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November 2013

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General Meeting - Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Rick Nyles presents
“Fishing in Central Pennsylvania”

Rick Nyles

Rick Nyles, owner and guide for Sky Blue Outfitters, presents an informative program detailing his experiences "Fishing in Central PA : Penns, Spring, Pine, Big Fishing Creeks ". Rick prides himself as a master dry fly guide and fisherman. A great evening of insights and tips about some of the best trout streams our neighboring state Pennsylvania has to offer.

Pre Meeting Capsule Classroom

Making Really Nice Coiled Strike Indicators  - Bill Ninke

In last month’s Capsule Classroom, Lou DiGena taught how to build a European  nymphing rig with a sighter.  Continuing the European Nymphing Rig theme, this month I will demonstrate my new way of building a coiled monofilament sighter using monofilament, a drinking straw and a needle.  I’ll compare my way with the recommendations of some well-known authors for making such sighters.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

“Not Just Trout”
Wendell 'Ozzie' Ozefovich

Not Just Trout answers the question “Why do we love to fish?” It includes the most picturesque and unique clips of trout in their liquid environment together with other creatures, flora and fauna – both above and below the water’s surface – that were encountered over many years while fishing and filming the underwater world of trout.

Also included are the transformations that wild brook trout go through from the color change in early autumn, to the actual spawning sequence -- and I must include, lots of laughs.

Note: Ozzie will have his DVD's available at a deep discount ... in time for Christmas!

Here is a video link:

American Legion Hall
137 New Market Road
Dunellen, NJ
Meeting starts at 8 PM - Non Members are always welcome!

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NJ Fish Code Regulation Changes

We are nearing the end of the public comment period in response to new fish code regulations proposed by NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife and endorsed by the NJ State Council of Trout Unlimited.  These new regulations will adopt “Catch And Release Only, Artificial Lures And Flies Only” on a 4.2 mile section of the Big Flat Brook River as well as the continuing trout protection within the Ken Lockwood Gorge Trout Conservation Area section of the South Branch of the Raritan River by making this “Catch And Release Only.”  I can’t express enough the importance of this regulation change and what it means for sustained brook trout populations.  

If you have not already done so, please participate in the on-line survey to provide the Division with your valued opinion and support these new proposals.  On-line comments can be made at:

or please provide mailed comments to:
Gary J. Brower, Esq.
ATTN: 05-13-08
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Legal Affairs
Mail Code 401-04L; PO Box 402
401 East State Street, 4th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402

The public comment period closes November 15, 2013

Thanks again for your continued support to New Jersey Trout Unlimited!
Richard Thomas
Council Chair
NJ Trout Unlimited
PO Box 4053Linden, NJ 07828

President’s Letter

November 2013

Every year its seems that time slips away faster and faster. Its hard to believe its November already! It seems like it was just yesterday that I was waiting for the weather to warm and the bugs to start flying again. Now instead of bugs the leaves are flying. In reality, fall is my favorite time of year to be on a trout stream. The fishing can be great but it is not without its challenges. The water can be low and clear making for very spooky fish. Then there are all those flying leaves to contend with. On the plus side you will often find you have the river to yourself, the weather can be fantastic and the fish seem eager to eat when you can catch them off guard and make a good presentation.

We have a quite a bit going on in the upcoming months. This month Central Jersey Trout Unlimited will be attending the 23rd Annual Fly Tying Symposium in Somerset New Jersey on November 23rd and 24th. This is a great event for the fly tier. There will be tiers present from around the world showing off their talents as well as numerous vendors selling fly tying materials. If you at the show stop by our booth and say hello. We'll be raffling off a fly rod made by one of our members, and have some folks at the table tying their favorite flies.

Speaking of fly tying, we are beginning to get ready for our winter fly tying classes. This year we are doing something a little different with our workshop segment of the class. Each night of the five workshops will focus on the complete life cycle of an insect important to the New Jersey trout fisherman. As usual our instructors will strive to show you something you have not seen before or can't pick up in your local fly shop. Classes will start the third week in January. You can find additional information on the workshop as well as our other classes on our website.

I have one last item for the fly tiers in our group. We will be running our first fly swap in the upcoming months. It will work like this. We will select a generic pattern or insect, for example our first fly will be a midge pattern. You'll tie enough flies to provide each participant with one fly. In return you'll receive a fly from each of the other tiers. So if you tied a dozen of the same pattern you get a dozen different flies in return for you efforts. We'll have more information for you as we get closer to the kick off date.

Our trout in the classroom program is now in full swing. Things are progressing nicely with the usual bumps in the road and successes. This year CJTU is assisting 18 schools with their trout in the classroom programs. We are always looking for help with this great outreach program if you interested please contact me and I'll put you in touch with the program coordinators.

We have a great speaker lined up for you this month. Rick Nyles, owner and guide for Sky Blue Outfitters, will present an informative program detailing his experiences "Fishing in Central PA : Penns, Spring, Pine, Big Fishing Creeks ". Rick prides himself as a master dry fly guide and fisherman. It will be a great evening of insights and tips about some of the best trout streams our neighboring state Pennsylvania has to offer.

Come on out to the meeting this Tuesday November 12th and we will give you a free ticket to our bucket raffle if you slap a name tag on your chest. Remember to come out a little early and take part in our capsule classroom. This informative session begins an hour before the meeting and its a great opportunity to pick up some one on one instruction on something that will assist you in pursuit of our favorite fish.

Tight Lines
Bart Lombardo

Fly of the Month

“Mansfield Streamer”
by Ron Ruski

Mansfield Streamer

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