News & Events
General Meeting - Tuesday, March 12, 2013
“Guide Flies for the Gorge”
Presented by Len Ruggia
Our speaker this month will be Len Ruggia, on staff at Shannon's as a sales associate, fishing guide and fly tyer extraordinaire. He will do a program entitled "Guide Flies for the Gorge" which will demonstrate patterns he ties and developed specifically for year-round success in the Ken Lockwood Gorge section of the South Branch.
Pre Meeting Capsule Classroom
Last Fall we launched a new feature in our meetings, the Capsule Classroom. It consists of a short focused session right before our formal meeting (and repeated immediately after our formal meeting and maybe during the break depending upon circumstances). Each session features a presentation and demo by one of our Chapter members or a Guest on a topic that will improve your skills in tackle management, fly tying, or casting. To date, Bill Ninke and Lou DiGena have been presenting topics they have believed are of interest. They will continue to shepard this feature. But, other Chapter members certainly have topics to contribute. So, if you have something to present, please talk with Bill or Lou and they will work with you on scheduling and publicity. Meanwhile, the next Classroom will feature a new yarn strike indicator.
“Tight line nymphing is very effective on our local small freestone streams. But for nymphing larger streams, a strike indicator is often needed. I’ll show you how to make a light weight and very sensitive indicator using combed out macramé yarn and an orthodontist rubber band. This indicator was originated by Pat Dorsey of the Blue Quill Angler shop in Colorado. He wanted an indicator that is easy to install and adjust, lands softly on the water and telegraphs the lightest strikes. After using his indicator for a year, I find he has certainly achieved his design objectives.”
American Legion Hall
Spring is two weeks away but as I write these words the snow is flying and the world is white. This is ironic since there has been very little snow this winter in our area. Although the winter was not as mild as last year there have a number of good days for winter angling. Everyone I know who has been out this winter has met with success on the water.
The season opener of trout season is less than a month away. As you are going through your gear and getting ready, why not consider donating gear you no longer use to Central Jersey Trout Unlimited? This is the last month that we are accepting donations for the upcoming flea market at the Pequest hatchery. Last year we had a very successful fund raising event where we sold donated items. Members then returned all or some of the funds back to the chapter as a donation. We raised over $1000.00 dollars for conservation in a weekend and we hope to repeat that this year. We are accepting donations of any type of outdoor sporting equipment. We prefer an out right donation, but if you are looking to get some money back for yourself we can sell the items on consignment as well. Please bring your items to the next general meeting on March 12th. If you are planning on attending the event you can also bring them directly to us at the hatchery on March 23 or 24. We are also in need of volunteers to help out that weekend. We need members to help out in a number of ways. We need help in the flea market, our informational booth located inside the hatchery as well as helping out up at the fish pond. Please contact me if you are interested.
The annual cleanup on the Musconetcong River will take place on Saturday, April 13th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. As always we will be looking for volunteers to help out. Please save the date we will provide more details in next month's newsletter.
Our March speaker will be Len Ruggia, who is a guide and fly tyer at Shannon's Fly & Tackle. He will be presenting a program entitled "Guide Flies for the Gorge" and will demonstrate patterns he's developed and ties for year-round fishing in Ken Lockwood Gorge. It should be a very informative presentation, one you don't want to miss if you fish the gorge.
On Saturday, March 16, 2013, NJ State Council of Trout Unlimited is sponsoring March Fly Tying Madness at The Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, NJ 07016. Hosted by Rahway River TU, the event begins at 9am. Tyers are asked to donate flies for NJ Project Healing Waters and Casting For Recovery programs. Door prizes will be awarded to participants and complimentary lunch will be served. A number of tiers from CJTU will be present, if you tie your own flies come out and join us.
A number of members have expressed an interest in starting up our trips program up again. I would like to get some feedback from our members on where folks would like to go. It could be local as well as involving some travel. We have groups of CJTU members heading out to fish all the time. Many of us would be more than happy to invite some additional people along as well as plan a specific trip if enough folks are interested. Feel free to contact me anytime to discuss putting together a fishing trip.
We are looking to expand our DVD "rental program". As you know we offer free DVD rentals to chapter members. These DVD's are available to active chapter members free of charge. In order to purchase additional titles we will be asking members interested in taking out a DVD to purchase a $5.00 video library card. This annual fee will allow us to update out library and replace damaged titles. All holders of a valid "library card" will still be able to borrow DVD free of charge.
As a final note I would like to mention if you ever considered getting more involved in the chapter we would welcome your participation. A great way to get introduced to what goes on behind the scenes is to attend a board of directors meeting, our board meetings are always open to all members. So if you have thought about becoming more involved in your chapter come out to a meeting and check things out. Our board of directors meets the first Tuesday of every month at the same location as our general meetings.
Fly of the Month
“Grey over Pink Woven Czech Nymph”