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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report September 5th- September 12th 2016
Shannon's 2016 Stocking Effort & River News . . .
Shannon's River Update: Water levels remain very low across our region. Temperatures alleviated for a few days and there were some trout on the prowl. Time to do the rain dance! Trout mortality due to the extended heat and low water was significant this summer. I've seen plenty of life in our streams especially after dark and early in the morning but we need some serious rain fall to get things going. Hasn't been much to report but the trout made it through thanks in no small part to a reduction of angling effort- good job folks!
We have some big closeouts this year: Scott A4 fly rods at 30% off and Redington Sonic Pro and Sonic Dry waders Redington Rise reels at 20% off.
Shannon's and Trout Unlimited have partnered to stock Point Mountain TCA with trout. 200 12-15 inch Rainbows were stocked recently.
Sporadic Isonychia (Slate Drakes) with more Light Cahills hatching in the evening.
Weather will be improving, decent conditions for trout fishing especially early and late. Smallmouth fishing has been pretty solid on the lower South Branch. Bass Ponds are hot right now.
Caddis, Tricos and BWO's in the morning, Summer Sulphurs, Light Cahills and Slate Drakes at dusk.
It's time to think about terrestrials: Ants, Hoppers and Beetles
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.
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.
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General Hatches, Fly Recommendations and Tips . . .
Hatch Update: In low water, look for Tricos in the morning at first light followed by caddis after 9am. On cloudy days, look for BWO's (Olives). At dusk, look for Isonychia and Light Cahills.
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.
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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