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  –, 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

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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CMTU Chapter Meeting Wednesday February 17th, 2016, 6:30PM Courtyard by Marriott, Kingston, NY

This months meeting will start with a fly tying demonstration with some of Orvis’s new tactical hooks by Randy German from Kenco.

After a brief business meeting, our speaker for the February meeting will be Andrew Meyer of the Hudson River Estuary Program. Andrew will be speaking to us about ways that we can partner with the Hudson River Estuary program to help identify and remove barriers to aquatic connectivity in the Hudson River Watershed. This is an exciting opportunity for our chapter to do some “hands on” work that can make a real difference in the health of trout populations in our area. We hope to see you there.

Also please take a look at our new newsletter.  I have attached a copy.

Ted Hoover

CMTU Newsletter Feb 2016 v5

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Wednesday January 20, 2016, 6:30PM

Meeting- This coming Wednesday evening, we have a great presentation by Greg Cuda, a Board Member of the Batten Kill Watershed Alliance. Greg is an active member and past president of the Clearwater TU Chapter in Albany. He will be bringing us a presentation on work and projects that he has been a part of on the Batten Kill. Their chapter has been involved for some years on restoration, protection and conservation of this prized stream east of Albany. The Batten Kill has its origins in the Green and Taconic Mountains of Vermont. The watershed area of about 450 square miles lies within nineteen towns of New York and Vermont. The river begins in forested headwaters and flows through towns, farms, fields, and forests, turning west to enter New York and join the Hudson.

This river flows through peaceful and scenic valleys, and provides habitat for trout and other wildlife, as well as recreation for swimmers, hikers, canoeists, tubers, and nature lovers. This river and its tributaries formed these valleys, and a hundred years ago they provided water power for early factories along with fertile alluvial flood plains for agriculture. The river system remains a force in the lives of the watershed communities, even if the primary role is now recreational.
The Batten Kill is nationally known as a trout stream. In the 1990s the trout population experienced a decline. Extensive scientific studies concluded in 2005 determined that the most likely factor was insufficient cover and shelter within the trout habitat. Cover and shelter for trout is provided by deep pools, overhanging banks, large rocks, and large trees and woody debris in the streambed. It is especially important for small to medium sized trout as protection from predators, floods, ice jams, and hot weather. Since then the Alliance and its partners have been installing cover and shelter structures in the Batten Kill. Monitoring of the trout population in the project sites has proven that this work can increase the carrying capacity of the river. The work continues in both NY and VT.

Severe floods in December 2000 and then in September 2011 caused great damage to roads, fields, and houses. Farmland is being lost to erosion. Impermeable parking lots grow in size and number, increasing run off, pollution, and sedimentation in streams and altering the balance of ground water absorption and flooding. The Alliance continues to work with landowners and local, state, and federal officials to mitigate these problems where possible through education, changes in land use, and planting buffer zones.

For a fascinating history of the Batten Kill, find yourself a copy of John Merwin’s “The Battenkill.” More than simply a history of the river or its watershed, Merwin’s book is a unique combination of geology, natural history, and pre- and post-Colonial human history.

Let’s make him welcome at the meeting. He promises some Batten Kill fish porn. Well worth the price of admission. I’m certain if we talk with Greg, he may offer us help on a fishing outing up there this summer. To learn more, go to:

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Catskill Mts. Trout Unlimited Annual Christmas Party 6:15 PM * December 17, 2015

Another year is fast coming to an end and it is time to reflect on fishing experiences and camaraderie. Our get together to celebrate the Holiday Season is again at the Fair Street Reformed Church in Kingston. Party begins at 6:15 PM Thursday and we look forward to you being there. As we always do, we ask you that you consider an item to the party in the form of a food item or desert. The chapter furnishes a cold cut platter, cheese, condiments and breads. We usually have some terrific baked beans and chili. Sodas and coffee are already committed to the party. If you have any thoughts, please contact me at: or 845-339-5938.

