Winter Fly Tying with Catskill Mountains TU ( NEW DATES )

 Looking for something to do to get you through the winter and prepare for opening day? Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited is organizing a Fly Tiers Circle.  Bring your tying gear to Gander Outdoors in Kingston, NY.

When:  Sunday January 13th, 20th, 27th February 10th, 17th, 24h ,2019 ( NEW Dates: March 10th, 17th and 24th)

Time: 12:00pm – 3:30pm

Where: Gander Outdoors (Lodge),

 705 Frank Sottile Blvd, Kingston, NY 12401

Cost:  Free

Please join us and bring a friend.   For more information please contact the chapter email or see our web site at

Here are is a flyer to print and distribute.

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February meeting CANCELLED due to Winter storm – See you next month

Chapter Meeting Wednesday February 20th, 2019, Marriott Courtyard, Kingston NY, 6:30 PM

CMTU’s February meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30 at the Courtyard Marriott in Kingston. 

John Waldron will be speaking about The Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock, a youth fly fishing and conservation program.  The BOJC runs a 7-year program for boys and girls. Children enter the program between the ages of 8 and 11, and participate in a yearly week-long camp in Roscoe, NY, learning about fly fishing, fly tying, and conservation. 

Read our February newsletter here. 

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Chapter Meeting Wednesday January 16th, 2019, Marriott Courtyard, Kingston NY, 6:30 PM

CMTU’s January meeting will be this Wednesday, January 16th.  From 6:00-6:30, Ed Meyer will be tying flies. Bring your vise or just come and socialize. The meeting will start at 6:30. Our speaker this month is John Kovach, Managing Director of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.

See our January newsletter for more information about CMTU activities.

I also have some sad news to report. Renno Budziak, one of our members–and a good friend to many–passed away last week. There’s a tribute to Renno in the newsletter. Services for Renno will be held on Saturday, the 19th from 2:00-5:00 at Keyser Funeral Service in Kingston, NY. Please read the tribute to Renno in the newsletter.

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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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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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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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