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New Jersey Fly Fishing Report April 22nd- April 29th 2017

Updated 4/22/2017-JH



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. 



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General Hatches, Fly Recommendations and Tips . . .

Hatch Update: Mayflies and caddis are hatching now!

During 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 Minnows, Woolly Buggers, Grey Ghost, Black Nose Dace, and Zonkers if the water is off color. 

  • Hare’s Ear nymph standard and beadhead #12-18.

  • Pheasant Tails #14-22 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 Another great midge larva pattern

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

  • 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 . . . 


Updated 4/22/2017

Note: Some hatches overlap time periods

MORNING (6am-10am)


ALL DAY 10am-5pm

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




Early Iron Blue Quill, BWO's Baetis sp. Blue Quill, Adams #16-18, BWO #18-22

Blue Quill Paraleptophlebia adoptiva Blue Quill, Adams #16

Hendrickson Ephemerella subvaria Hendrickson, Red Quill #14

Grannom Brachycentrus sp. Grey or Peacock Elk Hair Caddis #14-18



WD40 or RS2 in Grey, Black, Brown (especially on the Pequest) or BWO #16-22 seems to work everywhere as it matches any number of small Baetis, Paraleptophlebia and midges.







Spent Caddis #16


Rusty Spinner #12-18











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