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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report April 15th-April 21st 2014
Shannon's Stocking Effort . . .
This is a most unusual year for all of us who fish the upper South Branch. There has been an outbreak of Furunculosis at the Pequest hatchery that has forced the state to destroy a large number of trout. This major loss of fish will impact area streams. Some won't be stocked while others saw trout stocking curtailed. The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife is doing everything they can to correct this issue. There will be no state stocking of the Upper South Branch from Lake Solitude dam upstream, including the Ken Lockwood Gorge. This will substantially reduce trout numbers available for the Spring Season. More information on the subject can be found on the Division's website: http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/news/2014/troutmtg14.htm
Shannon's has spearheaded an effort to organize a series of stockings on the South Branch. We have an annual stocking budget but it will be nigh on impossible to stock 9000 fish. We will do what we can and with your help, we will enjoy yet another great season on our favorite river, the South Branch.
We stocked the Gorge with almost 600 Rainbows and Browns from 11 to 17 inches on Monday, April 14th. Califon and Long Valley were stocked this week too with another 180 trout in Long Valley and 400 in Califon. We need to keep the donations going to up the numbers and sizes of the fish. We anticipate three more stockings.
Please help us keep up the efforts, and click the "donate" button. Every little bit helps!
General Hatches, Fly Recommendations and Tips . . .
the day: Fish
tandem rigs to improve your nymphing success. Fish
nymphs and emergers a couple of hours before a hatch. Early spring
hatches tend to concentrate in the afternoon so be advised that it
is a good idea to start fishing to a hatch a couple of hours before
the duns actually hit the water. Trail a Hendrickson Emerger
#14 or Hare's Ear Wet #12, 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 12-18. I always
prefer to fish the larger fly first. It is also a good idea to
balance your tandems by keeping them within a couple of hook sizes
of each other. 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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