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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report June 7th-June 15th, 2013
Tropical Storm Andrea is bringing lots of water to our region. The short term will certainly inhibit fishing on our larger streams especially but it is a great shot in the arm for long term prospects. It's hard to recall that back in April, we were looking at a significant rain deficit. As it looks now, we should have consistent fishing for the remainder of June and possibly into July as well. Sulphurs are still hatching on area rivers but Light Cahills are really more abundant right now. Isonychia are also hatching in decent numbers as well. Look for a smorgesbord of hatches in the upcoming evenings. In addition to the Isonychia and Light Cahills, look for Grey Fox, Pink Cahills (Epeorus vitreus), Golden and Yellow Drake along with Blue Winged Olive spinners. We are also seeing good Cinnamon (Spotted Sedge) Caddis, Olive Caddis and Baetis. It is also the time that terrestrials such as ants and beetles will begin to be more common as well.
Hatches will begin subsurface anytime after 11am. Use tandem rigs consisting of a Prince, Pheasant Tail, March Brown or Hare's Ear Nymph #12-14 trailed by an emerger such as a March Brown #12, or a Grey RS2 for both the Blue Quill and Baetis. Sulphur Emergers #12-18 are deadly a bit later in the afternoon. An olive or tan caddis pupa or Bird's Nest #14-18 will imitate the Olive Sedge and prolific the Spotted Sedge caddis.Trail the flies about 20-24 inches apart. These combinations are deadly this time of year.
Bubba as been caught and released by Vincent Pena. Nice job Vincent!
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General Hatches, Fly Recommendations and Tips:
the day: Fish
tandem rigs to improve your nymphing success. Trail
a RS2 #16-20, Tan Caddis Sparkle Pupa #16-18, Pheasant Tail behind a
Pheasant Tail, Hare's Ear or Prince Nymph size 12-16. Other good
choices include the Hare's Ear Soft Hackle or Tan or Olive Bird's
Nest or any of the soft hackle Partridge and Yellow, Orange or Olive
size 14-16. about 18-22 inches apart and hold on!
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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