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The Potomac-Patuxent Chapter of Trout Unlimited cordially invites you to its First Annual BBQ Fundraiser being held at Centennial Lake in Columbia, MD on Sunday June 21st, 2015. (see First Annual BBQ Fundraiser for further details).

The OUTING REPORT for the recent Salmon River, NY Steelhead trip is available in the Outings section!

Looking for the fly patterns from the February meeting. Check out the Fly-Tying page for the patterns demonstrated at the recent meeting.

A second fly tying event to benefit Project Healing Waters is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend at the American Legion Post #60 in Laurel Md. This event is similar to the marathon held at the National Museum of the Marine Corp on March 21st. For more informateion contact Larry Vawter.

The 2015 Appalachian Tenkara Jam will be held July 11-12 at the Summit Manor in Hereford, MD.

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

The Trout Unlimited Tri-State Conservation and Fishing Camp for High School Students will be held June 21-26, 2015. See TU Fishing Camp 2015 for details and application proceedures.

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

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.

Want to help preserve YOUR cold water fisheries? Want to enlist young people in keeping YOUR streams healthy? If so, then volunteer to help with the Trout in the Classroom Program!

Trout in the Classroom expands to 80+ schools in TEN Maryland counties and the District of Columbia this school year. (see Trout in the Classroom for further details and Maryland DNR recognition).

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

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

PPTU First Annual BBQ Fundraiser - June 21st

The Potomac-Patuxent Chapter of Trout Unlimited cordially invites you to its First Annual BBQ Fundraiser being held at Centennial Lake in Columbia, MD on Sunday June 21st, 2015 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

June 21st is Father's Day! Mark your calendars and note it in your cell phone to bring the family and plan on a day of fun, fishing, and BBQ with us. If you're a father, have the family bring YOU as a treat to celebrate the day. There will be chances to walk home with some fabulous prizes and your BBQ ticket additionally enters you in a chance to win a great door prize. BBQ tickets will be available for purchase on the PPTU web site, at our chapter meetings, and you may contact any of the board members directly to purchase both your BBQ tickets and raffle tickets.

First Prize is the West Branch Angler & Sportsmen's Resort Stay & Float Package for Two. This great prize includes three nights, 2 days float fishing on the West Branch of the Delaware River in Deposit, NY, including most meals plus guide tips. www.westbranchresort.com

Second Prize is a Guided Day Trip for Two Anglers to a South Central Pennsylvania spring creek with guide and author, Mike Heck.

Third Prize is a Half Day Guided Trip on Beaver Creek with James Harris (Bring a friend for a small fee)

Many other great prizes will be available through a bucket raffle and silent auction held at the event.

BBQ ticket prices are $25 for adults, $15 for children (6-12yrs), kids under 5 yrs free. You may purchase tickets at our chapter meetings, from any board member, at the BBQ June 21st, or with a credit card by selecting the General Donation button below.

  • Make a payment through PayPal with your credit card by clicking on the General Donation button. You do not need to be a PayPal member to use this feature. This will take you to PayPal's secure website. Please specify the number of adult and childrens tickets by selecting the "Add special instructions to seller" PRIOR to completing the transaction when you select "Donate Now". You will be able to print a copy of your receipt and will also receive confirmation of your payment by email. Your tickets will be available when you arrive at the event.

Raffle tickets are: $15 per ticket, 2 for $25, 4 for $40 6 for $50. And you need not be present to win! You may purchase raffle tickets at our chapter meetings, from any board member, or at the BBQ June 21st.

This is PPTU's main fundraising event for the entire year. So come out and support your chapter while celebrating dad and enjoying a relaxing day by the lake! The park is open early and closes at sunset. Our fundraiser will be from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. with BBQ served from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and our prize drawings will be held at the end of the day at 4 p.m. Hope to see you there!

About Centennial Park

We have rented Pavillions E, F, & G for this event. From US 29 in Columbia, take Rt. 108 west about 1 mile. Turn right into the South Area entrance to Centennial Park and take the first right turn and there are 3 parking areas for Pavillions E, F, & G (see map below).

Centennial Park Map

This park has won three awards for its natural design and sensitivity to nature. You can walk, run or bike the 2.6-mile paved pathway that meanders around the lake. Visitors are welcome to rent a boat, cast for fish, enjoy the colorful natural wildflower areas, watch for a diversity of birds, waterfowl, and wildlife, play a sport, or in our case have a great picnic. Directions and additional info is on the county web site.



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.


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.


We are seeking volunteers for several positions within the chapter.

Outings Coordinator- Currently Dennis Covert

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.

Dennis Covert
Outings, PPTU


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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This document last modified 05/22/15