Presentation: Euro Nymphing Lessons Learned by Mike Malloy and Art Christensen
With the overwhelming majority of a trout’s feeding occurring well below the surface, we often have to set aside the pursuit of rising fish in order to put a bend in the rod. Euro Nymphing has taken the fly fishing world by storm over the past decade, setting itself apart as one of the most effective ways to catch fish under a variety of situations. Mike Malloy and Art Christensen, two masters of the craft, will talk about the lessons they’ve learned over many years of nymphing. Mike and Art were both early adopters of nymphing techniques and have kept up with developments in it. So this will be an informative presentation whether you’re just thinking about taking up Euro nymphing or have been doing it for years.
New LOCATION Change in February and March
Courtyard Marriott is remodeling the room where we usually meet, so this month’s meeting will be held across the street at the Residence Inn by Marriott. Address: 800 Frank Sottile Blvd, Kingston, NY 12401
To Access the Meeting Online CMTU March Chapter Meeting Hosted by Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited
Fly Tying and Beer Sundays at West Kill Kingston Taproom Beginning this Sunday (the 15th), CMTU will be holding a weekly fly tying circle at the West Kill Kingston Taproom (602 Broadway in Kingston). Tyers will meet from 1:00 to 3:00. Bring your vice and tie some flies, or just join us for good conversation and good beer. (The Fresh Coat Oatmeal Stout is especially good!)
Tying at the Veterans Office CMTU will also be organizing a tying circle on Sunday afternoons at the Hudson Valley National Center for Veteran Reintegration at 101 Enterprise Drive in Kingston. (That’s Tech City.) Tyers will meet from 1:00 to 4:00 each Sunday starting February 19th. For more information, contact Don Stauss (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In conjunction with the Hudson River Maritime Museum, CMTU will be holding a fly tying class this spring. It will be a two-day class on March 4-5 from 10AM to 4PM. The course is designed for people who are just starting out tying or who have never tied before. You will learn the basic techniques for tying a wide range of flies, including dry flies, wet flies, nymphs, and streamers. We will discuss how flies imitate certain insects, and you will learn about material selection, tool use, and a wide range of techniques.
All tools and materials needed for this class will be supplied. If you already have a fly-tying vice and tools, you are welcome to bring them.
The course will be taught by Andrew Higgins and will take place at the Hudson River Maritime Museum.
The cost of the course is $100, but CMTU members can sign up at a significant discount. To get the discount, contact Andrew Higgins at email@example.com.
Wednesday, January 18th Courtyard Marriott Kingston 6:30-8:30PM
(Online option below)
This month’s featured speaker will be..
Todd Spire, fly fishing guide and founder of Esopus Creel, will give his presentation on The Mighty Esopus
The Mighty Esopus examines the unique history, geology, and fishing heritage of Esopus Creek in the Eastern Catskill Mountains. The creek’s ideal geological environment for trout, formed millions of years ago and perfected by the last ice age, has made it a popular destination for anglers. The introduction of American dry fly fishing in the early 1900s further established the creek as a top-rated fishery in the Northeast. In addition to exploring the creek’s fishing history, The Mighty Esopus also discusses the construction of the nation’s largest all-natural reservoir system, which supplies New York City with 40% of its water, and the efforts of local anglers to conserve not only their home waters, but nearly every river of the Catskills. Presented by Esopus Creel founder Todd Spire, the stories of the Esopus are woven together to create a snapshot of how geology, history, conservation, and a profound love of rivers have helped maintain a vibrant fishery in the face of countless obstacles.
If you cannot make in person, you may also attend online:
CMTU is hosting its annual stream cleanup event for the Esopus and its tributaries on Saturday, April 23rd between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. All are welcome to come to help out! There is still a lot of trash out there along the streams due to the Christmas 2020 flood. Volunteers should meet out in front of Esopus Creel along Route 28 in Phoenicia to get trash bags and a map. Everyone will then head out to clean up a section of stream. When you are fishing, bring your trash back to Esopus Creel so that it can be taken to a transfer station. If you have a truck and would be willing to help out with the trash delivery, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. CMTU will have gloves, trash bags, and water available for volunteers.
Christa Whiteman Speaks about Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
At this month’s meeting Christa Whiteman will be speaking about Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, the fastest growing conservation organization on the block. Christa will talk about what makes BHA unique, what the New York chapter is working on & how TU can benefit from collaboration with BHA.
Christa is the Vice Chair of the Board of the New York Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and enjoys the additional challenge of bowhunting with little more than stick & string and trout tickling with mere feathers, a little thread & a (barbless) hook. (And she loves to nerd out about plants too.)
Here is the call in info for those that want to use webex.
CMTU April Chapter Meeting Hosted by Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited
John Shaner, a noted expert on the history of fly fishing will be speaking on wet flies. If you’ve gone to the fly show at Edison, you may have heard one of Shaner’s excellent presentations on wet flies or seen him evaluating vintage fly fishing gear at the Hardy’s booth–Shaner recently retired as a long-time representative of Hardy of Alnwick. As always, John is engaging, affable, and interesting.
The meeting will begin at 6:30, but join us at 6:00 to see John demonstrate how to tie some famous wet flies.
Why wet flies? The humble wet fly has been producing trout since fly fishing began. Over the centuries, other methods have been developed that have pushed this ancient type of fly to the sidelines. The time honored wet fly is not only still relevant but is often the most productive way to take trout. In his presentation Shaner will focus on the simplest style of wet fly, the Spider or Soft Hackle. He will cover the history, development, tying, and fishing methods of this elegant and productive trout fly style, from its roots in 18th Century England to its use on today’s trout rivers world-wide.
Wednesday, February 16 Courtyard Marriott Kingston, NY 6:30-8:30
Luke Rabideau to talk about Trout in the Classroom
Chapter Member Luke Rabideau, a science teacher at John Jay High School in the Wappingers Central School District, will be talking about his experiences with our Trout in the Classroom program. 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 clean water. It connects kids to their surrounding environment and helps instill a conservation ethos.
If you know a 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 October 17 or have them contact the chapter at email@example.com.