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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report June 27th- July 3rd 2015
Shannon's 2015 Stocking Effort & River News . . .
Shannon's River Update June 27th, 2015: Flows are staying healthy with rain in the forecast for today (Saturday June 27th) Morning fishing has been the most consistent lately. Early evening activity has been mostly on caddis and either Isonychia or light Cahill spinners right at dark. Terrestrials like ants and beetles are starting to get some notice from the trout. Look for decent weather conditions for the next several days.
The big news this week is the restoration work being done on the Musky at the Point Mountain Trout Conservation Area and the Audubon property downstream. The great news is that it is all public access and the fishing should be excellent. Good job Brian and the boys at Urbani Fisheries along with the Audubon Society and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife as well as Theodore Gordon Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited for helping to make this project happen.
Caddis and BWO's continue to be the best bet during the day. Light Cahills and Isonychia are hatching in the evening. There have been some good hatches of Black Flying Ants and the Tricos have gotten started on some area streams. Terrestrials like inchworms and beetles are becoming more prevalent.
State stockings have been strong this year, a great comeback year for the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife and its Pequest Hatchery. Lots of Rainbows in th area rivers. May 1st, Califon was stocked with over 300 trout for our Kid's Fishing Derby. (4/24/2015) we stocked the South Branch, including the KLG with over 400 Rainbow and Brown trout by an anonymous donor in memory of our fried, Harvey Rude.
Help us stock the South Branch in the Fall. We will continue to stock trout including Brown Trout (not currently being stocked by the state) under a permit from the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife but we need your help. 100% of all donations goes into stocking trout where you fish! Click the donate button below.
We stocked Mountain Farm Park in Lebanon Township and the center of Califon with some nice brood-stock Browns and Rainbows.
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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.People really enjoyed the Kamloops Strain Rainbows and hard fighting Brown Trout. 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.
Please help us keep up the efforts, and click the "donate" button. Every little bit helps!
General Hatches, Fly Recommendations and Tips . . .
Hatch Update: Sulphurs, Grey Fox, Baetis, March Browns, Cream Caddis, Green Sedge and Spotted Sedge (Caddis). Golden Drake, Light Cahill and Isonychia (Slate Drake) beginning.
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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