Tuesday, October 16, 2018

NJ Trout Unlimited 9th Annual Fly Fisherman of the Year Event 11/3/18

New Jersey Trout Unlimited 9th Annual NJ Fly Fisherman of the Year event will be taking place on Saturday November 3 on Shannon’s Private Waters at the Raritan Inn Bed & Breakfast, Califon, NJ. As in past year's, during the day an angler from each of the NJ Trout Unlimited Chapters will fish in the event in a one-fly style format.  The fishing is then followed by a banquet, silent auction and awards presentation. A fully restored 1850’s barn will house displays and dinner. The event is sponsored by The Raritan Inn, Shannon’s Fly and Tackle and co-hosted with the NJ State Council of Trout Unlimited.  

Each NJ Trout Unlimited chapter is invited to select one (1) member each to participate in the event. There is no cost to enter and the day will include events such as rod demos, fly tying and fly casting demonstrations. The day’s events will be followed by a pre-registration only dinner @ $60.00, silent auction, and an awards presentation immediately following the "competition".  Here's a video of the 2015 event produced by Tim Flagler.


Arrival and sign in will begin at 7:00 AM with an orientation at 8:00 a.m. and the start of fishing scheduled for 9:00 AM to 11:45 a.m. Initial contestants will be cut to three finalists competing from 1:30 to 3:00, followed by the banquet at 5:30. Dinner registration is available by stopping by Shannon's Fly Shop or on line HERE - click on the EVENTS tab. Presentations and awards at 7:00 pm will finish out the fun filled day.  Shannon's Fly Shop 908-832-5736.

The event is a lot of fun, and aside from the fishing, is open to anyone that would like to attend - TU membership is not required.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Second Season - Fall Stocking

Here in New Jersey we have what might be called a second trout season that begins with the annual fall stocking of trout in our rivers, streams and lakes. This year, unlike recent low-water years, we are fortunate to have very good water levels, so the fish will have plenty of room to spread out.  All of the fish will be rainbow trout in the 14"-18" range.  Stocking begins on October 9th with rivers and streams getting their allotment that week, followed by lakes and ponds the week of October 15th.  If you prefer the solitude of and rewards of catching wild trout, all of New Jersey's wild trout streams are in good condition and are open to angling year-'round.    



I'll post some information on my favorite fall flies in the next couple of days. 

Sharpen your hooks, and get out and fish!