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November 2014

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General Meeting - Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 2014

“Late Fall Trout Fishing”

Presented by Tim Flagler

Tim Flagler

For his presentation, Tim will be discussing the ins and outs of late Fall trout fishing here in New Jersey. Throughout the presentation, he will be showing stunning HD video of what trout are most likely feeding on this time of year, what patterns can be used to imitate that food and what tactics fly anglers can use to best present such offerings.

Tim Flagler is the owner of Tightline Productions, L.L.C., a video production company located in Califon, NJ. Although Tightline produces video programs over a wide range of topics, their speciality is fly fishing. Almost every week they produce a new fly tying or “how to” video which appears not only on their Vimeo and YouTube channels but on and the Orvis fly tying blog as well. These videos often get picked up by other sites too, including Frankenfly, Chiwulff, The Limp Cobra, Globalflyfisher, Gink and Gasoline and Wideopenspaces, just to name a few. Many of the tying videos take the viewer well beyond just the tying of the fly and show what it looks like underwater, what natural it represents and how it can be fished.

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

2014 International Fly Tying Symposium

November 22nd and 23rd 2014
Garden State Exhibit Center, Somerset, NJ

Fly Tying Show

Central Jersey Trout Unlimited is participating in the 2014 The International Fly Tying Symposium this November 22nd and 23rd. Our booth is in the main hall at the Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873

Like most shows we can always use volunteers at the booth. Right now we have a little more than half of our 1-hour time slots filled.

Volunteers can buy discount tickets for the show from the chapter. However there is limited number of discount tickets.

Tickets are normally $15.00 you can buy yours from chapter for $10.00. We are offering a few discounts tickets to the membership at our November general meeting. These tickets are on a first come basis.

See me, Lou DiGena, at our November 11, 2014 meeting.

NJDEP Announces Winter Trout Stocking

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will be releasing 9,500 yearling brown and rainbow trout just in time for the long Thanksgiving weekend. The trout, 8 to 10 inches in length, will be distributed into 23 lakes around the state beginning Monday, November 24.

This winter stocking is in addition to the 25,000 trout released in 17 streams and 14 lakes in October. A number of those trout, including some of the 500 large rainbow broodstock, still remain for anglers.

For more information, including the stocking schedule, visit on the Division's website.

Dick Turse Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

NJ LifeTime Award

Many of you may know Dick Turse as our treasure, but Dick has worn many hats for the chapter. As a founding member of Central Jersey Trout Unlimited he as served as President, Treasure, and Secretary, which is only a few of the many positions he’s held. He is one of the states leading trout advocates and instrumental in the running of our chapter.

Dick has and still participates in all the activities with the chapter, whether it’s delivering eggs for Trout in the classroom (TIC), filing the financial report with nation, organizing the show schedule, teaching fly tying at our Fly Tying School, or filing our financial report and taxes.

This are but a few reasons Dick Turse was honored at the NJTU dinner and receive NJ Trout Unlimited's Lifetime achievement award.

It goes with out saying, but this chapter success is directly tied to the dedication and commitment of Dick Turse.

Dick, I’d like to say THANK YOU for years of service to Trout Unlimited and this chapter.

Lou DiGena
Membership Chair CJTU

2014 New Jersey Fisherman of the Year Contest

Fish Landed

The 5th Annual NJ Fly Fisherman of the Year Contest was held on Saturday, November 1, 2014. As in previous years the event was held at the Raritan Inn Bed & Breakfast private section of the South Branch of the Raritan river and is sponsored by Shannon’s Fly and Tackle, Raritan River Inn and NJ Trout Unlimited.

The contestant were representatives of one of the ten New Jersey Trout Unlimited Chapters our local watershed organizations and Casting for Recovery. The rules were simple fish two beats in the morning and the angler with the most points (5 points per fish + 1 point per inch), Brook and Brown trout had an additional multiplier of 1.4 and 1.2 respectively.

By the Fire

Each contestant was allowed three of the same flies for the first two beats. If the angler lost their flies they had to stop fishing with only the points accumulated to that point. Any pattern could be used with the exception of molded metal heads (jigs) and tube flies. In the finals the contestant could change flies and like the earlier rounds was limited to three flies.

Water levels this year were low and clear with low temperatures and moderate rain, so conditions were less than ideal.

Measuring Trout

Representing the chapter was Rick Dooley who did his best in the to get on the board, but after losing two flies early on had to fish cautiously. Despite Rick’s best efforts the came up fishless as did all but three other competitors. The conditions contributed to very low number of fish hookups.

