Reminder : Drought prompts DEC to ban fishing in Esopus Creek

In case you missed it the DEC has closed fishing ion the Esopus Creek through the remainder of the season to to the drought.

See: http://www.watershedpost.com/2016/drought-prompts-dec-ban-fishing-esopus-creek

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CMTU Chapter Meeting Wednesday October 19th, 2016, 6:30PM, Community Room Hudson Valley Mall Kingston, NY

This month CMTU’s conservation committee Chairman and chapter Vice President, Ted Hoover, will give an update on ongoing Black Creek Project.

The Black Creek project is a multiyear study in collaboration with John Burroughs Association to determine the feasibility of a sustainable wild brook trout population within the Black Creek watershed and leverage the results of this study for future conservation activities. In addition to discussing Black Creek, Ted would like to discuss general conservation committee priorities within the chapter and get member input.

October’s meeting will be held at the Community Room Hudson Valley Mall, Kingston NY (Located near the internal entrance of  JCPenny) map

Here is a copy of the October newsletter.

CMTU October Newsletter

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Reservations Reminder: CMTU Conservation Banquet 2016

Don forget  to send in your reservation for the 2016 CMTU Conservation banquet.

Click here details on the event.

We are now allowing online reservations . Click here to make your reservations online and buy raffle tickets.

If you prefer to send through mail print the attached pdf, complete  and mail in the registration form in the below.

cmtu-banquet-invite-2016 pdf version

 

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Volunteers Needed – AWSMP Family Fun & Fish Day, Oct 1

AWSMP Family Fun and Fish Day was rescheduled to Saturday, October 1st from at Kenneth Wilson State Campground (859 Wittenberg Road, Mt. Tremper, NY). It will be held from 11:00am to 1:30pm

AWSMP is seeking volunteers for this event. AWSMP will cover the cost of entering the park and will be provide a free BBQ lunch! NYSDEC will be on hand to provide fishing tackle and bait.
This is a great opportunity to see that happen and to teach some basic fundamentals of the sport. If anyone has any questions about the event or wish to volunteer, please contact: Brent Gotsch, AWSMP (845) 688-3047 ext. 3 or bwg37@cornll.edu

Event Flyer:  family-fun-and-fish-day-2016-flyer_new-date

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CMTU Chapter Meeting Wednesday September 21st, 2016, 6:30PM , Community Room Hudson Valley Mall Kingston, NY

This month’s speaker will be Troy Haley.  Troy is a retired Army Master Sargent who served 23 years in both the Marines (7 Years) and Army National Guard (16 Years). During his time in the service, he was deployed in the first gulf war, Somalia and Iraq war.

Troy will be coming to chapter meeting to speak about Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF). Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing began in 2005 serving wounded military service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, PHWFF has expanded nationwide, establishing its highly successful program in Department of Defense hospitals, Warrior Transition Units, and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and clinics.

Please note that starting this September the CMTU monthly meeting will be at a new location.

September’s meeting will be held at the Community Room Hudson Valley Mall, Kingston NY (Located near the internal entrance of  JCPenny) map

Here is a copy of the September newsletter.

CMTU September Newsletter

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CMTU Conservation Banquet 2016

Dear Chapter Members and Friends:

The Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited invites you to our 52nd Annual Conservation Banquet, 6:00 PM, Saturday, October 29th, at the Stonehedge Restaurant on Route 9w in West Park, NY. The banquet is one of the highlights of our year. It’s a great chance to see old friends, meet new members, eat good food, and win great prizes.  As many of you know, this is the major fund raising event for our chapter, and it enables us to do all the good work that we do each year to conserve, protect, and restore the coldwater fisheries in our region and beyond.

The evening begins with a cash bar cocktail hour at 6:00 PM, during which you can bid on a wide array of bucket raffles and silent auction items donated by area businesses and some of your favorite fly fishing gear companies.

In addition, this year we’ve added a grand prize raffle with three exciting prizes. This year’s grand prize raffle items include:

First Prize: Orvis Superfine Rod (7’6”, 4wt)

Second Prize: 2 Night Stay for 2 , Hungry Trout Resort

Third Prize: Guided 1-day trip for 3 on the Douglaston Salmon Run with Dave “Rocky” Rockwell.

Grand prize raffle tickets are $10 per ticket OR 3 tickets for $20. You can purchase tickets through Eventbrite or by contacting Ron Urban (845-339-5938 or Rongonefishing@aol.com).

Dinner will begin being served at 7:15 PM. Wine and cheese will be available also.

