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January 2017

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General Meeting - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Andrew Dang
"Youth in Trout Unlimited"


Andrew Dang is a sophomore at the Wilberforce School. He’s had a love for fishing since he was 4 years old, and has since developed a love for fly fishing and conservation. Two years ago Andrew attended the 4th annual TU Teen Summit in North Carolina, where he began his involvement in the TU Teens program. Following the Summit Andrew participated in the Youth Leadership Council (YLC), a teen-based volunteer group that works to bring more teens to love conservation and fly fishing. Later that year Andrew was selected to attend the TU Headwaters Youth Council in Washington D.C., where he met with the TU board of Trustees to discuss the future of TU Teens. Since then Andrew has attended the 2016 TU Teen Summit, on Georgetown Lake in Montana, where he filmed the official TU Teens video and led several other projects. Andrew was also the CJTU representative at the 2015 annual New Jersey Fly Fisherman of the Year Competition and is the newest member of CJTU Board of Directors. . Outside of conservation, Andrew absolutely loves fly fishing and film-making. Andrew avidly fly fishes for trout in NJ and PA, and also enjoy making videos of his trips while fishing.

Come join us and experience the insights of a remarkable young man as Andrew presents the video he made for the 2016 TU Teen Summit.

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

Garden State Outdoor Sports Show

January 12 - 15, 2017

New Jersey Convention & Expo Center
Edison, NJ

The Fly Fishing Show

January 27 - 29, 2017

Garden State Exhibit Center
Somerset, NJ

Central Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Fly Tying School 2017

Dates: February 1, 8, & 15, & March 1, 8, & 15, 2017

Time: 7:30 to 9:30 PM

Registration Fee

$75.00 for Beginners, Materials and Tools provided.
$50.00 for Intermediate Courses (Students must have there own vise and tools.)

This year we will again be offering the following courses:

Beginners Fly Tying Class:This is our entry-level class for the persons just getting started in fly tying or who has very little experience. We will cover the basic tools, techniques and materials necessary to tie a variety of basic flies, concentrating on patterns that work well on local rivers and streams.

Intermediate Fly Tying Class: This class is for the intermediate tier who has acquired the basic skills in handling tools and materials either by previously taking a beginners course and/or tying flies regularly for a year.

Tier’s Round Table: The “Fly Tying Workshop” is now the “Tier’s Round Table.” Bring your vise and materials to our Tier’s Round Table, learn a new fly and/or get help fellow members on patterns old and new. The “Tier’s Round Table” is self-directed and no formal instruction is planned. All we request is a donation of $5.00 per session to help defer the cost of the hall.

Fly tying sessions will be held in the American Legion Hall, New Market Road, Dunellen, NJ 08812. Click here for directions.

This course is open to members and nonmembers. We welcome anyone who has an interest in CJTU and/or the sport of Fly Fishing or Fly Tying.

We have many talented instructors who are more than willing to pass on the legacy. We expect to have an instructor for every four students, enabling each person to have a great amount of individual attention.

A list of basic tools, materials and hooks will be provided.

You can sign up at the General Chapter Meeting held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month or contact:

Bart Lombardo:

Our courses are taught in a relaxed atmosphere of camaraderie. We feel that with the patient, guiding help of our instructors, everyone will finish the course with a good working knowledge of how to tie flies.

Please register early so CJTU can plan ahead to make your course a success.

Remember to bring a light for your vise, lighting conditions in the building might not be as bright as you may like.

Winter Shows

Join Central Jersey Trout Unlimited at two area shows this month. The first show is the Garden State Outdoor Sports Show at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center (Raritan Center Expo Hall), in Edison NJ. The show starts on Thursday, January 12, and wraps up on Sunday, January 15, 2017. For more information or to purchase advance tickets visit

The second event is the Fly Fishing Show at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, NJ. The show begins on Friday January 27 and runs until Sunday January 29, 2017. You can get all the details and purchase advance tickets at

President’s Letter

January 2017

Well first of all, I would like to wish you a "Happy New Year!" This will indeed be a happy new year for me and you alike if we catch and release a good number of trout in 2017. The water levels of the South Branch and Musky have risen to a slightly higher level with the rains during the last month. Those members who have fished recently have done fairly well for winter fishing. I have heard that there remain a considerable number of large trout in the South Branch and Musky. If we're blessed with a couple of warm days in the high 40's this month I may get a chance to fish. We'll see!

Show Time has arrived again. We will have a booth at both The Garden State Outdoor Show and The Fly Fishing Show. You will see the dates of the shows listed in this issue of Mainstream. If you're at the show and see our booth, please stop by and say hello.Orvis Rod I'm always interested in meeting members of our Chapter that I haven't met. Don't forget to take a chance at our raffle prizes. We're raffling a spinning rod & reel outfit at "The Garden State Outdoor Show". We're also raffling off the Orvis glass rod and reel outfit at both shows. The Orvis outfit is the perfect outfit for dry fly fishing. It would make a nine inch trout feel like a decent fish yet it will subdue a large trout with time and effort.

As I mentioned last month, we're embarking on another major stream improvement effort. We are meeting with one of our state biologists this week to discuss our areas of interest. By the February general meeting we will have decided on where we will spend some of our conservation funds. This effort is what TU is truly about. Also the expenditure of money will explain CJTU’s need for constant funding.

We have created several different committees on our board of directors. The committee chairs will speak briefly at our February meeting, all in the hope of including people from our general membership on their committees. There are those of you who will feel great satisfaction at being more involved in the working efforts of our chapter. Please keep in mind that I'm one of those people. Despite the presidency requiring a lot of my time, it makes me feel as though I'm personally making a greater difference in our New Jersey trout waters. I enjoy fishing the Point Mountain TCA area on the Musky. I owe thanks to the people before me who took on the effort to improve that water. Because of their work I have an excellent stretch of the stream to fish. For that I'm grateful!

Tight Lines
George Hryvniak

Fly of the Month

“Marabou Streamer”

Tied by Ron Ruskai

Marabou Streamer

Click here for the recipe!