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. Some of our virtual meetings have been recorded and are available for viewing on YouTube by clicking on the Theme title.

2023 - 2024 Schedule
Meeting Date
“In Search of Good Water” (IN PERSON ONLY) Speaker: Author John N. Maclean    April 17, 2024
“Success Not Stress on Spring Creeks” Speaker: Mike Heck   March 20, 2024
“Climate Change Impacts and Threats to Cold Water Fisheries” Speaker: Jim Irons   February 21, 2024
“Fly Tying Extravaganza 2024” In Person PPTU Members and Guests   January 17, 2024
“Latest News About Beaver Creek” Speaker: Matt Lawrence   November 15, 2023
“Summer Vacation Showcase: Travel/Fishing Stories & Photos by PPTU Members” Passcode: G*y2&t$6 In Person/Virtual Speakers: PPTU Members   October 18, 2023
"Fly Fishing Tidal Creeks and Millponds from a Kayak” Passcode: LGd*%4a. Guest Speaker: Mark Bange   September 20, 2023
Special Presentations "Q&A for Camp Buffalo Bill & Yellowstone Mapped Fishing Spots" Passcode: =h+Kus50 Virtual Speakers: Scott Cernich, Randy Dwyer, & Jay Sheppard   June 29, 2023
“Fishing Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley”  Passcode: Tvc2i5F^ Virtual Speaker: Bill Nolan   May 23, 2023
“The Work of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay” Passcode: 7.6fto8z Virtual Speaker: Kate Fritz, CEO of the Alliance  April 19, 2023
“Tight Line Nymphing for Trout” Passcode: qX01Cpg^ Virtual Speaker: Mike Slepesky   March 22, 2023
Special Presentation “Camp Buffalo Bill” Passcode: 9Zyg%kLE Virtual Speaker: Tim Gailfoile   February 27, 2023
“State of the Gunpowder” Passcode: HU1!IFej at The Green Turtle in Burtonsville In Person with virtual speaker MD DNR's Mark Staley February 15, 2023 from 6-9PM
Special Presentation “Camp Buffalo Bill” Virtual Speaker: Susan Thrasher   February 13, 2023
“Fly Tying Extravaganza” at The Green Turtle in Burtonsville In Person PPTU Members and Guests January 18, 2023 from 6-9PM

Time: Meeting 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Third Wednesday except December, June, July and August

Meeting Place:  Mid County Community Center
2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906.


“In Search of Good Water”

With Guest Author John N. Maclean

April 17th, 2024

The Maclean books that concern fly fishing, A River Runs through It and Home Waters, owe a heavy debt to Ernest Hemingway’s “Big Two-Hearted River.” Those two books and the others by my father, Norman Maclean, and me, would have been written differently without the Hemingway story, which influenced both our styles. It’s even possible none of those books would have been written absent the story, though one hopes – as I certainly do – that’s taking matters too far. But it is true “Big Two-Hearted River” convinced my father and me< that fly fishing could be turned into literature in the right hands. That conviction has led me on a long chase, or quest, to find the places where Hemingway fished when he was young, on the trip that inspired the story, and when he was old and in need of the kind of solace Nick Adams, the story’s lone hero, found on that long ago trip. The quest led from the Fox River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the abundant trout waters around Ketchum, Idaho, where Hemingway lived the last years of his life. I fished both places and came away, as fishermen often do, with more in the way of memories than fish, but with answers to questions as well.

John N. Maclean, the author of Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and A River and other books, wrote the foreword to Ernest Hemingway’s Big Two-Hearted River: The Centennial Edition, published last year by Mariner Classics. Maclean spent thirty years at the Chicago Tribune, most of that time as a Washington correspondent, before turning to an independent writing career three decades ago. Maclean, an avid fly fisherman, divides his time between Washington, DC, and a family cabin at Seeley Lake, Montana. The April 17th Chapter Meeting will be IN PERSON ONLY.

– Scott Cernich