Happy Cinco De Mayo! It's time for Califon Spring Trout Fest 2018. Vern Mancini, owner of the Musky Hatchery stopped by the shop and with a crew of hopeful anglers we set off to Califon Island Park to stock about 430 trout. Rainbows, Browns, Tigers and Golden Trout were stocked averaging between 12 and 21 inches. The Kid's Derby runs from 8am until 12 noon. Following the Kid's Derby will be a One Fly Contest from 11am until 2pm. For those who want to fish theOne Fly, Shannon's has pre-loaded cups of our favorite flies available for sale.
Registration for both events is free and can be done either at the dock on Raritan River Road or in Califon Island Park. There will be prizes for both events.We are encouraging people to release at least some of their catch. The fish were stocked from the park down to the dam. Shannon's Fly and Tackle sponsors the event with help from the Califon Recreation Committee.
There will be exhibitors in the park and we are proud to welcome representatives from Douglas Outdoors, Scott Fly Rods, Central Jersey Trout Unlimited will be helping anglers along with representatives from other chapters. Dave Cal from "Catch A Fly" company will be there and Chris Lido of the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife will also have a table after helping the kids in the morning.