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)#  November, 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.

  • 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


Gunpowder One Fly Contest

Special item needed- Measuring devise in inches (tape measure or marks on rod or net)

1st Place Winner Prize: 1st Place Winner has bragging rights for 1 Year and their name posted on the Honor Roll of Winners!

The PPTU One Fly Contest will be held on September 19, 2020, Saturday, on the Gunpowder Falls, Baltimore County, MD, from 7:30 am to 12 noon. This is a Catch & Release area and Md Fishing and Trout Stamp required. Meet at Masemore Rd parking area for registration of your fly with the Outings Coordinator. Once the fly is registered, weighed and measured, you’re off to your favorite spot. Must return no later than 12:00 noon, per official validated Outings Coordinator watch, to register your catch.

1) Register official fly with Outings Coordinator by 7:30 am.
2) Only one fly can be fished. If you lose that fly, then you are finished with the contest. Of course you may enter total inches of fish up to that time. You may continue to fish with any non-official fly.
3) The winner will be judged with the most total inches of trout. So make sure you bring some measuring devise and record keeping. If there is a tie, then will have two winners.
4) There are no assigned sections or beats. Any section and multiple sections of the Gunpowder may be fished. There are no judges on the beats (or are there), so we are using the PPTU honor system. Photos of your fly and trout caught will be helpful for the contest and the official one fly contest report.
5) Tippet/leader may be changed.
6) No alternation of fly, no color change, no removing or cutting of fly, no adding to fly.
7) You must report back to Masemore Rd parking lot to register your total inches of trout and present fly to the Outings Coordinator by 12:00 noon. Final contest results will be judged and finalized by the Outings Coordinator.

I am sorry to say that due to the Covid-19 we will not be able to meet at Casa Mia’s restaurant as we normally do unless regulations are changed.  Each county has its own regulations and I don’t know Baltimore County.

There has been much talk on the PPTU Forum about the #16 Renegade fly. Let’s see who catches the most trout with the Renegade.


From Baltimore Beltway: Take I83 North to the Hereford Exit 27, that's about 13 miles I think. At the top of the ramp turn left, go approx 1 mile and turn right onto Masemore road. Follow the road down to the river, the parking area will be evident next and just before the iron bridge. Be careful going around the stone house on the corner that practically sits on the road; It's one lane and traffic uses it coming from both directions.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing of 6 feet should be practiced. When social distancing is not possible, wearing a mask is recommended.

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

Thank you for participating, good luck and tight lines.

Lou Reichel
2013 PPTU One Fly Contest Winner
Outings Coordinator
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cell 443-745-0313

Savage River, Monroe Pavilion Camp Out, October 9-12, 2020

The October Outing and Campout in Western Maryland will be on October 9, 10, 11 and 12, 2020, to fish the wonderful Savage River and the many other western Maryland streams. You may stay for all 4 days or join us for a few days. 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 and allows up to 25 people. All this for just $180 split however many ways we have participants. Join us for as many days that you can make it. 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. There will be fishermen there that can show you the river.

Just for information, some members may be bringing their dog.

Savage River

Over the past 12 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 Savage 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.

We generally put 2-4 man tents inside on the stone floored Monroe Pavilion. So bring air mattresses. Larger tents and campers can be placed around the pavilion. The 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 campfire, 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. The camp site has no running water, no fresh water at Big Run SP so you must bring your own water. Generally Lou brings extra 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 stew, elk steaks, country camp stew, Todd’s pulled pork, Jay’s grandmother’s famous home style French toast for breakfast. 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 breakfast, lunch and dinner and anything that you would like to share. We can grill on the charcoal grill in the evening. 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 anybody that plans on camping may contact Lou Reichel for assistance.

Take into consideration when packing gear for this is October in the mountains. There can be a good frost at night and be quite warm by afternoon.

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.

Flies: 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. Also reference Jay's Fall Maryland Fly List.

Directions to Monroe Pavilion from Baltimore:
Of course there are many different ways to get there. This is my route. Take I-70 West. At Hancock I-70 splits, bear left onto I-68. Proceed on I-68 through Cumberland, just before Grantsville, take Exit 22, turn south (left) on Chestnut Rd. Follow and turn left at stop sign at New Germany Road. Follow 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. At end of Big Run Rd turn right onto Savage River Rd, and follow past the damn to lower Savage River. First cement bridge is the PHD pool, followed by two suspension bridges, Savage River Outfitters and after 2-4 miles downstream to the metal bridge near end of the fishing area.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing of 6 feet should be practiced. When social distancing is not possible, wearing a mask is recommended. 

To sign up for this outing, please complete the Outing Registration form. Please contact Lou Reichel if you have any questions.
P.S., We have had men and women, husbands and wives, and maybe dogs attend the outing.

Thanks. See you there!

Lou Reichel
Outings Coordinator
443-745-0313 (cell)
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August 2020 Yellow Breeches White Fly Outing

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