|Mike Flaherty’s Annual State of the Esopus Address This month’s speakers will be Mike Flaherty and Pete Malaty , from DEC. Mike and Pete will give their annual “State of the Esopus” presentation, and catch us up on new developments in DEC. Hopefully they’ll have a word or two about the DEC’s long-awaited new Trout Management Plan. This is always an interesting and informative meeting. Please make every effort to attend. It is a great opportunity to hear about the work DEC is doing, ask questions and share your experience on fishing in our home watershed. |
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Chapter Meeting Wednesday May 15th, 2019, Marriott Courtyard, Kingston NY, 6:30 PM – Tying demo at 6:00
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 Woodland Valley Creek, along Woodland Valley Road on Saturday, April 27, the Saturday after Earth Day.
When: Saturday April 27st 2019
Time: 10:00AM – 2PM
Where: Meet at the junction of Wilmont Way and Woodland Valley Road in Phoencica, NY, just past Woodland Valley Campground.
Contact #: 845-802-3861 (Andrew Higgins)
Please Register Online (free): https://cmtu-treeplant2019.eventbrite.com
We will be planting native trees and shrubs along Woodland Valley Creek, an important spawning stream for brook, brown, and rainbow trout. The planting will help stabilize the streambank along the creek to reduce erosion, control flooding, 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. At the end of the planting, CMTU will provide pizza and drinks for all volunteers!
Greetings Women of TU!
We saw our first stonefly of the season a couple of days ago. With the spring thaw approaching and trout season just around the corner, we wanted to take a moment to invite you to an upcoming event with the CMTU Women’s Initiative (WI). The goal of the TU Women’s Initiative is to ensure that women feel welcome at chapter meetings and included in projects and river outings. The CMTU WI is also working to actively develop women’s events at the chapter level and initiate new programs to provide meaningful engagement opportunities for women.
Join us on Saturday April 20th for our 2019 planning meeting and contribute to the Women’s Initiative of Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited. Whether you are interested in fishing or coldwater fisheries conservation, beginner or expert, all women are welcome to attend. We will meet at Sweet Sue’s in Phoenicia for brunch at 10:30am, then from 12:00pm-2:00pm we will continue on to the Phoenicia Library across the street to generate and discuss ideas to grow the Women’s Initiative for our chapter. We will end the event by hitting the stream for some fishing if conditions allow. Rose, a chapter member, had this to say about the CMTU WI, “Sending you all a thank you for your support and guidance while fishing on Saturday evening. It was very nice to meet each of you personally and spend time with women anglers. I think you are all on the right track in this initiative to provide women an opportunity to meet, greet and learn from each other”.
Please send RSVPs via email to Jayne Henson at email@example.com or call Anne Bloomfield at 518-894-6344 so that we can get a rough head count of how many to expect. RSVPs are encouraged but feel free to come last minute and invite a friend. We’ll see you there!
Jayne and Anne
Jayne Henson is the Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited Chapter Women’s Initiative Coordinator
Anne Bloomfield supports the WI and serves on the board of Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited
While we respect and appreciate any and all 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 and river conservationists. Thank you for being understanding.
Chapter Meeting Wednesday April 17th, 2019, Marriott Courtyard, Kingston NY, 6:30 PM – Tying demo at 6:00
Catskill Mountains Chapter Trout Unlimited April Meeting
Wednesday, April 17th Courtyard Marriott in Kingston
Fly Tying Demo begins at 6:00
Meeting begins at 6:30
This month: Water Temperature Study of Esopus Creek
Professors Larry McGlinn and Huicheng Chien of SUNY New Paltz Geography Department will be presenting on a comprehensive water temperature study they conducted in Esopus Creek over the past two years. Larry, Huicheng, and their team of students installed over 100 temperature loggers throughout the Esopus Creek system above the Ashokan Reservoir, as well as several air temperature loggers. As McGlinn explains, “We are mapping water temps in the Upper Esopus, and we’re trying to do it at a pretty fine scale. We’ve placed over 100 temperature loggers that take a temp every hour. Some are in shallow water, some in deeper, some in sunny locations and some in shade, under bridges. The goal is to have a precise map of temps in the upper esopus by time of day and season. The application will be to better understand fish habitat, based on what biologists (and fishermen) know about temperature ranges certain fish prefer. Also, we have placed some air temp loggers to see how air temps correlate with nearby water temps.” The team began collecting data in 2017 and plans to continue through this summer. McGlinn explained that he and Chien are not experts in trout, so they’re eager to share their findings with us and hear what we think it may reveal about fish habitat.
Fly Tying Demo
Andrew Higgins will be tying Klinkhammers from 6:00-6:30. If you’ve never fished them before, you should consider adding them to your arsenal. The Klinkhammer is an all-around pattern that catches trout as an emerger and a dry fly. You can even swing it as a wet! Esopus Creek rainbows can’t resist them.
