Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Jersey's 2nd Annual Fly Fisherman of the Year Competition

New Jersey Trout Unlimited (NJTU) is celebrating 40 years as a State Council. 
On Saturday, November 12, 2011, NJTU along with Shannon's Fly & Tackle
Shop and the Raritan Inn in Califon will be hosting the 2nd Annual New Jersey
Fly Fisherman of the Year Competition.  A banquet will follow follow the competition in celebration of NJTU's 40th Anniversary.
Come out for an evening of fun, auctions and tales of lore as we celebrate the 
winner of the one fly contest review 2011 fly fishing year or the 
"rain / water year" as we have come to know.
Tickets are $60 (and strictly limited to 60 people) and available at Shannon's
Fly & Tackle - 908 832-5736.
Details available at and
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

IF4 is coming to New Jersey

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival is joining ranks with the Fly Fishing Show at various venues in early 2012.  For those of us in the tri-state area, Somerset New Jersey appears to be on the list.  According to Ben Furimsky, "Film Festival screenings will be held immediately following the conclusion of the Fly Fishing Show, about 6:30 p.m. depending on the venue. There will be separate admission charged for the films, but will be discounted for those attending the Fly Fishing Show".    It looks like the date for the New Jersey Show will be Friday January 27, 2012.

According the producers of the film festival.  “The International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) consists of 16 short and feature length films produced by professional and amateur filmmakers from all corners of the globe, showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly fishing. From steelhead in Northern BC to chasing multiple species in Costa Rica, the variety of films will pique the interest of all anglers. IF4 contains exclusive content not available in any other fly fishing film event.”

I had the opportunity to attend one of these festivals a few years back in Denver and I can attest that they are a great time.  I'm looking forward to attending this one.

For you folks on the other side of the Deleware River the show will also be coming to Pennsylvania on February 18, 2012 after the Lancaster show.  I just may make that one too!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New Jersey's Fall Trout Stocking Began Today

For those local followers of this blog, New Jersey's trout streams recieved a fresh influx of fish today.  Fall is the perfect time to get out and enjoy some quality fishing without the crowds of spring time.  Below you will find the stocking schedule for the rest of the year.

Tuesday, October 11
  • Manasquan River - 650
  • Metedeconk River, North Branch - 150
  • Metedeconk River, South Branch - 240
  • Tom's River (including TCA) - 360
  • Raritan River, North Branch - 920
  • Paulinskill River, and E/Br and W/Br - 1,720
Wednesday, October 12
  • Musconetcong River (including Point Mt. TCA, Hunterdon County) - 2,820
  • Pequest River (including TCA, Pequest WMA) - 1,550
Thursday, October 13
  • Big Flat Brook - 1,620
  • Wallkill River - 470
  • Black River - 330
  • Rockaway River - 1,290
  • Pohatcong Creek - 800
  • Wanaque River - 330
  • Ramapo River - 880
  • Raritan River, South Branch (including TCA, Ken Lockwood Gorge) - 2,570

Week 2, October 17-21, 2011

Monday, October 17 - No stocking
Tuesday, October 18
  • Giampetro Park Pond - 170
  • Hammonton Lake - 340
  • Mary Elmer Lake - 170
  • Maurice River - 400
  • Crystal Lake - 170
  • Grenloch Lake - 170
  • Oak Pond - 170
  • Sylvan Lake - 170
Wednesday, October 19
  • Greenwich Lake - 170
  • Iona Lake - 170
  • Schadlers Sand Wash Pond - 170
  • Swedesboro Lake - 170
  • Colonial Lake - 170
  • Farrington Lake - 340
  • Roosevelt Park Pond - 170
  • Rosedale Lake - 170
Thursday, October 20 - No stockingFriday, October 21 - No stocking
The access road through the Ken Lockwood Gorge in Hunterdon County that parallels the S/Br. Raritan River was heavily damaged by record flood waters. The Gorge will be stocked and fish will be distributed along the entire river stretch. However, the entire road between the lower parking lot and the upper parking lot is now closed to vehicular traffic. Anglers can park at the upper and lower parking lots and walk into the Gorge to fish.
The Big Flat Brook in Sussex County was severely impacted by heavy flooding in August that eroded stream banks and washed out access roads. In Stokes State Forest, the Crigger Road bridge and several stops within the public campground immediately adjacent to the Big Flat Brook will not be stocked due to flood damage.
A section of National Park Service Rt. 615 (Walpack-Flatbrook Road), from south of Haney's Mill down to the bridge in Flatbrookville, is currently closed to the public and fish will not be stocked in this stretch. The transfer truck (a pick-up truck with a tank on the back) may not be able to access some stocking locations in the Walpack area due to road closures and saturated grounds. Trout not stocked at traditional locations on the Big Flat Brook will be redistributed to nearby locations on this stream. Anglers are reminded that even if a location is not stocked, they can be successful targeting trout stocked last spring that held over in these areas.
Anglers who fish Lake Iona in Gloucester County may be aware this lake has been partially lowered for emergency dam repairs. However, at this time it is anticipated that the repairs will be completed and lake refilled in time for fall trout stocking.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Yet Another Reason To Fly Fish

Apparently all those styrofoam containers littering our stream banks can do a lot more damage than fouling the environment.

Earthworms...An invasive species

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