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
“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 Passcode: =dU=uO5s 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.
Real-time emergency updates can also be accessed at:

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.

If you’d like to receive free alerts (in event of a major crisis, emergency, or severe weather event) for Montgomery County, sign up for Alert Montgomery.

Phil Gay of Trout & About

Let's welcome Phil Gay, from Trout &, based in Monkton, MD, who will visit us virtually to talk
about the Gunpowder River and his tips on how to fish it.

Trout & About is a fly-fishing instruction and guiding company that offers fly fishing classes and guiding on selected local and destination trout waters. The company was established more than 20 years ago by Phil Gay and his wife, Carol Stevenson. Phil is a retired Naval Officer who has been fly fishing since he was ten years old, and Carol has been an avid fly fisher for twenty-five years.

Phil is an FFI Master Certified casting instructor and Level 2 examiner. He has produced two instructional Casting Videos entitled “Practical Fly Casting” and “Presentation Casts for Trout”. Phil is an emeritus member of the FFI Casting Board of Governors and is an active mentor for those seeking instructor certification through the FFI.

Carol is very active in the Chesapeake Women Anglers and Casting for Recovery which is a national program that introduces recovering breast cancer patients to the therapeutic value of fly fishing.

Catch Phil's Youtube channel ( and the Trout & About website (

– Karan Singh

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