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September 2009

News & Events

General Meeting - Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Our September meeting will feature Rod Rohrbach. Rod is the owner of the Little Lehigh Fly Shop in Allentown, PA, and will be making a presentation called "Fishing the Cushion".

Trout do most of their feeding on the bottom (the cushion); prudent anglers obtain the knowledge necessary to penetrate the diverse currents below the surface to reach the bottom.

Rod will present an understandable explanation of the streams food organisms, and he will discuss how their life cycles affect the angler's choice of patterns and tackle for bottom fishing.

He will also cover opportunistic and selective feeding and how these phenomenon's apply to the bottom fisherman and fly selection.

Coming in October - Fishy Fullum

Rod Rohrbach demonstrating his nymphing technique on his home river, the Little Lehigh

Wildlife Heritage Festival at Pequest Hatchery

September 26, 2009

The 2009 Trip Schedule is available here

President’s Letter

September 2009

Well it's September and Central Jersey Trout Unlimited is gearing up for the fall season. Although we take two month break in our general meeting schedule over the summer, the board of directors still meet, but even our attendance is down due to family vacations etc. . I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer and is now ready to get back involved with Trout Unlimited. We have some great speakers lined up for this fall and possibly the beginnings of a very big project on the Point Mountain section of the Musconetcong River.

The upcoming fall season is my absolute favorite time of year to be on the river angling for trout. Trout fishing at this time of year is often overlooked as many of us turn our attention to the fields and forests to pursue hunting interests. The last thing I want is more company on my favorite waters this fall but I am still encouraging you to give fall fishing a try. You won't be disappointed. Just remember to keep an eye on those stream temperatures during the month of September. A warm spell can raise water temperatures and you want to avoid fishing for trout when the water temperature gets higher than 70 degrees to avoid stressing the fish. Typically once October rolls round high temperature spikes are rare.

You may have noticed that we have moved the fly of the month feature to our main website. We are always looking new fly patterns. If you have a killer pattern you would like to share drop me an e-mail and I will get it posted on our site. It can be your own design or a traditional favorite. Just send me a recipe for the pattern and a photo is possible as well as a few words on how and when you like to fish it.

Trout Unlimited held their national meeting in Michigan last month and five members from CJTU made the 14 hour drive out there. As usual we came back rejuvenated with plenty of ideas on how to improve our chapter and we even found a little time to squeeze in some trout fishing. I believe next year's meeting may be a little closer to home, possibly New Hampshire. Hopefully we can get another crew together to attend. Year after year, New Jersey is one of the best represented states at these events. This year they held a "9-hole" fly casting course. Foursomes of casters manipulated their flies around through and over obstacles, all trying to win the grand prize. An Orvis, Trout Unlimited 50th Anniversary, Superfine 8' 5 wt for each member of the foursome. I am very proud to announce that the New Jersey team took first place and came home with four of these rods valued at almost $600.00 a piece. In addition the New jersey State Council received The Council of the Year award and Rick Ege a long time Trout Unlimited member and past State Council Chairman also received a Distinguished Service award recognizing him for his years of dedication to the organization. All in all it was a very good trip!

Tight Lines,
Bart Lombardo

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Ken Lockwood Monument

In the late 1940's, the property that is now the Ken Lockwood Gorge was purchased by the Division of Fish & Wildlife as a WMA and dedicated to outdoor writer and conservationist Ken Lockwood. A plaque in his honor was placed at what is now Monument Pool, but was stolen several years later.

This month Dick Turse give us the story behind the replacement of the Ken Lockwood plaque by the newly founded Central Jersey Chapter back in 1973.

Read the article here !

For Sale

Boston Whaler

17 ft. 1986 Boston Whaler with 75 HP Mercury engine and 1998 trailer
Excellent condition
Catches fish
Asking $9900
Contact Dick Turse
Contact Dick Turse

Fly of the Month

Fifty Degrees This months pattern is the "Fifty Degrees", provided by Ron Ruskai. A great early season dry fly, the clue is in the name, as in water temperature. This is an old fly, as it was sold in the Angler's Roost Fly Shop in NYC.

Click here for the recipe !

Pequest Programs 2009

We have been informed that Pequest will once again be shutting its doors on weekends with the upcoming voluntary furlough days that Governor Corzine is imposing. Sorry for any inconvenience but all weekend programs are being cancelled.