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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report March 25th- March 30th 2017
Shannon's 2016-2017 Winter Stocking Effort & River News . . .
Shannon's River Update: February and March flip flopped this year. February was mild but March brought some much needed snow and more rain is in the forecast. This is all good news, we need continued precipitation to bring up river and groundwater levels. Fishing has been pretty good this winter and it continues. Midges, small nymphs including stoneflies and egg patterns have been the best options and should continue to be until the water warms and hatches begin.
Consistent fishing in the Gorge and Point Mountain TCA's continues. The Pequest TCA has been fishing well too with some large 5+ pound Rainbows being reported by the regulars. Fly selection is still in winter mode, small nymphs size 16-20 followed by a midge or egg pattern is one way to go but you may want to mix some late winter patterns in now. Add a Chimarra Caddis Larva or a Grey Scud or perhaps a Black Stonefly or Copper John to the mix. Streamers are also taking fish as well. Fishing has actually been pretty good at times but you have to find the fish, big bruiser Rainbows in the 14-22" class. Certain sections of the South Branch and Musky are also seeing some decent action on post spawn wild Brown Trout. Holdover Rainbows have been partial to egg patterns and midges along with streamers and emergers.
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General Hatches, Fly Recommendations and Tips . . .
Hatch Update: Midges are the active insects on the water now.
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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