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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report  May 1st- May 7th 2016

Updated 5/01/2016-JH



Shannon's 2016 Stocking Effort & River News . . .


Shannon's River Update: We are finally getting some rain, April was beautiful but this rain is welcome. While we are waiting on the Sulphurs, the big story remains the Caddis. Good hatches have appeared up and down the river. The cool wet weather lately has slowed that down just a biut but look for that action to pick back up once the sun begins to shine.

LaFontaine's Caddis Sparkle Pupa in sizes 14-18 have been key flies of late. The Blue Quill hatch has been pretty solid as well. Get those Pheasant Tail nymphs and trail a Grey RS2. Keep the flies on the small side, size 16-18 for the PT's and size 18-20 for the RS2. 


Some nice holdover fish left over from last year's holiday stockings.

If you don't believe me then check out last year's video. 


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General Hatches, Fly Recommendations and Tips . . .

Hatch Update: Hendrickson and Quill Gordon hatches this year were better than they had been for the last several seasons, Blue Quills also appeared in good numbers along with Grannom caddis. We are now on Sulphur watch. They have begun to hatch on the lower Raritan and we are waiting for them to make their way up to the headwaters. A cool week may delay them by a week or so but get ready, it is almost time. Get out and fish caddis. Plenty of egg laying Grannoms and newly hatches Tan Caddis have been keeping anglers busy for over a week.

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 #14-18.

  • 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 5/01/2016

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 11am-5pm

Midges may be hatching. Try a small Adams or BWO Parachute #18-22


Blue Winged Olive Baetis levitans, quebecencis BWO #18-22


Early Black Caddis Chimarra aterrima Black Elk Hair Caddis #18


March Brown Maccaffertium vicarium March Brown #10-12


Grannom Brachycentrus sp. Henryville Special Caddis #16-18 


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


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 smaller now. Worms, Egg and Sucker Spawn patterns, Pheasant Tails #16-22, Hare's Ear #14-18 and Prince patterns #14-18, scuds, midge patterns such as Kaleidoscope Midge, Zebra Midge,  Rainbow Warrior and Fat Lady Midge, 






Rusty Spinner #14-18








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