We are still in the dark at the homestead, but thanks to generous friends with a generator and lots of space, we have been keeping warm and showered. Our road is still a mess with lots of trees still to be removed, but our house went untouched this time around, and we only lost one tree up back on the hill. Some of our friends were not so lucky with trees on their homes or roof damage from high winds. My office got power back early this morning, so I spent the day in the office getting caught up and returning the back-log of phone calls. No complaints here, everyone is safe, and after last year's disaster I'll gladly take the no power headaches we currently have. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those less fortunate.
Mr. Q did manage to get out today on the South Branch of the Raritan River, and had some luck on our Pumpkinhead Midge. This is a great Autumn-Winter pattern that continues to earn it's place in our fly box. Here's the tying video for those of you unfamiliar with the pattern.
Hook: #16 - 20 1x long nymph
Thread: 6/0 Olive Danville
Bead: 2mm orange tungsten
Tail and Abdomen: Pheasant tail dyed brown
Rib: Copper wire
Wing bud: Clear zelon
Thorax: Peacock herl
And finally, for those of you that prefer lake fishing, here's this year's trout stocking schedule for Hunterdon County lakes and ponds, beginning on November 19. Click on the link here for more info and the locations to be stocked: Hunterdon County NJ Trout Stocking
Sharpen your hooks!