New TU field techs get to work in Catskills

Joe Liesman and Chris Pullano recently joined the Trout Unlimited staff for six-month stints as technicians in the Upper Delaware River basin. We recently caught up with the two avid conservationists and anglers to see how things have been going.  Q: Talk a little about your backgrounds. Where did you grow up and what got you interested … Read more

Dave Brandt, fly fishing legend, dies in New York

By Mark Taylor Trout Unlimited has lost one of its legends.  Dave Brandt of Oneonta, N.Y., died on March 26. He was 75.  Brandt was well was a longtime TU volunteer leader, his dedication so above and beyond that he had a chapter named in his honor. He’s one of just a few TU members to … Read more

TU launches major restoration effort on Battenkill

By Jacob Fetterman Stretching from Manchester, Vt., to the Hudson River in New York state, the Battenkill River holds a firm place in fly fishing history.  Beyond the river’s fame and beauty, it has become evident that, without proper stewardship, the wild trout fishery supported by the Battenkill could slip away due to the degradation of quality habitat through factors such as deforestation, sedimentation, channel modification, … Read more

TU lauds proposal to bolster conservation funding in New York

Trout Unlimited is applauding an ambitious New York stream restoration initiative included in a $3 billion proposal announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week.  The “Restore Mother Nature Bond Act” was highlighted in Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State address. It would fund projects that improve critical fish and wildlife habitat and reduce flood risks across New York by reconnecting streams, removing obsolete dams, retrofitting road-stream crossings, restoring wetlands and natural floodplains, conserving forests and open space, reducing stormwater runoff, and upgrading fish … Read more

New York chapter documenting heritage brook trout strain in Catskills

By Ed Ostapczuk  Science of genetics and DNA continues to evolve, and a New York chapter of Trout Unlimited is using such science to study wild brook trout in a small stream in the Catskills.  The Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter is conducting a Catskill heritage brook trout study, in partnership with the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP).     Late this past … Read more