As we always have, there will be some bucket raffle items. Should you have anything to contribute toward the raffles, contact me for pick up prior to the meeting night or let me know in advance you will bring something that night. Remember that the raffle helps us make a donation to the CIA Scholarship Fund for up and coming chefs of the future which Fritz oversees.

Need I say more about the guest we are always fortunate to have? What would our party be without the demonstrations of culinary delights presented by Master Chef Fritz Sonnenschmidt. He never fails to delight the audience of men and women. He’ll answer any questions you may have for the coming holidays about food recipes and items for your own get together with family and friends. His demonstration this year will consist of:

Trout Cordon Bleu (Trout stuffed with Boursin cheese and breaded, pan fried)
Sautéed Swedish Cucumbers and
Kaleidoscope fritters (zucchini, carrot, parsnips and potatoes).

Finally, I will be turning over the leadership to the newly elected officers which includes as the chapters next President Andrew Higgins taking office in January. He/they will need your support and participation as a new adventure begins in the history of the oldest running TU chapter in NY. I want to thank all of you for bearing with me in my second duration as your President. I will remain the chapter treasurer for the next year or so and be there to assist in the transition. It has been my privilege to be your president and for all that I have met and shared your camaraderie through the years since my joining in 1993. I wish for all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.
Ron Urban, President

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Catskill Mountains Chapter Trout Unlimited Meeting Courtyard by Matrriott Wednesday November 18, 2015

Meeting- This coming Wednesday our business meeting will begin at 6:45 PM. We will begin with a brief meeting followed by a presentation by chapter member Bert Darrow on fishing the Yellowstone Park in MT, ID and WY. It’s been some time and Bert and friends go every year to some of the best western waters and scenery anywhere. We will also have an election of officers that will take office in the New Year. Please come out and support these members to help bring back the chapter with fresh leaders and assist them in their efforts to gain more active participation by our members.

Here is a list of officers nominated for election:
President- Andrew Higgins
V. President- Ted Hoover
Secretary- (Ted Hoover and Ron Urban will fill until we find a willing member to step up)
Treasurer- Ron Urban
Bert Darrow
Don Strauss
Bill Shaw
Ed Meyer
Russell Yess
Past President- Ron Urban

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Call For Nominations: Catskill Mountain Trout Unlimited Officer and Director Elections

The Catskills Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be holding elections for officers and directors in its upcoming membership meeting on November 18th 2015. Nominations are needed for both officer and director leadership roles. All positions are open for nominations, including President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Directors. All members in good standing are eligible. This is a great opportunity to get more involved in the chapter, regardless of experience. If you are interested in running for one of these positions or would like to submit a nomination prior to the general member meeting please contact CMTU Secretary Ted Hoover

Thank You,

Ted Hoover

Secretary, Conservation Committee Chair
Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited

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CMTU 51st Annual Conservation Banquet, 6:00 PM, Saturday, October 24th, at the Stonehedge Restaurant on Route 9w in West Park, NY

Dear Chapter Member and Friends:

The Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited invites you to our 51st Annual Conservation Banquet, 6:00 PM, Saturday, October 24th, 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. Raffle tickets will be 25 for $20.00 or $1.00 each. There is always something for everyone. Dinner will begin being served at 7:15 PM. Wine and cheese will be available also.

Following the dinner, CMTU Chapter President Ron Urban will comment on our efforts to conserve, protect, and restore our fisheries and watersheds. This banquet currently does not have a guest speaker. It is about the celebration of another year of conservation and outreach by the chapter.

Please RSVP by sending in your banquet reservations or calling Ron Urban 845-339-5938 ASAP or email at: 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.

If you are unable to attend the banquet, you may want to consider making a donation to help fund the chapter’s conservation efforts. Please contact the banquet chairman to donate items for auction or raffle.

We look forward to seeing you at the banquet. This will probably be my last as Banquet Chairman.
Ron Urban, Banquet Chairmen

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