Lou Reichel is our Outings’ Chairperson for PPTU. Periodically, photos and descriptions of the monthly outings will be posted to this section of the web site and to our monthly publication, The Conservationist. If you plan to attend an outing, please complete the Outing Registration form. Please add This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to your contacts list.

For more information on these outings, please contact Lou Reichel at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 443-745-0313.


2018 - 2019 Outings Schedule

Steelhead - Erie, PA+ November, 2019
Savage River Campout, Monroe Pavilion October 11-14, 2019
One Fly Contest on Gunpowder September 14, 2019
White Fly Hatch, Yellow Breeches - Boiling Springs, PA# August 27, 2019
Bass Fishing CANCELLED
Savage River Campout, Monroe Pavilion May 31 to June 2, 2019
Casselman - Grantsville, MD Sat & Sun April 27-28, 2019
Fishing Clinic on the Gunpowder CANCELLED
Big Hunting Creek February 9, 2019
Beaver Creek January 5, 2019
Big Spring - Newville, PA October Caddis# November 10, 2018
Guided Steelhead Trip- Eire, PA + November 9-11, 2018
Savage River, Monroe Pavilion Camp Out October 5-8, 2018
One Fly Constest, Gunpowder September 8, 2018
White Fly Hatch, Yellow Breeches - Boiling Springs, PA# August, 2018
PPTU/MayFly Project Fundraiser - Rockville, MD June 24, 2018
Catskills - Roscoe, NY@ May 31 to June 3, 2018
Casting Rendezvous, Williamsport, MD May 5, 2018
Casselman - Grantsville, MD Sat & Sun April 28-29, 2018
Fly Fishing 101 Class - Laurel, MD March 18, 2018
Yellow Breeches - Boiling Springs, PA# February 17, 2018
* All dates subject to change and dates may be added or deleted due to weather
+ Requires Non-resident PA License and Lake Erie Permit or Combo Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit
# Requires Non-resident one day PA License or Non-Resident PA License and Trout-Salmon Permit or Combo Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit
& Fish Free Days; No License Required
@ NY License Required
! DC License Required


Valid New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia Licenses with Trout Stamps are required for out-of-state trips. (The cost of a seven day non-resident New York freshwater fishing license is $28.00.  The cost of a non-resident one day Pennsylvania license and stamp is $26.70. The cost of a non-resident Pennsylvania license and combo Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit is $68.40. The cost of a non-resident Virginia five consecutive day license is $21.00. You do not need an additional $47.00 Non-resident Trout License to fish the Rapidan River in Virginia or streams in Shenandoah National Park.)

Remember, your feedback and participation are needed in order to make our outings’ program a success


Savage River, Monroe Pavilion Camp Out, October 11-14, 2019

The October Outing and Campout in Western Maryland will be on October 11, 12, 13, 14, 2019, to fish the wonderful Savage River and the many other western Maryland streams. Reservations have been made at Big Run Sate Park, at the Monroe Pavilion shelter, from Friday noon till Monday noon (4 days, 3 nights) for group tent camping or campers that allows up to 25 people. All this for just $180 split however many ways we have participants (generally 8-12 people). Join us for as many days that you can make it. This year we will implement a new policy that at least 5 people must sign up for the outing 2 days before the date to keep down the individual cost or the outing will be cancelled. New members are welcomed and let Lou know if you need assistance.

Savage River

Over the past 10 or 11 years this has been a great experience. Monroe Pavilion in Big Run State Park is accessible to the upper and lower Savage River within a few miles. Other area streams and rivers include the North Branch of the Potomac, the Yock, and the Casselman. This is a good time to explore the whole region with other fly fisherman, and find those brook trout in the upper Savage in some secluded mountain run or large brown trout in the cascading pocket water of the lower tailwater. This is a wonderful time of year to be in the Appalachians. Autumn colors will just be getting started. This is a great opportunity for new members to visit these streams, to fish with other members that can show you their favorite secrete spots and help with other fly fishing techniques, and I now know were is Joe Taylor’s secrete place with 14-16 inch brown trout

The Monroe Pavilion has a fire place for great campfires (bring firewood), picnic tables, and a place to gather after the days fishing to cook, make coffee, swap stories, and if it rains we have something to get in under. Lou is looking forward to a good ghost story around the fire, have you heard of Goatman in Fredrick that escaped from the secrete genetics lab. Bring firewood, store bought parcels, can be purchased at the New Germany Ranger station or 1-2 mile down (or up) Savage Road at country store. We generally put 2-4 man tents inside on the stone floored pavilion. So bring air mattresses. Larger tents and campers can be placed around the pavilion. The camp site has no running water, no fresh water at Big Run SP so you must bring your own water. The camp is rugged and has men and ladies dry bathrooms. Alcohol is not permitted (within reason). In the last three times we have been checked by park rangers looking for suspicious people, and they did not arrest us with a lone bottle of good whiskey sitting on the table. There is electricity in the shelter. No TV’s, only Blue Grass music allowed.

