Reserve Now! Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited Conservation Banquet! November 2nd, 2019

The Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited invites you to our 55th Annual Conservation Banquet, 6:00 PM, Saturday, November 2nd, at the Stonehedge Restaurant on Route 9w in West Park, NY.

Our annual banquest is our largest chapter fundraiser for the year. Proceeds from the banquet help fund variety of chapter projects and activities throughout the year.  Here are some of the things we’ve done in recent years:

  • Removed trash and litter from area streams
  • Planted saplings to promote stream bank stability
  • Trout-in-the-Classroom program in local schools,
  • Monitored the Esopus Creek above the Ashokan Reservoir
  • Conducted temperature surveys of area streams
  • Protected the Peekamoose Blue Hole on Roundout Creek
  • Ran casting demos at local schools and spoke with students about the importance of trout to a healthy ecosystem
  • And more!

The evening begins with a cash bar cocktail hour at 6:00 PM and the opportunity to view the raffle buckets and silent auction items. Bucket raffle tickets will be 25 for $20.00 or $1.00 each. Dinner will begin being served at 7:15 PM.

After a brief presentation, we will have drawings for the bucket raffles, announce the winners of our silent auction, and draw winning conservation raffle tickets..  This year’s grand prize raffle is an Orvis rod and reel: 

Grand Prize: Orvis Helios 3F 9ft 5 wt & Orvis Mirage USA II Reel

$10 per Ticket

Only 200 Tickets to be sold!

Winner need not be present to win

 Dinner is $40.00 per person. Please consider an additional donation of $5 per dinner for our conservation fund. The dinner choices are:

Appetizer: Tortellini Alfredo with Green Salad with Vinaigrette dressing

Entree choices:

  • Breast of Chicken Francaise
  • Baked Filet of Salmon with Herb Crust
  • Roast Prime Rib of Beef, Au Jus
  • Vegetarian Entrée

All meals will be served with Baked Stuffed Potatoes, and Rolls and Butter.

The evening’s dessert will be layer cake with fruit filling, served with coffee or tea.

You can purchase banquet tickets online through our Eventbrite site:

Reservations paid in advance will earn five free raffle tickets each at the banquet.  Early reservations and confirmations in any form help the chef plan foods.

The banquet is always a great time. Whether you’re a long-time chapter member, a new member, or a friend, please join us for an evening of good fun, good food, good cheer, and lots of fish stories.

CMTU members please help us memorialize your fishing memories of the past by sending photos of your catches, smiles, fishing equipment, and any beautiful fishing scenery to Michael Malloy email address ( by Oct 30th , he is putting together a streaming collage to be displayed at the CMTU annual dinner in November.

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2019 Conservation Raffle Tickets Now Available

Help support the conservation efforts for Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited!

Each year CMTU sponsors a grand prize raffle at our Conservation banquet on November 2nd 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, ask at one of our chapter meetings/events OR contact one of our board members before they are all sold.

For more information contact

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

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Chapter Meeting Wednesday October 16th, 2019, Marriott Courtyard, Kingston NY, 6:30 PM

John Waldron of the Brotherhood of the Junglecock will be speaking about his group’s work teaching people the art of fly fishing and fly tying. The meeting begins at 6:30 at the Courtyard Marriott in Kingston.
Banquet donations: Please bring donations for our annual conservation banquet! Do you have a rod you haven’t fished with in several years? Maybe you’ve got a 7wt fly line but don’t have a 7wt rod? Did you tie way more flies than you could possibly fish with last winter? Or maybe you’ve got some useful items that have nothing whatsoever to do with fly fishing? Whatever you’ve got, we’ll take it. Please bring items to the meeting. If you can’t make the meeting, email the chapter at to arrange to get it to us.
Banquet: Speaking of the banquet, don’t forget to order your tickets!  The banquet will be held on Saturday, November 2nd at 6:00 at Stonehedge Restaurant in West Park.  Tickets are available at
Chapter Elections: We will be holding our annual elections at the November meeting (on the 20th).  Please turn out. Every vote counts.   
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Fall Night on the Stream: Friday September 27th

Let’s Go Fishing

Due to the strong interest in our night on the stream in June, many have asked that we do it again this fall.

We are organizing another night out on Friday September 27th at 5:15 PM for all that are interested.

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 Esopus Creel Fly shop on Route 28 at 5:15 PM on Friday September 27th.

We’ll fish until 8:00, and then meet at Brio’s Pizza afterwards.

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Chapter Meeting Wednesday September 18th, 2019, Marriott Courtyard, Kingston NY, 6:30 PM

Fall is here, and that means TU meetings are starting again. At our first meeting this year, Ryan Williams and Ted Hoover will talk about streamer fishing.

For many of us, fall means streamers, as the big browns are getting ready for the spawn. So just in time, CMTU members Ryan Williams and Ted Hoover will be presenting on streamer fishing at our September meeting. Ryan will introduce streamer fishing, moving streamers beyond a method of last resort/when all else fails, to recognizing when, where and how streamers can be applied to yield impressive results. He will cover fly patterns, stream conditions, gear selection, fish behavior, helpful gadgets, and recommended resources. Ted will focus on fishing streamers on stillwater. He will cover scouting locations,lines, leaders, files and techniques he has successfully used targeting trout on Adirondack ponds

Also, check out this month’s newsletter, with reports on the SPDES Permit meeting, the CMTU Women’s Initiative, an update on the State’s trout stream management plan, and lots of pictures of big fish!

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June 19th: 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 Esopus Creel Fly shop  ( on Route 28 at 6:00 PM on Wednesday June 19th.

Catskill  Mountains Trout Unlimited

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Chapter Meeting Wednesday May 15th, 2019, Marriott Courtyard, Kingston NY, 6:30 PM – Tying demo at 6:00

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.

Read the May Newsletter
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Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited Earth Day Tree Planting 2019

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):

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! 

For more information see the chapter web site OR contact:

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CMTU Women’s Initiative Event April 20th

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 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!

Tight Lines,

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.

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CMTU Event: Tie One On at Keegan Ales in Kingston Thursday March 28th 6:30 – 8:30PM

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!

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