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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report November 18th- November 25th

Updated 11/18/17 - JH



Shannon's 2017 River News . . .

Area rivers and streams are decent levels for this time of year. Musky is running a little high due to lake lowering for dock repairs at Hopatcong. Point Mountain TCA is fishing well. Midge hatches will continue all winter but mayflies and caddis are done until spring except for a few BWO's on spring creeks. It is a good idea to downsize your fly selection now. Fish size 16 and smaller as the bugs you are imitating are either midges or immature nymphs and caddis larva. Stoneflies will be our first hatch beginning in late January most years. Wild fish should be spawning right now so concentrate on the larger rivers that were recently stocked. Midge, spawn and streamer patterns are the most successful. Also, move around to find fish. Our Sunday Morning Fly Tying is beginning this weekend with Shannon's Head Guide, Len Ruggia. Look for some very effective and innovative nymph patterns from Len. Classes are free and begin at 9:30am.   

General Hatches, Fly Recommendations and Tips . . .

Nymphing during the day: Fish tandem rigs to improve your 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 Minnows, Woolly Buggers, Grey Ghost, Black Nose Dace, and Zonkers if the water is off color. 

  • Hare’s Ear nymph standard and beadhead #14-18.

  • Pheasant Tails #16-22 with or without a bead.

  • Trail a RS2 or WD40 #16-22 Grey, Brown or BWO to imitate those small Baetis so common now.

  • Rainbow Warrior #18-20 Another great midge larva pattern

  • Prince Nymph/ Zug Bug (Beadhead, Poxy Back, Standard) Great for  stoneflies.

  • Egg or Sucker Spawn patterns #16-18

  • Scuds and Sow bugs: Olive, Grey or Tan, #16-18

  • Caddis Larva: Olive, Green or Chartreuse is a must right now #14-18.

  • Midge Larva: Disco midges in Green, Red, or Black size 18-22

  • Woolly Buggers: Black, Olive and Brown #10-14 Conehead Muddler Minnows work too.

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 . . . 

Lemon Cahill    March Brown  

Updated 11/18/2017


MORNING (6am-10am)

Note: Some hatches overlap time periods



ALL DAY 10am-5pm


Midges may be hatching. Try a small Adams or BWO Parachute #18-22


Dry Flies:











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