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Outings

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

DESTINATION PERIOD*
Big Spring - Newville, PA October Caddis# November, 2018
Guided Steelhead Trip- Eire, PA + November 9-11, 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
PPTU/MayFly Project Fundraiser - Rockville, MD June 24, 2018
Yellow Creek - Hope, PA# June, 2018
Catskills - Roscoe, NY@ May 31 to June 3, 2018
Casting Rendezvous, Williamsport, MD May 5, 2018
Casselman - Grantsville, MD Sat & Sun April 28-29, 2018
Beaver Creek - near Hagerstown, MD Canceled
Fly Fishing 101 Class - Laurel, MD March 18, 2018
Yellow Breeches - Boiling Springs, PA# February 17, 2018
Big Spring - Newville, PA# Canceled
Craft Beer Holiday Fundraiser December 14, 2017
Big Hunting Creek - Thurmont, MD November, 2017
Savage River, Monroe Pavilion Camp Out October 6-9, 2017
THIRD ANNUAL BBQ FUNDRAISER October 1, 2017
One Fly Contest, 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 or Combo Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie 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

COMING EVENTS

Yellow Creek, PA June, 2018

The June outing is to Yellow Creek near Breezewood, PA. Check for specific details on our PPCTU Forum.

Fly Fishing Guide to Yellow Creek

Not to be confused with the famous Yellow Breeches Creek, Yellow Creek is located in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. It's one of many southeastern limestone spring creeks that hold trout. It begins near Woodbury and flows into the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River near Hopewell. The stream is stocked by the state but it also has a good population of wild, stream-bred trout.

Read More Here!

We will be fishing the "Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only" section of Yellow Creek.

Directions:

Take I-70 west to Breezewood, PA. In Breezewood, take US 30 west about 7 miles to Rt. 26 north. Take Rt. 26 north another 7 miles. A short distance past the junction with Rt. 36, turn left onto Jacks Corner Road. Take Jacks Corner Road for a little over a mile. After you cross the bridge over Yellow Creek, the entrance to the parking lot is about 1/3 mile on the left.

Lou Reichel
outings@pptu.org
443-745-0313

Savage River, Monroe Pavilion Camp Out, October 5-8, 2018

The October Outing and Campout in Western Maryland will be on October 5-8, 2018, 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 Monday 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:
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)
outings@pptu.org

PPTU-CWA Steelhead Outing, Erie, PA November 9-11, 2018

Guided steelhead fishing in Erie PA tributaries. Fishing will be on public and/or private water. Arrive Friday evening at lodge and fish all day Saturday and Sunday until 3:30pm. Leave Sunday or stay overnight for an additional cost. Lodging is at Liars Den in East Springfield, PA. Lodging provides shared rooms for up to 4 people each. We need 6 people for this trip. Can accomodate 8.

Guide service provided by Steelhead Alley Outfitters. They have been leading local TU chapters on successful steelhead trips for several years.

Trip includes the following:

Skill level: You should have fly fishing experience and be able to wade.

Cost: $575, non-refundable. Deposit $75 to hold your place is due immediately with full payment due Oct 1, 2018. We will return your payment, if we fill your spot. In case of weather problems, trip will be rescheduled after consulting with SAO guides.

Not included:

For more information or sign up: Contact Rachel Dagovitz, racheldagovitz@hotmail.com

MOST RECENT TRIP REPORT

Catskills Outing Report

Where: Catskills - Roscoe, NY

When: May 31 - June 3, 2018

Stayed: Rockland House Motel

Participants: Bob Dietz, Lou Reichel, Bob and Priscilla O'Donnell

Summary

Even after reading rainy weather and high stream flows the trip weather was excellent. The weather ranged from slight drizzle for a few minutes to overcast skies to sunny blue skies. The stream flows were just right. For those who cancelled missed out on a great trip. Everyone caught trout. Had good hatches of large March Browns, some Sulfurs and Cahills and Brown Caddis at night. Fished the Beaverkill and mostly the Willowemoc. This area is known as the Birthplace of American Dry Fly Fishing and where the fly fishing founders like Theodore Gordon and others fished. It's a trip that should be repeated in the future.

Daily Report

Leaving Maryland around 6:00am and arrived to Roscoe NY around 12:30 pm. Stopped in Beaverkill Anglers for fishing reports and bought some March Brown emergers and dry flies in size 12-10. Started fishing on the Willowenoc near the Power lines, below the Fly Fishing Museum. Priscilla O'Donnell started us off with a hook up in the first 2 minutes and shortly afterwards Bob O'Donnell had a catch. March Browns were rising. Bob Dietz, using multiple soft hackles (March Brown, light Cahill and Partridge and orange soft hackles) caught 4-5 brown trout and brookies. Near dusk we went to the Cairn's Bridge hole on the Beaverkill. Near dusk there was a large brown Caddis hatch. Again, Bob D caught a couple brown trout.

On Friday, met Josh Loh, former member of PPTU who now lives in NY, showed us his secrete spot on the North Branch of Callicoon. Priscilla again started us off with a hookup. Lou finally caught 3 browns. The largest was caught on a March Brown dry fly (#10) in the back and shallow part of a pool. Latter we went back to Willowemoc between the Museum and the Power Lines. At dusk revisited Willowemoc near the Power Lines (favored place) and Bob D caught more brookies.

On Saturday we visited the Fly Fishing Museum. Later we fished upper Beaverkill at the Beaverkill Covered Bridge. The stream was crowded. Watched Cedar Waxwing birds fly around and catch March Brown duns in the air. Some March Browns that were attacked by the birds but couldn't hold on to dropped to the water and then watch the trout take the wounded mayfly. Bob D started upstream in the riffles and caught a large brown trout (soft hackles), many of the fishermen that had been previously there were watching this new guy catch trout. Bob D moved closure to the bridge and it was a pleasure to watch Bob D casting 40-60 feet using a double haul to a pool across the stream with rising trout. Within a few minutes Bob D had another trout.

On Sunday it was raining, and some of us were a little stiff from fishing last 3 days, so we decided to leave for home. As we traveled a few miles down the road the day was clearing. When we got back home to Maryland it was raining very hard.

Over all it was a great trip.

Lou Reichel

Outings Coordinator

Trout Town USA
Sunny day on Willowemoc on day thunderstorms predicted. Upstream of Power Lines.
Lou easily distracted and not watching dry fly on North Branch of Callicoon
Typical trout caught by Lou on North Branch Callicoon
Bob O'Donnell trout on Willowemoc
Upstream from Museum bridge on Willowemoc.
Beaverkill Covered Bridge where Theodore Gordon fished. Bob Dietz checking it out.

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

George

Dennis's 29 incher

Jack Benoit

Dennis with 29 incher

Evening Below Folly's

Bruce Eberle

Nick Weber

Steve Graves

Jack

Will recording Ken's fight

Steve

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

Youghiogheny

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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