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February 2010

News & Events

General Meeting - Tuesday, February 9, 2010


John Collins and Michael McAuliffe of Riseform Studios will present
“Fly Fishing 12 Months in New Jersey”

New Jersey Fly Fishing Guides/Video Podcasters John Collins and Michael McAuliffe have created an innovative presentation entitled Fly Fishing 12 Months in New Jersey. This 60 slide multimedia presentation is based on several years of intensive research studying seine and stomach samples, insect behavior, and Trout feeding patterns. They have documented their findings with stunning photos, video, and animations showing you exactly what Trout are eating each month of the year, and the simple techniques and patterns that match these food sources.

The research for this lecture was done in Ken Lockwood Gorge on the South Branch of the Raritan River. However, 95% of the information also applies to the Musconetcong River, The Pequest River, and the Big Flatbrook River. This information can also serve as a base to work on any freestone stream or river in the North East. You might want to take notes during this one!

NJDEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife

Annual Trout Stocking Public Meeting
Pequest Trout Hatchery
Saturday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m.

Pequest Open House

Saturday and Sunday
March 27 & 28

Winter conditions on the South Branch

There can be good fishing on New Jersey rivers if you can get out on the warmer days!

President’s Letter

February 2010

As I write this I am staring out into blizzard conditions. There is about ten inches of snow on the ground and my area is forecasted a total of 18” -22” inches before it is all over. So much for fishing! I had every intention of heading out this weekend for the first trip of the year. I spent an evening earlier this week prepping my gear, restocking fly boxes, checking supplies of tippet material and arranging everything for a quick departure Saturday morning. This was the first free weekend I had this year and now I am snow bound! Normally I would have 2 or 3 fishing trips under my belt by this time of year.

One of the reasons there has not been too much fishing is the weekends have been filled with CJTU activity. January was busy month, filled with fly tying demos and outdoor shows. I bumped into a lot of folks from the chapter at the Fly Fishing Show. It was great talking to all of you. We are hoping to have a very busy spring this year as well. We should start to see some work begin on a few of our projects.

Keep an eye on your mailbox over the next few days. We mailed out this year’s fund raising raffle. This year we are giving away a special T.U. 50th Anniversary fly rod and reel with a bunch other goodies thrown in as well. We realize that times are tough out there for a lot of folks, but if you have the ability to contribute a few dollars please consider it. We have a major stream rehabilitation project starting on the Musconetcong River this year. All of the proceeds from our fundraising activities this year will be going towards funding this project.

Winter days like today are a great time to break out the fly tying materials and tie up some flies. If you looking for some fly tying ideas, our Fly of the Month is a good place to start. I have been tying a few hours every evening after the wife and kids go to bed, and I am quickly restocking my boxes with flies that were lost last season as well as adding a few new patterns. In fact as soon as I finish this letter, I’m heading downstairs throwing a few logs on the fire and spending the day behind the vice. If I can’t fish I might as well tie flies!

Tight Lines,
Bart Lombardo

You can contact Bart at

The New CJTU Backdrop

The new CJTU backdrop was on display at the January meeting. Look for it at events and shows in the coming year!

Nick Romanenko Photo

Fly of the Month

The February “Fly of the Month” is brought to us by Ron Ruskai



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