General Chapter Meeting Information

A featured part of almost every month's membership meeting is the guest speaker program.  The Board of Directors spends a lot of time planning and arranging for the featured speakers. We begin by designing a general theme for each month's program and then follow up by identifying and booking potential speakers. Some of our virtual meetings have been recorded and are available for viewing on YouTube by clicking on the Theme title.


2021 - 2022 Schedule
Meeting Date
"Fishing for Lake Erie Steelhead” Passcode: w*ZUs207 Virtual Speaker: Ben John   September 21, 2022
“Fly Fishing the Bay for Cobia” Passcode: AdNQZs4# Virtual Speaker: Zach Hoisington   May 18, 2022
“Fly Fishing for Bowfin & Snakeheads” Virtual Speaker: Grant Alvis   April 20, 2022
“A Brief History of Fly Fishing” Virtual Speaker: Bob Dietz   March 16, 2022
“Fly Fishing Safety” Virtual Speaker: Mike Abramowitz   February 16, 2022
“Latest News about the Gunpowder” Virtual Speaker: Phil Gay of Trout & About   January 19, 2022
“Fishing Northwestern Montana’s Kootenai River and Yaak drainage” Virtual Speaker: Tim Flagler   November 17, 2021
“Patuxent Riverkeeper Organization” Virtual Speaker: Fred Tutman, the Patuxent River Keeper   October 20, 2021
“Summer Vacation Show & Tell.” Virtual Speakers: PPTU Members   September 15, 2021
Fly Fishing the DelMarVa Region & Chesapeake Bay Virtual Speaker: Joe Bruce   May 19, 2021
Smallmouth Bass Fishing Virtual Speaker: Bob Clouser   April 21, 2021
Euro-Nymphing: Basic to Advanced Techniques, Plus Fly Tying Demonstration Virtual Speaker: Tim Flagler   March 17, 2021
Jay Sheppard discusses and Matt O'Neal ties Jay's Cicada Pattern Virtual Speakers: Jay Sheppard & Matt O'Neal   March 10, 2021
Maryland and DC Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA3) Virtual Speaker: Sue Muller   February 17, 2021
Fishing the San Juan River Virtual Speaker: Noel Gollehon   January 20, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM, Third Wednesday except December, June, July and August

New Meeting Place: Harkins Builders 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400 Columbia MD 21044

Our September, 2022 kickoff meeting will be done as a “Hybrid”, both virtual and if you wish, in person.

One of our chapter members, Ben Nichols, graciously offered the use of his company’s conference room for PPTU’s upcoming meeting in September. The board did a test run at that location and it seemed to work ok. So, we will attempt the chapter meeting on September 21st. Its been several years since our last face-to-face meeting and many people are looking forward to it. Of course you can still log in from the comfort of your home and get the same presentation.

You may park in one of the adjacent parking garages or the Mall parking lot. A separate email will be sent out to members with more information regarding this venue and details on its location.

We look forward to seeing many of you in person!

And if you decide to come, please say thank you to our host, Ben Nichols.

“Fishing for Lake Erie Steelhead”

with Ben John

Sep 21st, 2022 at 7:00PM

Welcome back PPTU! Our September topic will be Fishing for Lake Erie Steelhead, presented by Ben John of Precision Fly and Tackle. Ben will join us virtually to cover the basics of steelhead fishing for Lake Erie steelhead, especially gear setup and fly selection and presentation. PPTU is planning a fall steelhead outing, so Ben’s talk is especially timely.

Ben John is Precision Fly and Tackle’s Head Guide, the manager of the PFT Beaver Creek location, and the instructor for PFT’s Fundamentals of Tightline Nymphing Classes. Ben was introduced to fly fishing and fly tying at very young age. The sport quickly became a passion of his as he experienced the rush from bending his fly rod with a Panfish or trout. You could always find him spending time sharpening his skills while chasing after wild rainbows and native brook trout in some of the best steams in south-central Pennsylvania. Shortly after college, Ben was able to volunteer with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. This is where he found that he enjoyed teaching the art of fly fishing and sharing his passion with others. Since then he has grown as a fly fishing guide and loves to provide trips that will give memories for a lifetime.

Streams that he guides on are various trout streams such as Falling Spring, Big Spring, Yellow Breeches, Little Juanita, Conococheague, Erie tributaries for steelhead, and the Juniata River for smallmouth.

–Karan Singh 

Note: This is a hybrid zoom meeting. We will be meeting in person at our new meeting location: Harkins Builders 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400 Columbia MD 21044 

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