CMTU September Meeting Wednesday, September 19 Courtyard by Marriott Kingston, NY 6:30PM

Hope you can make our September meeting this Wednesday. Our speaker this month is Morgan Lyle, author of Simple Flies: 52 Easy-to-Tie Patterns that Catch Fish. If you’re not familiar with Lyle’s work, you’re in for a real treat. I picked up a copy of Simple Flies at the Fly Fishing Show in Edson last winter and I’ve been reading it compulsively since. Morgan is currently writing a book on Tenkara. I can’t wait to hear what he has to say about that.

Check out our September Newsletter for information about chapter events and updates on the situation at the Blue Hole, the Delaware River oil spill, and other conservation issues.

September Newsletter

Hope to see you at the meeting!

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Fall Night on the Stream: Friday September 7th

Let’s Go Fishing

While it may not seem like it with today’s temps, fall is just about here. The Catskill Mountains chapter of Trout Unlimited is going to kick off the season by going fishing this Friday, the 7th. We’re going to meet at 5:45 at the parking lot of the Phonecia Diner, with plans to hit the stream by 6:00.  We’ll fish until 8:00, and then meet at Brio’s Pizza afterwards.

As you know, the temps are supposed to be high this week. So keep an eye on the weather. We’re expecting cooler temperatures by Friday. We’ll check the stream temps on Friday morning and see how cool the water got. If the temperatures are still high, we’ll go fishing next Friday.

Also, remember to put September 19th on your calendar. That’s the date of our first meeting of the fall. Morgan Lyle, author of Simple Flies will be our speaker. He’s currently writing a book on Tenkara.

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CMTU Ladies and Leaders Women’s Fishing Event , Saturday June 30th

The Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited Women’s Initiative is excited to announce “Ladies and Leaders,” a new series of events aimed at creating a fun, supportive, and social environment for women in fly fishing. Our next “Ladies and Leaders” will take place on June 30th and will be a low-key night on the stream of fishing followed by drinks and food to unwind and share stories. We will meet at 5pm and gather in the parking lot of Woodstock Brewing on route 28 before heading out to the creek. We will fish until about 8p and reconvene in the same meeting place before ending the night with food and drinks.

We hope that this event can be a welcoming place for all skill levels and encourage anyone just starting out to come and ask questions and advice from your fellow female anglers. Please send your RSVP to Jayne Henson at so that we can get a rough head count of how many to expect, but feel free to come last minute and invite a female friend! We’ll see you on the creek!
While we respect and appreciate the support that the men of CMTU have to offer we would like keep participation at this event as a space for just female identified anglers. Thank you for being understanding.

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CMTU Night on the Stream: Esopus Creek, Wednesday June 20th at 6:30pm

June 20th: Chapter Night on the Stream

Gone Fishing! Instead of a chapter meeting this month, Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited with be meeting on the Esopus Creek.

Please join us. Open to members and non-members of all skill levels. It is a great chance to meet other members and most importantly fish.   If you are interested, we will be meeting at the Phoenicia Diner on Route 28 at 6:30 PM on Wednesday June 20th.


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CMTU April Newsletter and Meeting Wednesday, April 18 6:30-8:30 Courtyard Marriott in Kingston

Alexander Bradley of the Catskill Conservation Corps will be speaking to us about the CCC and the work it does in the Catskills, as well as opportunities for CMTU to partner with them on conservation projects. The Catskill Conservation Corps has done clean ups and trail maintenance all over the Catskills, including a lot of work keeping the Blue Hole clean. So come out to the meeting and learn about some of the conservation concerns in the Catskills and find out how CMTU can help.

The Women’s Initiative will be meeting before the chapter meeting, from 5:45-6;30 in the Courtyard Marriott Cafe. All women members and friends of the chapter are welcome!

Please read the April Newsletter!

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Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited Earth Day Tree Planting 2018

Trout Unlimited is looking for volunteers to help plant trees for Earth Day.

In collaboration with the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP) the Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited is organizing a tree planting project on Bush Kill, along Watson Hollow Road in West Shokan on Saturday, April 21, the day before Earth Day, from 9:30-2:00.

