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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report November 28th-December 5th, 2013
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Bubba will be back soon....
We finally had some appreciable rain and stream levels are bouncing back. Look for excellent conditions this weekend. Water temps should range from the upper thirties through the low forties for the next week or so. Post spawn trout should be hungry and on the move. Trout Conservation areas along with the major trout streams such as the Musky, Pequest and South Branch received large two year old trout back in October and many of these fish remain to be caught.
Bubba will be coming back soon. Every year in early December, we stock Bubba, a large jaw tagged trout somewhere in Califon along with a significant number of other trout ranging from 12-20 inches in length. Catch and release Bubba to win a GLoomis Pro 4X fly rod. Our free fly tying classes have begun, Beginner Fly Tying on Saturday morning with Eric Hildebrant at 9:30 and 11:30 am and Sundays with featured tyers. Saturday classes are weekly and Sunday classes meet the second, third and fourth Sundays of every month from November through March. We will resume December 8th and welcome John Shaner of Hardy North America for a presentation on wet flies. Then Tim Flagler of Tightlines Productions on December 15th followed by John Collins on December 22nd. Our tyer for the December 29th class will be announced shortly. Matt Grobert will be back in January. Classes on Sunday are also at 9:30 and 11:30 am. We also announce each tyer's program as soon as the information becomes available.
Large numbers of Brookies and Rainbows comprised a modified Fall Stocking this year. They found their way into the South Branch, Musky, Pequest and other large rivers. As we move into winter, the middle of the day often brings the most success. I like to fish from 10am until about 5pm. Dress warmly and try to avoid standing in water over your knees. That will keep you much warmer. I prefer to fish when the air temperatures are above freezing as well to limit icing up of rod guides. Minimize the trout's contact with the cold air as this can damage their gills. Try streamers at and just after dark for that large late season holdover.
Egg, small nymphs, scud and midge patterns appear to be most reliable. Fish them slow and deep and watch for subtle takes.
The late fall/early winter pattern seems to be well established now. Continue to use Hare's Ear, Prince and Pheasant Tail or Zug Bug in sizes 16-18 trailed by a small #18-22 RS2 or Zebra Midge. Egg and sucker spawn patterns have been working for a while now, just keep them small size 16-18 works best.
Harvey's Striper Update 11/28/2013:
Island Beach State Park Water Temp 45 degrees. Most fish are 22-24 inches on Sand Eels. Bite is expected to improve the next few days, some bigger fish around. Call shop for Harvey's contact information.
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General Hatches, Fly Recommendations and Tips:
the day: Fish
tandem rigs to improve your nymphing success. Trail
an egg or sucker spawn, RS2 #16-20, Midge pattern #18-20, #18-20 Pheasant Tail
or #14-18 Scud behind a
Pheasant Tail, Hare's Ear or Prince Nymph size 16-18. Other good
choices include the Hare's Ear Soft Hackle or Tan or Grey Scud
size 16-18 about 18-22 inches apart and hold on! Egg patterns
can be fished in tandem with midge larva as well. 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. 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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