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March 2010

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General Meeting - Tuesday, March 9th, 2010


Tom Brtalik

“Prospecting for Trout: A Guide’s Perspective”

Tom Brtalik

This seminar involves basic trout biology and behavior, including factors like water temperature/metabolism, predator protection, how fish see and hear, etc. Trout cannot think and reason, but we as fly fishers can. All we have to do is understand how trout are conditioned to their environment, apply it to our fishing, and we'll catch more trout. These concepts are ultimately related to approach, presentation, fly/tackle selection, etc. in a fun and easy to understand format. It relates to fishing for trout anywhere in the world.

As a full time licensed professional fly-fishing guide, lecturer and instructor, Tom has over 30 years of fly fishing experience, specializing in the legendary streams of Central Pennsylvania. He is also an FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor. With thousands of hours on the water and hundreds of students and clients to his credit, he is capable of accommodating all ages and skill levels - beginner to expert. Tom is passionate about teaching the skills necessary to appreciate and succeed at the art of fly-fishing, ensuring your next fishing trip will be a memorable one.

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Dave Rothrock

“Eastern Hatches and Imitations”

Drawing on decades of fishing regional trout streams, Dave Rothrock will share his personal photos of nymphs and adult stream insects, favorite flies and how to fish them. Throw in a few good trout streams and we have a recipe for success on our next hatch-matching adventure.

Dave is a guide, lecturer and freelance writer. He also teaches fly-tying and casting.

Pequest Open House

Saturday and Sunday
March 27 & 28

NJ Trout Season Opens

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Annual Musconetcong River Cleanup

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Coldwater Conservation School

For Students 11 to 15 years old
June 24-27, 2010

The deadline for applying is April 1st.

Four days of hands-on learning about trout, their coldwater habitat, habitat conservation and fishing in the heart of trout country.

The Coldwater Conservation School is a collaborative effort between the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife, and the NJ State Council of Trout Unlimited and its supporting chapters.

The goal of the school is to foster knowledge and appreciation of trout and coldwater habitats through a variety of hands-on activities and interactive learning methods. The Coldwater Conservation School will give students practical knowledge about trout, their coldwater habitats, and provide information they can use to protect and improve the habitat trout need to flourish.

The school will be held at the NJ School of Conservation in Stokes State Forest from June 24-27, 2010. Check-in is at noon on June 24, with student pick-up at noon on June 27.

Cost is $150.00 per student and includes food, lodging and equipment. Financial assistance may be available.

Students must be 11 to 15 years old in order to participate.

Download the Coldwater Conservation School Brochure

Download the Coldwater Conservation School Application

CJTU Members Tying at Efingers

CJTU Fly Tyers at Efingers on January 9th

President’s Letter

March 2010

It looks like winter may finally be loosening its grip on us. I actually got out on the water today and at times I was down right warm. My multiple layers were a bit much for the temperature that ended up near fifty degrees. I had my doubts when the day started; it was 36 degrees and snowing on my ride to the river in the morning. Once things warmed up, the fish started eating and it turned out to be a great day. Not tons of fish but enough to keep things interesting. I’m looking forward to warmer weather and the color green on the ground instead of white.

I am also looking forward to the upcoming events that Central Jersey Trout Unlimited has in the works. On March 27th and 28th we will be at the Pequest Trout Hatchery taking part in the Open House event. We will be at the education pond helping out with the kids fishing and we will also have a fly tying demo set up indoors. Come out and spend the day with us. Better yet, volunteer some of your time and lend a hand. E-mail me at and I provide all of the details.

Our next event will be the Musconetcong River clean-up scheduled for Saturday, April 17th. Why don’t you come out and spend a few hours helping us clean up the river, before heading out to wet a line. We’ll even provide lunch! You can find all the details in this month’s newsletter.

Fundraising has been a hot topic at the last few board of directors meetings. Our chapter, like many of you, is really feeling a pinch in this economy. Were looking for some help with this year’s raffle. Normally we only distribute our raffle tickets through the mail. It was suggested that maybe our members could help us out. If you feel you could sell a few tickets to family or friends we’ll have them at our next general meeting. The drawing will be at the open house at the end of the month. If you decide to take a few tickets we will work out the details to ensure everyone gets into the drawing. As always we are always looking for new ways to generate income. If you have any suggestions please share them with us.

Central Jersey Trout Unlimited has joined the social media craze! We now have a Facebook page. The idea was suggested by one of our members as another way to get our word out. You can check us out at . Stop by and become a fan!

We have a great program scheduled for our upcoming meeting. The program will cover trout biology and behavior and how it applies to fishing. Our speaker, Tom Brtalik is a Pennsylvania guide with over 30 years fishing experience. Stop by Tuesday night and check it out.

Well that’s it for this month. Lets hope we’ve seen the last of the snow!

