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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Fall Night on the Stream: Friday September 7th

Let’s Go Fishing

While it may not seem like it with today’s temps, fall is just about here. The Catskill Mountains chapter of Trout Unlimited is going to kick off the season by going fishing this Friday, the 7th. We’re going to meet at 5:45 at the parking lot of the Phonecia Diner, with plans to hit the stream by 6:00.  We’ll fish until 8:00, and then meet at Brio’s Pizza afterwards.

As you know, the temps are supposed to be high this week. So keep an eye on the weather. We’re expecting cooler temperatures by Friday. We’ll check the stream temps on Friday morning and see how cool the water got. If the temperatures are still high, we’ll go fishing next Friday.

Also, remember to put September 19th on your calendar. That’s the date of our first meeting of the fall. Morgan Lyle, author of Simple Flies will be our speaker. He’s currently writing a book on Tenkara.

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CMTU Ladies and Leaders Women’s Fishing Event , Saturday June 30th

The Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited Women’s Initiative is excited to announce “Ladies and Leaders,” a new series of events aimed at creating a fun, supportive, and social environment for women in fly fishing. Our next “Ladies and Leaders” will take place on June 30th and will be a low-key night on the stream of fishing followed by drinks and food to unwind and share stories. We will meet at 5pm and gather in the parking lot of Woodstock Brewing on route 28 before heading out to the creek. We will fish until about 8p and reconvene in the same meeting place before ending the night with food and drinks.

We hope that this event can be a welcoming place for all skill levels and encourage anyone just starting out to come and ask questions and advice from your fellow female anglers. Please send your RSVP to Jayne Henson at so that we can get a rough head count of how many to expect, but feel free to come last minute and invite a female friend! We’ll see you on the creek!
While we respect and appreciate the 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. Thank you for being understanding.

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CMTU Night on the Stream: Esopus Creek, Wednesday June 20th at 6:30pm

June 20th: 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 Phoenicia Diner on Route 28 at 6:30 PM on Wednesday June 20th.


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CMTU April Newsletter and Meeting Wednesday, April 18 6:30-8:30 Courtyard Marriott in Kingston

Alexander Bradley of the Catskill Conservation Corps will be speaking to us about the CCC and the work it does in the Catskills, as well as opportunities for CMTU to partner with them on conservation projects. The Catskill Conservation Corps has done clean ups and trail maintenance all over the Catskills, including a lot of work keeping the Blue Hole clean. So come out to the meeting and learn about some of the conservation concerns in the Catskills and find out how CMTU can help.

The Women’s Initiative will be meeting before the chapter meeting, from 5:45-6;30 in the Courtyard Marriott Cafe. All women members and friends of the chapter are welcome!

Please read the April Newsletter!

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Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited Earth Day Tree Planting 2018

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 Bush Kill, along Watson Hollow Road in West Shokan on Saturday, April 21, the day before Earth Day, from 9:30-2:00.

When: Saturday April 21st

Time: 9:30AM – 2PM

Where: Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program office, 3130 Route 28, Shokan, NY 12481. (If you arrive after 10, please head straight to the planting site at 269 Watson Hollow Road, West Shokan, NY. There is limited parking at the site, though, so please try to arrive at the meeting site between 9:30 and 10:00.)

Contact #: 845-802-3861 (Andrew Higgins)

Please Register Online:

Meet at the AWSMP at 9:30 for sign in. We’ll car-pool to the site, where there’s limited parking.

CMTU and volunteers will be planting native trees and shrubs along Bush Kill in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. The goal of this project is to plant along critical coldwater streams in the Catskill Mountain Region. The planting will help stabilize the streambank along the creek to reduce erosion 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.

For more information see the chapter web site OR contact:


Fly Fishing Film Festival: After the planting, come join us at the Fly Fishing Film Festival, sponsored by Esopus Creel and our friends at the Ashokan Pepacton Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  Get your tickets here:

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