Mr. Q and I fished the South Branch of the Raritan today for a couple of hours, and did quite well. I managed about a dozen browns and rainbows - a couple of the browns were the wild variety. The air was cold - upper 30's; and the water was clear and just as cold, but running at a good wintertime flow. All of the fish came on size #6 black woolly buggers stripped fairly fast after casting them right up against the far bank of the river. One of the rainbows I took was about 21-22 inches long, fat and heavy - it barely fit in my net.. We fished open water that was stocked by both the state and Shannon's Fly Shop this past fall, and given the number of follows we had, there are a good number of fish in the river - all fish were released.
Here's my first fish of 2013. A nice brown.
Here's the big rainbow. Snapped a quick pic and then got it back in the water and it took off for the deep.
Sharpen your hooks!