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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report May 15th - May 21st
Updated 5/16/17 - JH
Shannon's 2017 River News . . .
River conditions are ideal and fly fishing has been excellent. Sulphurs are just about to pop! Don't miss this most exciting time of year to be a fly fisher!
General Hatches, Fly Recommendations and Tips . . .
Hatch Update: Mayflies and caddis are hatching now! Look for sulphurs, march browns, blue quills, and tan caddis.
the day: Fish
tandem rigs to improve your 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.
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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