Potomac-Patuxent Chapter Trout Unlimited
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.
2017 - 2018 Outings Schedule
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
January 13, 2018 - Big Spring Creek near Newville, PA
Greetings PPTU Members,
As we embark on a new year, we are excited to announce our first chapter outing of 2018. Anglers are welcome to join the chapter at Big Spring Creek in Newville, PA. Plan on meeting at "The Ditch" around 10:00 AM or join us for Lunch at the next parking lot at about 1:00 PM. Additional details are available on the PPCTU Forum.
Fly Fishing Guide to Big Springs
Like most spring creeks, Big Springs is not an easy stream to fish. It has lots of large trout but the water is
This is one of the finest limestone streams in the United States. Its upper section is full of beautiful, large brook trout. Unlike the brook trout you find in small mountain streams, these grow large and become very selective in what they eat. You want catch these on an attractor fly by the dozens. You probably want catch one that way. This stream challenges anyone. When you can catch trout from its waters, you are able to catch trout anywhere. Unless the trout are hidden under the grass, you can see them. The problem with that is that they can also see you.
Please make sure you are up to date on your Pennsylvania fishing license and know the regulations for this stream. Get your PA license ahead of time by visiting this link.
Big Spring Creek is about 2 hours north of Washington, DC. To get there, take 270 north and catch I70 west right outside Frederick. Follow 70 for about 27 miles until you reach I81 N outside of Hagerstown, MD. Stay on 81 until you reach exit 29 for PA 174 west. Take a left off the exit then a quick right onto Cramer Rd. Follow Cramer for 1.4 miles until it intersects with US 11 or Ritner Hwy. From US 11, take a left on Big Spring Rd after 4.5 miles. Big Spring Road will eventually intersect Springfield Rd and you'll see "The Ditch" parking area on the right hand side. Using GPS, you can find the parking area by typing in 800 Big Spring Rd, Newville, PA.
As with all of our outings, we encourage you to bring your friends and family members. There will be plenty of seasoned fly anglers on hand to happily offer assistance to any newbies.
To sign up please email Lou Reichel.
MOST RECENT TRIP REPORT
Big Hunting Creek November 18, 2017
Where: Thurmont, MD
Participants: Ken Bowyer, Greg Sholly, Lee Canby, Karan Singh, Motti Tadmor
It was a clear, great fall day. That's what I would like to say. But No. Rain, and then more Rain. Heavy rain started at 9-9:15am and never stopped.
The BHC condition was good. Water levels in good range. There are few fallen trees down in Frank Smoot pool, but not bad. Ken saw some trout and had few hits on Adams and zebra midge dropper. The best PPTU trout fisherman was the new guy, Karan. First time fishing on BHC. He got one and many LDR. He fished near the Visitors center and up stream to the road crossing. Not sure what flies he was fishing. Be be sure to ask him and he can tell all at next meeting. Congratulations to Karan.
We all left by noon. Did not cook any hot dogs or brats.
Will save brats for next outing in January at Big Springs, PA.
Outings Photo Album
These first ones are from the November 2008 Erie Steelhead outing
Below are some photos from some previous PPTU outings.
This document last modified 01/02/18