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.

2023 - 2024 Outings Schedule

DESTINATION PERIOD*
Casselman, MD Grannom - Mother's Day Caddis April 27-28, 2024 2 Days, 1 Night 
Erie, PA Steelhead + November 16-20, 2023
Western MD Campout, Savage River, Monroe Pavillion October 7, 8, 9 2023 Sat-Mon, 3 Days, 2 Nights
Gunpowder, MD 1-Fly Contest September 30, 2023
Camp Buffalo Bill, WY (not an official PPTU Outing) August-September, 2023
Yellow Breeches, PA White Fly Hatch # CANCELLED August, 2023 TBD
Catskills, NY @ CANCELLED June 8-11, 2023 4 Days, 2 Nights
Spring Creek, PA Sulphur hatch, Near State College, PA # May 19-21, 2023 3 days, 2 nights
Casselman, MD Grannom - Mother's Day Caddis April 22-23, 2023 2 Days, 1 Night 
Gunpowder, MD 1-Fly Contest CANCELLED April 15, 2023
Patuxent River (upper), MD March 25, 2023
Yellow Creek, PA Near Loysburg, PA # March 4, 2023
Big Spring, PA # February 18, 2023
Big Hunting Creek, MD Little Black Stoneflies CANCELLED February 4, 2023
* 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 PA License and Trout-Salmon Permit or Combo Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit
& Wyoming, Montana, and/or Yellowstone NP 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.

  • 2023 Scott Cernick, 47”, #16 Blow Torch
  • 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

 

Mothers Day Caddis on Casselman River

Where:  Casselman River, Near Grantsville, Garret County, MD
When:  April 27-28, 2024, Saturday and Sunday. 9:00 am

It's that time again for the Mother’s Day Caddis Outing on the Casselman River near Grantsville in Garret County, Maryland. If the weather is right and the hatch is on, there should be an intense emergence of #14/16 mottled brown/grey wing, dark body American Grannon (genus Brachycentrus) Caddis flies from early to late afternoon.

New members and new to fly fishing are welcomed. There will be someone there that can assist you and show you the river. Please let Ron know if you need assistance.

For more details on the river, and a map of access points, can be found in the excellent book “Guide To Maryland Trout Fishing. The Catch - And – Release Streams” written by Charlie Gelso and Larry Coburn, fellow PPTU Chapter members.

During the hatch, the caddis flies swarm up and down the river in fast flight, sometimes in a blizzard of flies with eventual egg laying taking place late afternoon and evening. Even during this swarming period there can be a mid day lull in surface activity and a good time to switch to subsurface flies. This is one of the best spring hatches in Maryland and the classic dry fly experience.

This is scheduled as a 2 day outing, but it is possible to make it a one day trip, for the Casselman River is about a 2-2.5 h drive from Baltimore.  Let Ron know,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  if you plan on one or two days.  For staying overnight on Saturday, make reservations at the Casselman Inn (Motel 301-895-5055), just a mile west of the Casselman River on US 40 in Grantsville. So please make your reservations. We will plan on a nice group dinner at the Casselman Inn restaurant on Saturday night, so let me know if you plan on attending so I can make arrangements for a large table. Other places to stay are at a Comfort Inn on I 68, Rt 219 Chestnut Ridge Rd, just east of Grantsville.

On Saturday morning at 9:00, we will meet at the lower parking area of Penn Alps.  Why so early?  The Casselman can get crowded, and all the pull-offs can be full.  If you are late, let Ron know by text or email so that he can keep track of people.

One can fish from I-68 to the Casselman Stone Bridge (may be posted No Fishing Due to Construction), continuing around to the Penn Alps area where we will meet (not sure of the area below this, it may be private). Then travel down to River Road (see Directions below) and fish at any of the pull-offs all the way to the PA line. Those not familiar with the Casselman River, I will eventually be at The Farmers Lane (very last place before PA State line) by late afternoon.  This is a good place to meet if you are lost and near the end of the day.  Be considerate with the Amish horse and buggies and Amish children walking on the road.  Again, for those not meeting with me, please email or text me when you arrive and when you leave so I can keep track of all members.  Also take pictures and send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This is a special regulation Catch and Release Stream between I-68 north (downstream) to the PA border. MD fishing license and trout stamp are required. The Casselman River runs north into PA, so if you don't have a PA Fishing License take care you don't accidentally fish water you are not licensed for.  Also on River Rd, at the metal bridge, just upstream, there are some cabins for rent, and I am not sure if it is private fishing there. However, good fishing at the metal bridge.

Recommended flies.  Brown/grey/mottled wing dark body Caddis #14/#16 tied in either the Henryville realistic patterns, for slower water, or dark (black) Elk Hair style or peacock caddis for the faster riffles. Subsurface flies include herl and partridge and green butt soft hackles, Bird of Prey pupa, LaFontain Sparkle Pupa, other caddis pupa and larva type nymphs, and gold ribbed hares ears. Of course, don’ forget mop flies and San Juan worms.

Rods.  A 4wt or 5wt, 9 ft rod is good.

Clothing. We have had snow in the past on this outing, so wear layers and be prepared.

Food. As far as meals go it can be a little sparse and may take some planning. I generally bring lunch for Saturday and Sunday and store it in a cold ice chest in the car.  We will plan on a nice group dinner at the Casselman Inn restaurant on Saturday night, so let me know if you plan on attending so I can make the reservation.  The Casselman Inn does not serve food on Sunday.  Most of the fast-food places are at the Rt 219 exit (Chestnut Ridge Road).  There is a nice Burger King and IHOP near the gas station near I-68.  There also is a Subway shop in the Grantsville shopping Center on the north side of Chestnut Ridge Road and Rt 40. 

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

Driving Instructions.  Getting there is pretty easy, about a 2.5 h drive from Baltimore.  Head west on I-70, take the I-68 split at Hancock MD and proceed west to Grantsville MD.  On I-68, take the Grantsville exit #19.  Go to the town and turn right onto Rt 40.  Continuing on Rt 40, you will go past the Casselman Inn and just after you cross the Casselman River take the first left at Penn Alps.  Then take the next left on Casselman Road and then a quick right into the parking lot where we will meet (130 Casselman Road).  To fish the River Road access, continue on Rt 40 (past Penn Alps) to River Road on the left. River Road will cross the river at the Metal Bridge.  River Road follows the river northward into PA.  Any pull off is great fishing.  The last place before the PA line is Farmers Lane (2960-2965 River Rd, Grantsville).  Park off the road at the signs and not on the farmer’s driveway!  Also be considerate of the Amish horse and buggies and Amish children walking on the road.

If you have any questions, please contact Ron Kerrick.

Outings Coordinator
Ron Kerrick
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(240) 423-8375

MOST RECENT TRIP REPORT

November 2023 Erie Steelhead Outing

Outings Photo Album

These first ones are from the December 2022 Erie Steelhead outing

 

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