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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report April 22nd- April 29th 2017
Shannon's 2017 River News . . .
Shannon's River Update: Fishing continues to be quite good on area rivers. Additional rains are keeping flows at levels we haven't seen in a couple of years. River conditions are ideal. We stocked Mountain Farm Pond with twenty brood-stock Rainbows and added some large trout to Califon Pond. Get ready for our latest Spring Event Califon Spring Trout Fest Saturday May 6th. Check the flyer on our Home Page.
While plenty of fish were taken with bait and lures this week, the fly fishing was excellent. Hendricksons are still hatching along with Blue Quills and Grannom caddis. Most of the bug activity is taking place in the early to mid afternoon.
All of our trout are purchased from Vern and Jeff Mancini at The Musky Hatchery in Asbury, NJ and are certified disease free. Thank you to all of our donors who have contributed so generously. Also, we are grateful for the support and assistance of Affinity Federal Credit Union in supporting our effort.
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General Hatches, Fly Recommendations and Tips . . .
Hatch Update: Mayflies and caddis are hatching now!
the day: Fish
tandem rigs to improve your nymphing success. Fish
nymphs and emergers or midges in tandem. I always
prefer to fish the larger fly first, but to each their own. The
easiest way is to tie the first fly on as usual then attach the
second by using a clinch knot tied to the bend of the first
fly. Space the flies about twenty inches apart. It is also a good idea to
balance your tandems by keeping them within a couple of hook sizes
of each other. Use enough weight to keep the flies just off the bottom
drifting slowly. Drag free drifts are a must now. Keep as little fly
line on the water as possible and pay attention! Strikes may be
subtle or fierce. If using a strike indicator, place it one and a half to
twice the depth of the water you are fishing from the first fly. Any
additional weight should be about six to eight inches from the first
fly. Streamers: Muddler
Buggers, Grey Ghost, Black Nose Dace,
and Zonkers if the water is off color.
Note: I use larger nymphs and bead-heads when the water is higher and less weight when water drops. On the South Branch, use the heavier flies when the stream flow exceeds about 175-185 cfs.
Current Local Hatch Chart . . .
Note: Some hatches overlap time periods
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