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.

2022 - 2023 Outings Schedule

Erie, PA Steelhead + November 16-20, 2023
Western MD Campout, Savage River, Monroe Pavillion October 7, 8, 9 2023 Sat-Mon, 3 Days, 2 Nights
Gunpowder, MD 1-Fly Contest September 30, 2023
Camp Buffalo Bill, WY (not an official PPTU Outing) August-September, 2023
Yellow Breeches, PA White Fly Hatch # CANCELLED August, 2023 TBD
Catskills, NY @ CANCELLED June 8-11, 2023 4 Days, 2 Nights
Spring Creek, PA Sulphur hatch, Near State College, PA # May 19-21, 2023 3 days, 2 nights
Casselman, MD Grannom - Mother's Day Caddis April 22-23, 2023 2 Days, 1 Night 
Gunpowder, MD 1-Fly Contest CANCELLED April 15, 2023
Patuxent River (upper), MD March 25, 2023
Yellow Creek, PA Near Loysburg, PA # March 4, 2023
Big Spring, PA # February 18, 2023
Big Hunting Creek, MD Little Black Stoneflies CANCELLED February 4, 2023
Erie, PA Steelhead + December 3, 4 & 5, 2022
Western MD Campout, Savage River, Monroe Pavillion October 8-10, 2022 Sat-Sun, 3 Days, 2 Nights
Yellow Creek, PA Near Loysburg, PA # September 24, 2022
Yellow Breeches, PA White Fly Hatch # CANCELLED August, 2022 Generally 2nd or 3rd week
Gunpowder, MD One Fly Contest June 11, 2022
Spring Creek, PA Sulphur hatch, Near State College, PA # May 14-15, 2022 2 days, 1 night
Casselman, MD Grannom - Mother's Day Caddis April 30 - May1, 2022 
Gunpowder, MD Hendrickson Hatch April 2, 2022
Beaver Creek, MD February 19, 2022
* 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 PA License and Trout-Salmon Permit or Combo Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit
& Wyoming, Montana, and/or Yellowstone NP 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.

  • 2023 Scott Cernick, 47”, #16 Blow Torch
  • 2022 Scott Cernick, 17”, #16 SOB Czech nymph
  • 2021 Roman Petruniak, 70”, #16 olive perdigon nymph
  • 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


Erie Steelhead Outing, November 16-20, 2023

PPTU Outing:  Erie PA Steelhead
When: November 16 - 20 (various experienced members planning a variety of days)
Erie PA Steelhead was a successful destination for PPTU last year.  We had 13 members fishing various days from Thursday to Tuesday.  All had a great time and several caught their first steelhead and many had days with multiple fish. This year we hope to have similar success.  

I’ve moved up the date to correspond with historically the best time and with usually warmer temperatures.  Rain is always the key, but like last year, a lot of rain can blow out the Elk, but recover relatively soon.   Whatever we have we will have good intel from our Guide, Paul Krott on where to fish.  Usually it is Elk Creek, but if that is too high, we might want to fish another creek. 

We will have only one guide this year.  Paul Krott has access to public water and usually gets you on multiple fish.  He will guide us Sat to Monday and can take 3 each day.  It will be similar to last year regarding costs.

Members are already making plans to attend and I’ve heard of people planning to attend from Thursday to Monday. 
There are a lot of options for places to stay and their are still options for Airbnb.  Jim Senker is planning a Airbnb also if members are interested.  Last year, we hosted dinners at the Airbnb that I rented.  We plan to do that again this year for Friday and Saturday nite. 

Below is other information on Travel and Fishing tips.

If you are planning or thinking of coming, please respond to this email so everyone knows who interested and I can begin to create a list separate email list to help with plans and individual questions.

To sign up, please complete the Outing Registration form.  


There are multiple Orvis Podcasts 2012 to 2022 for detailed information on Great lakes steelhead fishing.

The guide cost for 3 people is about $675 plus tip ($225/person)

Quality Inn & Suites
6467 Sterrettania Road, Fairview, PA, 16415, US
1 (814) 838-7647 
about $65/nite and includes regular breakfast. 

Recently we stayed at 

The Green Roof Inn
8790 Meadville Rd 
Girard PA
A little nicer, same price but no breakfast 

There is also 
Uncle Johns Cabins and Camping 
Folies Campground. 

Need a PA license and Lake Erie permit
Non-resident annual $53
    3 day Tourist option $27
Lake Erie $10
Lake Erie/trout combo $16

6 to 8 wt, nine to ten feet with a good reel and drag.
7.5 to 9 foot 2x or 3x mono leader 
2-4x Fluorocarbon tippet 
Micro - barrel swivel 
Split shot #1-#6
Mostly Egg flies of various type but also nymphs(stone fly etc) - occasionally a shiner type of streamer. 

This will be a great outing to have the potential for catching large (25” and 5 lb) fish. A lot depends on weather and water flow but it’s prime time and we’ve had good success in the past and look forward to helping everyone catch fish. 



November 2023 Erie Steelhead Outing

Outings Photo Album

These first ones are from the December 2022 Erie Steelhead outing


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