Outings

Lou Reichel is our Outings’ Chairperson for PPTU. Periodically, photos and descriptions of the monthly outings will be posted to this section of the web site and to our monthly publication, The Conservationist. If you plan to attend an outing, please complete the Outing Registration form. Please add This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to your contacts list.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, summer is a great time for outdoor events and activities where social distancing and responsible recreation and conservation can occur.

For our chapters and councils looking to return to conservation, community and fishing activities, deciding when to move forward with in-person events and how to do so safely is daunting and challenging. While in-person activities are permitted by TU at this time, every chapter, council and volunteer leader is required to follow all federal, state and local laws, regulations, ordinances and best practices for gatherings and group events.

At the same time, we encourage our chapters and councils to carefully consider whether holding any in-person event at this time is appropriate or necessary and if so, whether those events can be held exclusively outdoors or in spaces where social distancing is easily maintained.

For more information on these outings, please contact Lou Reichel at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 443-745-0313.

2021 - 2022 Outings Schedule

DESTINATION PERIOD*
Erie, PA Steelhead + December 3, 4 & 5, 2022
Western MD Campout, Savage River, Monroe Pavillion October 8-10, 2022 Sat-Sun, 3 Days, 2 Nights
Yellow Creek, PA Near Loysburg, PA # September 24, 2022
Yellow Breeches, PA White Fly Hatch # CANCELLED August, 2022 Generally 2nd or 3rd week
Gunpowder, MD One Fly Contest June 11, 2022
Spring Creek, PA Sulphur hatch, Near State College, PA # May 14-15, 2022 2 days, 1 night
Casselman, MD Grannom - Mother's Day Caddis April 30 - May1, 2022 
Gunpowder, MD Hendrickson Hatch April 2, 2022
Beaver Creek, MD February 19, 2022
Western MD, Savage River Campout, Monroe Pavillion (Sun - Wed, 4 days, 3 nights requires at least 5 people) CANCELLED October 10-13, 2021
Cicada Hatch, Savage River, Western MD, Monroe Pavillion Camping May 31 - June 6, 2021
One Fly Contest, Gunpowder River May 22, 2021
Casselman River (Grannon - Mothers Day Caddis) April 24, 2021
Patuxent River (Depends on Stocking Dates) March 13, 2021
Big Hunting Creek (little black winter stonefly) February 20, 2021
* All dates subject to change and dates may be added or deleted due to weather
+ Requires Non-resident PA License and Lake Erie Permit or Combo Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit
# Requires Non-resident one day PA License or Non-Resident PA License and Trout-Salmon Permit or Combo Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit
& Fish Free Days; No License Required
@ NY License Required
! DC License Required

 

Valid New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia Licenses with Trout Stamps are required for out-of-state trips. (The cost of a seven day non-resident New York freshwater fishing license is $28.00.  The cost of a non-resident one day Pennsylvania license and stamp is $26.70. The cost of a non-resident Pennsylvania license and combo Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit is $68.40. The cost of a non-resident Virginia five consecutive day license is $21.00. You do not need an additional $47.00 Non-resident Trout License to fish the Rapidan River in Virginia or streams in Shenandoah National Park.)

Remember, your feedback and participation are needed in order to make our outings’ program a success

One Fly Contest Winners

The One Fly Contest has become an annual outings tradition. The honor roll of winners are listed below along with the inches of trout landed and the fly used.

  • 2022 Scott Cernick, 17”, #16 SOB Czech nymph
  • 2021 Roman Petruniak, 70”, #16 olive perdigon nymph
  • 2020 Roman Petruniak, 8”, Pink Squirmy Worm
  • 2019 Bob Dietz, 19”, Hares Ear Flymph
  • 2018 Sean Beck, 94”, Chartreuse Mop Fly
  • 2017 Bob O’Donnell, 39”, Hot Spot Pheasant Tail
  • 2016 Bob Kaiser, 48”, #14 Flymph
  • 2015 Zack Dingus, 9”, Stimulator
  • 2014 Bob O’Donnell, 43”, #18 BH Midge
  • 2013 Lou Reichel, 17”, #22 Midge Emerger
  • 2012 Bob O’Donnell, 23”, Titanium Head Peasant Tail Prince Nymph
  • 2011 Dennis Covert, 40”, #14 Crane Fly
  • 2010 Bob Dietz, 8.5”, #14 Grouse & Herl
  • 2009 Bob Dietz, 18”, Grouse & Herl
  • 2008 Bob Dietz, 90” , Grouse & Herl
  • 2007 Nick Weber, 19”, Brassie
  • 2006 Ken Bowyer, 45”, #14 BH Brassie

