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.


2020 - 2021 Outings Schedule

Western MD, Savage River Campout, Monroe Pavillion (Sun - Wed, 4 days, 3 nights requires at least 5 people) October 10-13, 2021
Cicada Hatch, Savage River, Western MD, Monroe Pavillion Camping May 31 - June 6, 2021
One Fly Contest, Gunpowder River May, 2021
Casselman River (Grannon - Mothers Day Caddis) April 24, 2021
Patuxent River (Depends on Stocking Dates) March, 2021
Big Hunting Creek (little black winter stonefly) February 6, 2021
Big Spring, PA October Caddis Hatch (1st week)#  October 25, 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
* 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.

  • 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



Big Hunting Creek February 6, 2021

Don't miss the outing to Big Hunting Creek (BHC) on February 6, 2021. It's a great opportunity to experience the Catoctin Mountain Park in winter and start the new fly fishing year.

New members are welcomed.  Let Lou know and we can pair you with a more experienced fisherman to help mentor you on the creek.

Expected hatches are the winter little black stoneflies in #20- #16 and Midges in grey or black in #24-#18.  If we are lucky we may see some brown stoneflies in size #14. More information on tying flies and the BHC can be found in the Guide to Maryland Trout Fishing, The Catch - And - Release Streams, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions, by PPTU members Charlie Gelso and Larry Coburn.  

Stonefly nymphs crawl to structures, hatch to adult, and crawl out of the water.  They fly away and then return to the water to lay eggs.  So both nymphs and adults should be fished.  If it’s a large hatch you will see adult stoneflies sticking on you and on the cars trying to get warm.  Fish near the edges of structures and the creek bank.  A bright sunny winter day over 50 degrees can really get the stoneflies and the fish moving on this creek.

In addition to stonefly nymphs, nymphs such as the Prince, Copper John, Zebra midges and Griffiths Gnat can be effective.  Don’t overlook soft hackles like brown and herl, starling and purple, Spanish needle and Stewarts spider.  Of course don’t forget San Juan worms, Green weenie and egg patterns which are worth a try. 

A 3-4 wt rod, 7-9 ft are great rods.

Of course, depending on weather, dress warm in layers. It can be 10 degrees colder out there than here.

This is a Catch and Release fishing area.  Md trout fishing license required.

Meet me at the Camp Peniel Bridge parking areas at 9:00am.  I generally park on side of the Ranger Station.  Once you check in with Outings Coordinator you are welcome to explore the whole 3-5 mile stretch of creek.  Try to meet back at Peniel Bridge at 3:00pm and report to Lou on all the trout caught. Please check-out with Lou (text) before leaving so I know nobody is lost and everyone is safe.

To sign up for this outing, please complete the Outing Registration form. If trouble with my link, please see PPTU website under Outings for registration.

Directions :

West on I 70 to Frederick, at Frederick take 15 North towards Gettysburg. Proceed for approximately 14 miles to Thurmont. At Thurmont take exit onto Hwy 77. Turn right (west) at bottom of ramp and proceed into Catoctin Mountain Park.  The parking lot is on both right and left side of the road at the first bridge, Camp Peniel Bridge, which crosses the creek. The Ranger station (or house) is on the right side.

Hope to see you there. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Lou. 

Outings Coordinator,
Lou Reichel
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443-745-0313 cell


October 2020 Savage River Campout

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