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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report October 17th- October 24th 2016
Shannon's 2016 Stocking Effort & River News . . .
Shannon's River Update: Area rivers are still looking for some more water and hopefully there will be some rain later this week. Meanwhile the fall stocking was completed by the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife and the fish are big bruiser Rainbows in the 14-22" class. Holdover Rainbows have been partial; to egg patterns and midges so far but the action has been slow and there haven't been too many anglers out fishing. I would expect in this drizzly weather that the BWO's would be active and could be all day long.
Ken Lagerveld from Scott Fly Rods will be here this coming Saturday October 22nd from 10 am until 3pm. Check out all the great rods from Scott including the award winning Radian and the new Flex!
We have some big closeouts this year: Some Scott A4 fly rods at 30% off and Redington Sonic Pro and Sonic Dry waders Redington Rise reels at 20% off.
Tricos in the morning with some BWO's scattered during the day. Some epic fall caddis hatches going on right now.
It's time to think about terrestrials: Ants, Hoppers and Beetles
Some nice holdover fish left over from last year's holiday stockings.
If you don't believe me then check out last year's video.
All of our trout are purchased from Vern and Jeff Mancini at The Musky Hatchery in Asbury, NJ and are certified disease free. Thank you to all of our donors who have contributed so generously. Also, we are grateful for the support and assistance of Affinity Federal Credit Union in supporting our effort.
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General Hatches, Fly Recommendations and Tips . . .
Hatch Update: In low water, look for Tricos in the morning at first light followed by caddis after 9am. On cloudy days, look for BWO's (Olives). At dusk, look for Isonychia and Light Cahills.
the day: Fish
tandem rigs to improve your nymphing success. Fish
nymphs and emergers or midges in tandem. I always
prefer to fish the larger fly first, but to each their own. The
easiest way is to tie the first fly on as usual then attach the
second by using a clinch knot tied to the bend of the first
fly. Space the flies about twenty inches apart. It is also a good idea to
balance your tandems by keeping them within a couple of hook sizes
of each other. Use enough weight to keep the flies just off the bottom
drifting slowly. Drag free drifts are a must now. Keep as little fly
line on the water as possible and pay attention! Strikes may be
subtle or fierce. If using a strike indicator, place it one and a half to
twice the depth of the water you are fishing from the first fly. Any
additional weight should be about six to eight inches from the first
fly. Streamers: Muddler
Buggers, Grey Ghost, Black Nose Dace,
and Zonkers if the water is off color.
Note: I use larger nymphs and bead-heads when the water is higher and less weight when water drops. On the South Branch, use the heavier flies when the stream flow exceeds about 175-185 cfs.
Current Local Hatch Chart . . .
Note: Some hatches overlap time periods
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