August News Update

Summer's pulse slows.  Days shorten with the promise of fall, and Mid Hudson Trout Unlimited is gearing up for action.

We have a number of exciting projects and events coming up, and I hope you will consider volunteering. Join a committee, get involved.  And you'll have fun getting to know fellow chapter members who share your passion for coldwater fisheries.  You might even find a few new fishing buddies!

STEWARDSHIP DINNER PLANNING MEETING SEPT. 10, 7PM - Dave Morrison is chairman of the 2018 Stewardship Dinner Committee. We are looking for a few more folks to round out the planning and organizing team. Interested?  Come to the Stewardship Dinner Committee meeting on September 10, 7PM, at the Pleasant Valley Library.  Email Dave at   .

CHAPTER MONTHLY MEETING SEPT. 17, 6:30 PM - At our next monthly meeting on September 17, chapter members Sig Holtz, Joe Rist, and Mke Butts will conduct a "Fall Casting Tune Up."  Bring your favorite rod and reel, or that new rod you've been waiting to line up and cast.  Or, swap rods with someone else and try something new.  This is an informal casting session aimed at helping beginners and experts alike.  We will begin at 6:30 on the field at the American Legion Meeting Hall (our regular meeting space).

MHTU WATERSHED GUIDE - Mike Butts is chairing our efforts to revise and reissue the MHTU Watershed Guide.  Contact Mike to find out more, or if you are interested in working on this project.  I'm thinking Mike might share one or two of his honey holes with you... well, maybe.  Email Mike at




SPARE HEAT-STRESSED FISH: Trout and salmon are cold-water fish that suffer when water warms up above 70 degrees.  When stressed, they will seek refuge in pockets of cold water created by springs and small feeder streams. The Department of Environmental Conservation is asking anglers not to disturb fish gathered in unusually high numbers because they’re likely seeking relief from heat stress.  Avoid catch-and-release fishing for heat-stressed trout because they’re unlikely to survive no matter how carefully they’re handled.

Pat Crisci