Fly Tying Class: Learn to Tie Flies with Trout Unlimited

The Catskill Mountain region the birthplace of fly fishing in America. Join us for this five week course to learn the art and craft of fly tying. Trout Unlimited is a national conservation organization whose mission is to conserve, protect, and restore watersheds and cold water fisheries.

This course is designed for the novice or beginner fly tyer. No experience is necessary. In this class you will learn how to tie well-proportioned and well-constructed flies for trout fishing. The flies that you will make in this class are some of the most effective patterns for catching trout in our local streams and rivers.

Topics to be covered:

  • Introductory stream entomology.
  • Basic fly tying techniques used in the construction of nymphs, dry flies and streamers.
  • How to select the proper hooks and materials to make a wide variety of different flies.

All tools and materials for this class will be supplied. If you already have a fly tying vice and tools please bring them to class. Come and learn fly tying with our patient, helpful and expert instructors.


When: Monday evenings from March 9th – April 6th, 6:00-8:00 PM., five consecutive weeks.

Where: Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston NY. The classroom is located in the Wooden Boat School building, that is next door to the museum building. Wooden Boat School, 70-80 E. Strand St. Kingston NY. hrmm.org/woodworking.html

Cost? We furnish the materials and tools for this class. The Wooden Boat School requires a $20 fee to cover the cost of heat and lights for the classroom.

Sign up: Go to the Wooden Boat School website, hrmm.org/woodworking.html to sign up for the course. You can also contact the Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited at catskillmountaintu@gmail.com You can also contact instructor Ed Meyer at 845-417-5179 if you have any questions or concerns.

To learn more about the Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited visit our website at CMTU.org Join us at our monthly meeting at Courtyard by Marriott in Kingston on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 PM.

CMTU is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

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CMTU February Meeting Wednesday, February 19 Courtyard Marriott Kingston 6:30-8:30

Leslie Zucker and Adam Doan of AWSMP to Speak about Work in the Esopus Creek Watershed

Adam Doan (of Ulster County Soil & Water) and Leslie Zucker (of Ulster County Cooperative Extension), the Program Managers for the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program will be speaking about ongoing projects and issues in the Esopus Creek watershed. If you are new to the chapter, the AWSMP is an important partner with TU in our work to protect Esopus Creek. Our annual Earth Day tree plantings are done on AWSMP reclamation sites, and the program provides us with most of the trees and shrubs.  In recent years, the AWSMP has done a great deal of work to help Esopus Creek recover from the effects of Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and has done much to reduce sources of turbidity in the creek. For more information about the program, see their website: http://ashokanstreams.org/. Leslie and Adam’s presentations are always very informative, and they are crucial to helping us set productive goals for our conversation efforts. 

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For sale or swap area

I created a for sale and swap area for you guys to unload some of the stuff we’ve told our wives and girl friends is just on loan. If you want to post, PM me and I’ll give you access. Remeber that anything for sale must meet Facebook’s regulations in that regard. That means no firearms, or weapons of mass destruction. Please adhere to this.

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3rd CMTU Round Table get together

Sunday the Catskill Mts. chapter will have our Fly Tying Round-table. It is Sunday at Kenco on route 28 from 1 to 4 PM. As past participants know, bring your tying tools and materials to create your flies or share patterns with others. If you are new or would like help from experienced tyers you are also welcome to attend. Any questions, contact me at the return email or contact Bill Strugatz (williamstrugatz@gmail.com)  who has organized this tying round-table and location. More dates will follow and this is our third round table.

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Ron Urban, Past Chairman  NY Trout Unlimited  PO Box 815  Port Ewen, New York 12466  home: (845)339-5938  cell: (914)388-3878

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CMTU January Meeting and Elections Wednesday, January 15th Courtyard Marriott Kingston 6:30-8:30PM

Guide Rylie Lake to Speak at the January Meeting

Guide Rylie Lake will be our speaker at our first meeting of the new decade.  Rylie is a guide on the Delaware System, and was recently featured in The Land of Little Rivers, a movie about fly fishing in the Catskills  which also featured  CMTU’s own Bert Darrow.

