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The next Monthly PPTU Meeting is Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Join us for Brook Trout Conservation where Scott Scarfone will share the progress made and the road ahead in protecting our native trout! (see Meetings for further details).


George Daniel is coming to PPTU!!! March 16th, 2016

Mark your calendars for this awesome presentation! The Potomac-Patuxent Chapter of Trout Unlimited is proud to welcome famed fly fisherman and author George Daniel at our March 16th chapter meeting.

Enjoy a fun filled evening as George takes you on an exciting journey with streamers. He'll clearly explain how to read the water, trout behavior, equipment, casting and night fishing as well as discuss some of the best streamer patterns being used today.

Check out the Meetings page for further details or click on the flyer on the left.

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

Upcoming Outing

The destination for the February 2016 Outing is the Patuxent Tailwater. The DNR stocking schedule will be a factor so additional details will follow in the February Conservationist and/or the chapter listserver. Please stay tuned!

Latest Conservationist

The first page of the latest Chapter Publication, "The Conservationist," for February 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!

MAC Banquet

The annual TU Mid Atlantic Council Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, March 19, 2016. Details will post to the chapter list server when available. In the interim, you can contact the MAC Delegates listed on the Officers page.

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.

Fly Tying Class

PPTU will have its annual fly tying class again this winter. It will run six Tuesday nights, from February 2nd through March 8th. This is an intermediate class and students are expected to have their own tools along and basic knowledge of fly tying. A draft syllabus is available in the January 2016 issue of the The Conservationist.

To sign up for the class, contact Bob O'Donnell at
The cost is $50 for current members, or $70 for anyone whose ASC is due.


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.


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


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.


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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