Stream Clean-up on Esopus Creek, Saturday October 17th

Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited has organized a stream clean up on Esopus Creek on Saturday October 17th.

We will be following Social distancing guidelines for the event. During the event will will ask you to sign in and sign a waiver

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Fall Chapter Night on Stream Postponed due to warm water temperatures. New Date September 16th

Our event on Wednesday has been postponed due to the high water temperatures expected in the late afternoon.

It has been rescheduled to Wednesday September 16th @5:30PM


On Wednesday September 16th, conditions permitting, CMTU is organizing a Chapter Night on the stream.  If you are interested please meet at the Esopus Creel parking lot at 5:30PM for a brief (socially distant) meeting before we spread out on the stream for an evening of fishing. Esopus Creel is located at 5579 State Route 28 Phoenicia, NY next to Woodstock Brewery.

All members  and friends are welcome.

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CMTU Earth Day Challenge

We are extended our Earth Day Challenge and raffle through the end of June!

Since we can’t gather together in person to plant riparian trees right now, we’d like to encourage some social distant conservation. Going fishing or just for a walk near a local river or stream? Net some litter on your way to dispose of properly. Post a photo of your net litter and tag us @catskillmountainstu  in Instagram to be entered to win a sweet custom net from craftsman Michael Butts.

 You have to have a public account and post your photo as a post, not just a story, by 11:59 pm EST Wednesday, June 30th 2020. One entry per account. Winner chosen at random. Don’t forget to tag us so we can find your photo!

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April Chapter Events Cancelled, Classes Postponed

Update 3/28/2020  

Chapter members and friends,

I hope everyone is safe and healthy.

Due to recommendations by state and local government, health authorities, the CMTU board, and our National Trout Unlimited organization we have decided to cancel all organized events and gatherings through the end of April due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our spring Fly tying and Fly fishing events have been postponed. We would like to reschedule them later in the year. We will post new information on the dates when we have a better idea when we will be able to schedule them.

If you have any questions please send email to

With the upcoming season opening please stay safe (and apart) .

Ted Hoover

President, Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited

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Fly Fishing School: Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited 2020

NOTE:  Update 3/12/2020   Our 2020 Fly Fishing class has been postponed .   UCCC has suspended use of the facilities by external groups due to COVID-19 virus.    We plan to reschedule the class once we are able schedule a new date.

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 and reel, please bring it. If you don’t own a fly rod yet, rods will be available for casting. Note : Wear soft soled shoes as casting will be in the gym.

When? Classes meet Tuesday evenings from March 24th through April 21st 6:30-9:00 PM.

Where? Ulster County Community College, Senate Gymnasium

Cost?     Non-Member Adult: $100      TU Members Adult: $80    Youth (16 and under): $60.

Veterans receive a 20% discount as thanks for their service ($80).

Price includes all 5 dates.

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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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.

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, to sign up for the course. You can also contact the Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited at 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 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: 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 (  who has organized this tying round-table and location. More dates will follow and this is our third round table.

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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