For those not interested in camping, there is lodging available in Keyser, WV or Grantsville, MD, within 30 min to Savage River. In addition, there are cabins in nearby New Germany State Park. That park has running water with bathrooms and showers that we also can use. Come by and join everyone in the evening for fishing reports around the campfire. Let Lou know where you are staying so we can make arrangements to meet on the river.

We will cook on the charcoal grill (charcoal provided with cooking utensils) the first Friday night, so bring your favorite grilling food. Many people bring extra potato salad or macaroni salad or desserts or chips or cookies or fruit for all. Lou likes peach pie. If anyone can provide a special group dinner or breakfast please let Lou know. In the past we have had Steve’s famous chili, Dennis’s venison strew, elk streaks, country camp stew, Todd’s pulled pork, Jay’s grandmothers famous home style French toast. There will be a camp stove and pots and pan available if someone needs something cooked. Generally Lou has coffee in the mornings for all that need it. Note -precook potato in microwave oven at home and heat in coals for dinner. There are places to eat near Grantsville, MD and Keyser, WV. Bring food for yourselves for lunch and dinner and anything that you would like to share. Lou will inform later if any group food will be prepared. Also one night we generally share hot dogs that people bring and cooked on charcoal grill. Many people bring eggs, bacon and oatmeal for breakfast. Also don’t forget water, but Lou generally has extra water for cooking. Any new participants (or old people) that plan on camping may contact Lou Reichel for assistance.

Take into consideration when packing gear this is October in the mountains. There can be a good frost at night and be quite warm by afternoon. Tents may be set up in the Pavilion, so bring some type of air mattress for the hard stone floor. Bring food for yourselves and anything that you would like to share. Any new participants that plan on camping may contact Lou Reichel for assistance. Lou will have a camp stove if someone needs to cook and extra water.

Directions to Monroe Pavilion from Baltimore:
Take I70 West. At Hancock interstate I70 splits into I68 and I70. Bear left onto I68. Proceed on I68 through Cumberland, just before Grantsville, take Exit 22, turn south (left) and follow to New Germany Road. Turn left and follow New Germany Road past New Germany State Park and proceed on to Big Run Road (small road, be prepared). Turn left on Big Run Road and proceed to Park entrance. Monroe Pavilion will be on your right, a short distance before road ends, just past the sign for Monroe Run Trail and bathrooms. Afterwards, follow Big Run Rd, shortly after Monroe Pavilion to Savage Rd, turn right onto Savage Rd, and follow to your favorite fishing area on Savage River, especially below dam.

Items Needed:
Tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, lantern-flashlight, food (breakfast, lunch, grill cookout, dinner), water, and toiletries, basically everything needed to sustain you for a weekend. There are basic bathrooms with no running water. We can use showers at New Germany State Park. I do ask for people to bring firewood for the campfire and ghost stories (firewood can be bought there or buy packaged parcels at your local stores, do not bring wood from your wood pile).

Rods: Bring 3 to 5 wt rods (7ft to 9ft) for either small brook trout stream or large brown trout in lower Savage and North Branch.

Stop by the Savage River Outfitters to find out what flies are active. Fall hatches contain small dark flies. However, there has been talk of slate drakes (#10-12) on the North Branch. Savage River contains midges, mayflies and multiple caddis including the #10 October caddis. Griffith gnat, BWO, paralep mahogany dun, Blue Quil, Adams and Parachutes, purple parachute, Slate Drake, Simple 3 hackle, purple and partridge soft hackle (s.h.), pheasant tail s.h., Leadwing Coachman s.h., peacock and brown s.h., tan, olive, black, brown, and October caddis (#10), and every kind of nymph, San Juan worm, terrestrials; heck just bring everything.

To sign up for this outing, please complete the Outing Registration form.

Thanks. See you there!

P.S., We have had men and women, husbands and wives, set-up tents at the campsite.

Lou Reichel
Outings Coordinator
443-745-0313 (cell)
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Setember 2019 One Fly Contest

Outings Photo Album

These first ones are from the November 2008 Erie Steelhead outing

Ken and Bill Goldner

Bill's 30 incher

Bill on a San Juan Worm

Dennis and Ken Monday Morning

The "Pig Pen" at the Trout Run Nursery

George Vincent 20 incher on Olive Woolybugger

Ken With a 17 incher

Joe Robinson

Quitting Time Sunday

Dick Friis


Dennis's 29 incher

Jack Benoit

Dennis with 29 incher

Evening Below Folly's

Bruce Eberle

Nick Weber

Steve Graves


Will recording Ken's fight


Below are some photos from some previous PPTU outings.

Savage River Brookie

Savage River Gold

North Branch 23" Brown

NB 20" Rainbow

Savage River

PPTU Members along NB Potomac 06


Fish Camp Fire

Tim Bowers 20 Incher NB Oct 06

Mike Abramowitz's Big Brown NB Oct 06

Dennis Covert 18" NB Rainbow 06

Tim Bowers 24" NB Brown 06

Fish Camp Fall 06

NB Fall 05 22" Brown