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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report May 23rd- May 30th 2015

Updated 5/23/2015-JH

 

Shannon's 2015 Stocking Effort & River News . . .


We are open all weekend including Memorial Day Monday from 8am-4pm. This Saturday May 23rd a marketing survey company,70KFT will be conducting a fly fishing survey at Shannon's as part of a national program. Any customer who participates will receive a $25.00 Gift Certificate from Shannon's in exchange for filling out a ten minute survey with a 70KFT representative. All participation is strictly voluntary!

Shannon's River Update May 23rd, 2015: State stockings have been strong this year, a great comeback year for the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife and its Pequest Hatchery. Lots of Rainbows in th area rivers. May 1st, Califon was stocked with over 300 trout for our Kid's Fishing Derby. (4/24/2015) we stocked the South Branch, including the KLG with over 400 Rainbow and Brown trout by an anonymous donor in memory of our fried, Harvey Rude.   

Help us stock the South Branch in 2015. We will continue to stock trout including Brown Trout (not currently being stocked by the state) under a permit from the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife but we need your help. 100% of all donations goes into stocking trout where you fish! Click the donate button below.

Shannon's Traditional Angler Day was a success thanks to everyone who attended

Sulphurs hatches are in full swing on area rivers along with plenty of smaller mayflies, primarily Blue Quills and Baetis. Caddis have been consistent during the day. Sulphurs have been hatching as usual towards dusk. Fish right through dusk for some of the best action of the year. There are plenty of fish in area rivers. Lots of stocked and holdover Rainbows along with some nice wild and holdover Brownies up and over twenty inches. 

We stocked Mountain Farm Park in Lebanon Township and the center of Califon with some nice brood-stock Browns and Rainbows. 

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Update 4/10/2015: Cory Bate caught and released our last Bubba of the 2014-15 Winter Stocking. Keith Gardner caught Bubba Bow and Brett Carmen caught Bubba Brown. Both fish were caught and released. Great job guys! 

 

Last year we have stocked over 3600 trout from Long Valley through the Ken Lockwood Gorge TCA (Trout Conservation Area). Based on customer feedback, we will be continuing these efforts in 2015.People really enjoyed the Kamloops Strain Rainbows and hard fighting Brown Trout. Look for spring stockings of the KLG as well as the Kid's Fishing Contest and the Bubba Contest in December. 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.     

Please help us keep up the efforts, and click the "donate" button. Every little bit helps!

 

 

General Hatches, Fly Recommendations and Tips . . .


Hatch Update: Sulphurs, Baetis, March Browns, Cream Caddis, Green Sedge and Spotted Sedge (Caddis). Golden Drake and Isonychia (Slate Drake) beginning. 

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. Work them slowly!

  • Hare’s Ear nymph standard and beadhead #12-18. 

  • Caddis Pupa are deadly right now!

  • 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, # 14-18

  • 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 5/23/2015


Note: Some hatches overlap time periods

MORNING (6am-11am)

 High stick nymphing is recommended as is working a streamer deep and slow through likely pools and runs.


ALL DAY 10am-6pm

Hatches are starting to increase in density and duration now

 

 

 

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 midges.

Nymphs should be small for the most part: Egg and Sucker Spawn patterns, San Juan Worms, Pheasant Tails #12-22, Hare's Ear #12-18 and Prince patterns #14-18, scuds, midge patterns such as Kaleidoscope Midge, Zebra Midge,  Rainbow Warrior and Fat Lady Midge, Caddis Larva especially JC's Electric Caddis.  

March Brown Maccaffertium vicarium March Brown #12

 

Gray Fox Maccaffertium vicarium Grey Fox #14

 

Blue Quill Paraleptophlebia mollis Blue Quill, Adams #16-18

 

Little Quill Gordon Cinygmula subequalis Adams or Blue Dun #16

 

Eastern Brown Quill Siphlonurus quebcensis Grey Wulf, Adams, Blue Dun #10-12

 

Dark Red Quill Rhithrogenia impersonata Red Quill #14

 

Baetis Sp. (Blue Wing Olives) Baetis interclaris,tricaudatus, levitans, etc. Adams, BWO, Blue Dun #16-20

 

Iron Blue Dun Leptophlebia johnsoni Adams, Blue Quill #14-16

 

Pale Speckled Winged Olive Callibaetis ferrugineous Adams or Blue Quill #16-18

 

Sulphur Ephemerella invaria Sulphur #12-14

 

Apple Caddis Brachycentrus appalachia Elk Hair Caddis Olive #12-14

 

Spotted Sedge Hydropsyche sp. Tan Elk Hair Caddis #16

 

Green Sedge Rhyacophila lobifera Elk Hair Caddis Olive #14-16 

 

 



LATE AFTERNOON-EVENING 4pm-dusk

 

Sulphur Ephemerella invaria Sulphur #12-14

 

Pale evening Dun (Sulphur) Ephemerella dorothea Sulphur #16-18

 

Golden Drake Anthopotamous ruffous Sulphur Comparadun #10-12

 

Slate Drake Isonychia bicolor Iso Parachute #12

 

Try fishing a spent caddis or a Rusty Spinner in the waning light. Get ready for some fast fishing!-JH

 

 

 

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