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April

The next Monthly PPTU Meeting is Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Mark your calendars for an exciting presentation on fishing for Bass on the Potomac! Jaime Gould and Randy Chandler from the Potomac River Smallmouth Club will enlighten us on some warm water fishing!

For further details, check out the Meetings page.

New Member Special Offer!!

Not a member of Trout Unlimited? New Members can Join Trout Unlimited for FREE!! Go to the Join TU National page.

Upcoming Outings

April is an event busy month for PPTU!! Planned for this month are the Bamboo Rod Gathering (rescheduled from March), a Potomac Shad Outing, and a visit to the Casselman River! Check out the Outings page!

Latest Conservationist

The first page of the latest Chapter Publication, "The Conservationist," for April 2016 is available using the Chapter Publication Link.

Latest Outing Report

The OUTING REPORT for the recent Big Spring, Newville PA trip is available in the Outings section!

Chapter Library

Check the Library section for DVD's, and yes a few videocassettes, available for rental at the Chapter meetings!

Stream Restoration Video

An excellent video of a stream restoration can be seen at Stream Restoration. It shows what can be done to improve a stream without disrupting the surrounding environment. By all means check it out.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!


We are seeking volunteers for several positions within the chapter.

Vice President - Currently Vacant
Outings Coordinator - Currently Dennis Covert
Youth Program - Currently Vacant

As with any volunteer organization we are only as vibrant as our membership. Yes, there is some work involved, but the rewards of working with a great bunch of people while serving the community where you live by far outweighs the work.

In the past I’ve heard folks say, “I don’t volunteer because I don’t really know how to do any of these things”. Cast your reservations aside, we will help you!

We have roughly 450 members in the Potomac Patuxent Chapter of TU and about 30 of the same very dedicated people year after year put the show on the road. We need more support.

Take a look at the list above. If you have an interest you can contact me at a meeting or at home, or one of the board members, or, one of the current chairs listed by the activity above.

PPTU NOW HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE

A facebook account has been created for PPTU. To view it, go to Facebook and login with your facebook account. If you don't have an account, you may create one using the link on that Facebook page.

Pebble Mine - Bristol Bay Alaska

The Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay (Alaska) watershed is still alive and gaining ground. Please visit the following sites for further information:
TU: Pebble Mine Bristol Bay Watershed Southwest Alaska
NRDC: StopPebble
Alaska Conservation Foundation

PPTU - AMAZONSMILE

We recently created a fundraising account with AmazonSmile. If you shop at AmazonSmile instead of the regular Amazon website, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to our chapter. You can go to AmazonSmile by clicking on the AmazonSmile image under Miscellaneous in the left hand column.

We hope you bookmark the site and remember to use it while doing some of your on line shopping. This is another great way to help support our chapter.

Annual Newsletter

The Annual Newsletter for 2015 is posted in the Annual Newsletter section!

Fly Patterns from January Tying Demonstrations

Did you forget to pick up an instruction sheet for that fly at the January Tying Demonstrations? No worry! The tweleve patterns demonstrated are posted in the Fly Tying section!

Maryland Public Angler Access Map

Interested in finding a new public access point on your favority "little blue line" in Maryland? Curious about where the stream changes from "non-tidal" to "tidal"? Want to know the flow rate for that stretch of water, but not sure if there is a stream gauge? Then check out the Maryland DNR Public Access Angler Map link on the Stream Conditions section.

Blue Ridge Bamboo Gathering

Attention all vintage fly tackle enthusiasts! The Annual Blue Ridge Bamboo Gathering is schedule for April 22-24, 2016 at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia. For additional information, check out the event flyer, or follow the event on Facebook!

Rivers Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp
June 19-24, 2016

Support the Rivers Conservation Youth Camp in their 22nd year of providing conservation education to area students.

The camp is hosted by the Cumberland Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited & held at the Allenberry Resort on the Yellow Breeches in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. The deadline for the early acceptance period is March 31, 2016. More information about the camp and application form can found on their web site - www.riverscamp.com

Tri-State Conservation & Fishing Youth Camp
June 26 - July 1, 2016

The Camp website www.tucamp.com has been fully updated with information about this summer's Camp to be held June 26 - July 1, 2016. Check it out and make sure that everyone you know does, also. Please help us get folks to go to our website and learn about our Camp.

Our greatest needs are help with recruiting campers, finding interested boys and girls ages 13 - 17, and financial help to make the Camp possible. We deeply appreciate all that you do to help make our Camp so successful. I'll be glad to answer any questions you may have about the Camp. Please let me know if I can help you get the word out. For additional information email: info@tucamp.org

NOVA TU Fly Fishing Tournament

The Northern Virginia Chapter of Trout Unlimited is hosting a fly fishing tournament on Sunday, April 17th. in Sperryville, VA. Information on the contest, including registration instructions and entry fees, is available on the event flyer.

New "How To" Article!

Been busy tying up flies and the tying desk a bit disheveled? Check out the article from Mike Abramowitz on Organizing A Fly Tying Desk



One on one stream side fly fishing instruction is available to PPTU members.
Go to the Mentor Program page for details.

ON LINE LIABILITY RELEASE FORM

We've gone green! We now have an on line Liability Release Form. To sign up for a specific outing, simply complete the form. When you click on the Submit button, the Outings Chair is notified of your intent to attend that outing and you will receive a copy of your completed Liability Release via email. No paperwork is required. You can complete this form from any device that has internet access including smart phones and tablets.

Conservation Activities

PPTU is a conservation organization dedicated to the preservation of coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.  As such, we see it as an obligation, and an honor, to be active in this mission.  If we are to succeed as a TU chapter, we need all of us working together!  We need your suggestions and ideas on what we should be doing, how we cold improve on what we are already doing, and how we can make this organization more meaningful to you.  Let us know what kinds of projects you think PPTU should be sinking its human and financial resources into, and what kinds of projects you would like to get involved in.  How can we be more involved in coldwater conservation activities that would merit your interest and involvement?  Any and all ideas or suggestions are welcome, and very much appreciated!  Your opinions are instrumental in helping to formulate what we are going to do as a chapter.  Please, take a few moments to help the chapter by sending your suggestions via e-mail to mail@pptu.org.


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