The next Monthly PPTU Meeting is Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM.
Join us for our Annual Fly Tying Demonstrations
(see Meetings for further details).
The NEXT OUTING is in January 2015 to Big Spring, PA, with the exact date dependent upon the weather. GO TO Outings FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
The OUTING REPORT for the recent Yellow Breeches/Big Spring trip is posted in the Outings section!
The first page of the latest Chapter Publication, "The Conservationist," for November is available by using the Chapter Publication Link.
Trout Unlimited has listed the Savage River in Western Maryland as one of 10 Special Places. PPTU's own Nick Weber is featured in a video interview about the stream and it's role in the local ecology. Click on the link to go to the TU page to read about the stream and see the video.
Maryland DNR Fisheries Service will kick off a voluntary angler diary program this winter in an effort to obtain some state-wide creel data on brook trout. This information will give the Fisheries Service valuable angler data at the state-wide level, and they need your help! If you are interested in participating, please email Matt Sell (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Until recently, the U.S. Geological Survey gauging station below Brighton Dam on the Patuxent did not have a river water temperature sensor and the USGS was unable to add one because of funding restrictions. Recognizing the value of such information for this upcoming fishery, members of PPCTU approached the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and asked if we could assist in the provision of this service. The Trout Unlimited Mid-Atlantic Council (MAC) agreed to share the cost of the addition. Please see DNR Letter for the successful result of this effort.
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
Alaska Conservation Foundation
Now Available! "The Guide to Maryland Trout Fishing - 3rd Edition" by Charlie Gelso and Larry Coburn. Available at the monthly meetings. Check out the newly listed catch and release streams!
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.
CALL for VOLUNTEERS
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 2014 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 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.