Outings

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.

2021 - 2022 Outings Schedule

DESTINATION PERIOD*
Erie, PA Steelhead + November, 2022 3 or 4 Days
Western MD Campout, Savage River, Monroe Pavillion October 8-10, 2022 Sat-Sun, 3 Days, 2 Nights
Yellow Creek, PA Near Loysburg, PA # September, 2022
Yellow Breevhes, PA White Fly Hatch # August, 2022 Generally 2nd or 3rd week
Gunpowder, MD One Fly Contest June, 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
Western MD, Savage River Campout, Monroe Pavillion (Sun - Wed, 4 days, 3 nights requires at least 5 people) CANCELLED October 10-13, 2021
Cicada Hatch, Savage River, Western MD, Monroe Pavillion Camping May 31 - June 6, 2021
One Fly Contest, Gunpowder River May 22, 2021
Casselman River (Grannon - Mothers Day Caddis) April 24, 2021
Patuxent River (Depends on Stocking Dates) March 13, 2021
Big Hunting Creek (little black winter stonefly) February 20, 2021
* 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.

  • 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

COMING EVENTS

Sulphur hatch on Spring Creek, Bellefonte, PA.

May 14-15, 2022. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Spring Creek, Fisherman’s Paradise, Bellefonte, PA. Meet there at 1:00 pm.

Spring Creek, as the name suggests, is a well-known spring creek in central PA between State College (Penn State campus) and Bellefonte, PA. One section of the creek is called Fisherman’s Paradise, a special regulated area that is a Catch and Release and flyfishing only section where we will start. We will fish the expected and prolific sulfur (or sulphur) mayfly hatch. This is PPTU’s first Outing to Spring Creek, so itinerary may change as we go.

Please be aware of tick infection warnings. Use bug repellant. Be aware that DEET in most repellants can cause damage to fly lines. So be careful on how much you put on the hands.

This is a 2 day and overnight trip. It’s about a 3 hour trip from Baltimore, plus we want to fish the spinner fall from dusk to evening (8-9pm), so this will be a 2 day trip and staying overnight. I suggest staying at the Econo Lodge (about $65 per night) in Bellefonte, PA, phone 844-201-3032. This is the closest and not too expensive. I know some PPTU members have stayed there and didn’t complain too much. You may also find many motels/hotels in State College and Bellefonte, but they are somewhat expensive. There is a KOA campground in Bellefonte PA. So, start making your plans and reservations now and finding your roommate or fishmate.

Spring Creek is a well known and considered the best limestone creek in PA. It is also a destination creek for many fly fishermen from all over. Penn State had (or still has) a college course on fly fishing which fishes on this creek and fished by well known fly fishermen like George Harvey, Joe Humphreys and George Daniel. Two well known fly shops are also near State College, TCO and Fisherman’s Paradise (I think has better flies), that should be visited.

This Central part of PA has many other trout streams in the area. Within a hours drive one can fish Penns Creek (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.

This area is also great for bird watching. I’ve seen more Baltimore Orioles there than I see in Baltimore Md.

We will initially fish in a section known as Fisherman’s Paradise. This is a special regulated section that is Catch and Release area and Fly Fishing only. At the parking lot, the stream area is a No Wading area and does hold fair number of trout. There is a sign where wading is allowed. A good wide path follows the creek. At some places the wide path ventures away from the creek and 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 (pop, zip, duck), to a foot bridge that crosses the creek. One can cross the bridge and follow trails to fish the creek.

We can drive up in a car caravan. Let me know. Meet at the Park and Ride on Middletown Rd off I-83 by 8:15 AM (leave 8:35). I plan on getting to State College by 10:30 AM and stop at TCO and/or Fisherman Paradise Fly shops. Then check in to motel, since won’t get to motel until late, >10 pm, after fishing the Sulphur spinners. Then after check-in, go to Fisherman’s Paradise, and most likely eat lunch. Depending on your plans and when you get there, meet at the Fisherman’s Paradise parking lot at 1:00 pm. We can then all spread out from there or fish as a PPTU pack. Fish to after dark for the sulfur spinner between 8:00-9:00 pm. At the end, meet at parking lot by 8:30-9:00 pm after the Sulphur spinner fall. Then find a late night restaurant (>9 pm) for dinner in the State College area. I know of one pizza place, Brothers Pizza. I am not familiar with the Bellefonte area. If anybody knows these areas, suggestions are welcomed.

On Sunday we can try a different spot. A suggestion is at Benner Spring Fish Hatchery off Shiloh Rd. Large parking lot north side of creek.

To sign up for this outing, please complete the Outing Registration form. Please let Lou know if you want to drive up together as a car caravan.

Require a PA and Trout Stamp fishing license.

Flies: Sulfur (Ephemerella invaria and Ephemerella dorothea) dry dun (#14-#16), emergers, spinners, 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 of a good hatch of hydropsyche caddis #16 (tan and olive).

Rods: 4 and/or 5 wt, 9 ft rods should be good.

Bring a light, head lamp, for nighttime.

There are reports of ticks. Bring bug repellant.

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 and Fishermans Paradise Fly Shops. 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.

Lou Reichel
Outings Coordinator
443-745-0313
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MOST RECENT TRIP REPORT

April 30 - May 1, 2022 Casselman Mother's Day Caddis Hatch

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

George

Dennis's 29 incher

Jack Benoit

Dennis with 29 incher

Evening Below Folly's

Bruce Eberle

Nick Weber

Steve Graves

Jack

Will recording Ken's fight

Steve

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

Youghiogheny

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