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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February meeting CANCELLED due to Winter storm – See you next month

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. 

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

CMTU’s January meeting will be this Wednesday, January 16th.  From 6:00-6:30, Ed Meyer will be tying flies. Bring your vise or just come and socialize. The meeting will start at 6:30. Our speaker this month is John Kovach, Managing Director of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.

See our January newsletter for more information about CMTU activities.

I also have some sad news to report. Renno Budziak, one of our members–and a good friend to many–passed away last week. There’s a tribute to Renno in the newsletter. Services for Renno will be held on Saturday, the 19th from 2:00-5:00 at Keyser Funeral Service in Kingston, NY. Please read the tribute to Renno in the newsletter.

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Chapter Holiday Party, Thursday December 20th, Fair Street Reformed Church, Kingston NY 6:15-9:00PM


Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited Annual Holiday Party

Date: Thursday December 20th 2018
Time: 6:15 – 9pm
Location :Fair Street Reformed Church
209 Fair Street
Kingston, NY 12401

The evening will have a pot luck buffet and and NEW this year, a gift exchange.

If you would like to participate in the exchange please bring a small wrapped gift (approximately $20 in value).  All individuals can participate.   Some non fishing gifts are appreciated for non fishing members or spouses.

We would encourage you to let us  know what items you are bringing or plan to bring so we have a variety of foods and desserts. The chapter will have breads, coffee and condiments. Contact

Note: Unfortunately this year we will not have a cooking demonstration from Fritz Sonnenschmit. He recently moved out of the area.   We still expect to have a lot of fun. I hope to see you there.

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Chapter Meeting Wednesday November 28th, 2018, Marriott Courtyard, Kingston NY, 6:30 PM

NOTE:   Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday our November chapter meeting  will move to Wednesday November 28th, instead of the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Our speaker this month will be Jeff Yates, national Director of Volunteer Operations for Trout Unlimited, on the Future of TU: Building Community Around Conservation & Fishing

TU has always been strong as an organization thanks to its collection of more than 400 local chapters and state councils working to improve local streams, educate local youth and engage local communities in our conservation mission.
Now more than ever, that model of thinking globally and acting locally is not only appealing to volunteers, but vital to the survival of wild and native trout in watersheds across the country.

Jeff, who lives across the Hudson River in Connecticut and has been a TU member since he was 11 years old, will discuss examples of how TU chapters like the Catskill Mountain Chapter are growing their impact and expanding their reach with a focus on building a community to protect local rivers.

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Reserve Now! Trout Unlimited Conservation Banquet! November 3rd, 2018

The Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited invites you to our 54th Annual Conservation Banquet, 6:00 PM, Saturday, November 3rd, at the Stonehedge Restaurant on Route 9W in West Park, NY.

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.

The banquet is always a great time. Whether you are 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.

This year we’re using an online registration system. You can purchase banquet tickets online through our Eventbrite site: Go to

Reservation payments in advance will earn five free raffle tickets each at the Banquet. Payment at the door is also accepted. Early reservations and confirmations in any form help the chef plan foods.

Dinner is $35.00 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.

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CMTU October Meeting Wednesday, October 17th Courtyard by Marriott Kingston, NY 6:30PM

Chapter Members,

I hope you can make it to our monthly chapter meeting this Wednesday.

This months speaker will be chapter member Luke Rabideau, a science teacher at John Jay High School in the Wappingers Central School District. Luke will be talking about his experiences with our Trout in the Classroom program in our October meeting.  For Trout in the Classroom, TU provides schools with fish tanks, filters, aerators, and finally trout eggs, and then the students raise those trout in the classroom and eventually release the young trout into approved streams.  The program teaches kids about the lifecycle of trout and the importance of cleanwater. It connects kids to their surrounding environment and helps instill a conservation ethos.

If you know a middle or high school teacher who might be interested in having Trout in the Classroom in his or her classroom, please invite them to our October meeting on Wednesday October 17th at 6:30PM at the Marriott Courtyard in Kingston or have them contact the chapter at

Here is  a flyer to share.

Visit  for more information.

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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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