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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report  October 17th- October 24th 2016

Updated 10/17/2016-JH



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. 


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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.

During 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 Minnows, Woolly Buggers, Grey Ghost, Black Nose Dace, and Zonkers if the water is off color. 

  • Hare’s Ear nymph standard and beadhead #14-18.

  • Pheasant Tails #14-22 with or without a bead.

  • Trail a RS2 or WD40 #16-22 Grey, Brown or BWO to imitate those small Baetis so common now.

  • Rainbow Warrior #18 Another great midge larva pattern

  • Prince Nymph/ Zug Bug (Beadhead, Poxy Back, Standard) Great for Isonychia and stoneflies.

  • Scuds and Sow bugs: Olive, Grey or Tan, #16-18

  • Caddis Larva: Olive, Green or Chartreuse is a must right now #14-18.

  • Midge Larva: Disco midges in Green, Red, or Black size 18-22

  • Woolly Buggers: Black, Olive and Brown #10-14 Conehead Muddler Minnows work too.

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 . . . 


Updated 10/17/2016

Note: Some hatches overlap time periods

MORNING (6am-10am)

 Trico Tricorythodes Trico #22-24

ALL DAY 10am-5pm

Midges may be hatching. Try a small Adams or BWO Parachute #18-22



Blue Winged Olive Baetis sp. BWO #18-22



Green Sedge Rhyacophila lobifera Henryville Special Caddis #14-18


Dot Wing Sedge (Tan Caddis) Neophylax sp.  Tan Sparkle Pupa, Bird's Nest Tan Elk Hair Caddis #14-18


WD40 or RS2 in Grey, Black, Brown (especially on the Pequest) or BWO #16-22 seems to work everywhere as it matches any number of small Baetis, Paraleptophlebia and midges.







Dot Wing Sedge (Tan Caddis) Neophylax sp.  Tan Sparkle Pupa, Bird's Nest Tan Elk Hair Caddis #14-18











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