When: Saturday April 21st

Time: 9:30AM – 2PM

Where: Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program office, 3130 Route 28, Shokan, NY 12481. (If you arrive after 10, please head straight to the planting site at 269 Watson Hollow Road, West Shokan, NY. There is limited parking at the site, though, so please try to arrive at the meeting site between 9:30 and 10:00.)

Contact #: 845-802-3861 (Andrew Higgins)

Please Register Online:

Meet at the AWSMP at 9:30 for sign in. We’ll car-pool to the site, where there’s limited parking.

CMTU and volunteers will be planting native trees and shrubs along Bush Kill in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. The goal of this project is to plant along critical coldwater streams in the Catskill Mountain Region. The planting will help stabilize the streambank along the creek to reduce erosion and provide shade to keep the water cold and clean!

This will be our largest volunteer event of the year for our chapter.

We are looking for at least a dozen volunteers to help. You are not required to be a member.

Jobs include: coordinating volunteers, planting trees, watering, registration table. Please consider taking one day out of the year to help fulfill the mission of Trout Unlimited.

Please join us and bring a friend.

For more information see the chapter web site OR contact:


Fly Fishing Film Festival: After the planting, come join us at the Fly Fishing Film Festival, sponsored by Esopus Creel and our friends at the Ashokan Pepacton Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  Get your tickets here:

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CMTU Event: Tie One On at Keegan Ales in Kingston Thursday March 29th 6:30 – 8:30PM

Come to Keegan Ales for CMTU’s Tie-One-On event on Thursday, March 29th, 6:30-8:30. Several chapter members will be demonstrating the art of fly tying, while others demonstrate the fine art of drinking beer and socializing. Come on out and join us. It’s a great way to get ready for opening day.

Hope to see you there!

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CANCELLED due to storm : Chapter Meeting Wednesday, March 21st, 6:30-8:30PM Courtyard by Marriott, Kingston


The March meeting has been cancelled due to incoming snow storm.


Jeff Yates, National Director of Volunteer Operations for Trout Unlimited, will speak at our March meeting.

If you haven’t hear Jeff speak before, don’t miss this opportunity. Jeff is a passionate advocate for coldwater fisheries and Trout Unlimited. Come hear him speak about some of the great things TU chapters around the country are doing.

Please read this month’s newsletter to find out more about Jeff’s talk, read Ed Meyer’s proposal for a no-kill zone on Esopus Creek, find out about our Earth Day Tree Planting planned for April 21, and more.

Hope to see you at the meeting!

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Learn to Fly Fish With Trout Unlimited

Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited has been teaching fly fishing for over 40 years. Our classes include instruction in fly fishing equipment, techniques, fly selection, stream reading, and casting. Learn everything you need to start fishing this season!

No previous experience necessary. If you have your own fly rod, please bring it. If you don’t own a fly rod yet, rods will be available for casting.

When? Classes meet Tuesday evenings from March 27th through April 24th, 6:30-8:45PM.

Where? Ulster County Community College, Senate Gymnasium

Cost?     Adult: $100         Youth (16 and under): $60.

Veterans receive a 20% discount as thanks for their service ($80).

To reserve a spot book online, contact Bob Sills at 845-338-4292 or

Trout Unlimited is a national conservation organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. Learn more at
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Chapter Meeting Wednesday February 21st, 2018, Marriott Courtyard, Kingston NY, 6:30 PM

Trout season doesn’t open for a month and a half but CMTU is already busy. Our fly tying circle is underway each Sunday at Kenco. Ed Meyer will be teaching our fly tying classes starting at the end of the month, and soon after that our annual fly casting school, taught by Bob Sills, will get started. In addition, the Conservation Committee is busy planning projects for the coming year, and the Women’s Initiative, led by Liz Higgins and Anne Bloomfield, is planning a series of events.

On Wednesday the 21st we’ll have our first business meeting of the year. Find out what the Conservation Committee has planned for the upcoming season, hear about the chapter’s new Women’s Initiative, and let us know what you’d like to see the chapter do this year.

Following that chapter members are invited to tie flies for veterans. If you’re not a tier, come hang out, socialize, and see what other chapter members are tying up these days. If you are a tier, bring your vice and tie flies for the vets that we guide on the Willowemoc in May. It’s just another way for you to thank them for their service.

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