Great news for two popular stretches of trout waters - the changes to the New Jersey Fish Code have passed. Effective January 1, 2014, a 4.2 mile section of the Big Flat Brook, from Route 206 bridge downstream to the Roy Bridge, and the South Branch of the Raritan River, Ken Lockwood Gorge section, will officially be catch and release only, artificial lures and flies only.
Here's the Ken Lockwood Gorge section of the South Branch of the Raritan River.
And here's the Flatbrook in Autumn.
"They say you forget your troubles on a trout stream, but that's not quite it. What happens is that you begin to see where your troubles fit into the grand scheme of things, and suddenly they're just not such a big deal anymore."