The mission of Trout Unlimited is to conserve, protect, and restore North America's cold water fisheries and their watersheds.
"Take care of the fish and the fishing will take care of itself." -Art Neumann,TU Founding Member,1959
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Recently Added Articles
Next General Meeting Programs Planned for Upcoming Membership Meetings
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Recently Added Articles / Changes
Wet Flies - Beyond the Swing - Fishing page
Video "Cold Water" - Conservation page
Maine Wounded Veterans Event Schedule Updated - Get Involved page
Great video on Hendrickson Nymphs - Flies and Fly Tying page
Lower Wappingers Cleanup date is May 9 - Get Involved page
Fly Tying Stuff Needed - this page
How to make a Sighter - Fishing page
Breaking away from our usual format this month, we will spend the evening, starting at 6:00pm, fishing on the Wappingers at Albrecht's farm. When we are finished fishing hot dogs and beverages will be served. Bring your rain gear if it rains.
If you are unfamiliar with Albrecht's here are the directions. When travelling east on 44 through village of Pleasant Valley, cross the bridge over the Wappingers. A short distance beyond the bridge on your left is a Mystic (brand) gas station. As you continue east you will start going up a fairly long hill. Intersecting on your left will be Creek Road. Turn left onto it and go a very short distance to a driveway also on your left. Turn into the driveway where you will see a field on your right. Continue down the driveway bearing to your right towards a very large wood pile and park in the grass right off the driveway. You should see other anglers parked there.
If you come in on 44 going west you'll see Creek Road on the right as you go down that long hill. Turn and follow the directions as above.
Fly of the Month
At most general meetings we feature a "fly of the month" and everyone is encouraged to participate. By going to the page entitled "Flies and Fly Tying" you will find a recipe for the fly including any special tying instructions. Bring in at least two and you will receive a raffle ticket for each fly. Those who have not tied a fly for the raffle can purchase tickets for a dollar a piece. The winning ticket gets half of all the flies submitted while the other half is retained by the chapter.
This month's fly is the Black and Purple, from Housatonic Fly Fisherman's Association member Paul Dinice. This wet fly is one of his favorites which he uses throughout the year. He says it has been a great pattern early in the season when the black stones are present. Most of the time he fishes it together with a Hair's Ear wet fly. It requires few materials and is easy to tie. He claims that the purple UV dubbing used on the thorax acts like a beacon to trout.
Black & Purple tied by Paul Dinice
Fly Tying Stuff Needed
The MHTU is in need of restocking the supplies for its fly tying school. Before we end up spending money we thought we’d first solicit donations from members. So, please look through your collections of fly tying supplies and see if you have any of the following items that you’d be willing to give to the chapter to be used in future fly tying classes.
- Hackle Pliers
- 8/0 and 6/0 tying thread in black, pale yellow/cream, brown, gray
- Hooks – dry fly and nymph #12 and #14, streamer #10
- Bobbin Threaders
- Head Cement
- Tinsel – oval and flat, gold and silver
- Buck Tails – black, yellow, red
Your donations will be appreciated and will enable to Chapter to reserve more money for conservation efforts while ensuring that an adequate stock of materials for future fly tyers is on hand. There will be a collection box at the membership meetings where you will be able to drop off your donations.
Programs Planned for
Upcoming General Membership Meetings
Tom Gilmore will present a Flyfisher’s Guide to Eastern Trophy Tailwaters, Great Trout Waters from Maine to Georgia. He will introduce you to the "world-class" tailwaters located close to all of our major eastern cities from Maine to Georgia. You will discover that you don’t have to get on a plane to fly to the Rockies or even more exotic destinations to tackle trophy trout. His program will reveal where to find them practically in your own backyard.
During his research, Gilmore explored over one hundred eastern tailwaters and selected the top 40 which he felt were truly "world-class." He shares the secrets, hotspots, hatches, and areas of easy access to the East’s best tailwaters. Tom has first-hand fishing knowledge of each river and information from his detailed stream logs, stretching back over four decades. He shares his experiences, anecdotes, detailed descriptions, as well as tips and tactics from regional experts for fly fishing success on tailwaters.
Chapter meetings are the third Monday of each month at 7:30pm at the American Legion Post 1302, 55 Overlook Road, Poughkeepsie, New York. 845 471-4641
From the east or westoff Rt 44, turn left from the east, or turn right from the west, at the light near the Purple Parlor Car Wash. Go 2/10 mile on Overlook Road then take the first right onto Old Degarmo Road, follow and follow it a short distance, the Legion is on the left behind the softball field.
From the west off Rt 44, go 4/10 mile past the light at Adams Fairacre Farm. At the light by the Purple Parlor Car Wash turn right. Follow same directions above after turning onto Overlook Road.
For a expanded view of the area see the map below.