Well, the good news is that Trout Season has opened and the streams have been stocked.  The steam flows are good and members are reporting some decent catches.  Please be aware that traveling to fishing locations is strongly discouraged.  Besides the chance of spreading the virus, rural areas don't have the medical facilities to handle an influx of Covid-19 patients.  See this link asking anglers not to travel to the Delaware.

Now the not such good news:  


Chapter Meetings.  Due to the continuing Corona-19 virus epidemic we have cancelled Chapter Meetings for the rest of this year, as we announced earlier. 

BUT.... we are discussing a possible virtual presentation with Tim Flagler.  Tim is still working on getting the needed equipment and hopefully we can work something out.  Tim has presented at our chapter several times and is a top notch presenter.  Check out his videos at We'll keep you posted if and when we work something out.

Trips.  We have cancelled the Deerfield River Trip of May 15 - 17.  Ed Poulton is working on getting back deposits.  We have now cancelled the Lake Placid/Ausable river Trip since the hotel will not be open.



Trout in the Classroom  Trout releases have been severely impacted by school closures.  Some teachers released trout on their own, and other schools lost their fish since no one could care for the fish due to the school closure.  Currently there is just one trout release scheduled.  If anything changes and we need volunteers we will notify you.


Annual Dinner Redo The CWCTU Board has been discussing possible rescheduling for the Annual Dinner which was cancelled due to the Covid-19 epidemic.  Finding a date in the fall is not proving practical, particularly with all the uncertainty that we still have.  Our current thinking is that we will have a special holiday party with some great prizes at a restaurant venue.  This is still all in the talking stages, but let us know what you think.  Send me an email.


Les showing off the monster piranha he caught on the Amazon.

Les Gulitz is Member of the Year

The CWCTU is very happy to announce that Les Gulitz is our Member of the Year.  Les has been a very active member of the CWCTU Board, holding the positions of Treasurer, Financial Inspector, and Trips Coordinator (twice).  Les has also been a tremendous help to the Trout in the Classroom  Program.  Last year he helped out at virtually every trout release.  Whenever something needed to be done Les is there to help out.  Our Member of the Year is normally awarded at our Annual Dinner.  With the cancellation of the dinner this year we have had to present Les' award virtually.  I ask all to send a congratulations to Les on a well-deserved honor.


A Thank Message from Lilli

Trip Signup Now Available

Trip coordinator Ed Poulton has put together a great lineup this year. All of these trips have limited availability. Check them out:

  • Trip #2: Deerfield River, THIS TRIP IS CANCELLED

May 15-17, 2020. $355.00 per person, double occupancy, staying at The Red Rose Motel. Price includes lodging on Friday and Saturday and a guide to float the Deerfield on Saturday (lunch and beverages included) but DOES NOT include your guide's gratuity. Trip limited to ten (10) anglers.


  • Trip #3: Lake Placid, NY | June 11-14, 2020 to fish the Saranac and AuSable Rivers. $200.00 per person, double occupancy, staying at the Lake Placid Summit Resort Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Trip limited to eight (8) anglers.  This trip is still on as of 4/10/20


  • Trip #4: Connetquat River State Park, Oakdale, NY | Friday, September 25, 2020. This is a day-trip. Fishing from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. $50.00 per person Limited to 15 anglers. Our chapter has exclusive use of the park.


DEC Stream Management Plan - Update

UPDATE 4/9/20:  The Stream Management time frame has slipped considerably from the plan described below.  At this time it is expected that the Steam Management Plan will not be released for public comment until at least May, 2020.


On November 4, several chapter members attended DEC's information session at Orange County Community College. The presentation and

Q & A session that followed outlined DEC's new plan for inland trout stream management. Here are some of the key takeaways:

  • Today, 20 different sets of regulations govern New York's trout streams. DEC wants to reduce this to five sets of regulations where each regulation is based on a set of clearly defined stream characteristics. 

  • The plan will divide all trout streams into "reaches". Each "reach" will be governed by one of the five sets of regulations mentioned previously. 

  • The state-wide trout season will run from April 1 to October 15. All streams will have a daily creel limit. The rest of the year, October 16 through March 31, all streams will be open for fishing and all streams will be catch and release. 

  • DEC wants to complete the draft plan by December 31 with implementation scheduled for April, 2021.

We hope to get details of the five proposed regulations over the next few weeks.


January 23, 2020: Chapter meeting - Pat Dorsey, The Blue Quill Angler - Fishing Colorado's Tailwaters


January 24, 2020 - January, 26, 2020 - The Fly Fishing Show, Edison, NJ.


February 20, 2020: Chapter meeting - Annual Fly Tying Night.


March 14, 2020: 41st Annual Dinner, Pleasantville Country Club . CANCELLED


March 19, 2020: Chapter meeting - Tom and Dan Harrison, Harrison Anglers - Fishing the Deerfield River.   CANCELLED


April 16, 2020: Chapter meeting. Speaker TBD.  CANCELLED

May 15-17, 2020: Overnight chapter trip to the Deerfield River . CANCELLED


May 21, 2020: Chapter meeting. Speaker TBD. CANCELLED

June 11-14, 2020:k . Overnight Trip to Lake Placid/ Ausable River.  Still on as of 4/10/20

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