News & Events
General Meeting - Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
Rob is a full time guide on the Housatonic and Farmington rivers and has been operating Housatonic Anglers Guide Service since 1993. There are very few fresh water guides in New England with as much experience. In addition to guiding, Rob runs a booking agency called Angling in the Andes which focuses on the best areas to fish in both Argentina and Chile. The lodges and outfitters that he recommends he knows personally and has fished with, so there are no surprises. Unlike other booking agents and even the lodges themselves that promote and “dress up” the fishing in their respective areas, Rob will give you the real skinny on what to expect if you travel to Patagonia. By selecting lodges and outfitters in a variety of very different locations, Rob can assist you in finding the place that best fits your fishing preferences and budget. Some of the trips are hosted by Rob but he also offers group discounts to clubs that put their own group together.
Over the years Rob and his clients have taken hundreds of photographs of beautiful Chile and Argentina. Come see what the rivers, mountains and lodges of Patagonia have to offer the traveling fly fisher. Once you see these stunning images you will be making plans to go next winter. For further information have a look at anglingintheandes.com and housatonicanglers.com
Note: The June meeting will be held on the third Tuesday which is June 15th
Anglers working a run on the Musky
Photo by Nick Romanenko
I would like to start off by apologizing for the absence of my President's Letter in last month's addition of Main Stream. I had to attend to some personal business and was not able to get my letter to our editor in time for the deadline.
This is a great time of year to be a trout angler! The bugs are hatching, the days are warm but not too warm and this year we are blessed with good water levels. Overall the fishery appears to be in pretty good shape. The opening day crowds have given up on trout fishing and it is possible to find solitude on rivers that were lined with fisherman a few weeks back.
March and April are busy times for our chapter. In March we had a presence at the Pequest Hatchery Open House. We assisted at the education pond teaching youngsters how to fish and we demonstrated fly tying and answered questions inside the main building. In April we conducted our annual clean-up of the Musconetcong River. I don't have the final numbers but it appears it was a big success. We removed a lot of trash and debris from the river and its banks. I strongly encourage everyone to participate in these events in the future.
Planning for our big project on the Point Mountain section of the Musconetcong River is moving along but we have been faced with some funding issues. Hopefully I will have more to report on this subject next month as we work through this issue. We are still conducting trout stocking on this section of the river and will continue to do so right up until the end of May. If you are going to fish Point Mountain please remember that the regulations have changed this year. This section of stream is now designated as a year round Trout Conservation Area. In a nutshell this means artificial lures only and you can only keep one fish over 15". If you decide to keep a fish you must stop fishing (no "trading up").
We have some good speakers lined up for you before we take our summer break. So if you pull yourself away from the water, come out and join us at our monthly meetings. I would like to remind everyone that our June meeting date is on the third Tuesday of the month not the second.
Since I would rather go fishing than write about fishing I am going to wrap things up here. I hope everyone is getting a chance to spend some time on the water. When you're out there think about how important our trout streams are to you. While you're at it, think about what you can do to assist us in preserving this resource.
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CJTU volunteers Stuart Shafran, Ed Cordyla, Lorne Hargis, Dorothy McCann, and Rich Pasternak stocking the Point Mountain TCA on April 30th
Stock And Bonds
By Stuart Shafran
Volunteers from Central Jersey TU met early Friday morning, April 30th, at Point Mountain Park to help stock the Musconetcong River with trout. With the aid of two Hunterdon County employees our five TU volunteers put in hundreds of twelve inch brookies and rainbow trout upstream of the Point Mountain Road bridge. An added bonus that morning was the release of several ten pound female rainbows into the river.
Volunteers Ed Cordyla and Stuart Shafran and new TU members Lorne Hargis, Dorothy McCann, and Rich Pasternak met the hatchery truck at 9 AM on Point Mountain Road. Hundreds of trout were transferred onto the county ATV called 'the mule' and driven deep into the park. We started at the farthest point that 'the mule' could manage and worked our way back to the first bend in the river. The ten pound rainbows were released in spots where the current was swift, where there were sheltering rocks, and where there was plenty of shade. No further information may be given out at this time. And, yes, we were all sworn to secrecy.
After two hours of releasing fish and collecting hidden debris our crew transferred the party over to the Ken Lockwood Gorge. The weather was perfect, the water temperature was just right, and we all caught lots of fish. A special shout out to Miss McCann. I warn anyone brave enough to join her in the water...this girl can fish!
CJTU would like to take this opportunity to welcome Lorne, Rich, and Dorothy to our chapter. All three joined TU to help make a difference by, protecting cold water environments, giving back to the community, and learning to be better anglers...in that order. From all the unsolicited smiles in the photos I think they'll be back. Stay tuned for more stocking dates.
Fishing In Costa Rica
By Dave Hart
My wife and I booked a Caravan Tour to Costa Rica for twelve days circling around the country and staying two days in each of the five hotels. Each day we had wonderful side trips, including such things as the rain forest, coffee, banana and pineapple plantations, beautiful museums and an awesome volcano. Stopping at the hotels gave us wonderful swimming, meals and pleasant visitations with our fellow travelers. Every day was different and very special. Continue this article
The CJTU crew at this years cleanup on the Musky
Fly of the Month
For May's “Fly of the Month” Ron Ruskai gives us the Vampire