Catskills Trout Tales 2019

Breathe in the Glorious Outdoors This Spring

The Catskills are the birthplace of American fly-fishing, and the area is still considered one of the best fly-fishing spots in the Northeast. With an abundance of trout, bass and perch in our pristine waterways, avid anglers from around the world come here to reel in some of the best bounty of their lives. The gorgeous mountainous landscape surrounding our streams, rivers and reservoirs adds to the allure of the Catskills as a fishing destination – no wonder people often refer to their experience here as “magical.”

To honor the tradition of fishing, Catskills Trout Tales is a movement that invites visitors to celebrate and fall in love with the outdoors, while also educating them about the value and vulnerability of our natural resources. Catskills Trout Tales has partnered with a diverse group of local businesses and organizations to offer visitors an exciting schedule of events and experiences, all about trout, fishing, and Catskills nature! It’s an open invitation for you to visit and enjoy the wonderful spring outdoors season with us!

Here’s what’s coming up on the calendar:


Hike Cabot Mountain
April 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join the Catskill Mountain Club for a hike on Cabot Mountain. At 2976′, Cabot Mountain in the Pepacton Range is just a few feet under the cut off for a Catskills 100 highest peak. This hike is a steady climb to a nice view overlooking Little Pond and the mountains beyond. This hike is moderate-difficult and best suited for adults.

Event Duration: 3.3 miles, 4 hours
Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
Registration required by April 3, 2019 – please
click here for more hike details and to register.


Dry Brook Ridge Hike
April 11 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Join the Catskill Mountain Club for a challenging hike on Dry Brook Ridge. We’ll hike (or snowshoe) the 9.6 mile section of the Dry Brook Ridge trail from Mill Brook Road to Margaretville. A car shuttle is required. We’ll leave car(s) at the hike endpoint and drive to the Mill Brook parking area to start. To avoid getting cold, our pace will be moderately quick with brief stops. There will not be a long lunch stop. This is a difficult hike and best suited for adults.

Event Duration: 10 miles, 10 hours
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Registration is required by April 9, 2019. Space is limited. Please click here for more hike details and to register.


Who’s Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills
April 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
44 West Street
Walton, NY 13856 United States

At the “Who’s Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills” Conference we will share information from organizations and individuals that are working on invasive species in the CRISP region doing any of the following:

• Prevention
• Education and outreach
• Trainings on Identification
• Early detection
• Invasive species surveys and mapping
• Reporting in iMapInvasives, EDDMaps, or other database
• Rapid response
• Control
• Trainings on Best Management Practices
• Restoration
• Citizen science
• Research
• Funding that could help support any of the above

This will be the first in the series of “Who’s Doing What in Invasive Species Management.”
Through these meetings we’ll be collecting info from organizations working on Invasive
Species management throughout the CRISP region and putting together a Regional Invasive
Species Management Plan that identifies redundancies and gaps and any efficiencies we
can achieve by better coordination.


Hike Bramley Mountain
April 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Join the Catskill Mountain Club for a hike on beautiful Bramley Mountain. Bramley Mountain was once the site of a fire tower and the views from the summit to the Catskills ranges are impressive. Along the way the trail visits an abandoned bluestone quarry, caves and many outcroppings.
Event Duration: 4.1 miles, 3.5 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
Registration is required by April 17, 2019. Space is limited. Please click here for more hike details and to register.


Middle Mountain to Mary Smith Hill Hike
April 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join the Catskill Mountain Club for a hike from Middle Mountain to Mary Smith Hill. Like its Pepacton Range neighbor Cabot Mountain, Middle Mountain is just shy of qualifying as a Catskills 100 highest. To reach its 2965′ summit we will first cross 2850′ Beech Hill, enjoying some nice views towards the Beaverkill Range. Afterwards we’ll cross another “almost”, an unnamed 2941′ mountain and its sub-peak 2778′ Mary Smith Hill. Along this route we’ll pass through miles of first growth forest. This is a moderate-difficult hike and best suited for adults.

Event Duration: 5.6 miles, 6 hours
Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
Registration is required by April 3, 2019. Please click here for more hike details and to register.

Trout Tales at Spillian: A Mythic Catskills Weekend
Gather at Spillian: A Place to Revel for a weekend of exploring the mythic Catskills.
April 26 @ 6:00 pm – April 29 @ 12:00 pm

50 Fleischmanns Heights Road
Fleischmanns, NY United States

Whether you’re a beginner looking to find out more about fly fishing Catskill streams, or you’re one of the “charmed circle” of fly fishermen, join us for Trout Tales at Spillian, our fifth annual celebration of all things trout. A superb opportunity to dive deep into the streams and forests of the Catskills, its evocative stories, and its extraordinary cuisine, with lodging at the historic Spillian estate, and the event that birthed a regional celebration of fly-fishing, Catskills Trout Tales. We will wander the streams with one of the Catskills’ best fly fishing guides, celebrate local flavor, and in the spirit of the 19th Century fishing lodges, gather on Saturday evening for the now-famous trout feast and storytelling contest. Competition is brilliant and fierce, with the best tall fishing tales you’ll hear (or tell!) anywhere. Winner gets bragging rights for a year, and the chance to display the highly-coveted silly porcelain trout at your home or workplace, with the promise to come back to defend your title the next round…

Join them  for the full weekend or for the Trout Tales feast!

• A tasting with brewmeister Richard Rogers from Roscoe Beer Company.
• A guided fishing expedition with Esopus Creel.
• Fireside stories, tales, myths, and legends of the Catskills and its history as the birthplace
of American fly-fishing
• Foraging your feast: an exploration of Spillian’s grounds harvesting early spring herbs for
• A hand-crafted farm|forest|stream to table seven course feast from Spillian’s chef
Christian Van Etten
• Gentle moving meditation yoga class

• A Sunday morning cooking class: smoking trout over an open fire and wildcrafting pine
simple syrup
• Dining and lodging at Spillian’s award-winning estate


Just Shop Boutique | Troutastic Warehouse Sale
43270 State Route 28
Arkville, 12406 United States
May 26 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

On Sunday May 26th Just Shop will be holding an all-out Troutastic Warehouse Sale! Catskillfishing shirts, designer resortwear, spectacular dresses, coats, suits, watershoes, and much
more will be available at unbeatable prices at our Arkville warehouse (just down the street from our storefront). All our items are brand new, and we guarantee you will find something for everyone! They embody the quirky and fun nature of the Catskills with the clothing and items we offer, making sure you look as good as you feel while exploring this vast, pristine wilderness we love to call home. The sale begins at 9AM and ends at 9PM (though hours can be extended upon request).

 Keep an eye on the Catskills Trout Tales events calendar for more events to be added!