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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report March 2nd-March 9th 2014
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Bubba I was caught and released by Keith Gardner. He won a GLoomis Pro4X So what did we do? Here we have Bubba II. One wasn't enough! Sponsored by Shannon's, Affinity Federal Credit Union and GBW Insurance of Flanders, NJ. Thanks also to Vern Mancini of the Musky Hatchery in Asbury, NJ
Winter is holding on... Aside from a few outings to fish some of Mr. Collins' streamers there hasn't been much to say about fishing. We got some bad news from the Pequest Hatchery and the Division of Fish and Wildlife. There has been an outbreak of Furunculosis at the hatchery. This will substantially reduce trout numbers available for the Spring Season. More information on the subject can be found on the Division's website: http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/news/2014/troutmtg14.htm
Our annual Bubba Contest involves stocking a large jaw tagged trout affectionately named "Bubba" along with about 200 other trout between 12-20 inches. These fish come from the Musky Hatchery in Asbury, NJ. Catch and release Bubba, bring us the jaw tag and a photo to win a GLoomis Pro 4X fly rod. As previously noted, Keith Gardner caught and released Bubba to claim the prize earlier this week. Lots of nice fish remain including some hefty Rainbows as well as Bubba herself, now missing her jaw tag. But... Newsflash!! Shannon's has stocked another hefty jaw tagged fish affectionately known as Bubba II. Catch and release this fish and bring us the tag and a photo to claim a Thomas and Thomas 9' 5wt LPS II fly rod. Something to play for folks....
As we begin another year here at Shannon's, I would just like to thank everyone who supported us this past year as we celebrated our fortieth anniversary. We will continue to be there for you and the angling community of our region and welcome anglers new and old as always. Thank you!
Moving into March area rivers should begin to stir just a bit but it is still unusually cold so things may be a little slow in getting started. Small size 18 Pheasant tails are a good choice as are Prince Nymphs size 14-18. I like the Hare's Ear size 14-16 and I often will trail a Grey or Tan Scud size 14-18 behind the nymph about 20 inches. Lenny's Hotbead Midge and Matt Grobert's Pumpkin Head both utilize the Hareline Orange Dazzlebead and it is a fish catcher in the winter. I wouldn't be without some Rainbow Warriors in size 18 or Walt's Worm size 14 along with a variety of RS2 Emergers in sizes 18-20. Midges will hatch on warmer days above 35 degrees and if the water is low and clear then they are the best option but there are loads of scuds in the river and a light red to pink aquatic worm (annelid) that is well imitated by a San Juan Worm.
Our free fly tying classes continue, Beginner Fly Tying on Saturday mornings has wrapped up but we still have a few Sunday classes to go. Sunday classes meet the second, third and fourth Sundays of every month from November through March. Our tyer for the March 9th class will be Dennis Concannon. Classes on Sunday are also at 9:30 and 11:30 am. We also announce each tyer's program as soon as the information becomes available.
The late fall/early winter pattern seems to be well established now. Continue to use Hare's Ear, Prince and Pheasant Tail or Zug Bug in sizes 16-18 trailed by a small #18-22 RS2 or Zebra Midge. Egg and sucker spawn patterns have been working for a while now, just keep them small size 16-18 works best.
Harvey's Final Striper Update 12/23/2013:
Island Beach State Park Water Temp 44 degrees. Lots of fish but almost all shorts. Fish are still feeding on sand eels. Most fish are 12-22 inches on Sand Eels. Call shop for Harvey's contact information.
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General Hatches, Fly Recommendations and Tips:
the day: Fish
tandem rigs to improve your nymphing success. Trail
an egg or sucker spawn, RS2 #16-20, Midge pattern #18-20, #18-20 Pheasant Tail
or #14-18 Scud behind a
Pheasant Tail, Hare's Ear or Prince Nymph size 16-18. Other good
choices include the Hare's Ear Soft Hackle or Tan or Grey Scud
size 16-18 about 18-22 inches apart and hold on! Egg patterns
can be fished in tandem with midge larva as well. 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. 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. Work them slowly!
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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