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. With the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are currently holding virtual meetings which are available for viewing on YouTube by clicking on the Theme title.


2019 - 2020 Schedule
Meeting Date
Smallmouth Bass Fishing Virtual Speaker: Bob Clouser   April 21, 2021
Euro-Nymphing: Basic to Advanced Techniques, Plus Fly Tying Demonstration  Passcode: XmUtL2@d 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   Passcode: 8Z6.GAdH Virtual Speaker: Noel Gollehon   January 20, 2021
Travels Out West with Joe Taylor   Passcode: =Rq17dt! Virtual Speaker: Joe Taylor   December 16, 2020
Health of the Shenandoah Watershed and the Mid-Atlantic Smallmouth Population Virtual Speaker: Mark Frondorf    November 18, 2020
Locating & Fishing Wild Trout Streams Virtual Speaker: Andrew Sarcinello    October 21, 2020
  CANCELLED     September 16, 2020
  Smallmouth Bass Fishing CANCELLED   Mark Kovach   May 20, 2020
  Maryland's Wild Trout (Joint meeting with NCC at Rock Bottom Brewery, Fly Tying Demo starts at 6:30PM) CANCELLED   Andrew Sarcinello   April 15, 2020
  Mono Rig setup for fly fishing CANCELLED   Domenick Swentosky   March 18, 2020
  Maryland Trout Stocking   John Mullican, DNR Representative   February 19, 2020
  Annual Fly Tying Demonstrations   PPCTU Members   January 15, 2020
  How to Get Your Local Water Protected as a Maryland Trout Stream   Art Senkel & Steve Malan   November 20, 2019
  Winter Trout Fishing Techniques   Capt. Duber Winters   October 16, 2019
  What I Did on My Summer Vacation   PPTU Members   September 18, 2019
  Fly Fishing the DelMarVa Region SNAKEHEADS!!!  Joe Bruce  May 15, 2019
  DNR Report on Historic Wet Weather   DNR   April 17, 2019
  Flea Market   PPCTU Members   March 20, 2019
  In the footsteps of Joe Brook: A Fly Fishing Perspective   Jerry Kustich   February 28, 2019
  Annual Fly Tying Demonstrations   PPCTU Members   January 16, 2019

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

Place: Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, Maryland

Directions: From Capitol Beltway -- North on Georgia Avenue (Rte. 97). First right onto Forest Glen Road. Pass Holy Cross Hospital and go across Sligo Creek Parkway. The Center is on the right, approximately one quarter mile.

Inclement Weather Policy

Since we meet at a Montgomery County facility we will be subject to the county closing policy.

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"Smallmouth Bass Fishing"

Bob Clouser

April 21, 2021 at 7:00PM

For our April virtual meeting, PPTU is extremely fortunate to have fly fishing legend Bob Clouser talk with us about smallmouth bass fishing with the fly rod! For the new people, Bob Clouser is a huge personality in the fly fishing world: He invented and lent his name to the Clouser Minnow about 47 years ago, which has gone on to be one of the most popular bass and saltwater flies in existence and has reportedly caught more varieties of fish than any other fly. Not one to rest on his laurels, Bob went on to invent other great fly patterns like the Clouser Crayfish, the Clouser Swimming Nymph, Clouser's Sparkle Grubb, and many, many more.

Bob has written and produced numerous books, articles, and DVDs on fly tying, fly fishing, destination fisheries, and more. Before COVID, Bob toured fly fishing shows and other events giving fly tying classes, casting instruction, and various seminars. He is the owner of Clouser's Fly Shop which is a full on line service now. ( Bob’s newest venture is giving fly tying classes over Zoom, a featured article about that opportunity is in this newsletter. Bob recently moved away from his native waters of the Susquehanna in Pennsylvania and now calls Florida his home.

Tight lines,

– Karan Singh