General Meeting - October 14, 2008
Our program for the October meeting will feature Don Bastian
with a program titled “Traditional Wet Fly Fishing: Tactics,
The program will address trout in
various water types, utilizing classic wet fly patterns and fishing
tactics. Patterns, techniques, & tackle are covered. Don will also
do a casting and retrieve demonstration, with a question and answer
session concluding the program.
Don Bastian has 44 years of fly tying and fly fishing experience. He
has authored three fly tying DVD's; two on classic wet flies and one on
traditional streamers and bucktails.
speaker for November is Rich Murphy, who will give a presentation on
"Fly Fishing for Striped Bass".
"Kid's Fishing Day" was held on September 20th.
More photos of the event can be found here. We
also have 3 QuickTime movies
Central Jersey Trout Unlimited is facing a little dilemma. Over the
past few years we have noticed a steady decline in volunteer hours.
This is becoming a bit of a problem since, as all of you know, C.J.T.U.
is a non-profit volunteer organization. Trout Unlimited's mission is to
conserve, protect and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and
their watersheds and in our chapter we strive to support this mission
entirely through the work of our volunteers. Although we don't know the
exact reason for the decline, issues like declining membership, the
rising price of fuel and the failing economy are probably having a
negative effect. These issues, on top of the fact that we all have more
and more demands on our time these days that make it difficult to find
the time to volunteer. In my case family, work and other obligations
make it difficult for me to give as much of my time as I would like.
Its important to remember that we are far more than a group of folks
that enjoy fishing. C.J.T.U. is involved in conservation and
restoration projects such as the Gruendyke Dam removal on the
Musconetcong River. Earlier this year the dam was removed but now the
real work begins, restoring the stream to its original condition. This
is important work and we need to get more of our members involved in the
various restoration projects. C.J.T.U. is also involved in education,
from the Trout in the Classroom program in our Middle and Elementary
Schools, to the educational and fishing programs at the Pequest
Hatchery. We work hard to protect our natural resources and educate our
children on the importance of preserving our coldwater watersheds and
fisheries. By doing so we ensure that future generations will be able
to enjoy the same or better fishing that we treasure today.
Currently the vast majority of the work going on these days is done
by a handful of individuals. They simply cannot do it all. If things
do not change for the better in the near future we run the risk of not
being able to continue the programs we are running today. As it stands
now Trout in the Classroom and the Getting Started in Fishing Programs
may not be returning next year due directly to a lack a volunteers to
keep the programs running.
Some of you may not feel directly affected by these changes but the
next item I wish discuss may have you feeling differently. I know that
many of our members fish the Musconetcong River. A lot of these folks
also fish a section of the river called Point Mountain. This jewel on
the Musky attracts a lot of fisherman because of its high quality of
water, the special regulations and the abundant trout that occupy this
stretch of river. What you may not know is that C.J.T.U. has a lot to
do with the current popularity of this section of river. We lobbied
hard for the Trout Conservation regulations that are in place there
today and for the last few years our members and employees of the park
service have stocked the river by hand on a weekly basis for the first
six weeks or so of each season as well as supplemental stockings in the
fall. As of next year all that changes. Because we can no longer
provide the volunteers to stock the river the state will no longer be
providing weekly stockings. In addition any stocking that does occur
will likely only occur at road crossings. What made Point Mountain such
a special place is that we took fish from the truck loaded them onto a
ATV and distributed them through out the river. Of course we could turn
all this around but it requires help...your help!
We are looking for ways to make it more attractive for someone to donate
their valuable time. We are discussing things like fuel stipends,
special raffles, awards or giveaways for those that volunteer their
time. You don't need any special knowledge or training to volunteer
you time. On every project there will be an experience T.U. member who
will show you all you need to know. So give it some thought, is there a
way to free up a few hours a month? For me it means less fishing but
maybe each one of you can find a way to do less of something or do some
creative scheduling to free up a few hours time to help us out on one of
our projects. It is a enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Central Jersey Trout Unlimited's First Annual Pig
On Saturday, October 4th Central Jersey Trout Unlimited had their
first annual BBQ/Pig Roast. We held the event at the Raritan Inn, which
is located right on the South Branch of the Raritan River. Those that
attended had access to private water that is managed by the Raritan Inn.
The weather was perfect and everyone had a great time. On the menu
were burgers and dogs and an the main event was an incredible suckling
pig prepared by a true professional, Pablo Nieves from Pablo's Pignics.
The venue was fantastic the company was great and a good time was had by
all. In addition good food and good times, we also had a bucket raffle
with some great prizes; fly rods, reels, lines, the works! Thanks to
all who came out to spend the day with us and if you did not make this
years event don't fret, there will definite be a repeat next year!
Photos from the event can be viewed here.