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March 2015

News & Events

General Meeting - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Paula Piatt, Trout Unlimited eastern sportsmen organizer, will present "Heads Up! Protecting Our Headwaters and Trout Habitat". Paula, from National TU, will focus on the importance of protecting our wild and native trout populations. Learn why headwater streams are important, as well as the current and potential impacts on the streams and the habitat surrounding them, including pipelines. This presentation also includes information on current legislative issues that affect fish and wildlife habitat, and how local TU chapters can help with advocacy issues.

An avid fly-fisherman and turkey hunter, Paula is a Pennsylvania native, a Lock Haven University graduate and has recently served as associate editor of New York Outdoor News. She lives in Bradford County, PA.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rod Rohrbach

Rod Rohrbach, retired owner of the Little Lehigh Fly Shop, presents his program simply titled "Bugs". Stop being confused by aquatic insects. Rod will provide an easy, humorous, entertaining and understandable approach to entomology for the fly fisherman without the need to acquire a degree in Latin or entomology. You should leave this presentation with a good idea of which fly to use as you fish waterways around the country.

After 30 years as a banker, Rod converted an historic springhouse on the banks of the Little Lehigh into a fly shop. For 15 years he studied this famous limestone's ecosystem while giving hundreds of fly tying and fly fishing lessons and speaking at fishing and social clubs throughout the Mid Atlantic area. Since retiring, Rod spends most of his time camping and fishing around North America.

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

Trout in the Classroom


Teacher Lori Lacaillade's Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program at the Van Holten School in Bridgewater was recently featured on NJTV's Classroom Close Up. TIC is a supplementary educational activity made possible through a partnership between the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and Trout Unlimited. Teachers using the program provide a unique experience for their students and effectively teach lessons in a variety of disciplines.

The Van Holten School in Bridgewater is one of our CJTU Trout in the Classroom schools. It was featured on “Classroom Close Up” on NJTV. The segment can be found here It will also air this coming Sunday March 8th on NJTV at 7:30am, 12:30pm and 7:30 pm and again at the same times on April 5 and April 11.

Bob Horton and Joe Hughes delivered the Rainbow Trout eggs in October, and as can be seen on the video, the fingerlings are doing very well.

Point Mountain Stream Improvement Update

Fred Simonson

We continue to make progress with our Point Mountain Stream Improvement Project. The good news is the hardcopy DEP permits are in hand. However there is an administrative issue surrounding the dates we can work in the river. We are in the process of working through this issue, as well as another administrative issue with the Lands Management Group within the division of Fish & Wildlife.

Obviously we also have a weather issue with all the snow and ice. Our current projected start date has moved from the week of the March 10 to the week of the 16th. We have requested a waiver from Fish & Wildlife for this change.

Obviously there are a number of “balls in the air ” that we are continuing to work to make this project a reality. For all of you that have volunteered to assist with this project we will hopefully have more information at our general meeting Tuesday night.

Musky Project

Fly Tying Demo at Efinger’s

Lou DiGena

February is now behind us, so too is Efinger’s fly tying sale. If you missed it you’ll have to wait until next year to get your 30% off fly tying supplies. Efinger’s also hosted 2 CJTU tiers each Saturday, here are some photos of the tiers in action.

Tying at Effingers

Tying at Effingers

Tying at Effingers

Tying at Effingers

Tying at Effingers

Volunteer! It's very rewarding!

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF)

Please mark your calendar for the following volunteer opportunities:

Saturday - March 21, 2015 - 9:00 AM
Cranford Community Center
220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, NJ

2015 March Fly Tying Madness (3rd Annual) - sponsored by New Jersey Trout Unlimited, hosted by Rahway River Trout Unlimited, event is open to all TU members. The purpose is to tie as many flies as possible throughout the event to be donated to 3 very important organizations: Casting for Recovery, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and Trout Unlimited’s National Veteran's Services Program. Refreshments and lunch will be served and door prizes will be raffled off for those tying. Even if you do not tie, stop in and say hello.

For more information, please visit or to reserve a tying seat, please contact Chris Klopsis at

Sunday - March 22, 2015

Project Healing Waters Fly fishing (PHWFF) began a group earlier last month for female vets with PTSS Veterans at Lyons Hospital in Lyons (Bernards), NJ. Our next fly tying group will be on the afternoon of March 22. At this time, this event is for female volunteers only.

Tuesday - April 7, 2015

Project Healing Waters Fly fishing (PHWFF) Fly tying events with the veterans (both men and women) at Lyons Hospital in Lyons (Bernards), NJ. This group is on the first Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM in Building # 57. The next date is April 7. Come spring, we'll be casting and fishing with those who are able and interested.

In addition, due to popular demand, Project Healing Waters has expanding to include the East Orange VA Hospital. If your available to volunteer for any of the Project Healing Waters events, please e-mail Lyons VA Hospital Project Leader, Stuart Shafran to get on the mailing list for future schedule updates and so that adequate arrangements can be made with the facilities.

Saturday - April 11, 2015

Musconetcong River Clean-up will be April 11th.

If you have any other questions you can contact CJTU's liaison to these program, Margaret "Peggy" Salisbury at

Margaret Salisbury

Presidents Letter

Unfortunately, the snow has struck again and this time canceling our monthly board of directors meeting last Tuesday night. I will provide some quick updates, as we have to reschedule our meeting after out next general meeting.

That said we had our last fly tying class and I was able to share a couple of my favorite streamer patterns with the workshop class. We tied two by John Barr: the “Slump Buster” and the larger “Meat Whistle” both capable of moving larger fish. This is of smaller more aggressive ones to not beat them to it. Thanks to all of the students and instructors that have made our class a success again this year.

For additional fly tying opportunities please join fly tyers from CJTU at the third annual March Madness event on March 21st, 2015. This is sponsored by the NJ State Council for TU and hosted by the Rahway River Chapter. There will be opportunities to tie flies as well as a great opportunity to ask questions of the tiers that are there. Take advantage of having so much local talent in one place. Remember that the flies tied and donated will go to Project Healing Waters, and Casting for Recovery. This is a great opportunity to help these worthy organizations.

Please do not forget that we are still accepting donations of gently used fly-fishing and fly tying gear to support Andrew Dang’s school project that will support Project Healing Waters. Bring items to the next meeting and we will consolidate them and deliver them to Andres. If you forget and still have items see the home page for the address and mailing instructions, as he will be accepting donations through 3-31-15.

This month CJTU will welcome Paula Piatt as our guest speaker. Paula is the TU eastern sportsmen organizer and will be presenting “Heads Up! Protecting Our Headwaters and Trout Habitat” showing us all the importance of protecting out native and wild trout populations.

Please know that out Point Mountain project is moving into the next phase. There will be some action alerts that will go out once the work schedule is finalized. Weather and the snow pack will determine when that happens. This will be the harvesting of large boulders from the hillsides along the stream. We will be looking to have volunteers to assist in patching the holes left behind. Again look out for the action alerts and get involved.

I look forward to seeing you all at the meeting and hope that the weather cooperates. Just think trout season is only about a month away. I think that I will take that long to melt the snow and ice that we currently have.

Tight Lines
Richard Dooley

Fly of the Month

“The Thief”
by Ron Ruskai

The Thief

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