The Delaware River is the premier trout stream in the Eastern United States, so come and hear Rylie unlock its secrets.

You can also get some tying tips from Rylie on the DirksOutdoors channel on YouTube. Just go to YouTube and search “Rylie Lake.”


Election Notice

Our annual election will be held at the January meeting. These are technically our 2019 elections, but we had to postpone them because the November meeting was cancelled.  The following officers’ terms are ending:
 
President:         Ted Hoover, President (Jan 2018- Dec 2019)
Vice-President: Andrew Higgins, Vice President (Jan 2018- Dec 2019)
Treasurer:        William Strugatz, (Jan 2018- Dec 2019)
Secretary:         Ryan Williams (Jan 2018-Dec 2019)
 
Ted Hoover, Andrew Higgins, and William Strugatz will be standing for re-election. Ryan Williams, having completed two consecutive terms as Secretary, is not able to stand again. Christa Whiteman has volunteered to stand for Secretary. (Thanks, Christa!)
 
In addition, Anne Bloomfield and Mike Malloy’s terms as Board Members are up. Both are standing for re-election.
 
So here is the slate for officers and board members put forward by the Nominating Committee:
 
President:         Ted Hoover
Vice-President: Andrew Higgins
Treasurer:        William Strugatz,
Secretary:         Christa Whiteman
Board Member: Anne Bloomfield
Board Member: Mike Malloy
 
Finally, thanks to all the volunteers who put in time making the chapter work, and a special thanks to Ryan Williams for his dedication and hard work as chapter Secretary over the past four years.

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Kenco 2020 CMTU Fly Tying Round Table

Sunday the Catskill Mts. chapter will have our Fly Tying Round-table. It is Sunday at Kenco on route 28 from 1 to 4 PM. As past participants know, bring your tying tools and materials to create your flies or share patterns with others. If you are new or would like help from experienced tyers you are also welcome to attend. Any questions, contact me at the return email or contact Bill Strugatz (williamstrugatz@gmail.com)  who has organized this tying round-table and location. More dates will follow.

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Ron Urban, Past Chairman  NY Trout Unlimited  PO Box 815  Port Ewen, New York 12466  home: (845)339-5938  cell: (914)388-3878

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CMTU Chapter Holiday Party, Wednesday December 18th 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Join us for our annual Holiday Party and family event at Ole Savannah in Kingston on Wednesday December 18 at 6:00pm for good food and good cheer.

It’s a good chance to get together with old friends, meet new friends, and tell stories about the ones that got away this year.

We will have a area within the restaurant just for CMTU. I hope to see you there.

If you would like to participate in the gift exchange, please bring a gift worth $20 or less.

Ole Savannah is located at:

100 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY

https://olesavannah.com/

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Trout T’Ales at Keegan Ales, Thursday December 5th

Keegan Ales in Kingston NY will be hosting Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s “Trout T’Ales” event on Thursday, December 5th from 6:30 – 8:30PM.

November 30th is the last day of the season on Esopus Creek, so come out and join us at Keegans to have a beer, brag about the fish you caught, meet other anglers, and learn about our conservation efforts in Ulster County.

For more information, email CMTU at catskillmountaintu@gmail.com. We hope to see you there—whether you’re a member or not!
 
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CMTU November meeting cancelled

Chapter and Board members,

Due to calendar conflicts the November meeting has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled due to Thanksgiving week and multiple December events.

In December, we  have three events. Mark your calendars.

Thursday, December 5th  6:00PM   Our annual end of season “Trout T’Ales” night at Keegan Ales in Kingston, NY

Monday,  December 9th  Board meeting 6PM

Wednesday, December 18th, 6pm Annual Holiday party at Ole Savanah in Kingston.

Our next general Chapter meeting will be Wednesday January 15th, 2020.   We will also hold our chapter Elections at this meeting.

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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:  https://cmtu-banquet2019.eventbrite.com

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 (envirolaw@verizon.net) by Oct 30th , he is putting together a streaming collage to be displayed at the CMTU annual dinner in November.

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