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.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, summer is a great time for outdoor events and activities where social distancing and responsible recreation and conservation can occur.

For our chapters and councils looking to return to conservation, community and fishing activities, deciding when to move forward with in-person events and how to do so safely is daunting and challenging. While in-person activities are permitted by TU at this time, every chapter, council and volunteer leader is required to follow all federal, state and local laws, regulations, ordinances and best practices for gatherings and group events.

At the same time, we encourage our chapters and councils to carefully consider whether holding any in-person event at this time is appropriate or necessary and if so, whether those events can be held exclusively outdoors or in spaces where social distancing is easily maintained.

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.


2019 - 2020 Outings Schedule

Big Spring, PA October Caddis Hatch (1st week)#  October 25, 2020
Western MD, Savage River Campout, Monroe Pavillion (4 days, 3 nights requires at least 5 people) October 9-12, 2020
One Fly Contest, Gunpowder, MD September 19, 2020
White Fly Hatch Yellow Breeches, PA+ August 19, 2020
Yellow Creek, PA 3rd or 4th week CANCELLED June, 2020
Catskills, NY 4 days (weekend between May & June)@ CANCELLED May 28-31, 2020
Casselman, MD (mother's day, grannom caddis, CANCELLED) April 25-26, 2020
Codorus Creek, PA# CANCELLED March 21, 2020
Big Hunting Creek, MD (little black winter stonefly) CANCELLED
Big Spring, PA# February 1, 2020
Steelhead - Erie, PA+ CANCELLED
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
* 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

One Fly Contest Winners

The One Fly Contest has become an annual outings tradition. The honor roll of winners are listed below along with the inches of trout landed and the fly used.

  • 2020 Roman Petruniak, 8”, Pink Squirmy Worm
  • 2019 Bob Dietz, 19”, Hares Ear Flymph
  • 2018 Sean Beck, 94”, Chartreuse Mop Fly
  • 2017 Bob O’Donnell, 39”, Hot Spot Pheasant Tail
  • 2016 Bob Kaiser, 48”, #14 Flymph
  • 2015 Zack Dingus, 9”, Stimulator
  • 2014 Bob O’Donnell, 43”, #18 BH Midge
  • 2013 Lou Reichel, 17”, #22 Midge Emerger
  • 2012 Bob O’Donnell, 23”, Titanium Head Peasant Tail Prince Nymph
  • 2011 Dennis Covert, 40”, #14 Crane Fly
  • 2010 Bob Dietz, 8.5”, #14 Grouse & Herl
  • 2009 Bob Dietz, 18”, Grouse & Herl
  • 2008 Bob Dietz, 90” , Grouse & Herl
  • 2007 Nick Weber, 19”, Brassie
  • 2006 Ken Bowyer, 45”, #14 BH Brassie


November, 2020 Big Spring

Where:  Big Spring Creek, PA (below Newville, PA)

When:  Sunday October 25, 2020,  10:00 am to whenever

The November Outing is to Big Spring below Newville, PA. Big Spring is a good spring creek/limestone creek and we hope October Caddis will be present on the stream.

As with all of our Outings, we welcome new members and those new to fly fishing to join.  There will be plenty of seasoned fly anglers on hand to happily offer assistance.

Fly Fishing Guide to Big Spring

Like most spring creeks, Big Spring is not an easy stream to fish. It has lots of large trout but the water is
crystal clear and catching trout takes some special techniques that must be executed correctly. You must stay hidden from the trout; you must use very light leaders and tippet and you must make good presentations.

This is one of the finest limestone streams in the United States. Its upper section is full of beautiful, large brook trout. Unlike the brook trout you find in small mountain streams, these grow large and become very selective in what they eat. You want catch these on an attractor fly by the dozens. You probably want catch one that way. This stream challenges anyone. When you can catch trout from its waters, you are able to catch trout anywhere. Unless the trout are hidden under the grass, you can see them. The problem with that is that they can also see you.
Read More Here!

 As indicated we are going during the October Caddis hatch. This hatch on the Big Spring is new to me and so far I haven’t hit it yet. October caddis, also known as great autumn brown sedge, is a large caddis about size #8-12 (on Savage River saw size #10-12). They are active at night so I imagine we may want to be on Big Spring early evening or early morning (8:00am-5:30pm). I heard that Craig caught a large 20-22 inch trout on the North Branch on past October Outing using an October Caddis. I am sure there are many dry patterns and soft hackle patterns on the web. Maybe throw in a pupa pattern. Also look at last Conservationist for October caddis patterns.
1) https://news.orvis.com/fly-fishing/video-how-to-tie-matts-october-caddis-from-tightline-productions
2) https://howtoflyfish.orvis.com/fly-tying-videos/dry-flies/785-october-caddis-soft-hackle

Other flies include scuds, cress bugs (sow bugs), small pheasant tail nymphs, BWO, wooly buggers, midges, egg patterns and anything else in your official PPTU fly box that can be purchased at a chapter meeting.

Required:  PA trout fishing license required. In PA the license must be shown. This is a Catch and Release fishing area.  http://cts.vresp.com/c/?9MDMidAtlantic/6e08b3fecc/1b51d9c3d7/f80157f849.

Meet at the large, second parking lot.  There is a large sign there and private driveway bridge over creek.  As of now, brats will be severed for lunch.  If you can bring desserts or anything else, that would be fine. Let Lou, Outings Coordinator, know if bringing anything.

Directions: There are many ways to get there.  Two directions are stated.  Also if required, one can take the way closer to Boiling Springs in order to buy extra flies at the TCO fly shop. 

  1. Take I-70 W to I-81 N at Hagerstown, Md.  Near Newville, PA, take exit 37 onto Rt 233 turning left or N toward Newville.  Follow Rt 233 onto Rt 11 (Ritner Hwy.) turning left.  About 1 mile, turn right onto Big Spring Rd (it is a small road and sign).  Within 4 miles, come to bridge over creek near Springfield Rd, and will see to right the Ditch parking area. Go another 1 mile and you will see on left the 2nd parking area where we will meet (near rd T351). Using GPS, you can find the ditch parking area by typing in 800 Big Spring Rd, Newville, PA.  Just upstream is a building which is the start of the creek. 110 mi, 1h 45min from Columbia. The address of the 2nd parking area is 600 Big Spring Rd, Newville, PA.
  2. (I prefer this way) Take 15 N at Frederick, Md, and take exit for Rt 94 N, near York Springs, PA.  Follow Rt 94 onto Rt 34 near Mount Holly, PA.  At Rt 174 turn left.  Follow Rt 174.  At Rt 465 be aware there is a quick right and left turn, follow signs.  Follow Rt 174 and turn right onto Rt 233 N towards Newville and toward I-81.  Follow Rt 223 to Rt 11 turning left.  Follow to Spring Creek Rd, turning right and follow directions above.  Using GPS, you can find the Ditch parking area by typing in 800 Big Spring Rd, Newville, PA. The address of the 2nd parking area is 600 Big Spring Rd, Newville, PA.

Lunch of warm, grilled hot brats will be served around 1:00 pm at the Second parking lot. Of course if someone brings extra food, chips, cake, etc, that would be nice.

Hope to see you there.  Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Lou.

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


Lou Reichel
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October 2020 Savage River Campout

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