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.

Our Meetings are currently hybrid (in person and virtual).

The Virtual Link is:

2022 - 2023 Schedule
Meeting Date
“Latest News About Beaver Creek” Speaker: Matt Lawrence   November 15, 2023
“Summer Vacation Showcase: Travel/Fishing Stories & Photos by PPTU Members” Passcode: G*y2&t$6 In Person/Virtual Speakers: PPTU Members   October 18, 2023
"Fly Fishing Tidal Creeks and Millponds from a Kayak” Passcode: LGd*%4a. Guest Speaker: Mark Bange   September 20, 2023
Special Presentations "Q&A for Camp Buffalo Bill & Yellowstone Mapped Fishing Spots" Passcode: =h+Kus50 Virtual Speakers: Scott Cernich, Randy Dwyer, & Jay Sheppard   June 29, 2023
“Fishing Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley”  Passcode: Tvc2i5F^ Virtual Speaker: Bill Nolan   May 23, 2023
“The Work of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay” Passcode: 7.6fto8z Virtual Speaker: Kate Fritz, CEO of the Alliance  April 19, 2023
“Tight Line Nymphing for Trout” Passcode: qX01Cpg^ Virtual Speaker: Mike Slepesky   March 22, 2023
Special Presentation “Camp Buffalo Bill” Passcode: 9Zyg%kLE Virtual Speaker: Tim Gailfoile   February 27, 2023
“State of the Gunpowder” Passcode: HU1!IFej at The Green Turtle in Burtonsville In Person with virtual speaker MD DNR's Mark Staley February 15, 2023 from 6-9PM
Special Presentation “Camp Buffalo Bill” Virtual Speaker: Susan Thrasher   February 13, 2023
“Fly Tying Extravaganza” at The Green Turtle in Burtonsville In Person PPTU Members and Guests January 18, 2023 from 6-9PM
“Trout Resources in Washington and Frederick Counties” In Person Speaker: MD DNR's Michael Kashiwagi   November 15, 2022
“What I did on My Summer Vacation: Travel/Fishing Photos by PPTU Members” In Person/Virtual Speakers: PPTU Members   October 19, 2022
"Fishing for Lake Erie Steelhead” Virtual Speaker: Ben John   September 21, 2022
“Fly Fishing the Bay for Cobia” 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

Time: Meeting 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Third Wednesday except December, June, July and August

Meeting Place:  We have a new meeting place; Mid County Community Center
2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906.

“Latest News About Beaver Creek”

with MD DNR's Matt Lawrence
November 15th, 2023

Matt Lawrence, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources cold water fisheries manager, will join us on Nov. 15 to discuss last month's fish kill at Beaver Creek, DNR's work to help the stream-bred brown trout population recover from the event, and take our questions. Beaver Creek is one of the few nearby all-season trout streams and is a real treasure. Please join us to hear about DNR's efforts to help preserve this fishery.

About Matt: Matt Lawrence is a Natural Resources Biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Fishing and Boating Services. He joined the department in 2009 as the manager of the commercial striped bass permitting program. In 2014, he moved inland to serve as the benthic macroinvertebrate specialist in the Freshwater Fisheries and Hatcheries Division. In this role, Matt conducted benthic macroinvertebrate surveys in rivers and streams throughout the state. The results of these surveys were used to determine water quality and habitat health in streams of recreational importance and to identify new opportunities for coldwater species introduction. In 2021, Matt transitioned into the state-wide Coldwater Fisheries Biologist Position. In this role, he coordinates the management of Maryland’s coldwater fisheries resources, advocates for the protection of coldwater resources, and acts as a liaison for regional efforts to conserve and improve coldwater fisheries resources.

– Karan Singh