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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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 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, 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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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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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.

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Winter Fly Tying with Catskill Mountains TU ( NEW DATES )

 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

Cost:  Free

Please join us and bring a friend.   For more information please contact the chapter email or see our web site at

Here are is a flyer to print and distribute.

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Fly Fishing School: Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited 2019

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

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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