General Meeting

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

European Nymphing

Bart Lombardo

In the 1980s, European Nymphing techniques started to make appearances in international fly fishing competitions. Anglers using these methods won top ranking positions year after year and continue to do so today. This style of fishing has developed into a variety of specialized fishing methods and riggings that are very different from what we typically see here in the United States. Central Jersey Trout Unlimited's Bart Lombardo has been using these methods for well over a decade and is eager to share his knowledge with other anglers. Join us for a presentation on European Nymphing techniques which will cover some of the more prominent European Nymphing styles, the unique style of flies used, as well as tackle and rigging.

The September meeting will start at 7:30 with pizza and soda and the business meeting began at 8:00. We hope to see you there!

Meeting Location

American Legion Hall
137 New Market Road
Dunellen, NJ

Meetings starts at 8 PM
Non Members are always welcome!

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News & Information

Central Jersey TU Schools
2016 - 2017 School Year

Bridgewater High School, Bridgewater
Colonia Middle School, Colonia
Dunellen High School, Dunellen
Middlesex County Vo-Tech, East Brunswick
Warnsdorfer School, East Brunswick
New Road School, Parlin
Sayreville Middle School, Parlin
Edmund Hmieleski ECC, Perth Amboy
Samuel E Shull School, Perth Amboy
Bright Beginnings Learning Center, Piscataway
Spotswood High School, Spotswood
Angelo L. Tomaso Elementary School, Warren
Watchung Hills Regional High School, Warren
Wilburforce School, Princeton Junction
Purnell School,Pottersville
Monroe Township High School, Monroe Township
Taylor Mills School,Manalapan
Lafayette Mills School,Manalapan
Clark Mills School,Manalapan
Wemrock Brook School,Manalapan


News & Events

Wild Brook Trout Regulations Proposed

A multi-year assessment of current Wild Trout Stream regulations has led to development of a proposed regulation set to protect and enhance the state's wild Brook Trout populations. Public comment on the proposal is welcome. For more information visit on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife web site.

Fishing, Birding and Outdoor Survival Skills

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is offering "Fishing, Birding and Outdoor Survival Skills" workshops free of charge for women on September 23 and families on September 24 as part of its NJ Outdoors Program. These Outdoor Women of New Jersey (OWNJ) and Outdoor Families of New Jersey (OFNJ) workshops at the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery, located in Warren County, allow participants a fun and educational way to learn outdoor skills like freshwater fishing and bird watching for beginners. A guided tour of the hatchery fish production building will also be offered!

For more information, including to register for the workshops by August 11, visit on the Division's website.

Women’s Initiative

Greetings Fellow Central Jersey Trout Unlimited Members:

I am pleased and honored at my recent appointment to the Central Jersey Trout Unlimited (CJTU) Board of Directors, to the position of Women’s Initiative (WI) Chapter Coordinator for CJTU!

In this role, I will serve CJTU to reenergize and grow its membership of women and build an energetic and engaged women’s membership. The Women’s Initiative continues to be a major focus of Trout Unlimited nationally. And, CJTU will be directing some of our energy and resources towards providing opportunities for the growth, involvement, leadership and skills development of our women members. As with all members we will work to discover the interests and experiences of these women, and involve them in all aspects of a vibrant CJTU; while supporting TU’s Mission.

I will be reaching out to our present women members directly, doing outreach to women in the communities which we serve and holding a special gathering to listen, and share ideas and information. Also CJTU will be holding a fishing/casting clinic for our women members and prospective women members as well as a Women’s Day Out fishing event. It is my hope that all CJTU members will embrace our Women’s Initiative.

Growing our membership of women helps to grow the overall membership of CJTU with concerned, involved and diverse members. That makes good sense!

“Thank You” in advance, for your support of our Women’s Initiative and for your welcome of women as full functioning members of CJTU. Please remember to invite a woman to our meetings and events and tell her about our plans! I’m excited about meeting our women members and am looking forward to working with all of you!

If anyone has any questions and/or suggestions please feel free to reach out to me at (732) 780-7185 or via email at

Marsha Benovengo
Woman’s Initiative Chapter Coordinator
Central Jersey Trout Unlimited

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June 2017

General Meeting

Tuesday, June 13, 2016

CJTU Picnic Meeting
“A Meeting with Food”


Come join us for our very popular event, the 5th annual “A Meeting With Food” to be held in the grove behind the American Legion Hall on Tuesday, June 13th, from 5 to 8 pm. A great opportunity to move into the summer and exchange some fishing stories with new and old friends. We will be cooking up some delicious burgers, hot dogs and sausage along with macaroni and potato salad. Soft drinks and water will be provided and the American Legion Hall will have it's usual full bar available just steps away.

