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April 2017

General Meeting

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tim Flagler

“What’s Happening on New Jersey Trout Streams”

Tim Flagler

Tim Flagler, videographer and fly tier, 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 specialty 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 Midcurrent 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.

Tim’s presentation will include a wealth of video about insects, fish, and popular fly patterns and techniques that help you catch trout in the Garden State.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Dick Turse Fishing Collection Benefit

This month we will be making available to our membership for sale many of the rods, reels, fishing books, tying tools and materials our beloved friend, treasurer, CJTU founder, and former CJTU president collected during his long life before his passing this last summer. It will be a night of mixed emotions for many, but Dick’s loving family believes he would have wanted to share this collection and see many of his treasured fishing items find new homes. There are some really nice items in this collection, both for fresh and saltwater fishing. Dick had very good taste. All proceeds will go to Dick’s family.

In addition, we will have a short program by:

Scott Collenburg, Assistant Fisheries Biologist, Division of Fish & Wildlife in the Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries. In 2014, the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife initiated a multi-year assessment to review the current Wild Trout Stream regulations, collect and analyze data, and develop regulations that will better address recreational fishing opportunities for, and conservation needs of, the state's wild trout fisheries. During this presentation Scott Collenburg, a State Fisheries Biologist will be on hand to describe the ideas for the new regulation set. The NJDFW is looking to solicit input and opinions of all anglers on the proposal.

Electrofishing at KLG

Tuesday, June 13, 2016

CJTU Picnic Meeting

Come join us for our very popular event, the 5th annual “A Meeting With Food” to be held in the grove behind the American Legion Hall on Tuesday, June 13th, from 5 to 8 pm. A great opportunity to move into the summer and exchange some fishing stories with new and old friends. We will be cooking up some delicious burgers, hot dogs and sausage along with macaroni and potato salad. Soft drinks and water will be provided and the American Legion Hall will have it's usual full bar available just steps away.

Price is only $10.00, please submit payment to Sal Lauro prior to the event. Hope to see all of you there !

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

President’s Letter

April 2017

April has arrived and so have "April Showers". We are now approaching a point where our drought may finally be over. The ground is saturated from the recent rains and the streams are running high. Unlike last year this is looking like the regular start to spring. My concern is what degree of success did trout's natural predators like blue heron, mink, raccoons, and etc. achieve during last year’s extremely low water. We will see the results, if any, by those of us chasing wild trout in the next several months. Anyway, it's the time of year where we will see our winter dreams about fishing success come to fruition, or so we hope. A month from now I'll be on the West Branch in Deposit hoping for another awesome Hendrickson hatch. I've been thinking about that since the day I left there last May. 

Our first event this month is our annual Musky clean-up of the Point Mountain stretch. We will gather at the Point Mountain Road bridge crossing the Musky at 9:00 a.m. on April 15. We will finish by noon that Saturday. Please come out and join us. It is always a good time. For those of you who are new to the Chapter, it's your chance to get acquainted with this beautiful section of the river. You may consider picking long-time members’ brains for pointers as to where to fish and what to use on this stretch.

On April 23, a number of us will again be tying flies at the Orvis Princeton Store. It's a good time to stop by and pick up any angling items you may need. Then on April 29 we will be at Rutgers Day in New Brunswick. You may consider buying your child or grandchild a stuffed rainbow trout. No! No! a stuffed toy like a Teddy Bear, not a mounted trout. We're selling them as an "Adopt a Trout Program" for the children. The cost is $10.00 and includes a certificate of adoption. With three grandchildren, it will cost me thirty dollars. Oh well, what grandparent doesn't spoil their grandchildren? 

The Pequest Open House was rescheduled for June 3 & 4 because of a late snowfall and soft grounds. It's another great day out. We will have a booth and will also be teaching fly casting during the two-day event. Late on Sunday we will pick the winner of our Orvis rod, reel, and line (a $613 value). Good luck to all of you who have purchased a ticket.  

