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March 2011

News & Events

General Meeting - Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Jerry Fabiano “Double Feature”

“Sand Eel Fishing at Sandy Hook”
“Surf Fishing Mexico for Rooster Fish”

Jerry Fabiano with Rooster Fish

For our March program we are lucky to have Jerry Fabiano with a "Double Feature" program. The first part will be a video created by Steve Farrar on fly fishing the Sandy Hook surf in the fall with sand eel patterns. Sample Flies and the fly fishing gear used will be on display.

The feature presentation is Jerry's exciting video of his recent trip to Mexico to surf fish for the legendary roosterfish. He will also have the tackle and lures used on display.

Jerry is a resident of the Jersey shore, a fly Casting Instructor for LL Bean, has his US Coast Guard Captains License and is Vice President of the Bayshore Fly Rodders. He is also the producer of the custom wood "RV Plugs".

Fly Tying Materials Sale

We will be offering for sale a large amount of donated fly tying materials at Tuesday nights general meeting. Get there early for the best chance to pick up some bargains!

Sale start time 7:00pm

  • Over 300 zip lock bags of Materals
  • Lots of Dry fly Hackle and Soft Hackle
  • Hooks,Dubbing,Fur,Floss,feathers
  • 1.00 each zip lock bag
  • Dry fly Necks 2.00 each
  • Hooks 1.00 per box
  • All in very good condition

Pequest Trout Hatchery
Open House

April 2 & 3
10:00 - 4:00


Clean-Up Of The Wild And Scenic Musconetcong River

by Stuart Shafran

Got cabin fever? Need to get outside? Well then, join us for our annual Musconetcong River Clean-up on Saturday, April 16th. We will be assembling once again under the pavilion, at 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 encourage you to bring friends and relatives, especially young children. This event is lots of fun for the kids. Here's your chance to help make a difference and set an example for others. In addition, we hope you'll pack your fishing gear. The river is in great shape and will be fully stocked.

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

CJTU Fly Tying Night

The February meeting fly tying event drew a nice croud. Several of CJTU's fly tyer's demonstrated their tying skills and were availabel to answer questions and discuss their techniques.

More photos from the February meeting can be found here.
CJTU Fly Tying Night

President’s Letter

March 2011

With any luck winter is starting to wind down. It has been several weeks without any significant snow and their have been a handful of days where the temperature spiked into the fifties. The shelf ice is coming off of most of the streams so the next few weeks will be you best chance at some reasonably comfortable winter fishing before the season closes for stocking. This time of year midges will be the predominate insect although there is a good chance you can run into some little black stone flies. For those who chose to wait for the season opener you have one month left to get your gear in order. Myself, I am way behind in my fly tying. I need to get cranking to fill up the depleted boxes. In addition, there is plenty of equipment maintenance I have been meaning to finish but never got around to it. Fly lines to replace, waders to repair and a host of other items. The tough part is I have to squeeze all this in between fishing trips!

We received a lot of positive comments about our Fly Tying Night last month. I think this will become an annual event. This month's meeting is going to be a double feature, with a good friend of mine, Jerry Fabiano giving a presentation on Sand Eel Fishing on Sandy Hook and Surf Fishing for Rooster Fish in Mexico. It is going to be a presentation you will not want to miss! In addition we will be offering for sale a large quantity of fly tying material. This material was donated to the chapter by one of our members. We will begin selling at 7:00, so get there early!

At the end of the month CJTU will have a presence at the Pequest hatchery Open House event. To learn more about the event you can visit . The hatchery website says it best: "Every year the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center opens its doors to the public for the annual Open House, which usually takes place the weekend before Trout Season opens. The Open House allows the Division of Fish and Wildlife to show off the trout we raise at the state of the art Pequest Trout Hatchery and it serves as a reminder that spring is just around the corner. Each year, thousands of people come to the hatchery to experience this event for themselves. And each year, the Division of Fish and Wildlife strives to make this a bigger event than the year before. This event is great for people of all ages and there are so many things to see and do throughout the day. This year's Open House will be April 2 & 3 from 10:00 - 4:00 daily, so plan to join us as we celebrate the beginning of trout season and spring. Bring your families, friends, scout troops, church groups, fishing clubs and anyone else for a fun time in the outdoors." It is a great event and a fantastic outing for the whole family. As always we are looking for volunteers to help out. If your interested reach out for me or one of the directors at this month's meeting.

There is not much news to report on any of our other projects so thats it for now.


Fly of the Month

“North Woods Black Stone Flies - Nymphs & Emerger”
by Ron Ruskai

Stonefly Nymph

Stonefly Emerger

North Woods Stoneflies

Click here for the recipe !