Turkeys and Trout at Westkill Brewing! Saturday April 9th

Come on out for CMTU and New York Backcountry Hunters & Anglers spring celebration!

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March Chapter Meeting – Wednesday, March 16th In Person and Online! 6:00-8:30 – Courtyard Marriott, Kingston, NY

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.

For those wishing to attend online

Here are the meeting details.

When: Wednesday, March 16th at 6:30 PM

Meeting link: https://catskillmountainstu.my.webex.com/catskillmountainstu.my/j.php?MTID=mc9858b018d5429562412afae09870961
Meeting number: 2631 702 9522

Password: wildesopus (94533767 from phones and video systems)

Join by phone: +1-650-479-3208

Access Code: 263 377 67119
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Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited February Meeting Announcement

CMTU February Meeting In Person and Online!

Wednesday, February 16
Courtyard Marriott
Kingston, NY

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 catskillmountaintu@gmail.com.
For those wishing to attend online

Here are the meeting details.

When: Wednesday, February 16th at 6:30 PM

Meeting link: https://catskillmountainstu.my.webex.com/catskillmountainstu.my/j.php?MTID=mec867241d686a15b2e61f4bc02230ef4 

Meeting number: 2633 776 7119

Password: wildesopus (94533767 from phones and video systems)

Join by phone: +1-650-479-3208

Access Code: 263 377 67119
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Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited January Meeting Announcement

Wednesday, January 19

Jacob Fetterman to Speak About Battenkill River Restoration
Trout Unlimited’s Project Coordinator of the Battenkill Home Rivers Initiative, Jacob Fetterman, will be the guest speaker at our January 19 meeting. Jacob’s passion for restoring and conserving fisheries and natural places is rooted in an outdoors upbringing and a deep connection to trout through fly-fishing. This presentation will discuss the early successes of the Battenkill Home Rivers Initiative, volunteer opportunities, and of course, some insider knowledge of the fishery. Come prepared to ask questions about getting involved or anything restoration/Battenkill related.

Meeting Available Online

Here are the meeting details.

When: Wednesday, January 19th at 6:30 PM

Meeting link: https://catskillmountainstu.my.webex.com/catskillmountainstu.my/j.php?MTID=m8ad3329343add9b34e952c5b024c7a25 

Meeting number: 2633 732 3870

Password: wildesopus (94533767 from phones and video systems)

Join by phone: +1-650-479-3208

Access Code: 263 373 23870

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Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited, December Meeting Announcement

Our next chapter meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 1st, at 6:30 PM.

Note that the meeting will be held in person and  available to attend online.   We ask that you do wear a mask if you attend in person. 

After a brief business meeting and our yearly elections we have a featured speaker,  Jeff Yates, author, guide and Trout Unlimited staff member as we explore the Housatonic River in Connecticut.

  Jeff will lead us on a journey from the tumbling native and wild trout headwaters of this fabled freestone stream, through the more than seven miles of fly fishing only trout water where large buttery browns lurk in the depths. The trek will continue downstream through some incredible smallmouth habitat – where it’s rumored some big carp and pike cruise the shallows – all the way down to the Long Island Sound where striped bass can be targeted on flats at the river’s mouth.   You’ll never look at the “Housey” in the same light.   Jeff is the national Director of Volunteer Operations for Trout Unlimited and has held nearly every volunteer TU position on the board of his local Mianus Chapter and the Connecticut Council. He has been fishing the waters of Connecticut for more than 30 years and has been guiding for nearly two decades. His book, Fly Fishing Fairfield County:” Secrets of Suburban Streams, details the great trout fishing available in the southwest corner of the state. Learn more at www.flyfishingct.com.
Here are the meeting details.

