CJTU is one of New Jersey's leading advocacy and conservation groups leading the fight to protect cold water fisheries and their environment. Our members represent a diverse cross-section of New Jersey and its surrounding areas, but all of us are joined together by a love of trout fishing and a commitment to preserve cold water fisheries for future generations.

Our mission is to conserve, protect and restore New Jersey's trout streams and their watersheds. In order to achieve our goals, we conduct habitat improvement projects, stream restoration projects, stream clean-ups, and educational programs such as Trout in the Classroom, among other activities. We strive to educate the next generation about the importance to preserve the environment and wild trout. While engaged in conservation efforts, we manage to have a lot of fun, whether at monthly meetings, chapter fishing trips, or stream projects. We invite you to join us.

General Meeting

Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2020

Tim Flagler
Secrets of the Ken Lockwood Gorge

Tim Flagler

The Ken Lockwood Gorge on the South Branch of the Raritan River in Hunterdon County is one of New Jersey’s premier trout fishing locales. The gorge is beautiful, has both wild and stocked fish, and is open to anglers year round. As a result, there are often crowds and the fish get pressured. Fortunately, there are some tips, techniques and things to look for that’ll help you to catch more fish in these difficult conditions. The presentation will include video of the gorge, its water, the bug life and the flies we use to imitate it.

Tim Flagler, videographer and fly tier, is the owner of Tightline Productions, L.L.C., a video production company located in Califon, NJ. Although Tightline produces video programs over a wide range of topics, their specialty is fly fishing. Almost every week they produce a new fly tying or “how to” video which appears not only on their Vimeo and YouTube channels but on Midcurrent and the Orvis fly tying blog as well. These videos often get picked up by other sites too, including Frankenfly, Chiwulff, The Limp Cobra, Globalflyfisher, Gink and Gasoline and Wideopenspaces, just to name a few. Many of the tying videos take the viewer well beyond just the tying of the fly and show what it looks like underwater, what natural it represents and how it can be fished.

Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2020

Erik Barton
Fishing for Salmon in Norway & Sweden

Erik is part of the Tight Lines guides team and is an expert spey caster. He’s got the video to show and prove it. Erik specializes in all kinds of salmon and steelhead flies, ranging from big, weighted intruders for winter steelhead to small spey flies for Atlantic Salmon. One you don’t want to miss.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Bart Lombardo
The Warm-Water Fly Box – Flies for Warm Water Fish and How to Fish Them

Bart is CJTU president who is also a rep for Tenkara USA, Regal vices, along with running the very popular Panfish on the Fly blog. He is also an expert fly tyer and will guide you in making the most of the warmer months of the year when trout and other coldwater species should get a break.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Annual Bar-B-Que & Picnic

A meeting outside by the grill. Share good food, good company and a fish story or two. This one starts at 5:00 pm! All meetings other than the June General Meetings start at 7:30 pm at the American Legion Hall, 137 New Market Road in Dunellen, NJ.

Meeting Location

American Legion Hall
137 New Market Road
Dunellen, NJ

Meetings starts at 7:30 PM
Non Members are always welcome!

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Trout in the Clasroom

News & Information

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students in grades k-12:

  • Raise trout from eggs to fry.
  • Monitor tank water quality.
  • Engage in stream habitat study.
  • Learn to appreciate water resources.
  • Begin to foster a conservation ethic.
  • Grow to understand ecosystems.

Most programs end the year by releasing their trout in a state approved stream near the school or within a nearby watershed.

During the year each teacher tailors the program to fit his or her curricular needs.  Therefore, each program is unique. TIC has interdisciplinary applications in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts, and physical education.

Central Jersey TU Schools
2019 - 2020 School Year

John F. Kennedy Memorial High School (two tanks) – Iselin
Saint Helena School - Edison
Bright Beginnings Learning Center - Piscataway
Spotswood High School - Spotswood
Crim Primary School - Bridgewater
Van Holten School - Bridgewater
Monroe Township High School - Monroe Township
Alexander Batcho Intermediate School - Manville
New Road School - Parlin
Sayreville Middle School - Parlin
Edmund Hmieleski ECC – Perth Amboy

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