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

2017 - 2018 Outings Schedule

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
Catskills - Roscoe, NY@ May 31 to June 3, 2018
Yellow Creek - Hope, PA# May, 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
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


Casselman Outing April 28-29, 2018

It's that time again, as in time for the Mothers Day Caddis Outing April 28 -29 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 outings@pptu.org 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 I-68 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

Yellow Creek, PA May, 2018

The May 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.


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

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

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


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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