CATSKILLS TROUT TALES

Our mission is to offer travelers extraordinary adventures celebrating the mighty trout and its Catskills streams and forests. We invite you to join us and fall in love  with this magical place, and help us love it to life.

Capturing the cultural and natural history of the Catskills as the birthplace of American fly-fishing while building connections between regional hospitality businesses, conservation organizations and local media, Catskills Trout Tales is a campaign to invite visitors to come and stay in the region, exploring the area’s forests, waters, and historic communities as stewards rather than simply consumers

Like any popular outdoor destination, the Catskills must find a way to balance increased tourism with the protection of its natural resources, so visitors understand the value and vulnerability of the ecosystems they have come to experience. By partnering with both hospitality/retail businesses and nonprofit environmental/community organizations, Catskills Trout Tales seeks to educate and inspire visitors to love this special place into life rather than love it to death, and to become return visitors.

Simultaneously, projects that seek to engage small businesses and nonprofit organizations in this region must find ways to make their buy-in relevant and sustainable. Catskills Trout Tales invites participating organizations to contribute in ways that directly strengthen their own businesses as they strengthen the region. We believe that this is a powerful model that is deeply sustainable: inviting participation that challenges people not only to help with this effort but to see what unique elements that they can add that will both make it unique to the Catskills but beneficial to their mission.

Catskills Trout Tales began in 2017 as the brainchild of the folks at Spillian: A Place to Revel, following a desire to imagine new ways to welcome people to our beloved mountains in the spring. With major support provided by Market NY through I LOVE NY/ New York State’s Division of Tourism as a part of the Regional Economic Development Council awards, and additional support from the Delaware County Economic Development Tourism Grants program; the O’Connor Foundation;  investments by founding partner organizations; and grants management by The MARK Project, it grew into an extraordinary event with more than 100 special events and promotions from outdoor expos and festivals to fishing derbys, stream-to-table feasts and hands-on activities for all ages.

We’re delighted to announce that Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, an Arkville, NY-based nonprofit working to protect the Catskills since 1969, has taken over the planning and organization of Catskills Trout Tales for 2019 and beyond.  Stay tuned for a great array of events, specials, offerings, and stories this spring, all designed to get you up and savoring the magic of the Catskills streams and forests. All hail the mighty trout!