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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report  November 25th- November 30th 2015

Updated 11/25/2015-JH


Shannon's 2015 Stocking Effort & River News . . .


Shannon's River Update: Flows remain decent and Thanksgiving is forecast to be a little warmer than usual. Eggs and midges get the nod. Get out and enjoy some great weather. Good time to be nymphing and maybe stripping a streamer. Trout maybe spreading out with higher flows fish pocket water and runs. Plenty of fish remain to be caught in area rivers. Good numbers of fish in the 13-22 inch class in area rivers plus some cagey holdovers. We stocked Califon Island Park with over 100 trout two weeks ago. These stockings also included any relevant TCA's. For a full explanation please visit the Division's website:  


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: Olives and caddis have been hatching in decent numbers the last few weeks. Look for that action to continue for a little longer. Late afternoon has seen the best dry fly action. Small emergers as well as egg midge tandems have been catching fish. Want to try a streamer? Buggers are hard to beat.

During 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 Minnows, Woolly Buggers, Grey Ghost, Black Nose Dace, and Zonkers if the water is off color. Work them slowly!

  • Hare’s Ear nymph standard and beadhead #12-18. 

  • Caddis Pupa are deadly right now!

  • Pheasant Tails #14-22 with or without a bead.

  • Trail a RS2 or WD40 #16-22 Grey, Brown or BWO to imitate those small Baetis so common now.

  • Rainbow Warrior #18 Another great midge larva pattern

  • Prince Nymph/ Zug Bug (Beadhead, Poxy Back, Standard) Great for Isonychia and stoneflies.

  • Scuds and Sow bugs: Olive, Grey or Tan, # 14-18

  • Caddis Larva: Olive, Green or Chartreuse is a must right now #14-18.

  • Midge Larva: Disco midges in Green, Red, or Black size 18-22

  • Woolly Buggers: Black, Olive and Brown #10-14 Conehead Muddler Minnows work too.

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 . . . 


Updated 11/20/2015

Note: Some hatches overlap time periods

MORNING (6am-11am)

 High stick nymphing is recommended as is working a streamer deep and slow through likely pools and runs.



ALL DAY 10am-6pm

Hatches are starting to increase in density and duration now




WD40 or RS2 in Grey, Black, Brown (especially on the Pequest) or BWO #16-22 seems to work everywhere as it matches any number of small midges.

Nymphs are larger now but plenty of small ones in recent seine samples. San Juan Worms, Pheasant Tails #12-22, Hare's Ear #12-18 and Prince patterns #14-18, scuds, midge patterns such as Kaleidoscope Midge, Zebra Midge,  Rainbow Warrior and Fat Lady Midge, Caddis Larva especially JC's Electric Caddis.


Blue Winged Olive Baetis sp. BWO, Blue Quill, Adams #18-22





Caddis hatches are winding down but a few egg layers at dusk. 

Green Sedge Rhyacophilidae sp. Elk Hair Caddis Olive #12-14

Cinnamon Sedge Hydropsyche sp. Elk Hair Caddis Tan #16-18










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