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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report November 22nd- November 30th 2014
Shannon's Fall Stocking Effort . . . Winter Fishing Is Going To Be Good...
River conditions remain good with lower flows typical of late fall. The division of Fish and Wildlife stocked major rivers with small 7-9 inch Rainbows. These fish are available along with many holdover trout and the most recent stocking of the Ken Lockwood Gorge by Shannon's back on November 7th. Spawning activity means that we are moving into egg season. Small egg and sucker spawn patterns will be very successful. Lots of fish being taken on small flies. Don't forget those midges!!
Shannon's Fall Stocking Update November 7th: Shannon's stocked the KLG with 375 Brown and Rainbow Trout ranging in size from 11-20 inches. The last stocking of the year will be our Bubba stocking coming soon.
Harvey's Beach Update: The action has been sporadic on bass and blues. It looks like a late run this year. Plenty of bait but few consistent stretches of fishing so far.
Fish runs and pools with small flies. Caddis and olives are winding down but egg and nymph action is very good.
This is a most unusual year for all of us who fish the upper South Branch. There has been an outbreak of Furunculosis at the Pequest hatchery that has forced the state to destroy a large number of trout. This major loss of fish will impact area streams. Some won't be stocked while others saw trout stocking curtailed. The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife is doing everything they can to correct this issue. There will be no state stocking of the Upper South Branch from Lake Solitude dam upstream, including the Ken Lockwood Gorge. 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
Shannon's has spearheaded an effort to organize a series of stockings on the South Branch. We have an annual stocking budget but it will be nigh on impossible to stock 9000 fish. We will do what we can and with your help, we will enjoy yet another great season on our favorite river, the South Branch.
To date we have stocked over 2500 trout from Long Valley through the Ken Lockwood Gorge TCA (Trout Conservation Area). 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.
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General Hatches, Fly Recommendations and Tips . . .
Hatch Update: Mostly midges now. There may be a few caddis and BWO's left. Spring creeks have more reliable BWO's in winter.
the day: Fish
tandem rigs to improve your nymphing success. Fish
nymphs and midges in tandem or add a small egg pattern.I always
prefer to fish the larger fly first. It is also a good idea to
balance your tandems by keeping them within a couple of hook sizes
of each other. Other good
choices include the Lenny's Hot Bead Midge or Rainbow Warrior or a Tan or Grey Scud
size 16-18 or RS2 18-22 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 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 . . . Hatches are largely confined to
midges with BWO's on certain spring creeks.
Note: Some hatches overlap time periods
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