Recreation and outdoors calendar (Nov. 5)

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Ellicott City hike

Wednesday, Nov. 8: Mountain Club of Maryland 5-mile hike has hills. Details:

Prettyboy Trail hike

Saturday, Nov. 11: Mountain Club of Maryland 11-mile hike from George’s Creek to Tracey’s Store Road and CCC Loop. A couple of stream crossings. Pace will be 2.5 mph Details: 410-374-4879. Call by 8 p.m. Thursday. Carpool cost: $2.

Loch Raven Reservoir hike

Saturday, Nov. 11: Mountain Club of Maryland 9-mile hike experienced hikers who like a fast pace. Estimated time: 2.5 hours. Details: 410-593-7123.

Rocksgiving Tournament

Saturday, Nov. 11: Register for the Rocksgiving Tournament at

Trolling for rockfish

Nov. 14: Lenny Simmons of Len Dawg Tackle will discuss tips and tactics for late summer/fall trolling for rockfish, including bottom-bouncing techniques and structure fishing, when he addresses the Northwest chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association at the Patapsco Council No. 1960 Knights of Columbus Hall at 1010 Frederick Road, Catonsville. Use the Beaumont Avenue (side) entrance. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and the meeting starts at 7:30. Admission is free; visitors are welcome. Details: Contact Mark DeHoff at

Hunter sight-ins

Saturday, Sunday Nov. 11-12, Nov. 18-19: The Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association will conduct a hunter sight-in on club grounds at 3400 Northwind Road in Carney. Fee: $5 per rifle, shotgun or muzzleloader. Saturdays Nov. 11, 18: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays Nov. 12, 19: noon to 3 p.m. Details: Call Robert Batchelor at 410-592-9276.

Patapsco Valley hike

Next Sunday, Nov. 12: Mountain Club of Maryland 6-mile circuit hike in the Glen Artney Area of Patapsco Valley State Park has about a dozen minor stream crossings and a total ascent of 600-plus feet. Pace will be 2.5 to 3 mph. Details: 410 747-2868.

Loch Raven dog hike

Next Sunday, Nov. 12: Mountain Club of Maryland moderate hike on Loch Raven Reservoir trails. Dogs are encouraged. Details: 410-593-7123.

Wyoming fishing

Nov. 15: Julie Zimmer will report on her 10-day fly-fishing trip to Wyoming when she addresses a meeting of Maryland Trout Unlimited from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Towson Presbyterian Church. The meeting is free and open to the public. Details: Email

Liberty Reservoir hike

Nov. 15: Mountain Club of Maryland out-and-back 5-mile hike at Bollinger Mill with hills Details: 443-762-1219.

Patapsco Valley hike

Nov. 15: Mountain Club of Maryland 7-mile hike with about 1,000 feet of climbing and many stream crossings at Route 32 in Howard County. Details: 410-905-1190.

Rockfish tourney

Nov. 17-19: MSSA "Fall Classic" rockfish tournament. Register at

Belmont Manor hike

Nov. 18: Mountain Club of Maryland leads a 4-mile loop hike for the Howard County Conservancy from Belmont Manor to Rockburn Branch Park. Sream crossings. Details:

Turkey shoot

Nov. 19: Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association will conduct a turkey shoot on club grounds at 3400 Northwind Road in Carney. Sign-up starts at 11:30 a.m. Ammunition is provided. $3 per shot, 12-gauge only, full-choke max. New shooters welcome. Details: Call Greg at 410-598-4970 or Wayne at 443-562-2309.

Loch Raven dog hike

Nov. 19: Mountain Club of Maryland moderate hike on Loch Raven Reservoir trails. Dogs encouraged. Details: 410-593-7123.

Patapsco Valley hike

Nov. 19: Mountain Club of Maryland 6 1/4-mile hike at Daniels Dam at Patapsco Valley State Park mid-morning hike in Howard County. For experienced hikers who can maintain a fast pace. Average pace: 2.75 to 3.3 mph. 1,000-plus feet of climbing. Details: 410 747-2868.

Liberty Reservoir hike

Nov. 19: Mountain Club of Maryland Quarry Trail 8-mile hike is a mixture of fire roads and foot paths that includes trails along the shoreline south of Liberty Road and the south side of Liberty Dam. A little more than 1000 feet of total elevation gain. Moderate pace: 2.5 to 3 mph. Details: 410-876-7053. Carpool cost: $1.

Iron Bridge Wincopin hike

Nov. 22: Mountain Club of Maryland 5-mile leisure hike in Howard County has some hills and stream crossings. Details:

Prettyboy hike

Nov. 25: Mountain Club of Maryland hike on the east side of Prettyboy Reservoir starts at Frog Hollow covers 8-plus miles. One stream crossing. Pace: 2.5 mph. Details: 410-374-4879 by 8 p.m.

Patapsco Valley hike

Nov. 26: Mountain Club of Maryland 8-miler in Baltimore County from the Southwest Park and Ride to Oella. A few stream crossings, and several steep but relatively short climbs. Will visit Thistle Road Cemetery. Short car shuttle. Details: 410-536-5080.

Lefty Kreh’s Tie Fest

Feb. 24-25: Blane Choklett and Pat Cohen will be among the workshop presenters at the 18th annual Lefty Kreh’s Tie Fest on Feb. 24-25 on three floors of the Lowes Annapolis Hotel at 126 West St. in Annapolis. Admission will be $10 for each of the two days or $15 for both days of the expanded event. Anglers 16 and younger and active military personnel will be admitted free. Choklett, a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants, will demonstrate the gummy minnow and the game changer, an articulated fly he created. Cohen, a New Yorker, is a member of the pro staff for 10 fishing companies, including EP Flies and Partridge of Redditch Hooks. Other fly tiers attending include Steve Silverio, Brad Buzzi, Bob Popovics and Richard Stolis. Jerry Kustich, co-founder of Sweetgrass Rods, will discuss bamboo rods. Bob Clouser will run fly-casting demonstrations, and attendees will be able to test several fly rods provided by event vendors. Some workshops carry an extra fee. Among the no-charge seminars will be ones by Joe Bruce on snakeheads and Kevin Josenhans and Chris Karwacki on fishing Tangier Sound. Tie Fest will include displays from fly shops in the Chesapeake Bay area, local fishing guides and angling organizations. Attendees will be able to purchase supplies and discuss fishing strategies with these vendors. Tickets will be sold at the door. For further information contact event director Tony Friedrich at

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