Welcome to Our 2016 Stewardship Dinner

Mid-Hudson Trout Unlimited
Annual Stewardship Dinner & Auction
Friday, October 14, 2016 – 6:00 pm

Arbor Ridge - 17 Route 376 & Route 52 Hopewell Junction, N.Y. 12533

Questions:   Call 845-705-5150    or email  rgilmanjr@optonline.net

President’s Message

Dear Guests and Members,

When I look at my Instagram feed, or Twitter, or Facebook and I see various fishing celebrities, always smartly outfitted with impossibly expensive gear, telling me to ‘rep my water,’ and ‘keep ‘em wet,’ in far-flung beautiful places, the images fill me with a mix of mild envy and slight despair. Undoubtedly, I should not envy these celebrities. They are our allies in conservation and we earthbound fisherman are indebted to them for making our sport look so cool. Undoubtedly, those celebrities are doing a lot of good. They deserve our respect.

However,  we need not imitate them because we are not them.  We are TU. We are local people with a million responsibilities and commitments on the land all around the the streams we try to protect. I can’t have the #Instagram fishing life because of the choices I made to have my current life, choices that I’m proud of, that I wouldn’t change. And that is ok. TU makes it ok by giving me a way to help with like-minded individuals who are becoming my friends.

I would like to communicate just what a privilege it is to serve as president of Mid Hudson Trout Unlimited. These are true conservation-minded men and women. They accomplish great things and seek no fame or personal recognition. This dinner came about because of their hard work and I sincerely hope they take a moment to look enjoy themselves as they look on this year's’ accomplishments.


John L. Ahern

Verbal Auction Items

Tailwater Lodge Package 1 Night

Luxurious guest rooms await you, along with a pro shop stocked with the best brands in fishing apparel and gear. After a day on the river, you’ll appreciate the gourmet comfort food served in the Tailwater Restaurant, where rustic atmosphere meets metropolitan flair. For more information: http://tailwaterlodge.com/


Fish with Frank DeGrazio ½ day Guided Trip for 1 person

Frank DeGrazio is a NYS Licensed Fishing Guide #6886.  Located in the Hudson Valley, New York, and provides many different types of guided fly fishing trips in fresh or saltwater in New York and Connecticut. For more information: http://www.hendricksonspinnerflyfishing.com/


Orvis Round of Clays for Four

The Sandanona shotgun course is recognized worldwide as one of the best and also was a leader in the development of sporting clays in this country. It was listed in Esquire magazine’s top 10 list of courses in the United States. For more information: http://www.orvis.com/sandanona

Orvis Travel Bag


Tamarack Day of Fishing--4 Rods

The philosophy of Tamarack is to provide a relaxed and responsive atmosphere in which sportsmen and women may pursue fish and game. The Club caters more to hunters and sports-minded individuals than to those seeking a social environment as would be realized by membership in a country club. That is not to say that Tamarack will not host social events; however, there is a commitment to provide top quality facilities for the serious sports-minded souls seeking an excellent hunting and fishing environment. For More Information: http://tamarackpreserve.net/

A Dozen Dozen Flies

An assortment of a dozen proven Fly patterns with a dozen flies each, all tied by our Mid Hudson Trout Unlimited members in effective sizes.

  • CDC Caddis 12 +14
  • Pheasant Tail Half Weighted 6/6 12 + 14
  • Klinkhammers 12 +14
  • Woolly Buggers 8 - 14
  • Killer Kebari 14 +16
  • CDC BWO spinner 20
  • GRHE Nymphs
  • Hendrickson comparaduns 14
  • PFD Rusty Spinners 16
  • Sulphur Parachutes 16 & 18
  • March Browns 12
  • Mixed egg pattern