CMTU Night on the Stream: September Edition

Due to the strong interest in our night on the stream in June, many have asked that we do it again this fall.

We are organizing another night out on Friday September 8th, at 6PM for all that are interested.

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 6:00 PM on Friday September 8th.



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May Meeting: Wednesday, May 17th, at the Courtyard by Marriott, Kingston NY. 6:30-8:30PM

This month’s speaker:

This month’s speaker will be chapter member Mike Flaherty, Fisheries Manager – Region 3, NYS DEC – Division of Fish and Wildlife, 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.

Plus a link to this months newsletter: CMTU Newsletter May 2017 v2

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April Meeting: Wednesday, April 19th, at the Courtyard Marriott in Ulster. 6:30-8:30PM

This month’s speaker:

Dave “Rocky” Rockwell will be speaking on salmon and steelhead fishing in Lake Ontario and the Salmon River. The salmon and steelhead fisheries associated with Lake Ontario are one of the angling treasures of New York State, and Rockwell, who guides for the Douglaston Salmon Run and Zero Limit Adventures, is one of New York’s most experiences steelhead guides. If you have any plans to head up to the Salmon River area to fish, don’t miss his talk. And if you’re strictly a local angler, this is still a chance to learn about a fascinating fishery in New York. Lastly, Rocky generously donated a guided trip to our chapter for our Conservation Banquet, so please help us show our appreciation by coming out to hear his presentation.

Reminder: Volunteers needed for CMTU Tree planting. Saturday April 22nd. Please sign up.

A reminder to sign up for our tree planting event. We are still looking for more volunteers to help with the Tree planting on the Stony Clove this month. Now less than two weeks away.

This will be our largest volunteer event of the year for our chapter.

When: Saturday April 22nd

Time: 10AM – 2PM

Where: Streamside on the Stony Clove Creek (near Wright Road, upstream from Phoenicia NY)

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.

Register to volunteer at

More details can be found at our web site at:

Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited : Tree Planting on Stony Clove Creek

Save the Date! Annual Conservation Banquet: November 4th

Our annual Conservation Banquet is scheduled for November 4th. Now’s the time to start thinking of donations. If you’ve got items to donate, contact Andrew Higgins ( or Ron Urban ( We’re interested in fishing gear—new, slightly used, or vintage—works of art (fishing related or not), or pretty much anything else. If you have a craft you do, please consider donating an item. If you’re a fly tier, please tie up a dozen flies for us. We can supply fly boxes. If you’ve got a business or skill, please consider donating a gift certificate for that. Also, if you know the owner of a local business, please ask them to consider donating.

We also need volunteers to plan the banquet. This is our major fundraiser for the year, and it takes a lot of work. But if more people are involved, it’s a lot more fun. If you’d like to help out, please contact Andrew Higgins (

Volunteer Opportunities:

Family Fun & Fish Day, Saturday, May 20th, from 11:00-1:30 at Kenneth Wilson State Campground, Mount Tremper, NY. Come help kids learn how to fish. We need volunteers to bait hooks, give pointers, take hooks out (bring your hemostats!), and flip burgers. If you’re able to come, email Andrew Higgins or Ted Hoover at

DEC Seeks WAVE Volunteers:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is recruiting volunteers for the 2017summer sampling season to conduct water quality assessments in nearby streams and rivers as [art of Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators, or WAVE, project. Volunteers visit stream sites once per year between July and September and collect insects and other small organisms from rocks and rubble on the stream bottom. Volunteers can participate by serving as local coordinators who coach and coordinate their own team of WAVE participants, sampling independently, or joining local coordinator teams. Coordinators and independent testers must attend a full-day training session. For more information or to register, email WAVE Coordinator Alene Onion

Kendo’s fishing supplies are in!

Kenco Outfitters on Route 28, who always donates generously to our Conservation Banquet, has their fly fishing gear in. Stop in and talk to guide Randy German, who runs the fishing department, and check out his selection of flies and gear, including the new Orvis Tacky fly boxes. Show your TU membership card and get a 10% discount.

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Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited : Tree Planting on Stony Clove Creek

In collaboration with the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP) the Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited is organizing a tree planting project along Stony Clove Creek near Wright Road on Earth Day in April.

AWSMP has been conducting a multiyear project to halt bank erosion on the Stony Clove Creek

When: Saturday April 22nd

Time: 10AM – 2PM

Where: Streamside on the Stony Clove Creek (near Wright Road, upstream from Phoenicia NY)

CMTU and volunteers will be planting native trees and shrubs along Stony Clove Creek as part of as part of our 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 shore up the hillside along the section of the creek that has been repaired to shore up the bank and prevent future erosion.

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.

Register at

*****VOLUNTEER info UPDATE 4/17/17   ******

Thank you for volunteering at the planting.

Here are some last minute details:

  • CMTU will be providing stacks and lunch for all volunteers.
  • There is limited parking at the planting location.  We will be meeting at AWSMP offices at 9:30AM to carpool to the location.    It is located at .  Here is a map and contact information for AWSMP office.
  • If you will be arriving later or plan to meet us at the site.   Here is a map of the location  and directions from AWSMP office.
  • Tools:   Please bring hand shovels, gloves, and pry bars if you have them.
  • Here is a list of plants. The plants are bareroot stock. I attached a schematic for your info. Plus a Bare-Root-Planting-Guide
    Species Seedling #
    speckled alder 100
    silky dogwood 50
    red-osier dogwood 100
    northern bayberry 200
    sand cherry 0
    swamp rose 50
    pussy willow 100
    silver maple 0
    American sycamore 0
    highbush cranberry 50
    butternut 25
    Total 675


For more information  contact:

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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 or call Andrew Higgins at 845-802-3861.

Course run by the Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

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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: 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

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