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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CANCELLED due to storm : Chapter Meeting Wednesday, March 21st, 6:30-8:30PM Courtyard by Marriott, Kingston


The March meeting has been cancelled due to incoming snow storm.


Jeff Yates, National Director of Volunteer Operations for Trout Unlimited, will speak at our March meeting.

If you haven’t hear Jeff speak before, don’t miss this opportunity. Jeff is a passionate advocate for coldwater fisheries and Trout Unlimited. Come hear him speak about some of the great things TU chapters around the country are doing.

Please read this month’s newsletter to find out more about Jeff’s talk, read Ed Meyer’s proposal for a no-kill zone on Esopus Creek, find out about our Earth Day Tree Planting planned for April 21, and more.

Hope to see you at the meeting!

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Chapter Meeting Wednesday February 21st, 2018, Marriott Courtyard, Kingston NY, 6:30 PM

Trout season doesn’t open for a month and a half but CMTU is already busy. Our fly tying circle is underway each Sunday at Kenco. Ed Meyer will be teaching our fly tying classes starting at the end of the month, and soon after that our annual fly casting school, taught by Bob Sills, will get started. In addition, the Conservation Committee is busy planning projects for the coming year, and the Women’s Initiative, led by Liz Higgins and Anne Bloomfield, is planning a series of events.

On Wednesday the 21st we’ll have our first business meeting of the year. Find out what the Conservation Committee has planned for the upcoming season, hear about the chapter’s new Women’s Initiative, and let us know what you’d like to see the chapter do this year.

Following that chapter members are invited to tie flies for veterans. If you’re not a tier, come hang out, socialize, and see what other chapter members are tying up these days. If you are a tier, bring your vice and tie flies for the vets that we guide on the Willowemoc in May. It’s just another way for you to thank them for their service.

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Learn to Tye Flies with Trout Unlimited

This area is not only the birthplace of fly fishing in America, it’s also the birthplace of fly tying in America. Join us to learn this craft.

This course teaches novice or beginner fly tying. You will learn how to tye well-proportioned and well-constructed flies for trout fishing. In addition, you’ll learn to tye some of the most effective flies for local streams and many of the basic tying techniques used on hundreds of flies.

Topics to be covered are:

  •  how to select the proper hooks for most flies, including streamers, nymphs, caddis and dries
  • the proper use of the appropriate tools used in fly tying
  • materials & material selection, handling, storage and uses during fly tying.

Materials and supplies furnished. Equipment for beginners is available. If you have tying equipment, you are certainly welcome to bring yours.

Come and learn Fly Tying with our Patient, Helpful and Expert Instructors
No Experience Necessary!

When: Two hour classes meet Tuesday evenings from February 27th -March 27th, 6:00-8:00 PM

Where: Kingston Library

Cost? We furnish the materials and ask for a donation of $50 to help defray the cost and also support our conservation work on local streams.

To reserve a spot contact Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited by registering online at , or emailing or call Ed Meyer at 845-339-3655.

Course run by the Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Trout Unlimited is the premier national Coldwater Conservation organization dedicated to Conserving, Protecting and Restoring North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. Visit us at Join us also at a meeting at Courtyard by Marriott on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM

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

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Fly tying circle at Kenco in Kingston!

Fly tying circle at Kenco in Kingston!

Our annual tying circle is starting this Sunday. Drop in from 12:30-3:30 to tie flies. We’ll be there every Sunday from now until the start of the season. We tie in the back room, so just ask the staff at Kenco, and they’ll tell you where we are.

Remember, Trout Unlimited members get a 10% discount at Kenco!

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Chapter Meeting Wednesday January 17, 2018, Marriott Courtyard, Kingston NY, 6:30 PM

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.

Here is a link to this months newsletter. 2018.01 January Newsletter Final

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Chapter Christmas Party, Thursday December 14th, Fair Street Reformed Church, Kingston NY 6:15-9:00PM

The evening will have a pot luck buffet. We would encourage you to let Ron Urban know items you are bringing or plan to bring so we have a variety of delectable foods and desserts. The chapter will have breads, coffee and condiments. Contact Ron Urban by phone: 845-339-5938 or email at:
As always, we are fortunate to have our guest Grand Master Chef, Fritz Sonnenschmidt, from the CIA presenting a culinary demonstration of his liking.

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CMTU Event: Trout T’Ales At Keegan Ales, Thursday November 30 from 6:30 – 8:30pm.

Keegan Ales in Kingston NY will be hosting Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s “Trout T’Ales” event on Thursday November 30 from 6:30 – 8:30pm.

November 30th is the last day of the season on Esopus Creek, so come out and join us at Keegans to have a beer, brag about the fish you caught, meet other anglers, and learn about our conservation efforts in Ulster County.

For more information, email CMTU at We hope to see you there—whether you’re a member or not!

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CMTU Chapter Meeting: Wednesday November 15th, 2017, Marriott Courtyard, Kingston NY, 6:30 PM


This month’s speakers will be Leslie Zucker from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, and Adam Doan, of Ulster County Soil and Water, both representing the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program.

Leslie and Adam will be speaking on projects that the AWSMP is pursuing in the Ashokan Watershed and on current conditions in the Esopus Creek in general.  Leslie and Adam both have a great deal of knowledge and expertise on the watershed, so please come out to hear the latest on Esopus Creek and to ask those questions.

Please make some time to come out.

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