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 + 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
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.

  • 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

COMING EVENTS

Erie Steelhead Outing, December 3, 4 & 5, 2022

DATES: December 3, 4 & 5

LOCATION: Around Elk Creek, near Girard PA (its about a 6 hour drive)

LODGING

Quality Inn & Suites
6467 Sterrettania Road, Fairview, PA, 16415, US
1 (814) 838-7647
about $65/nite and includes regular breakfast.

Recently we stayed at
The Green Roof Inn
8790 Meadville Rd
Girard PA
814-774-7072
A little nicer, same price but no breakfast

There is also
Uncle Johns Cabins and Camping
Folies Campground.

If a group of 4-8 went there are some Airbnb places that cater to fisherman.

LICENSES
Need a PA license and Lake Erie permit
Non-resident annual $53
    3 day Tourist option $27
Lake Erie $10
Lake Erie/trout combo $16

GUIDES
Paul Knott has guided us before.  He will do 3 at a time and has a partner who can do 3 also - all on private water. We have Paul reserved all three days and a friend of his also on Monday. That gives us up to 12 slots for various people

$600 / 3 = $200 plus tip — $250 per slot

GEAR
7 to 8 wt, nine to ten feet with a good reel and drag - although Jay says a 6 wt works well.
7.5 to 9 foot 2x or 3x leader
2-3x Fluorocarbon tippet
Micro - barrel swivel
Split shot
Mostly Egg flies of various type but also nymphs(stone fly etc) - occasionally a shiner type of streamer.

WEATHER
It will probable be very cold. Some recent rain is good since it gets the fish to come in the river systems. Sometime you have to adjust your location if there’s too much or not enough water in the individual creek.

SUMMARY
This will be a great outing to have the potential for catching large (25” and 5 lb) fish. A lot depends on weather and water flow but it’s prime time and we’ve had good success in the past and look forward to helping everyone catch fish.

Additional Erie,PA Steelhead fishing information including links to access maps, fishing conditions, USGS gages, etc. are contained in the article Erie Steelhead Fishing by Ken Bowyer.

To sign up, please complete the Outing Registration form. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any additional information.

Craig

MOST RECENT TRIP REPORT

September 2022 Yellow 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

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