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.


2019 - 2020 Schedule
Meeting Date
  Maryland's Wild Trout (Joint meeting with NCC at Rock Bottom Brewery)   Andrew Sarcinello   April 15, 2020
  Mono Rig setup for fly fishing   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.

When Montgomery County Recreation must close or cancel programs due to inclement weather or other circumstances related to participant and staff safety the first notification is made through Montgomery County’s emergency notification system, Alert Montgomery. Alert Montgomery provides accurate, immediate emergency notifications from Montgomery County to your cell, work or home phone, via text, email or voice message.
Real-time emergency updates can also be accessed at:

Given that participants and employees often travel distances and weather conditions may vary considerably across the county, residents are advised to exercise caution and consider personal safety as the first priority.

If you’d like to receive free alerts (in event of a major crisis, emergency, or severe weather event) for Montgomery County, sign up for Alert Montgomery.

Mono Rig Setup For Fly Fishing

by Domenick Swentowsky

March 18, 2020

PPTU welcomes a special guest speaker: Domenick Swentowsky, editor of the Troutbitten journal (

Domenick hails from Central Pennsylvania, where he has been involved in fly fishing since he was a child. After attending Penn State and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (majoring in English), Domenick settled where he could make Spring Creek his home waters. He and his friends started collecting fly fishing advice in a listserve that eventually became the Troutbitten website, which launched in 2014. Troutbitten has since grown to be a true online fly fishing presence with hundreds of articles written by Domenick and eight other contributors.

Domenick guides in central and northern Pennsylvania about 100 days out of the year, He has given presentations around the east coast and mid-south on euro-nymphing, streamer fishing, and general fly fishing tips.

Domenick will be speaking with us about his Mono Rig setup for fly fishing. While many fly fishers know about using long mono as a nymphing technique, Dominick's approach to this piece of equipment is more versatile. He will explain the theory behind the setup and discuss his recommended tactics for using the rig on the water with nymphs, streamers, and dry/droppers.

Maryland's Wild Trout with Andrew Sarcinello

April 15, 2020

Join us for a night with Local Angler and Author Andrew Sarcinello, learning about the wild trout streams of Maryland. Please note this is joint meeting with the National Capital Chapter of TU (NCCTU) at Rock Bottom Brewery, 

Andrew is a member of NCCTU and will review some of the work from his recently published book, Maryland Wild Trout Guidebook, and provide you with the knowledge and tools to explore angling opportunities across the wild trout streams of the Free State.

Join us at Rock Bottom Brewery April 15 for good food, good beer and good times.