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 17
th 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 jaynehenson1986@gmail.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!

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
 

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