Summer trout fishing in the New Jersey area can be a delicate venture with low water and high temperature. Warm water species such as bass and pickerel become a fun pursuit on a fly rod during the dog days of summer. After a soaking rain, vibrance and life returns to a trout stream in the summer. Just as farmers, anglers, and conservationists say “Rain is a good thing”. On a late July evening after some rain, I caught my first wild tiger trout.
Tiger trout are naturally occurring hybrids of brown trout and brook trout. Brook trout are one of the more delicate species of trout that require cooler water to thrive. Brook trout are the only true native trout species in the northeast and are also New Jersey’s state fish. This year New Jersey has modified their trout fishing regulations and there are a few important changes and additions to account for. The purpose of these regulations is to enhance wild and native trout populations. Along with trout fishing regulations there are also several ongoing watershed improvement projects like dam removals and riverside tree planting.
NJ’s new regulations include the brook trout conservation zone, brook trout dominant wild trout streams, multiple wild trout species present streams, and wild brown trout enhancement streams among other modifications. One of the most important changes to note is that in all catch and release sections barbless hooks MUST be used. For more information regarding New Jerseys updated trout fishing
regulations visit their website at (https://www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/2018/trtregs18.pdf)
or pick up a copy of the 2018 NJ freshwater fishing digest.
I believe this trout is an example of how proper regulation and conservation efforts can benefit a fishery.
New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York's trout seasons are off to a great start. Water tables through out all three states are on the higher side, which has stunted our early spring hatches, Warmer weather is forecast for the end of the week which should get the bugs going in NJ and PA. We're still a couple of weeks away from any good bug activity on the Upper Delaware and Beaverkill Rivers. Although, streamer and nymph fishing have been productive, Keep an eye out for upcoming hatches of Hendricksons, Blue Quills, Red Quills, Quill Gordans and caddis including chimarra and grannom, especially in the catskills and eastern PA. NJ rivers will see mostly Hendricksons, Red Quills, caddis and some Blue Quills in the early season.
Our guide page is now live, and we look forward to sharing our knowledge with you. Whether you are a complete beginner or seasoned angler we have programs to match any skill level. For more information please check our guide page under the resource tab.
Below are some pictures from our customers on New Jersey's opening day.
This winter, Tight Lines has a full list of well known and knowledgeable guest tiers and speakers coming. Click on the pictures to learn more about each guest's day at Tight Lines!
Fishing reports have been pretty constant the last few weeks. Our larger NJ river have been fishing much better due to water levels. Now's the time to really start looking at smaller patterns. Most mayfly nymphs this time of year range from 18-24's. Midges and "junk" patterns play a big part of late fall/winter fishing. Stoneflies, some caddis patterns, cranefly larva and even damsel nymphs are good choices for larger offerings this time of year. Salmon river has been fishing very well still. If you have all been hesitant to make the trip because of the last few years, don't be! Customers and reports have been very encouraging. Our guest speakers and tying events have started for the year. Check under the "Guest Speakers " tab and sign up for a class you'd be interested in. Below are some recent fish caught and some of the patterns used to catch them.
We want to share a few pictures from a customer of ours Ron Halick. Ron is an avid fly fisher who loves to travel and one of his yearly destinations is for Musky on the St. Croix river. Pictured below is 3 big musky and a big pike he has caught over the last couple of seasons. Congrats Ron on some big beautiful fish!
Fishing reports in NJ and the Catskills remain much the same as last week. The Salmon River is receding back down to normal flows. Steelhead should be pretty well spread out in the system. Reports from Oak Orchard and 18mile have been good as of late. Plenty of big Browns are being caught in both rivers. The Cattaragus is high with high water tables so it is coming down slowly. However, it's clearing high so it's plenty fishable. Just be sure to work the banks and softer water for resting Steelhead. Matt Grobert is our next guest tier on December 2nd. Be sure to sign up if you'd like to tie along and learn from one of NJ's great.
Fishing these past couple weeks have been great! We finally received that heavy rain we've all been waiting for. The state did not disappoint with the fall stocked fish. Customers have been catching some bruisers on local rivers. Fishing in the Catskills has still been rather productive. It's mostly a nymph and streamer game right now, but this is a good time to learn. When the bugs aren't rising, it forces you to really look at the anatomy and structure of the water. Larger water can be intimidating at times, but take each section piece by piece and fish the sections accordingly. Remember, fish need shelter and food. Find the structures, foam lines, riffles (especially the tail outs as the water temps get colder), and work on maintaining your drag free drift. The Salmon River has been high, but that could potentially mean big pushes of Steelhead. The high water will also help to spread them throughout the system. There's a bit of rain in the beginning of this weeks forecast so fishing should remain stellar. Always be on the look out for Redds. We like to promote and practice good ethics, so if you see a fish on a Redd let it do its business. There has been some changes to the 2018 NJ Fishing Regulations so be sure to familiarize yourself with them. NJ is definitely taking a step in the right direction!
Reports this week have been good. Locally anglers are getting into the nice fall stocked fish. In the Catskills region there are still enough bugs to keep the fish looking up. Especially on the East side and on the Beaverkill. They've been releasing a good amount of water on the West which makes for good streamer fishing. Rainbows on the Mainstem have been very active. Nymphing, Streamers and Dries have all been poductive.
Fishing on the Cattaraugus, Salmon River and Oak Orchard has been stellar. Steelhead on the Catt and Salmon River have been pushing through in good numbers. Browns on Oak Orchard and surrounding tribs have also been showing up in good numbers as well. Albie fishing recently has been excellent. We haven't heard to much as far as Stripers go, but it's also been warm still. Tying classes have begun and our 1st guest tier Allen Landaheer is scheduled for November 4th. If you're interested in any of our classes please call or stop in the shop to sign up.
Fishing overall has been good even with the water flows at lower then normal levels. Water temps are good and fish have been caught on a variety of flies including BWO's and caddis which have been the the most prominent hatches at this point. Midges and scuds should also be considered on the local NJ streams. Zebras, WD40's, RS2's, etc will also and just about always put fish on the end of the line.
The upper Delaware has been fishing well. With the lack of rain, NYC is forced to release higher flows down the West Branch to meet downstream flow targets at Montague NJ. If the water gets too low down there, then the salt line creeps up the river. Release rates on the West have been approximately 800 cfs which is a great flow for fishing. You can wade, float, etc. This time of year you also get great streamer fishing. When the reservoir flips over as air temperatures fall, it send a warm layer of water down to the bottom of the reservoir which drives water temperatures up into the low 50's in the river. The water also starts to come out dirtier. Usually in the summer, water temps are very cold at 44 degrees (great for the hot summer) and clear, but in the fall the water gets warmer and dirtier. This creates an environment for great streamer fishing; Warm water (increases fish metabolism), dirty water (fish are less picky) and the need to feed to fatten for winter. The only thing is you will need to fish from Monument pool (NY/PA line) and down river as the upper river closes October 15.
Miramichi 2017 highlights. This year, each group had a blast. As usual, Country Haven Lodge charmed us all with attention, good and plentiful food and beautiful soundings. The Lodge girls spirit, Byron's attention to detail and the Guides' knowledge of the pools and Atlantic Salmon Fishing, set the trip off right. Group and private lessons helped to fine tune the Angler's cast. Thank you to our guests who were all such a pleasure to be with!
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