General Chapter Meeting Information

A featured part of almost every month's membership meeting is the guest speaker program.  The Board of Directors spends a lot of time planning and arranging for the featured speakers. We begin by designing a general theme for each month's program and then follow up by identifying and booking potential speakers. With the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are currently holding virtual meetings which are available for viewing on YouTube by clicking on the Theme title.


2021 - 2022 Schedule
Meeting Date
“Fly Fishing the Bay for Cobia” Passcode: AdNQZs4# Virtual Speaker: Zach Hoisington   May 18, 2022
“Fly Fishing for Bowfin & Snakeheads” Passcode: $x+G?4&4 Virtual Speaker: Grant Alvis   April 20, 2022
“A Brief History of Fly Fishing” Virtual Speaker: Bob Dietz   March 16, 2022
“Fly Fishing Safety” Virtual Speaker: Mike Abramowitz   February 16, 2022
“Latest News about the Gunpowder” Virtual Speaker: Phil Gay of Trout & About   January 19, 2022
“Fishing Northwestern Montana’s Kootenai River and Yaak drainage” Virtual Speaker: Tim Flagler   November 17, 2021
“Patuxent Riverkeeper Organization” Virtual Speaker: Fred Tutman, the Patuxent River Keeper   October 20, 2021
“Summer Vacation Show & Tell.” Virtual Speakers: PPTU Members   September 15, 2021
Fly Fishing the DelMarVa Region & Chesapeake Bay Virtual Speaker: Joe Bruce   May 19, 2021
Smallmouth Bass Fishing Virtual Speaker: Bob Clouser   April 21, 2021
Euro-Nymphing: Basic to Advanced Techniques, Plus Fly Tying Demonstration Virtual Speaker: Tim Flagler   March 17, 2021
Jay Sheppard discusses and Matt O'Neal ties Jay's Cicada Pattern Virtual Speakers: Jay Sheppard & Matt O'Neal   March 10, 2021
Maryland and DC Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA3) Virtual Speaker: Sue Muller   February 17, 2021
Fishing the San Juan River Virtual Speaker: Noel Gollehon   January 20, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM, Third Wednesday except December, June, July and August

Place: Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, Maryland

Directions: From Capitol Beltway -- North on Georgia Avenue (Rte. 97). First right onto Forest Glen Road. Pass Holy Cross Hospital and go across Sligo Creek Parkway. The Center is on the right, approximately one quarter mile.

Inclement Weather Policy

Since we meet at a Montgomery County facility we will be subject to the county closing policy.

When Montgomery County Recreation must close or cancel programs due to inclement weather or other circumstances related to participant and staff safety the first notification is made through Montgomery County’s emergency notification system, Alert Montgomery. Alert Montgomery provides accurate, immediate emergency notifications from Montgomery County to your cell, work or home phone, via text, email or voice message.
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Given that participants and employees often travel distances and weather conditions may vary considerably across the county, residents are advised to exercise caution and consider personal safety as the first priority.

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“Fly Fishing the Bay for Cobia” with Zach Hoisington

NCCTU & PPTU Meeting - May 18th, 2022 at 7:00PM

Captain Zack has been fishing in the mid-atlantic region for as long as he can remember. He grew up spending summers in Oriental, North Carolina where he learned how to catch fish, clean fish and shuck oysters on his own at a young age. As a child, the only books he would thoroughly read were about fish and he developed a lifelong dream of becoming a fishing guide. After receiving a Biology degree from Colorado College in 2012 this dream came true and Zack began guiding fly fishing trips near Aspen Colorado.

Zack returned to his home waters back east in 2014 and worked at Horn Point Laboratory for 3 years, studying oysters and learning about the complex migration patterns on the Chesapeake Bay. During that time, Zack acquired a boat and began to fully immerse himself in the Chesapeake Bay fishery, chasing various species on fly and light tackle throughout the bay.

Zack is currently a teacher at Gunston School where he teaches students about Marine Biology and continues to pursue a lifelong dedication to connecting people with the water. You can hook up with Zack at Chesapeake Coastal Charters or email him at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

– Karan Singh

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