New Jersey Trout Season officially kicked off last weekend and it is off to a pretty fast start. March held on stubbornly to its cold grumpy self but April is here and that lingering chill seems like a distant memory. The biggest news of this week has been the return of the Hendrickson hatch. It hasn't been a blizzard in too many areas but the mayflies are coming off every afternoon with regularity and most importantly, the trout are feeding on them. Tagging along have been Blue Quills, Quill Gordons and Baetis. The other great April hatch is about to really get underway and that is the Grannom Caddis. Local rivers host abundant hatches and they positively infest the Musconetcong or simply "The Musky". There was an excellent hatch today according to out friend Vinnie. John Kavanaugh tied some outstanding versions of these early season flies and they are available in the shop.
Hendrickson Ephemerella subvaria Light Hendrickson/ Red Quill #12-14, Hare's Ear 12-14, Hendrickson Emerger #14
Quill Gordon Epeorus pleuralis Quill Gordon #12 Hare's Ear Wet #12, Hare's Ear #12
Grannom Brachycentrus numerosus & B. fuliginosus Peacock Elk Hair Caddis #14-16, Henryville Special #14-16, JK's Caddis Pupa #14-16, Cased Caddis #14