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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report May 1st- May 7th 2016
Shannon's 2016 Stocking Effort & River News . . .
Shannon's River Update: We are finally getting some rain, April was beautiful but this rain is welcome. While we are waiting on the Sulphurs, the big story remains the Caddis. Good hatches have appeared up and down the river. The cool wet weather lately has slowed that down just a biut but look for that action to pick back up once the sun begins to shine.
LaFontaine's Caddis Sparkle Pupa in sizes 14-18 have been key flies of late. The Blue Quill hatch has been pretty solid as well. Get those Pheasant Tail nymphs and trail a Grey RS2. Keep the flies on the small side, size 16-18 for the PT's and size 18-20 for the RS2.
Some nice holdover fish left over from last year's holiday stockings.
If you don't believe me then check out last year's video.
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General Hatches, Fly Recommendations and Tips . . .
Hatch Update: Hendrickson and Quill Gordon hatches this year were better than they had been for the last several seasons, Blue Quills also appeared in good numbers along with Grannom caddis. We are now on Sulphur watch. They have begun to hatch on the lower Raritan and we are waiting for them to make their way up to the headwaters. A cool week may delay them by a week or so but get ready, it is almost time. Get out and fish caddis. Plenty of egg laying Grannoms and newly hatches Tan Caddis have been keeping anglers busy for over a week.
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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