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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report  August 26th- August 30th 2015

Updated 8/26/2015-JH

 

Shannon's 2015 Stocking Effort & River News . . .


 

Shannon's River Update August 28th: Water levels are seasonably low right now. We all love fishing say the South Branch in 150 cfs flows but that isn't the only time for productive fishing. Low water fishing has its opportunities too. Temperature is key as the cooler water has a greater ability to hold dissolved oxygen. Over the next several days, water temps will be below 70 degrees for most of a 24 hour period opening up some opportunities to fish. The key right now is to fish smaller flies. Use your favorite patterns, caddis larva, Hare's Ear, Prince and Pheasant Tails in sizes 16-20. Trail a RS2 or Midge in sizes 20-22 and use a lighter leader and tippet typically 6-7X. Black Ant patterns have been successful as welld there are some decent caddis hatches too. Use an Elk Hair Caddis in Tan or Brown size 16. Take good care of these holdover and wild trout. We've once again participated in the Division of F&W's electro-fishing surveys. The fish are there believe me. But do not remove them from the water. Play them quickly. Remember, our fisheries are only as good as we allow them, by our actions, to be.   Morning fishing will still be more productive but evening dry fly fishing will return as well as Isonychia and Cahill's begin to hatch again.

From Clinton downstream, the South Branch is benefiting from releases of water from Spruce Run Reservoir. This area will have some holdover trout in places but is in actuality a great place to catch smallmouth bass.

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 the 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.

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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. 

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 #12-18. 

  • Caddis Pupa are deadly right now!

  • 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 8/21/2015


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.

Tint Whitewing Black (Tricos) Trycorythodes Trico 20-24

 


ALL DAY 10am-6pm

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 are larger now but plenty of small ones in recent seine samples. 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.

 

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

 

Spotted Sedge Hydropsyche sp. Tan Elk Hair Caddis #16

 

Green Sedge Rhyacophila lobifera Elk Hair Caddis Olive #14-16 

 

 



LATE AFTERNOON-EVENING 4pm-dusk

 

Slate Drake Isonychia bicolor Iso Parachute #14

 

Light Cahill Stenacron modestum and canadense Light Cahill #14-16

 

Little Evening Yellow Leucrocuta hebe Sulphur #18

 

Try fishing an Iso Parachute, Light Cahill, spent caddis or a Rusty Spinner in the waning light. Get ready for some fast fishing!-JH

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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