Feb 12th, Fly-tying circle at Kenco is cancelled due to the weather.

Sunday’s Fly tying circle at Kenco has been cancelled due to the winter storm. I hope you can join us next  Sunday from 1-3.

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CMTU Chapter Meeting Thursday February 16th, 2017, 6:30PM, Marriott Courtyard, Kingston Kingston, NY

This month’s speaker will be Tracy Brown, Northeastern Restoration Coordinator, Trout Unlimited.

Tracy has been TU’s Northeastern Restoration Coordinator since 2012. She works closely with local TU Chapters and many partners to restore and protect trout habitat coordinating restoration projects in Connecticut and New York.

Note: The meeting will also include the elections for two seats on the Chapter board of directors.

Here is a copy of the CMTU Newsletter February 2017.

Also note the location change:

Due to the recent change of ownership at the Hudson Valley Mall we moved our meeting location to the Marriott Courtyard, Kingston, next to the Hudson Valley Mall. (map).

This month’s meeting will also be on Thursday February 16th instead of the usual third Wednesday of the month due to a schedule conflict at the new location. We will be back to the usual Wednesday night meeting schedule at the Marriott in March.

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CMTU Fly Tying Class : Enroll now, Classes Start February 23rd 2017

Learn to Tie 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 local craft.

This course teaches novice or beginner fly tying. You will learn how to tie well-proportioned and well-constructed flies for trout fishing. In addition, you’ll learn to tie 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.

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

When: Two hour classes meet Thursday evenings from February 23-March 23, 7:00-9:00

Where: Gander Mountain in Kingston

Cost The 5-week course costs $75 for adults. $50 for youths 16 and under. Individual classes are $20.

To reserve a spot register online ( EventBright Link) , contact Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited at catskillmountaintu@gmail.com or call Andrew Higgins at 845-802-3861.

Course run by the Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Visit us at CMTU.org.



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CMTU January 2017 Newsletter


Attached is CMTU January newsletter.  Information on our winter fly fishing and fly tying classes,  angler parking, and health of our Catskill creeks are some of the highlights.

CMTU Newsletter January 2017


Note: Due to the very recent change in ownership at the Hudson Valley Mall we were not able to confirm our meeting room reservation in time for the January meeting with the new owners.  See you in February.

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Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited Annual Christmas Party

Thank you to everyone that came out to the party.

I have posted a couple of photos from the event and a copy of the pork-cutlet-recipe made by Fritz Sonnenschmidt.

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Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited Annual Christmas Party

Date: Thursday December 15th 2016
Time: 6:15 – 9pm
Location :Fair Street reformed Church
209 Fair Street
Kingston, NY 12401

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, meat and cheese platter, condiments, coffee and condiments. So to see if your dish is not duplicated or if you’d like to see what can be brought, as mentioned, contact Ron Urban by phone: 845-339-5938 or email at: Ronsgonefishing@aol.com. Bob Sills has committed to bring an assortment of sodas.

As always, we are fortunate to have our guest Grand Master Chef, Fritz Sonnenschmidt, from the CIA presenting a culinary demonstration of his liking. This year he plans to do something different. He will be making Russian Christmas Pork Chops with Tea Eggs and Caviar.

Wow, this sounds like something to see how he makes his creations. He will probably have a couple of his Autographed Recipe books to be part of our raffles. Yes, you can be assured we will gather up some items for our Bucket Raffles.

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CMTU Event: Trout T’Ales at Keegan Ales , Kingston NY

Thursday December 1st 2016 from 6:30 – 7:30pm Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited will be at Keegan Ales Brewery in Kingston NY.

“Trout T’Ales” is chance for members and local anglers to gather, have a beer and talk about the season.

Please join us and bring a friend. For more information please contact the chapter email catskillmountaintu@gmail.com

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CMTU Chapter Meeting Wednesday November 16th, 2016, 6:15PM, Community Room Hudson Valley Mall Kingston, NY

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. This has been a traumatic year for our beloved Esopus Creek. As many of you know, DEC recently closed fishing on the Esopus below the portal due to low-water conditions.  The high temperatures and low flows we’ve had this year raise lots of questions about how DEP has been managing the system.  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.

We also will have a guest fly tyer this month Evan Kitner  starting at 6:15 PM.

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

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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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