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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report  October 6th- October 13th 2015

Updated 10/06/2015-JH


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


Shannon's River Update: Cooler temps and some Fall rain is beginning to bring fishing back. Lots of caddis in the air now. Low flows mean go small for the time being.

From Clinton downstream, the South Branch is benefiting from releases of water from Spruce Run Reservoir. This area will have some holdover trout in places but is in actuality a great place to catch smallmouth bass.

State stockings have been strong this year, a great comeback year for the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife and its Pequest Hatchery. Area rivers will be stocked the week of October 13th with 2 year old Rainbow Trout. Lots of Rainbows in the area rivers. 


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General Hatches, Fly Recommendations and Tips . . .

Hatch Update: Sulphurs, Grey Fox, Baetis, March Browns, Cream Caddis, Green Sedge and Spotted Sedge (Caddis). Golden Drake, Light Cahill 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 10/06/2015

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.

Tint Whitewing Black (Tricos) Trycorythodes Trico 20-24


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 are larger now but plenty of small ones in recent seine samples. 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.


Blue Winged Olive Baetis sp. BWO, Blue Quill, Adams #18-22






Slate Drake Isonychia bicolor Iso Parachute #12-14

Grea6 Autumn Sedge Pycnopsyche sp. Orange Stimulator #12



Try fishing an Iso Parachute, Light Cahill, spent caddis or a Rusty Spinner in the waning light. Get ready for some fast fishing!-JH








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