Tight Lines,
Bart Lombardo

You can contact Bart at



Clean-Up On The Wild And Scenic Musconetcong River

by Stuart Shafran

Got cabin fever? Need to get outside? Well then, join us for our 2010 Musconetcong River Clean-up on Saturday, April 17th. We will be assembling once again, at the Hampton Boro Park, located at the intersection of the Musconetcong River and Route 31. Sign-in is at 8AM, at which time clean-up locations will be assigned, trash bags, gloves, water, and snacks will be distributed, and group photos will be taken. Clean-up hours are from 9-12. The Musconcetcong Watershed Association will provide lunch beginning at noon, for all participants at the MWA River Resource Center, 10 Maple Avenue in Asbury.

We recommend that you wear long pants and long sleeve shirts. It may be too early in the year for ticks, but not too early for poison ivy. We also recommend that you wear waterproof boots, a hat, dress in layers, and carry a walking stick. Chest waders are optional. Depending on the flow of the river we may only be working close to the water's edge.

For first time volunteers, travel Route 78West to exit 17North. This puts you onto Route 31North, where you will travel for 7.5 miles to the intersection of River Road/Musconetcong River. Turn left at that traffic signal. At the first stop sign, turn right, and make an immediate right into the park. We will be meeting under the pavilion.

We encourage you to bring friends and relatives, especially young children. This event is lots of fun for the kids. In addition, we hope you'll pack your fishing gear to test your skills in spots you may discover that morning. The river is in great shape and will be fully stocked. Every year this event has proven not only to be rewarding, but lots of fun as well. Here's your opportunity to not only help the environment, but more importantly set good examples for others.

To register or for more information please call Stuart Shafran, 732-500-5239, or e-mail me at Don't forget a camera!

2010 Shows Report

By Dick turse

This report might be a bit late but it might still be interesting reading for many of you as we wait for our next snow storm. CJTU was again a participant in the Garden State Outdoors Show and the annual Fly-fishing Show in January. Surprisingly the attendance of the Outdoors Show (Raritan Show) on the first day, Thursday, was very good and I talked to some vendors who claimed it was their best day ever financially at that show. Unfortunately most of the people who came by our booth were just tire-kickers. This is not unusual because we lack the "in-your-face" mentality required to make big sales at shows. If any of you think you are good at this type of selling please contact me before next year's shows. Our fish tank once again drew many visitors, especially kids, and the chiller worked flawlessly. We originally thought we might set up a fly-casting contest but no one wanted to take over the responsibility (and work) of organizing it. I have a volunteer for next year who promises me that he will run a good contest. Let's surely hope so. So our financial reward for this show was not much different than in the past shows but we did get our message out to a lot of people. That is a factor that can't be measured in dollars.

When we set up for the Fly-fishing Show we were disturbed by the fact that they moved us to the other side of the hall. This bothered us because most people looked for us in the spot that we occupied for years and the new location lacked a place to put our coats. However, our new back-drop was an attention-getter in both shows and makes our booth look much more professional. Friday's crowd was big as was Saturday's. but the Sunday crowd was down and disappeared in the afternoon due to the football games on TV.

If anyone has some revolutionary ideas how to improve our participation in the shows please contact me at

Chalk One Up For The Environmentalists

By Stuart Shafran

On Monday, March 1st, developer F. Greek withdrew his application for a controversial truck transfer station that was proposed near Interstate 78 in Franklin Township, on Bloomsbury Road. “Unfortunately, given the current economic climate, the uncertainty of the pace of the economic recovery and the factors discussed (in the letter), the project simply does not make financial sense at the present time,” said the correspondence from F. Greek Development, based in East Brunswick, N.J. While the developer cites economics as the only factor in his decision, a well informed and organized opposition played an important role in this outcome. The organized opposition included Trout Unlimited, Skylands Preservation Alliance, NJ Highlands Coalition, Warren County Rod and Gun Club, The National Parks Service, South Highlands Group of the Sierra Club, Musky Trout Hatchery, Musconcetcong Watershed Association staff and trustees, and local residents.

The project, if approved, would have put 1.4 million square feet of warehouse and office space on a 191 acre site across from the Musconetcong River, in between residential properties, and too close for comfort to a tributary stream of the river. This plan would have allowed hundreds of trucks per day, seven days a week, traveling along a two lane road through a quiet urban/suburban community. In addition, the run off alone from the heated pavement into the C-1 portion of the Musconcetcong River would have caused irreversible damage to aquatic life.

“I could not find enough words to describe how happy we are, not because we live across the street, but because it just doesn't belong there.” Said Adrienne Kaczynski, a property owner on Bloomsbury Road.

The request to withdraw came two days before the second scheduled hearing before the Franklin Township Land Use Board. The first hearing took place in the township elementary school to try to accommodate the 300-plus residents and interested parties who attended.

Fly of the Month

The March “Fly of the Month” is another pattern brought to us by Ron Ruskai

Cased Caddis

Click here for the recipe !