The Hendrickson hatch is peaking here in New Jersey, and that's making a lot of anglers happy to be on the water. That said, our mom and pop fly fishing shops should also be at peak sales with the fly fishing season coming into the height of the season from now through June. Unfortunately, with the necessary statewide stay-at-home order and restrictions on non-essential businesses, the fly shops cannot allow walk in traffic. Owning and running a successful fly shop, being that it caters to only a limited part of the general population, is not easy in normal times. With the current situation, it is substantially more difficult.
So please, if you need any fly fishing supplies or equipment, whether you are in New Jersey or elsewhere, call your local fly shop and buy from them. Most have curbside pick-up and free shipping. Because the shops are local, the time for shipping is minimal, and you will be making a difference in lives of folks that love our sport and who will be here after this is all over so we can have a place to go inspect the latest equipment, take tying lessons, shoot the shit, learn new techniques and get the latest information on whats hatching on your favorite stream.
Here's a list of New Jersey fly shops in alphabetical order and their contact info:
Shannon's Fly Shop - Califon, NJ 908-832-5736 www.shannonsflytackle.com
Streams of Dreams Fly Shop - Upper Saddle River, NJ 201-934-1138 www.streamsofdreams.com
Tight Lines Fly Fishing - Parsippany, NJ 973-244-5990 www.tightlinesflyfishing.com
Whitewater Flies - Lafayette, NJ 973-229-0424 www.whitewaterflies.com
Be safe, patronize your local fly shop, and sharpen your hooks.
P.S. - It's physical distancing. : )