On June 13, instead of a meeting, we will be having our annual picnic in the grove behind the American Legion. It's $10.00 a ticket with hamburgers, hotdogs, Italian sausage and peppers. I urge you to consider attending. It's not a concern if you don’t know anyone there. I'll be there to greet you and introduce you to members attending the picnic. 

During our April meeting, we will be passing an envelope around to finish collecting funds for our former President who passed away suddenly last June at 46 years old. It's our way to show his family our gratitude for all his years of service and hard work in CJTU. Whatever you can contribute will be appreciated.   

I'm pleased to announce that Marsha Benovengo has joined CJTU and will assume the role of Women's Initiative & Diversity Coordinator. Marsha is an avid fly fisher and has spent years working with Casting for Recovery, Joan Wulff Fly Fishers, and others as well. We look forward to swelling our ranks with woman who have a passion for conservation and fishing. This is a goal of National TU and mine also. Welcome aboard Marsha!

Here's to Spring!

News & Events

Women’s Initiative

Greetings Fellow Central Jersey Trout Unlimited Members:

I am pleased and honored at my recent appointment to the Central Jersey Trout Unlimited (CJTU) Board of Directors, to the position of Women’s Initiative (WI) Chapter Coordinator for CJTU!

In this role, I will serve CJTU to reenergize and grow its membership of women and build an energetic and engaged women’s membership. The Women’s Initiative continues to be a major focus of Trout Unlimited nationally. And, CJTU will be directing some of our energy and resources towards providing opportunities for the growth, involvement, leadership and skills development of our women members. As with all members we will work to discover the interests and experiences of these women, and involve them in all aspects of a vibrant CJTU; while supporting TU’s Mission.

I will be reaching out to our present women members directly, doing outreach to women in the communities which we serve and holding a special gathering to listen, and share ideas and information. Also CJTU will be holding a fishing/casting clinic for our women members and prospective women members as well as a Women’s Day Out fishing event. It is my hope that all CJTU members will embrace our Women’s Initiative.

Growing our membership of women helps to grow the overall membership of CJTU with concerned, involved and diverse members. That makes good sense!

“Thank You” in advance, for your support of our Women’s Initiative and for your welcome of women as full functioning members of CJTU. Please remember to invite a woman to our meetings and events and tell her about our plans! I’m excited about meeting our women members and am looking forward to working with all of you!

If anyone has any questions and/or suggestions please feel free to reach out to me at (732) 780-7185 or via email at

Marsha Benovengo
Woman’s Initiative Chapter Coordinator
Central Jersey Trout Unlimited

Musconetcong River Clean-up

Saturday, April 15, 2017

CJTU will be working again with the Musconetcong Watershed Association on a river cleanup on Saturday, April 15. We will do our annual clean-up of the Point Mountain Stretch of the Musky.

Many of us spend considerable time fishing this area and we are in effect, cleaning up our backyard, so to speak. Central Jersey TU has put in a lot of labor and money to make this stretch what it is today.

We will meet at the Hunterdon County side of the bridge on Point Mountain Road at 9:00 a.m. We will finish up by noon. For those of you who haven't walked this stretch, you'll have Central Jersey TU members, including myself, who will give you some ideas where to fish along the stretch. Come on out on April 15 for a fun time and some inside fishing information.

See you there on April 15!
Tight Lines, George Hryvniak

Musky Cleanup Musky Cleanup

Pequest Open House
and Sportsmen's Flea Market

June 3 & 4, 2017
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily

Due to excessive snow cover and resulting poor condition of the grounds at the Pequest Trout Hatchery, the Open House has been rescheduled from April 1 and 2 to June 3 and 4. The new date will coincide with National Fishing and Boating Week, which runs from June 3 – 11, and the June 10 Free Fishing Day.

Since the Open House has been moved into June, there is still a chance for you to bring us your unused fishing and outdoor gear. In past years we have raised several hundred to over a thousand dollars selling CJTU members old, unwanted gear. This money goes directly to our conservation efforts. We are currently looking to raise funds to support another restoration project on public water, on the Musconetcong River. Please consider making a donation of your unwanted gear to CJTU. You can bring the gear to our monthly meeting thru May. If that is not possible, we can make arrangements to pick the items up at your convienance. If you want arrange for a pick-up please send an email to Thank you in advance for your support.

