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The 2nd Annual Catskills Fly Fishing Tournament & Fundraiser

Esopus Creel
5579 State Route 28 Phoenicia, NY 12464

The second annual Catskills Fly Fishing Tournament will be held this June 26th, 2021 on the Esopus Creek in the idyllic Catskill Mountains. Often cited as the birthplace of American fly fishing, the Catskills, with its picturesque views and rich angling history are the perfect setting for such a competition. 25 teams of two anglers will compete for cash prizes in this prestigious event. 50% of entry fees will go directly to the Conservation Fund of the Ashokan-Pepacton Chapter of Trout Unlimited, which is dedicated to protecting the Esopus Creek & surrounding waters.

1st Place – $1500
2nd Place – $1000
3rd Place – $750
Biggest Fish – $750

Entry Fees
$500 per team ($250 per angler)
$250 of each team’s entry fee will go directly to Trout Unlimited
Entry fee includes an invitation to a post-tournament awards ceremony and dinner

We have set a fundraising goal of $10,000 for the Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited, which has tirelessly fought to protect the Esopus Creek watershed for decades. Now under threat from national energy interests, the proposed flooding and impoundment of two tributaries of Esopus Creek threaten a river entirely inseparable from the very history & foundation of the sport of fly fishing. The Ashokan-Pepacton chapter is working directly with NY State Trout Unlimited who, due to their high profile, have been granted “intervener” status in the proposed power plant construction.

These funds will help Trout Unlimited withstand a 5-year legal battle that threatens not only anglers, but hundreds of families and homes targeted to be torn down and flooded through the use of eminent domain to build yet another reservoir in our beloved Catskill Mountains.