News & Events
General Meeting - Tuesday, September 14, 2010
"Living Streamers for Trout"
Living streamers are new and special baitfish imitations that have "built in" action which trigger strikes the same way many popular plastic baits do. Learn what they are, and how, and where to fish them. Will also cover catching big trout with very big lifelike streamers. These are essentially Northeast saltwater patterns which have turned out to be some of the most productive trout streamers on the planet, if not of all time.
Mark Sedotti is one of the best fly casters in the world with a passion for chasing really big trout with streamers. He was Casting Columnist for Saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine for it's first five years, and has written many articles for American Angler, Saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine, Fly Rod & Reel, Outdoor Life, and others. He was a "can't miss" act as a featured fly caster on the Fly Fishing Show circuit going around the U.S. for years.
Arrive early to catch his pre-meeting Fly Casting Demonstration. Guaranteed to be "something you won't forget."
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
CJTU Fly Tyers Tying Their Favorite Flies
At the November 2004 General Meeting, I filmed seven CJTU fly tyers tying their favorite flies, some of you may remember that night - and I just squeezed some time in and got around to editing it - fishing you know, takes priority.
Agust Gudmundsson, Dick Turse, Ron Ruskai, George Mertens, Bill Ninke, Leon Cheeka and Elias Todd are the featured tyers. They also demonstrate various tying techniques and explain why these flies are their favorites. One fly, the sideways ant takes just a minute to tie but the others are more complicated and the video adds up to 70 minutes. For $10 the video can be yours. Orders will be taken at the October meeting.
First Annual Green Fair
Red Mill in Clinton
Summer is over. Although some may lament, like my kids who have headed back to school or my wife, the teacher, who is also heading back to school, I'm pretty excited. The end of summer means the return of trout fishing in NJ. It's not that I have not wetted a line for trout over the summer. I have, but not in New Jersey. In most years I stop fishing for trout here at home around the middle to end of June. The waters simply get to warm to fish with out the risk of fatally stressing the fish. So as the sun moves lower in the sky and the days shorten, the waters cool, bringing a return of my favorite pastime.
September is a busy month for Central Jersey Trout Unlimited. We have quite a few events coming up. Some of these events we have committed to, some are we are still sitting on the fence waiting to see if we will have enough volunteers to staff them. A quick run down includes, the first annual Green Fair in Clinton, NJ on September 18th, the NJ Wild Outdoors Expo in Upper Freehold in the Assunpink wildlife area on September 25 & 26th and finally the 8th annual Musconetcong Watershed Association Wine Tasting event on September 26. For all the details look for the articles in this month's MainStream or check our website.
The Point Mountain project is currently in holding pattern as we await the permits to begin the work. I have been assured, that once the permits have been secured that work can begin quickly, but that always depends on environmental conditions. So it is unknown whether we will actually "get wet" this fall. If we do get a green light we will be looking for volunteers, likely on short notice, so keep checking that inbox for our action alerts.
Coming up next month, we have the Musky One Fly Tournament on Saturday October 9th. All proceeds from this event will go towards our Point Mountain project. Get involved in this one it should be a blast. For all the details visit our website. We have also been invited to the Riverfest in Bound Brook on October 2nd, if we can get the volunteers to staff it. Look for additional information in an action alert as we get closer.
For those that are interested, the state has announced their fall and winter stocking programs. Approximately 21,000 fish will be stocked in 16 watersheds during two stocking periods in October and November. This will be the third consecutive year that the state has stocked these larger fish in the fall.
Finally I want to remind all of our fly tiers to begin bringing in their flies for our Ultimate Trout Selection raffle. We will be collecting flies at every meeting until the box is full. One of our members, Ron Ruskai, has agreed to stuff the box with flies to give us a good head start on this project. We need everyone's help on this one so start tying.
That's about it for this month. Remember we are starting up our regular meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. Come out and spend an evening with us.
Fly of the Month
This month Bart brings us the "Super Pupa"
I came across this pattern in the 2009 summer issue of Fly Life magazine which is a fly fishing magazine hailing from Tasmania. The magazine covers fresh and salt water fly fishing in New Zealand and Australia. This simple pattern looks nothing like an emerging caddis pupa to my eye, but the fish have a different view of things. This pattern is designed to fish just under the film. To fish this pattern correctly you apply a little floatant to the tips of the hackle only, being careful not to get any on the dubbed body or the pattern will float to high. I will admit that it can be a difficult pattern to track in broken water but it is a very effective pattern. I have only been fishing it for a season but it has worked very well. I have kept it close to the vest but its time to let the cat out of the bag. Tie up a few and give them a try.