For information and updates visit on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website.

Point Mountain Stocking 3/30/17

Stocking the Musky
Photo courtesy of Lorne Hargis

Our CJTU/NJFW stocking team had a very successful day at the Musconectcong River Point Mountain TCA. We had 10 members present. By working as a team we dispersed an estimated 900 fish from the 4X4 mule via bucket brigade into the river. The Hunterdon County Parks personnel who drove the 4x4 and helped off load the trout and cooperated with us to get this job done efficiently without any mishaps. Over the last several years we have made an effort to establish a good rapport with both the county parks crew and their county ranger escorts. Perhaps, they don't realize this but they have become valued team members as well. This transition has been achieved by getting to know them and showing respect for the job they are sent to perform. It all centers on the proper means of dealing with people who work with you. In this case it has made the task of stocking that much easier.

Just a note on river conditions, the Musky was running at about 380 cfs's so it was moving rather fast. Under these conditions, it is not safe to venture into the river but instead we passed the buckets to the edge and tossed the fish out into the moving water.

On behalf of the team, I want to thank all 9 members that participated in this the principle stocking of the spring. They are from left to right: Keith Monahan, Michael Stevens, Dan Rodriguez, Kim Ott, Rich Post, Fred Simonson, Ed Kordyla, Emery Mersich, and Lorne Hargis. Not in the photo is Mike Underwood. Again, a job very well done.

Rich Post
CJTU / NJFW Point Mountain TCA Stocking Coordinator

Introduction to Fly Tying at Duke Farms

Fly Tying at Duke Farms

On Sunday, March 26th, CJTU members assisted Duke Farms in introducing steam entomology and fly tying.

Duke Farms mission is to promote stewardship and inspires visitors to become stewards of the land and water. I can’t think of a better way to expose to promote stewardship of our cold-water resources than a streamside introduction into aquatic ecosystems that support trout and clean water.

The class started out with short classroom introduction into the cold-water habitat that supports a healthy trout population. Next, we ventured out to Duke’’s Brook on the farm and sampled macroinvertebrates in the brook. Our sample turned up several cress bugs, scuds, two baby crayfish, and one Early Brown Stonefly (a.k.a. Willowfly). After the sampling, we headed back to the classroom to tie some flies.

In the classroom we watched video on tying wooly buggers then CJTU instructors worked with students in learning to tie wooly buggers. Students learned the basics of thread control, material and then tied. All the students tied at least three wooly buggers, each one getting better.

At the conclusion of the class, we offered some suggestions to fish their flies and places in the local are to fish. Duke Farms is a great venue, and if you have some time this spring, I would recommend visiting the Duke Farms and checking out their classes and don’t forget we will be offering our fly tying school next year.

More photos from this event can be seen here.

Sampling Stream Insects

Fly of the Month

“South Branch Chub”

Tied by Lou DiGena

The South Branch Chub

Here is a little background information on the South Branch Chub from it's originator, Bob Jacklin.

This little sparsely dressed streamer was developed by me for use on small streams for native brook trout in my home state of New Jersey when I was in high school. I would have like to have called it the Little Brook Trout except there was a fly with that name. The little stream I tied it for was the South Branch of the Raritan River. The upper section of this river had a lot of native brook trout, and they were hard to catch. Unlike other buck tails and streamers, this fly was tied sparse and looked like a small minnow or chub, as there was an abundance of chubs in that section of a river.

I named the fly the South Branch Chub after the river I loved to fish. It wasn't until years later when I was living and guiding in the West Yellowstone area that the fly really caught on. The little fly worked great on small streams for small trout. Tied on a size 10 hook and fished in small streams and ponds this fly is second to none. I then tied the fly on a size 8 hook, still sparse, and used it on the spawning run of browns and rainbows in the upper Madison River in Yellowstone National Park. Since that first evening on the Madison about 18 years ago I have caught many large trout on this little-known fly.

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