Price is only $10.00, please submit payment to Sal Lauro prior to the event. Hope to see all of you there !

American Legion Hall
137 New Market Road
Dunellen, NJ
Meeting starts at 8 PM - Non Members are always welcome!

President’s Letter

June 2017

Well, it's June already and New Jersey trout streams are still fishable because of the rains and cool weather. The New Jersey Department of Fish & Wildlife tells us all streams have plenty of trout. As the season progresses beyond Memorial Day, the number of fisherman on the streams wanes. With that in mind, get out there and wet a line. You now have less competition for your favorite stretch of stream. My close friend, Art Port, and I are still hoping to get our West Branch trip in this year. We've already rescheduled twice because of extremely high water. If I'm at CJTU's annual picnic next Tuesday, June 13, you'll realize we've rescheduled it a third time. We're hoping the water drops by Monday so we can finally take our trip.

On June 3 & 4 CJTU manned a booth at the Pequest Open House at the Pequest Hatchery. Attendance was better in years past because of the weather. We had showers before the opening on Saturday and intermittent drizzle from noon on Sunday. Nevertheless, we did very well raising funds for the Chapter's work. The highlight of the event was the drawing of our year-long conservation raffle. You may remember it was a complete Orvis outfit of rod, reel, and line. bryant The Chapter raised over seventeen hundred dollars for conservation from the raffle. The winner of the raffle was Bryant Atanasio from Port Matilda, Pennsylvania. Much to our surprise, Bryant, like our Chapter member Andrew Dang, is part of TU National Youth Leadership Council. He attended last Summer's TU Teen Summit in Montana along with Andrew. Both his parents wrote me to tell me that Bryant was thrilled to have won the raffle. Andrew even told me that Bryant bought his ticket at our booth during the Fly Fishing Show this past January in Somerset. Considering his activities in TU, I'm sure the rod will be used often. Bryant, I like to hear what it was like to hook a trout over fourteen inches on that glass rod? Congratulations Bryant!!

Picnic! I did mention the Annual CJTU picnic is this coming Tuesday in the grove behind the American Legion Hall in Dunellen. Please consider joining us for some good food and some friendly conservations. Any woman reading this will be welcomed by Marsha Benovengo in hopes of getting more woman to participate in the Chapter. Additionally, younger teen members will get to talk with two very active youth members, Andrew Dang and Chris Prozor. These two know their fishing, and I'm sure they'll share some fish stories if you bring your son or daughter. Your children no longer need to sit with or listen to older adults. Younger people are the TU leaders of tomorrow. Also, Marsha is also quite the fisherperson, she has already out fished me once. And let me tell you, she reminds me of that often!

Well it's June, and September is only two and a half months away. We are still in need for someone who is willing to take over our Trout in the Classroom(TIC) program. As I mentioned before, Ozzie Ozefovich has stepped down as the leader of our TIC program. I'm hoping we can have someone volunteer to take over the program before September. I have had two general members who have already stepped up to assist with the program. If you want a rewarding experience, please consider taking it over.

Good fishing!

News & Events

CJTU at the 2017 Pequest Open House

Pequest Open House

On June 3rd and 4th, 2017 Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center had its annual Open House.

The Open House allows the Fish and Wildlife to show off the trout rearing at the Hatchery, and activities include fishing for kids between, archery ranges, and hunter education.

A sportsmen's flea market allowed you can get what you need or to stock up for the fishing and hunting seasons ahead.

CJTU was one of the environmental groups at the event. Inside we sold flies and raffle tickets for the Orvis Superfine Fiberglass outfit. Outside at the flea market, we sold items ranging from ceiling fans to vintage fly rods.

The event is an outreach and fundraiser for the chapter. The event is one where we get to tell folks about the Point Mountain project and Trout in the Classroom. Our primary fundraiser at the event was from the sales of items donated to the chapter and our Adopt-A-Trout program.

Volunteers make it possible for us to run these events, sharing our experience and love of cold-water fisheries, and we all owe then our thanks.

If you have time, please get involved, we need your help!

Thank you!
Here are some photographs from the event.
Lou DiGena

Women's Initiative

Calling all CJTU Women Members, and those who would like to be!

Let's get together at the 5th Annual CJTU Picnic, a.k.a. ''Meeting with Food", on Tuesday, June 13th at 5:00pm at the grove of the American Legion Hall, 137 New Market Road in Dunellen, NJ. Cost is a only $10. There will be lots to eat and drink and time to get (re)acquainted with fellow members. Come and join the fun!

Marsha Benovengo
Women's & Diversity Initiative Coordinator

Fly of the Month

“Denny’s Shiner Minnow”

Tied by Ed Kordyla

Denny's Shiner Minnow

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