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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 . . .
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
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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