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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report February 8th- February 15th 2016
Shannon's 2016 Stocking Effort & River News . . .
Shannon's River Update: River access is much improved as most of the snow has melted. Streamflows are excellent. Black Stoneflies have begun to hatch, especially on warmer days. Chimarra caddis larva should begin to tempt fish soon as well. Plenty of scuds in the rivers too. The fish are strong too so be ready to give an inch if you want to land some of the large Rainbows that you may encounter. Dress appropriately and fishing will be comfortable. We now have Redington base layers that are light and warm. Bubba contest is in full swing on the South Branch and there is some excellent angling at the Pequest TCA and on the Musky too especially at Point Mountain.
Bubba is back with plenty of friends in and around Califon down to the
KLG. For those not familiar, the event is sponsored by Shannon's Fly and
Tackle in conjunction with GBW Insurance of Flanders, Affinity Federal
Credit Union and Raritan Headwaters Association as well as those
customers who have donated to our continuing stocking initiative.
Special thanks once again to the Mancini family, owners of the Musky
Trout Hatchery in Asbury for supplying the fish. Lots
of Rainbows this year with a few Goldens in the mix. Almost 500 trout were
stocked just in time for the holidays! There are two tagged fish named
"Bubba" a brown and a Rainbow and both are bruisers in the 8lb
class. The other fish range between 11-22 inches in length. If you catch
and release one of the big tagged fish, simply bring us the jaw tag to
win a brand new fly rod, a GLoomis Pro 4X 9'5wt or a T&T LPS II
9'5wt. Good luck and Happy Holidays! -JH
If you don't believe me then check out last year's video. Happy Holidays courtesy of Shannon's and our sponsors: The Musky Hatchery, GBW Insurance, Affinity Federal Credit Union and Raritan Headwaters Association. Egg patterns, small nymphs and midges are the secret to success. Cold nights make the early morning fishing slo but spend a little time in the warm sun and watch the trout react. Try stripping a streamer. Trout maybe spreading out with higher flows fish pocket water and runs. Plenty of fish remain to be caught in area rivers. Good numbers of fish in the 13-22 inch class in area rivers plus some cagey holdovers. We stocked Califon Island Park with over 100 trout two weeks ago. These stockings also included any relevant TCA's. For a full explanation please visit the Division's website: www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/
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: Midges are dominating winter hatches now. Small midge patterns and the RS2 Emerger should be very productive. Small emergers as well as egg midge tandems have been catching fish. Want to try a streamer? Buggers are hard to beat.
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
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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