave between 1:00 to 2:00pm due the reports of snow.

Report on Yellow Breeches per TCO Fly Shop in Boiling Springs

The public are able to fish the section at The Allenberry. The Allenberry is discouraging fisherpersons at parking at the Allenberry, at the upper parking area and especially down in the field near the creek as some use to do. The "Parking for Fishing" sign on the upper parking area has been removed. Please respect their property so they don't restrict fishing. One has to park in Boiling Springs and walk downstream. The Allenberry is still planning on a parking area across the creek (south side). As per TCO the Allenberry is becoming recognized by Orvis so they do plan on keeping the area open to fishing.

Also, major stream renovations are happening now on the Yellow Breeches from the lower C&R section at the Allenberry all the way up to Boiling Springs. It will be done in sections starting at the Allenberry. So the Allenberry section at the moment is closed to fishing for the renovation. Don't know how long the renovation will take at the Allenberry section, but the entire stream renovation will take about a year. So as the renovation moves upstream, some sections will be closed for stream renovation work.

Until the next Outing. Tight lines and tie at least a dozen flies.

Lou Reichel
Outings Coordinator

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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