COMING EVENTS

Yellow Creek September 24, 2022

Yellow Creek is located about 20 miles north of Breezewood, PA. This outing is scheduled for Sept 24, 2022.  More details will be sent later.  It is a new creek to me, so it will be an adventure for all.  A few PPTU members have fished it and gave good reports. It is about 2.5 hours away, so we will leave early, at a true fisherman’s early morning.  Stay tuned.

The following is a google map of the creek: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=14S-v_Xn2wJ5bnQ6KVYFl8Qdps3s&usp=sharing.

To sign up for this outing, please complete the Outing Registration form.

Outings Coordinator
Lou Reichel
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443-745-0313 (cell)

Savage River, Monroe Pavilion Camp Out, October 8-10, 2022 

When: October 10, 11, 12, 13, 2021. Sunday – Wednesday (Monday 11 -Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day)

Where: Big Run State Park, Monroe Pavilion, Savage River, Garret County, Maryland

The October Outing and Campout in Western Maryland will be on October 8-10, 2022 (3 days, 2 nights). 

New members are welcomed and let Lou know if you need assistance. There will be fishermen there that can show you the river.


Savage River

Join us and fish the wonderful Savage River, North Branch of Potomac and the many other mountain brook streams in the beautiful autumn foliage of Western Maryland. You may camp with us or stay at other facilities or lodgings in the area. But all should join us at the evening campfire. Reservations for camping have been made at the Big Run Sate Park, at the Monroe Pavilion shelter, from Saturday afternoon till Monday morning (3 days, 2 nights) for group tent camping or campers.

All this for just $120 split however many ways we have participants. However, $20 will be the minimum. Direct amount in cash or check, there will not be change available. Cost is per participant and not the days. Join us for as many days that you can make it.

More details to follow.

For those not interested in camping, there is lodging available in Keyser, WV or Grantsville, MD, within 30 min to Savage River. In addition, there are cabins in nearby New Germany State Park. That park has running water with bathrooms and showers that we also can use. Come by and join everyone in the evening for fishing reports around the campfire. Let Lou know where you are staying so we can make arrangements to meet on the river.

Take into consideration when packing gear for this is October in the mountains. There can be a good frost at night and be quite warm by afternoon.

Items Needed: Tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, lantern-flashlight, food (breakfast, lunch, grill cookout, dinner), water, and toiletries, basically everything needed to sustain you for a weekend. There are basic bathrooms with no running water. We can use showers at New Germany State Park. I do ask for people to bring firewood for the campfire and ghost stories (firewood can be bought there or buy packaged parcels at your local stores, do not bring wood from your wood pile).

Rods: Bring 3 to 5 wt rods (7ft to 9ft) for either small brook trout stream or large brown trout in lower Savage and North Branch.

Flies: Stop by the Savage River Outfitters to find out what flies are active. Fall hatches contain small dark flies. However, there has been talk of slate drakes (#10-12) on the North Branch. Savage River contains midges, mayflies and multiple caddis including the #10 October caddis. Griffith gnat, BWO, paralep mahogany dun, Blue Quil, Adams and Parachutes, purple parachute, Slate Drake, Simple 3 hackle, purple and partridge soft hackle (s.h.), pheasant tail s.h., Leadwing Coachman s.h., peacock and brown s.h., tan, olive, black, brown, and October caddis (#10), and every kind of nymph, San Juan worm, terrestrials; heck just bring everything. Also reference Jay's Fall Maryland Fly List.