The three anglers that did connect were automatically in the finals. After lunch and a short break the finalist gathered to fish the main pool in the river, which was broken down into three beats. They fished hard but in the end last year’s winner landed the most inches and Fredy De Leon representing the Ridge and Valley chapter took the title again of New Jersey Fly Fisher of the year.

Congratulation to Fredy and all the participants and to the fans and hecklers on the sidelines who braved the wet cold weather.

Rick, Barry and Bart

President’s Letter

November 2014

This will be one of my last President Letters to you. My term is coming to an end at the end of the year and our by-laws dictate that it is time to pass the torch. I have reached the end of my term limit and can no longer continue as Chapter President. I have thoroughly enjoyed my years as president of this chapter. We have a very dedicated Board of Directors, it has been a pleasure working with them and the other officers of the chapter. Although I am stepping down as President I plan on staying very involved with the chapter. I am looking at this as an opportunity to take on other roles and help get some new initiatives off the ground.

At this time we do not have a firm commitment from anyone to take over as president. I am asking each one of you to consider stepping up and take on the leadership role of Chapter President. This very rewarding position, is not difficult and you would be given the necessary support from your Chapter's Board, and myself. This issue is a serious one. Your Chapter Board of Directors does not have a replacement to fulfill this position. With this being said and in accordance with Chapter and National by-laws, the Chapter cannot function without a President and therefor may be forced to fold. This is the last thing I would like to see happen, especially after so many years of our Chapter's existence and service it has provided to you, the members. If you have any interest in the position please reach out to me (bartlombardo@ and I can provide more information about the role.

We have a great speaker for this month's meeting. If you have spent any time on the internet viewing fly fishing or fly tying videos you have most certaining come across the work of Tim Flager and Tightline Productions. Tim produces the highest quality fly tying videos I have ever seen and he is an accomplished angler to boot! He has a stunning HD video presentation on late fall trout fishing that you will not want to miss. So come out and jion us this Tuesday night at 8:00pm.

I have dusted off my fly tying desk and have begun tying flies in earnest again. Although I will often sit down and knock out a pattern or two to refill a fly box throughout the year I do most of my tying during the winter months. It's this time of year that I inventory my materials, figure out what needs to be replensished and try and come up with list of new materials to try out. I usually have a running list of new patterns I want to tie and I want to make sure I have the materials needed on hand. Next will come an inspection of all the fly boxes used during the year. This will result in more lists of patterns that need to be tied.

Do I have any trips lined up? Of course I do! More flies to tie! Why mention all this? I'll tell you...the annual Fly Tying Symposium is right around the corner. This show is in it's 24th year and it still continues to grow. It is a great opportunity to stock up on the materials you need. In addition it is a chance to rub elbows with some of the best fly tiers in the world. This year Central Jersey Trout Unlimited will have a table at the show. We'll be there to answer questions about our chapter and show off some of our members fly tying skills. Stop by and say hello if you at the show. The dates are November 22nd and 23rd, the show is taking place at the Garden State Exhibit Center, in Somerset, NJ.

While still on the subject of fly tying our third fly swap for the year is coming to an end this month. This swap's theme of "go to patterns" has me very excited. I can't wait to see what all of our tiers consider their "go to" flies. It should be a great selection.

Do you want to learn more about fly tying? Your opportunity to do so is right around the corner. We will be kicking off our annual fly tying classes in January. We have classes for every skill level from novice to expert the cost is only $50.00 and it is a great excuse to get out of the house and do something fishing related in the middle of the winter. Check out our website for all the details.

I don't have any news on our Point Mountain restoration project to share with you other than we are still in a holding pattern waiting for permits to be approved. The chapter is currently developing a list of future projects, so if anyone has a suggestion for a project for CJTU please reach out for me or one of the board.

I want to wrap things up by recognizing the work of our chapter Treasurer, Dick Turse. Dick was recently given the Lifetime Acheivement Award from the New Jersey State Council. Dick Turse is one of the few remaining founding members of CJTU. He has been active in the chapter since it's inception, serving as a member of the board for the most of that time. Dick has held nearly every position as an officer including several terms as president. He currently is the chapter's treasurer. He works tirelessly in all areas of the chapter in addition to serving as treasurer. During my tenure as president Dick has truly been my "right hand man". He has always been passionate in regards to Trout Unlimited and is always on constant on alert for issues that may effect our chapter. I consider him one of the hardest working volunteers in our chapter. He is an effective communicator who engages other board members on a regular basis to keep them informed on current events. I could not think of anyone more qualified to receive the lifetime achievement award. Congratulations!

Tight Lines
Bart Lombardo

Fly of the Month

“Bead-Head Antron Prince”
by Ron Ruskai


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