Following the dinner, noted author and former DEC Fisheries Principal Habitat Technician Ed Van Put, together with his wife Judy Van Put, will give a power point presentation on artists who fished the Catskills. In addition to being the birthplace of fly fishing in America, the Catskills played an important role in American landscape painting.   Judy will present the program, and explain how those two activities often overlapped; after which Ed will answer questions – either on the subject or on fishing in general.   As many of you know, Ed Van Put is the author of Trout Fishing in the Catskills, the comprehensive history of Catskill fishing, as well as The Beaverkill: The History of a River and its People, which has just been released in a new edition, with much more text and artwork, color photos throughout, as well as a special section on Flies with Ties to the Beaverkill – photos of 25 fly patterns Ed tied with descriptions of each.
After the presentation, we will have drawings for the bucket raffles, announce the winners of our silent auction, and draw the winning conservation raffle tickets.

Please join us for an evening of good fun, food, cheer, and fish stories.

How to Register

In addition to being able to register by mail, you can register online through Eventbrite. Eventbrite will also allow you to purchase tickets for our grand prize raffle.  Reservation payments in advance will earn five free bucket raffle tickets each at the Banquet. Payment at the door is also accepted.

To register online, go to our Eventbrite page.

Or print the attached pdf, complete  and mail in the registration form in the below.

cmtu-banquet-invite-2016 pdf version

If you have any question, call Andrew Higgins at 845-802-3861 or email at: higgins_andrew@yahoo.com.

 

CMTU is a 501c3 Non-profit organization as determined by the IRS

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CMTU Chapter Meeting Wednesday May 18th, 2016, 6:30PM Courtyard by Marriott, Kingston, NY

In May’s meeting Mike Flaherty, NYS DEC – Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources, Bureau of Fisheries will be speaking to the chapter on the state of the Esopus Creek and other regional initiatives.
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.

Here is a copy of the May newsletter.

CMTU Newsletter May 2016 v2

 

 

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CMTU Chapter Meeting Wednesday April 20th, 2016, 6:30PM Courtyard by Marriott, Kingston, NY

For the April meeting you’ll have a chance to trade all that gear and materials you don’t use and those fly fishing books you read long ago for stuff you will use and books you haven’t read.
After the April business meeting, we’ll have our first swap and tying event. Everyone is free to bring whatever items they want to swap, whether it’s just a handful or a big box of stuff. We’ll also have several chapter member tying flies. So as you sort through your gear in anticipation of opening day, look for items to being to the swap!

Here is a link to our monthly newsletter.

CMTU Newsletter April 2016 Final

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CMTU Chapter Meeting Wednesday March 16th, 2016, 6:30PM Courtyard by Marriott, Kingston, NY

As a Followup to the March meeting Bill has provided a followup report.   ( Updated 5/9/2016)

Fly Fishing the Yucatan – Report

Here is a great report from some Canadian friends who ventured to the Yucatan to try their hand at some saltwater fly fishing.  When reading the report, keep in mind they are new to the game…….I believe this is their second trip anywhere fishing for flats species. I heard from Nick Denbow their guide as well……Everything said is true!!!!! “We …

Read more.

CMTU Chapter Meeting Wednesday March16th, 2016, 6:30PM

Courtyard by Marriott, Kingston, NY

Do It Yourself Bonefishing in the Yucatan

Our speaker for the March meeting will be chapter member Bill Shaw. Bill recently returned from a winter trip to Cancun where he had the opportunity to check out fishing opportunities in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. While there Bill looked into fishing for permit, snook, and tarpon. But what really caught his eye was bonefishing.  While most of us are aware that there are lots of pre-packaged bonefishing expeditions available, these often run into the thousands of dollars. Bill explored the world of Do It Yourself (DIY) bonefishing. He’ll talk to us about how you can plan your own bonefishing trip to the Yucatan without having to cash out your children’s college savings fund. He’ll talk about locations, gear, regulations, and lodging.  So please come out to this month’s meeting and hear what Bill has to say about bonefishing on the Yucatan.

  1. DIY Bonefishing  – DIYbonefishing.com, Rod Hamilton
  2. Do It Yourself Bonefishing, Rod Hamilton & Kirk Deeter

Here is a copy of the monthly newsletter.

CMTU Newsletter March 2016 v2

 

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Learn to Fly Fish With Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited

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?    2-hour classes meet Tuesday evening from March 15 through April 12, 7:00-9:00

 

Where?   Ulster County Community College, Senate Gymnasium

 

Cost?     Adult: $90   Youth (16 and under): $50.

Veterans receive a 20% discount as thanks for their service ($72)

 

To reserve a spot, contact Andrew Higgins at 845-802-3861 or catskillmountaintu@gmail.com

Trout Unlimited is a national conservation organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. Learn more at TU.org.

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