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
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.

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Fly Fishing the San Juan River

Noel Gollehon - Seneca Valley Trout Unlimited

January 20th, 2021 at 7:30PM

We're mixing it up in January with a speaker from our neighboring TU chapter talking about one of our favorite subjects: destination fly fishing! The San Juan River in New Mexico has be one of the most famous trout fisheries in the world. Our guest, Noel Gollehon, is the President of Seneca Valley Trout Unlimited in Germantown and has fished the San Juan for over 20 years.

The San Juan River starts in the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado. It enters the northwest corner of New Mexico before heading towards Utah and the Colorado River. The 4.25 mile stretch below the Navajo Dam holds an estimated 80,000 trout averaging 17” in length, with plenty of fish over 20”. Noel will discuss his lessons learned for fishing the river: How to rig your line, what flies to use, and which areas of the river to fish. Plus, he will talk about getting there, places to stay and eat, and experiences with some of the best guides on the river.

A little about Noel: He is a native of New Mexico, but has lived in Maryland for years. He has traveled back to New Mexico at least annually until 2020 (the COVID year) and has always worked the San Juan into the trip. Noel is active in the Seneca Valley Chapter of TU and has served several Mid-Atlantic Council roles.

The virtual meeting link in the meeting notice below will be posted on the PPTU web page and additionally emailed to our membership and friends. Hope to see you on Wednesday, January 20th at 7:30pm for what should be an exciting virtual trip.

The virtual meeting link is Hope to see you on Wednesday, January 20th at 7:30pm.

Tight lines,

– Karan Singh