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
TBD September, 2019
White Fly Hatch, Yellow Breeches - Boiling Springs, PA# August, 2019
Bass Fishing July, 2019
Savage River Campout, Monroe Pavilion May 31 to June 2, 2019
One Fly Contest on Gunpowder May, 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, May 31 thru June 2, 2019

The May Outing is the Western Maryland Campout and Fishing on May 31 thru June 2, 2019, Friday – Sunday, to fish the wonderful Savage River and the many other western Maryland streams.  Reservations have been made at the Big Run Sate Park, at the Monroe Pavilion shelter, from Friday noon till Sunday noon (3 days, 2 nights) for group camping that allows up to 24 people.  All this for just $120 split however many ways we have participants.  Join us for as many days that you can make it.

Savage River

Arrive on Friday, fish the Savage River and then we pitch our tents under the Monroe Pavilion.  The shelter has a fire place for great campfires (bring wood), picnic tables, and a place to gather after the days fishing to sit in front of campfire and swap stories.  This is a dry camp site, has no running water, no fresh water at Big Run SP so you must bring your own water. The Pavilion has electricity in the shelter.  I generally fish the PHD Pool (at the cement bridge) on Friday and you can meet me there.

For those not interested in camping, there is lodging available in Keyser, WV or Grantsville, MD.  In addition, there are cabins in nearby New Germany State Park.  The park at least 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.

Over the past 9 or 10 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 run.  This is a wonderful time of year to be in the Appalachians.   

We will cook on the charcoal grill (charcoal provided with cooking utensils) on the first Friday night, so bring your favorite grilling food.  Many people bring extra potato salad or macaroni salad or desserts for all to share.  If anyone can provide a special group dinner (chili, stew, pull pork, etc), please let Lou know.  So be prepared and bring food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Last year we had Jay’s grandmother’s home style French Toast with maple syrup.  Generally Lou provides a camp coleman stove if someone needs something cooked, has coffee in the mornings for all that need it, and extra water.  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. 

Take into consideration when packing gear for this is spring in the mountains.  It can get cool at night and be quite warm by afternoon.  Tents may be set up in the Pavilion, for protection from rain, but be sure to bring some type of air mattress for the hard stone floor. 

Any new participants that plan on camping or meeting us there may contact Lou Reichel for assistance.  Lou will have a camp stove if someone needs to cook and extra water.  Also for new members, we can mentor you and show the famous holes were the 18-22” browns and brookies are caught.

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

P.S., We have had men and women, husbands and wives, attend the outing.

Directions to Monroe Pavilion from Baltimore:

Of course there are many different ways to get there.  This is my route.  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, to get to the Savage River, follow Big Run Rd 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, 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 store packaged firewood for the campfire (can buy there or buy packaged parcels at your local stores, do not bring wood from your wood pile).  A 4 to 5 wt, 9 ft fly rod is good.  For the small brookie streams a 3 wt, short 6-7 ft rod works great. 


Flies that have worked for me are Caddis, Mayflies, Midges, Griffiths gnat, BWO's, Adams Parachutes, Blue Quill, Slate Drake, Simple 3-Hackle, Wet flies, all sorts of nymphs, wooly buggers and streamer.  Heck, just bring everything!

Thanks. See you there!

Lou Reichel
Outings Coordinator
443-745-0313 (cell)
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February 2019 Big Hunting Creek

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