Earth Day Tree Planting
CMTU will be having our annual Earth Day Tree Planting on Saturday, April 27th from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. We will meet at the planting site, which is just above Woodland Valley Campground. This is our biggest conservation event of the year, so we hope you can make it! Please bring work gloves, shovels, and trowels if you have them. We’ll provide snacks, drinks, and pizza!
If you can, please register on our Eventbrite page, where you’ll find more information about the planting.
Women’s Initiative Event, Saturday April 20th
All women are welcome to attend the chapter’s planning event for the Women’s Initiative. Whether you are interested in fishing or coldwater fisheries conservation, whether you are a beginner or expert angler, whether you are a chapter member or not, we hope you will join us. We will meet at Sweet Sue’s in Phoenicia for brunch at 10:30am, then from 12:00pm-2:00pm we will continue on to the Phoenicia Library across the street to generate and discuss ideas to grow the Women’s Initiative for our chapter. We will end the event by hitting the stream for some fishing if conditions allow.
Please send RSVPs via email to Jayne Henson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Anne Bloomfield at 518-894-6344 so that we can get a rough head count of how many to expect. RSVPs are encouraged, but feel free to come last minute and invite a friend. We’ll see you there!
While we appreciate any and all support from the men of CMTU, this event is just for female identified anglers and river conservationists. Thank you for being understanding!
No newsletter this month. ☹
I’ve been swamped at work the past few weeks, so I wasn’t able to put together an April newsletter. But I’ll have one ready for May. I’ve already got some great contributions. Ed Meyer will be writing about DEC stocking practices, and Ron Urban has some important reminders about how long trash stays in the environment. Please consider contributing an item to the newsletter. We’d love to have conservation items or fish stories! Send them to AndrewHiggins@protonmail.com. Thanks, Andrew
Help support the conservation efforts for Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited!
Each year CMTU sponsors a grand prize raffle at our Conservation banquet in November to help fund the projects we organize throughout the year. This year is no different , except that we are only selling 200 tickets for a top of the line Orvis Rod and Reel. ( Retail value $1200 value)
To get your chance on this great opportunity email email@example.com, ask at one of our chapter meetings/events OR contact one of our board members before they are all sold.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grand Prize: Orvis Helios 3F 9ft 5 wt & Orvis Mirage USA II Reel
$10 per Ticket
Awarded at CMTU Conservation Banquet
Saturday November 2nd, 2019
Only 200 Tickets to be sold!
Winner need not be present to win
Come to Keegan Ales for CMTU’s Tie-One-On event on Thursday, March 28th, 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!
Chapter Meeting Wednesday March 20th, 2019, Marriott Courtyard, Kingston NY, 6:30 PM – Tying demo at 6:00
Catskill Mountains Chapter Trout Unlimited
March Meeting and Newsletter
Wednesday, March 20
Courtyard Marriott in Kingston
Fly Tying Demo at 6:00
Meeting begins at 6:30
Here’s our March Newsletter
This Month: Euro Nymphing Techniques and Tactics
Euro Nymphing techniques have taken the fly fishing world by storm over the past 10 years, and several members of CMTU practice this dynamic style of fishing. At the March meeting, chapter members Art Christensen and Mike Malloy will give a presentation on Euro Nymphing, followed by an open discussion of tactics, rods, leaders, flies, and more. If you’re new to nymphing or curious about it, come and learn more about this exciting and very productive method. If you already practice this, please bring your leader and a box of your favorite flies and share what you’ve learned.
Fly Tying: Join us for a fly tying demonstration by Ed Meyer before the meeting. This is a great chance to pick up some tips from a master fly tyer and socialize with chapter members before the meeting.
Looking for something to do to get you through the winter and prepare for opening day? Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited is organizing a Fly Tiers Circle. Bring your tying gear to Gander Outdoors in Kingston, NY.
When: Sunday January 13th, 20th, 27th February 10th, 17th, 24h ,2019 ( NEW Dates: March 10th, 17th and 24th)
Time: 12:00pm – 3:30pm
Where: Gander Outdoors (Lodge),
705 Frank Sottile Blvd, Kingston, NY 12401
Please join us and bring a friend. For more information please contact the chapter email email@example.com or see our web site at www.cmtu.org
Here are is a flyer to print and distribute.
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 26th through April 30th (excluding April 16th), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Trout Unlimited is a national conservation organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. Learn more at TU.org.
Chapter Meeting Wednesday February 20th, 2019, Marriott Courtyard, Kingston NY, 6:30 PM
CMTU’s February meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30 at the Courtyard Marriott in Kingston.
John Waldron will be speaking about The Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock, a
youth fly fishing and conservation program. The BOJC runs a 7-year
program for boys and girls. Children enter the program between the ages
of 8 and 11, and participate in a yearly week-long camp in Roscoe, NY,
learning about fly fishing, fly tying, and conservation.
Read our February newsletter here.