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April 2018

General Meeting

April 10 – Agust Gudmundsson

NJ Trout Streams and Fish Stories – Part 2


New Jersey Fish & Game Council and NJ TU State Council member, Agust will pick up where he left off from last year’s popular talk on local streams and fish stories. One you don’t want to miss.

May 8 - Bart Lombardo

Pan Fish on the Fly


Do you want to keep fly fishing this summer when its too warm to fish for trout? Why not try fishing for bluegill and other panfish? The bluegill readily takes flies, fights well on light tackle and can be found everywhere. Warm water fly fishing guru and former CJTU president, Bart Lombardo will explore fly fishing for America’s favorite fish.

This presentations will discuss the flies and the techniques to used target bluegill, crappie and other members of the sunfish family. Everyone who attends will be entered in a free raffle for a fly box loaded with effective flies for panfish!

June 12 - Annual Bar-B-Que & Picnic

A meeting outside by the grill. Share good food, good company and a fish story or two. This one starts at 5:00 pm!

American Legion Hall
137 New Market Road
Dunellen, NJ
Meeting starts at 7:30 PM - Non Members are always welcome!

President’s Letter

                                    I'm not sure that this is the April's President's Letter. It seems more like early March. I just checked the weather forecast for the area around The Gorge and Point Mountain, and the area is now experiencing heavy rain and then snow for opening day this Saturday. It is certainly not pleasant weather to fish. Besides, the stream flow in the Musky was at 512 CFS this morning. Oh well, we'll just have to endure the weather and high water if we want to fish opening day! All this, and just when I'm ready to wade a stream again after a knee injury I had in early February. My Buddy, Bart Lombardo, has advised any CJTU members he speaks with not to ask me for any suggestions as to how to wade a stream. My mishap happened while wading The Gorge with Bart. On a serious note, if it weren't for Bart, I might still be trying to get up after my fall. He is a good friend!

If you're interested in finding new places to fish for trout in New Jersey, DO NOT MISS THIS MEETING! Our speaker this month is Agust Gunmundsson who will be presenting the second half of his presentation from last April. He is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to trout fishing in New Jersey. I remember Agust thirty some years ago when he first joined CJTU. From that time, he has made quite a name for himself. Despite that, he is very approachable and easy to talk to. I was delighted when he told me he will try to attend every other CJTU monthly meeting. It's like old times to see him so often.

This is a very busy time of the year for CJTU and for all of us trying to find the time to fish. The following are the various activities in which we are involved in the next few months. Please mark your calendars with these events.

On Saturday, April 14, we'll be meeting at 9:00 a.m. at the parking area on Point Mountain Road near the river. We will begin the day with our annual cleanup of the TCA stretch. The cleanup should take no longer than an hour and a half. After that, we're going to don our waders and hit the river for a stream walk and some fishing. This is an opportunity for those of you who aren't familiar with the TCA stretch to learn the ropes. Those of us who fish it often will share our knowledge in the hope of you experiencing "tight lines" that day. Hopefully, we won't have any snow that day, but who knows with our crazy weather this year.


The next Saturday, April 21, we'll be teaching fly casting at Molder's Fish Preserve's trout pond in Jamesburg. There is a $12 fee to fish and a chance to catch some trout. We're going to cast flies with barbless hooks. This will protect the fish and allow us to release them. There is a opportunity to hook into some larger trout like the rainbow you see here. If you want to take fish home for dinner, there is $6 cost per pound of fish. Not a bad deal to learn to cast and have some fun at the same time.

Please consider donating your no-longer-used fishing items to CJTU to be sold at the Pequest Open House June 2 & 3. We did very well selling items last June and raised additional funds for our conservation efforts.

On May 5 we will be participating in the second annual Califon Trout Fest. Further details about the Trout Fest will appear on our website, Facebook, and Instagram during the next few weeks.

In closing, stay warm this Saturday, "Opening Day", and catch a few trout.

Until next month,

News & Events

Annual Musconetcong River Cleanup & Streamwalk

April 14, 2018

April 14 is the annual Musconetcong River cleanup, followed by a stream walk of Point Mountain. If you want to learn where to fish and what flies to use to be successful there, please join us. We had a blast on our last stream walk there this past November 4.

Musky Cleanup

We need volunteers to help with the Musconetcong River Clean-up.

This year marked the 26th Spring Clean Up on the Musconetcong River. CJTU in conjunction with the Musconetcong Watershed Association will conduct river cleanup on Saturday, April 14, 2018, from Lake Hopatcong State Park to Finesville, NJ. CJTU will do our annual cleanup of the Point Mountain TCA section of the Musky.

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.

I encourage members to get out and participate in this and any cleanup events because you see the direct effects of our impact on rivers and at the end of the day feel the accomplishment of restoring a small stretch of stream.

Lou Digena

Pequest Open House

June 2 & 3, 2018

We are still collecting unwanted outdoor and fishing gear to sell at the Pequest Open House flea market. If you have any items you would like to donate, contact Bart Lombardo

Fly Casting School

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Rutgers Day

Sayurday, April 28, 2018

Califon Trout Festival

May 5, 2018

Fly of the Month

“Golden Retriever”

Tied by Sal Lauro

Golden Retriever

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