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!
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