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High Water and Cold Temps

Since July, we have been experiencing remarkable levels of rainfall, as of last weekend 60.6 inches of rain have fallen in Hunterdon County alone. Warren County has seen 62.6" over the same period! That puts us about 15 inches over normal and the year isn't even over! While this is a good thing long term it sure has put a crimp on the local fly fishing. The Musconetcong and Pequest Rivers are impossible to fish right now. I do think levels should begin to moderate as winter is typically drier in our region. Right now, I would expect to see the South Branch at bout 250-300 cfs for the weekend, not muddy but definitely high. Tactics will have to take this into account. Nymph fishermen you can

Water, Water Everywhere... and snow too!

What a difference a year makes. Last year we were striving to see the South Branch at 50 cfs. In the last five years, we've had historic low flows down to 17 cfs. Today it is once again over 300 cfs and leveling off. Other area rivers like the Musconetcong and the Pequest started out high and have just kept going. We've had four major storms in two weeks including one that took the river to just over 2000 cfs. This last surprise snow storm, our first of the year, left six- eight inches of snow. While the snow should melt quickly, we are ready for some quieter weather which we should see starting this weekend and carrying through much of Thanksgiving Week. Techniques for fishing high water v

2018 New Jersey Fly Fisherman of the Year

My phone rang last Saturday, November 3rd morning at 5:45 am. The long awaited day of our 9th annual NJ Fly Fisherman of the Year Contest and Banquet to benefit the New Jersey State Council of Trout Unlimited had arrived. Torrential rains had moved through our area overnight. Shannon's Store Manager, Don Tretsky wished me a quick "good morning" and then asked "Have you checked the stream gauge?" "Donnie, it is 5:45 am and pitch black, I haven't checked anything." "Well it is 1410 cfs (cubic feet per second flow) and still going straight up. What's the plan?" "Well" I said, "let me get on the phone." I called Raritan Inn owner and NJFFOY co-conspirator and sponsor Bill Asdal. There was neve

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