Major trout streams were stocked this week with over 27,000 two and three year old Rainbow Trout being liberated in the larger streams of northern and western New Jersey including Trout Conservation areas or (TCA's). These are quality fish too, averaging 14-16" in length. Better yet, 1000 of these fish are surplus three year old brood stock fish averaging between 18-21 inches in length.
Water levels are low, as is so often the case in October, but we are expecting rain for Sunday night and Monday. That is welcome news as it should spread the fish out a bit. October is also a good month for hatches of small caddis and mayflies; the Little Dot-Wing Sedge and Baetis (BWO's) have begun to appear in good numbers. Many of the newly stocked trout are going to be ripe with eggs so it is important to carry a number of egg and sucker spawn patterns for the newly stocked fish especially.
Local Hatches 10/10/2020:
Morning 9-11 am:
Little Dot-winged Sedge Neophylax spp. Tan Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, LaFontaine's Tan Sparkle Pupa #16-18, Hare's Ear Soft Hackle #16-18, Tan Bird's Nest #16-18
October Caddis Pycnopsyche spp. Orange Stimulator #10-12
Trio Tricorythodes Trico #20-24
Midday through Late Afternoon 12 noon - 5pm:
Caddis may continue to hatch. see above
Blue Wing Olive Baetis levitans, interclaris, quebecensis, vagans. RS2, BWO, Pheasant Tail Nymph #18-20
Don't forget Ants in Cinnamon or Black and Hopper patterns.
Dun Midge Paraleptophlebia debilis RS2, Adams #20
Egg laying caddis and Baetis Spinners
Here is a timely pattern by Tim Flagler: The Evil Olive