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
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:
2022 - 2023 Outings Schedule
|Erie, PA Steelhead +||November/December, TBD, 3 or 4 Days|
|Western MD Campout, Savage River, Monroe Pavillion||October 7, 8, 9 2023 Sat-Mon, 3 Days, 2 Nights|
|Camp Buffalo Bill, WY (not an official PPTU Outing)||August-September, 2023|
|Yellow Breeches, PA White Fly Hatch #||August, 2023 TBD|
|Catskills, NY @||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.
- 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
Sulphur hatch on Spring Creek, Bellefonte, PA.
May 19, 20, 21, 2022. Friday - Sunday
Where: Spring Creek, Fisherman’s Paradise, Bellefonte, PA. Meet there at Fisherman’s Paradise by 4:30 pm.
Spring Creek, as the name suggests, is a well-known spring creek in central PA between near State College (Penn State campus is there) and Bellefonte, PA. The creek is considered the best limestone creek in PA. and is also a destination creek for many fly fishermen from all over. Spring Creek is the home creek and fished by well-known fly fishermen like George Harvey, Joe Humphreys and George Daniel. One section of the creek is called Fisherman’s Paradise, a special regulated area that is a Catch and Release and Fly Fishing Only section where we will start. We will fish the expected and prolific sulfur (or sulphur) mayfly hatch, (Ephemerella invaria and Ephemerella dorothea) and mainly fishing for brown trout.
This is a 3 day and 2-night trip. It’s about a 3 hour trip from Baltimore to State College/Bellefonte, PA, So it’s difficult to make this a one day trip. We also want to fish the spinner fall from dusk to evening (7:30-9 pm), so meet at the Fisherman’s Paradise by 4:30-5:00 pm on Friday. Of course one can arrive earlier to fish, but meet later at the parking lot. At the end, meet at parking lot by 9:30 pm. Then find a late night restaurant (>10 pm) for dinner in the State College area. If anybody knows this area, suggestions are welcomed.
If you cannot make it on Friday, definitely come on Saturday (2 day, 1 night). We can plan later where to meet on Saturday.
I suggest staying at the Econo Lodge (about $73-79 per night) at 3482 Benner Pike, Bellefonte, PA. This is close to the creek, outside of State College, and not too expensive. You may also find many motels/hotels in State College, but they are somewhat expensive. There is a KOA campground in Bellefonte PA, which do have some small rugged cabins. So, start making your plans and reservations now and finding your roommate or fish-mate.
This Central part of PA has many other trout streams in the area. Within an hour drive one can fish Penns Creek (famous for March brown and Green drake hatches), Little Juniata and Spruce Creek which are all good trout fishing streams. So, this is an area one should get familiar with.
As mentioned, we will initially fish in a section known as Fisherman’s Paradise. This is a special regulated section that is a Catch and Release area and Fly Fishing only. At the parking lot, the stream area is a No Wading area and does hold a fair number of trout. Just a little upstream, there is a sign where wading starts and is allowed. A good wide path follows the creek. At some places the wide path ventures away from the creek, but one can follow a smaller path near the creek. The farthest I have gone is at least a mile up the path, past the Gun Firing Range (bang, pop, zip, duck), to a foot bridge that crosses the creek. One can cross the bridge which gives better access to the creek.
After fishing Fisherman’s Paradise section on Friday, we can fish the other sections of the creek on Saturday and Sunday. A suggestion is at Benner Spring Fish Hatchery off Shiloh Rd. A large parking lot is on the north side of creek (past the small bridge over the creek). Most fishing during the day can be tough, since most of the trout are waiting for the sulfur spinner fall in the evening. So we don’t have to start fishing too early. But I have seen hatches during the afternoon with rising brown trout.
We can drive up in a car caravan in the early afternoon on Friday. I will be leaving Baltimore by 11 am since I want to stop at the TCO fly shop. Let me know if you want to follow me so we can make plans. Most likely, meet at the Park and Ride on Middletown Rd off I-83.
To sign up for this outing, please complete the Outings Registration form.
Require a PA and Trout Stamp fishing license.
Flies: Sulfur dry dun (#14-#16), emergers, spinners (rusty spinner), nymphs, soft hackles, partridge and orange, hares ear nymph, and pheasant tail nymph. This is a spring creek so don’t forget scuds and cress bugs. Also read that here is also a good hatch of hydropsyche caddis #16 (tan and olive).
Rods: 4 or 5 wt, 9 ft rods should be good.
Bring a light, head lamp, for nighttime.
Directions: Take I-83 N to York and Harrisburg PA. At Harrisburg stay on I-83 N/E around Harrisburg. Take exit 51A to I-81 S/US 322 W to Carlisle/Lewiston. Take exit 67B to US 22 W/US 322 W to Lewiston. Continue US 322 W to State College. At State College take exit for PA 26 N/E College Ave. Will find TCO Fly Shop. Merge left onto Rt 150 (Benner Pike). Will find Brothers Pizza. Follow Rt 150, go under I-99, shortly afterwards at light turn left onto Paradise Hill Rd. At end of road, turn left onto Spring Creek Rd to Fisherman’s Paradise parking area.
Hope to see you there.
MOST RECENT TRIP REPORT
April 2023 Casselman Mothers Day Caddis Hatch
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
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