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A Robust Rain & The 2019 New Jersey Fly Fisherman of the Year

We are getting ready for the NJ Fly Fisherman of the Year One Fly Contest and Banquet this coming Saturday November 2nd. We will be kicking off our annual fly tying classes the week of November 16th and 17th. Len Ruggia will be leading the Beginner classes on Saturdays from 9:30-11:00 am and Bill Ninke will be our first Featured Tyer on Sunday November 17th. We are proud to have been asked to contribute to what will become a standard reference on New Jersey fly fishing.Tom Gilmore will be signing copies of his new "Fly Fisher's Guide to New Jersey" on Saturday November 16th from 10am until 1pm. Today may not have been the best fishing day but the trout are sure happy. They've had some qualit

A Little Rain and the Fish Respond

As we've all noticed, rivers which were running high for much of the first part of the year were quite low and clear during the October stocking. This past week, our area received about two inches of rain and the South Branch shot up to 600 cfs. That's a nice shot of rain but it has calmed down quite a bit running at about 45 cfs tonight. It does look like our area is expecting more rain, both tomorrow and Tuesday rain is in the forecast. While neither event looks like a flood event, at least for now, it is much needed. After not having significant rain for a month or more, it will take more than one storm to raise the water table and river levels. Fishing since the stocking has picked up. I

October: NJ Trout's Second Season

Yesterday, the South Branch of the Raritan was stocked with 2200 Rainbow Trout averaging between 14-18" in length this includes the Ken Lockwood Gorge. These are fish that range between two and three pounds. That's not a ton of fish but when you add the 2800 trout that were stocked in the Musky, including Point Mountain and the 1230 that were stocked in the Pequest and it's TCA as well as the 300 stocked in the Black River and a final 940 fish stocked in the North Branch it all adds up to some decent opportunities to catch a quality fish. Given the current low water conditions common for fall, some of these fish are going to be easy targets in the first few days but they will spread out into

A Welcome Change...October

September was an interesting month. As wet as it was in the first half of the year, even into the beginning of August; September was really dry. Now as we head into October, we're starting to see a little more rain and definitely cooler nights. While many anglers are heading north to the Salmon River to enjoy the solid run of Kings and Cohos, those of us left behind have had some solid trout fishing with more to look forward to. Beginning the week of October 8th, the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife will commence its Fall Trout Stocking. Look for about 20,000 two year old Rainbows between 14-18" to be stocked on a one shot deal in major rivers and streams. More information can be fou

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