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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report April 18th- April 25th 2015

Updated 4/11/2015-JH

 

Shannon's 2014-2015 Stocking Effort . . .


Shannon's River Update April 18th, 2015: Hendricksons finally began to hatch yesterday in numbers and the trout began to take them. Look for peak action the next two weeks as Tim's stream seining indicates many small immature nymphs present along with those poised for flight. Stream conditions are excellent and there are plenty of trout available.  Hatches have been solid this week with plenty of Grannoms along with some Blue Quills, Black Caddis and Cinnamon Caddis. Look for the Quill Gordons to mix with the Hendricksons now. It is a typical early spring pattern, fish emergers in the late morning and look for dry fly action in the afternoon followed by an early evening spinner fall through dusk. Streamers, eggs, RS2 Emergers, midges and San Juan Worms continue to be effective on the new fish and holdover trout.  There are plenty of fish in area rivers. Lots of stocked and holdover Rainbows along with some nice wild and holdover Brownies up and over twenty inches. 

We stocked Mountain Farm Park in Lebanon Township and the center of Califon with some nice broodstock Browns and Rainbows. 

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This is a good time to go over your gear and to get ready for some good preseason fishing. Go over your fly inventory and tie some flies! Check your reels and fly lines. How are your waders? A general tackle inventory is a good idea. Chances are that we will see some good fishing in March. 

Update 4/10/2015: Cory Bate caught and released our last Bubba of the 2014-15 Winter Stocking. Keith Gardner caught Bubba Bow and Brett Carmen caught Bubba Brown. Both fish were caught and released. Great job guys! 

 

Last year we have stocked over 3600 trout from Long Valley through the Ken Lockwood Gorge TCA (Trout Conservation Area). Based on customer feedback, we will be continuing these efforts in 2015. Look for spring stockings of the KLG as well as the Kid's Fishing Contest and the Bubba Contest in December. 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: Stoneflies are showing up. Look for early season Baetis to start soon as well once water temps move into the forties. Quill Gordons won't be far behind.

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. 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 #12-18. 

  • Try a Hare's Ear Wet #12-14 aroundd faster water to imitate the bottom hatching Quill Gordons.

  • Caddis Pupa are deadly right now!

  • Hendrickson Emerger trailed behind either a #14 Hare's Ear or Pheasant Tail

  • Pheasant Tails #14-22 with or without a bead.

  • Trail a RS2 or WD40 #16-22 Grey, Brown or BWO to imiate 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 4/18/2015


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 10am-5pm

Hatches are starting to increase in density and duration now

 

 

 

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 should be small for the most part: Egg and Sucker Spawn patterns, San Juan Worms, Pheasant Tails #12-22, Hare's Ear #12-18 and Prince patterns #14-18, scuds, midge patterns such as Kaleidoscope Midge, Zebra Midge,  Rainbow Warrior and Fat Lady Midge, Caddis Larva especially JC's Electric Caddis.  

Hendrickson Ephemerella subvaria Light Hendrickson Parachute (F) Red Quill #14 (M)

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

 

Little Iron Blue Quill Baetis tricaudatus Adams, Blue Dun #16-18

 

Quill Gordon Epeorus pleuralis Quill Gordon #12

 

Grannom Brachycentrus numerosus Elk Hair Caddis Grey or Olive #12-14

 

Spotted Sedge Hydropsyche sp. Tan Elk Hair Caddis #16 

 

 


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LATE AFTERNOON-EVENING 6pm-dusk

 

Try egg and streamer patterns in low light. Also over slow pools try a high floating dry like an Elk Hair Caddis then trail a Zebra Midge behind it by about eighteen inches to two feet. -JH

 

 

 

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