When: Wednesday, December 1st at 6:30 PM

Courtyard by Marriott, Kingston NY
500 Frank Sottile Blvd, Kingston, New York 12401

If you are not able or ready to make it in person, you may also join online using Webex Meeting link:



WildEsopus (94533767 from phones and video systems)

Join by phone +1-650-479-3208 United States Toll
  Election Notice
  Our annual election will be held at the December meeting. The following officers’ terms are ending:
  President: Ted Hoover  (Jan 2020-Dec 2021)
Vice President: Art Christensen, (Jan 2020-Dec 2021)
Treasurer: Mike Malloy, (Jan 2020-Dec 2021)
Secretary: Christa Whiteman (Jan 2020-Dec 2021)
Art Christensen and Mike Malloy have been nominated for re-election. Christa has decided not to run for re-election. Ethan Ely has been nominated to become our Chapter Secretary. Ryan Williams, Ron Urban, and Ed Meyer have been nominated for another term on the board.

Based on the term limits in our chapter bylaws, after four years as president, my second consecutive term will end at the end of the year and I will need to step down. Please let the board or myself know if you are interested in this position.
Here is the slate for officers and board members put forward by the Nominating Committee:

President:          Open
Vice President:   Art Christensen
Treasurer:           Mike Malloy
Secretary:           Ethan Ely
Board Member:   Ryan Williams
Board Member:   Ron Urban
Board Member:   Ed Meyer
Finally, thanks to all the volunteers who put in the time making the chapter work, and a special thanks to Christa for being our chapter Secretary over the past couple years.

Please also consider becoming active in helping or leading our committees.   It is a great opportunity to get involved.

Here is a list of committees that you may join. Membership Advocacy (chair open) Women’s / Diversity Initiative (chair open) Conservation Veterans Initiative Event Speakers
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2021 Conservation Raffle

Winner of this year raffle is Stuart Leigh!

Thank you to everyone that purchased a ticket!

2021 Conservation Raffle Help support the conservation efforts for Catskill Mountains Trout Unlimited!

Each year CMTU sponsors a grand prize raffle at our Conservation banquet to help fund the projects we organize throughout the year.

Only 200 Tickets to be sold!
To get your chance on this great opportunity, purchase tickets at our online site before they are all sold.

Grand Prize: Winston Pure Rod 9′ 4 wt & Ross Animas 4/5wt Reel (Retail value $1100)
$10 per Ticket
Awarded at Saturday November 6th,  2021
Only 200 Tickets to be sold!   For more information contact catskillmountaintu@gmail.com.


CMTU is a 501c3 non-profit organization

Trout Unlimited is a national conservation organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. Learn more at TU.org.

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CMTU Chapter Meeting Wednesday October 20th 6:30PM

Our next chapter meeting will be held online on Wednesday, October 20th at 6:30 PM.   This will be online only.

Our guest speaker will be Anita Coulton , an Orvis Endorsed Fishing Guide on the Upper Delaware with Cross Current Guide Service. Anita guides on the famed Upper Delaware and will be sharing tips and guide recommendations to up your dry fly game.  She’ll also discuss guidelines for wading and navigating the river safely. Bring your questions and join us for this informative evening!


Here is a link to the meeting.

Meeting link:https://catskillmountainstu.my.webex.com/catskillmountainstu.my/j.php?MTID=m689f34c29909865dbe00efb6fbab9c8a

Password: WildEsopus (94533767 from phones and video systems)

Join by phone +1-650-479-3208 United States Toll Access code: 2632 154 9662

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Saturday, October 16th: Chapter Day on the Esopus

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CMTU Chapter Meeting Wednesday September 15th 6:30PM

Our next chapter meeting will be Wednesday September 15th at 6:30 PM.   Our guest speaker will be Robert Adams,  Aquatic Biologist, Division of Fish and Wildlife, from the NY State DEC. Bob will be speaking to the chapter on the state of the Esopus Creek and other regional initiatives.    Although we tentatively made reservations at the Marriott Courtyard in Kingston for in-person meetings this fall,  the board has decided to hold this meeting online in September due to recent COVID numbers in Ulster County. 

Here is a link to the meeting.


Meeting password: CatchandRelease

Here is a link to the latest newsletter.

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June 16th: 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 Esopus Creel Fly shop  (http://www.esopuscreel.com/) on Route 28 at 6:00 PM on Wednesday June 16th.

Catskill  Mountains Trout Unlimited

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