Directions to Monroe Pavilion from Baltimore:
Of course there are many different ways to get there. This is my route. Take I-70 West. At Hancock I-70 splits, bear left onto I-68. Proceed on I-68 through Cumberland, just before Grantsville, take Exit 22, turn south (left) on Chestnut Rd. Follow and turn left at stop sign at New Germany Road. Follow past New Germany State Park and proceed on to Big Run Road (small road, be prepared). Turn left on Big Run Road and proceed to Park entrance. Monroe Pavilion will be on your right, a short distance before road ends, just past the sign for Monroe Run Trail and bathrooms. At end of Big Run Rd turn right onto Savage River Rd, and follow past the damn to lower Savage River. First cement bridge is the PHD pool, followed by two suspension bridges, Savage River Outfitters and after 2-4 miles downstream to the metal bridge near end of the fishing area.

To sign up for this outing, please complete the Outing Registration form. Please contact Lou Reichel if you have any questions.
P.S., We have had men and women, husbands and wives, and maybe dogs attend the outing.

Thanks. See you there!

Lou Reichel
Outings Coordinator
443-745-0313 (cell)
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Erie Steelhead Outing, December 3, 4 & 5, 2022

The date is set, December 3, 4 & 5
Location - around Elk Creek, near Girard PA (its about a 6 hour drive)
Places to stay - Clarion Inn, Fairview PA (in the past they had a steelhead fishers [it may fill up quickly] deal of around $75 and it included a hot breakfast from 6 to 9am)
Green Roof Inn, Girard PA (they are near a resturant for dinner but need to go to Albion for hot breakfast, open at 6am)
Rod - 7 or 8 weight with a good drag. The creek is not very wide 75 feet but new fish to the river will test your fighting skills and drag.
Flies - this is mostly dead drift, indicator fishing with mostly various egg patterns or occasionally a large nymph. You can throw steamers, maybe best is higher, muddy water.
Weather - It will probable be very cold. Some recent rain is good since it gets the fish to come in the river systems. Sometime you have to adjust your location if there’s too much or not enough water in the individual creek.
Guides - we are working on two guides per day - 2-3 anglers/ guide $600 plus tip last year, (will need to confirm 2022 and number of anglers each day)
The goal is to get everyone with a guide at least once. Several of us will be available to lead groups not using guides to various areas and help with instruction.

Sign up will be available soon and it will be helpful to know how many people will be coming. Also book the hotel early if you want to stay close by.
We’ll provide details for meeting and answering question in time.

For additional information on steelhead fishing, please reference the Steelhead Primer by Dennis Covert. For Access Maps, PA License information, etc. please reference Erie Steelhead Fishing by Ken Bowyer, 

If you wish to sign up, please complete the Outing Registration form. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any additional information.

Craig

MOST RECENT TRIP REPORT

June 2022 PPTU One Fly Contest

Outings Photo Album

These first ones are from the November 2008 Erie Steelhead outing


Ken and Bill Goldner

Bill's 30 incher

Bill on a San Juan Worm

Dennis and Ken Monday Morning

The "Pig Pen" at the Trout Run Nursery

George Vincent 20 incher on Olive Woolybugger

Ken With a 17 incher

Joe Robinson

Quitting Time Sunday

Dick Friis

George

Dennis's 29 incher

Jack Benoit

Dennis with 29 incher

Evening Below Folly's

Bruce Eberle

Nick Weber

Steve Graves

Jack

Will recording Ken's fight

Steve

Below are some photos from some previous PPTU outings.


Savage River Brookie

Savage River Gold

North Branch 23" Brown

NB 20" Rainbow

Savage River

PPTU Members along NB Potomac 06

Youghiogheny

Fish Camp Fire

Tim Bowers 20 Incher NB Oct 06

Mike Abramowitz's Big Brown NB Oct 06

Dennis Covert 18" NB Rainbow 06

Tim Bowers 24" NB Brown 06

Fish Camp Fall 06

NB Fall 05 22" Brown