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March 2018

General Meeting

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Matt Grobert

NJ Hatches and Their Imitations

Matt Grobert

This renowned local fly tyer and author will cover the more common aquatic insect hatches to New Jersey and offer some of his innovative patterns and how to fish them for consistent success. Matt will share his thought process on why and how he chooses his patterns and tips on how to get the most production out of them.

Matthew is a life-long resident of New Jersey. He has been fly fishing and fly tying for 45+ years, having started both at 10 years old, with borrowed equipment and tools. The first flies he tied were the brightly colored flies shown in the fly plates in Ray Bergman’s classic book, Trout. Those flies took trout, small bass and sunfish, but it was the trout he caught that inspired him to learn more about the Catskill tradition of fly tying and fly presentation to lure trout to fur and feathers on a hook. When Matt reached high school, classes came second to time on the water, and despite a less than stellar attendance record, he still managed to graduate on time. In the years following, he has traveled the country extensively in search of trout and a better understanding of the rivers and insects they live in. Most recently, he is the featured fly tyer in dozens of instructional fly tying videos produced by Tightline Productions, which can be viewed on Youtube and Vimeo. Matt published his first book in 2008 – Fly Fishing New Jersey Trout Streams. He previously wrote the weekly New Jersey Fly Fishing column for The Star Ledger, Beginners Corner for the Northeastern Fly Fishing Guide, and has appeared in Fly Fisherman and Fly Rod and Reel Magazines. Matt is an expert fly tyer and an accomplished fly fisherman who lives to better understand aquatic insects, trout and the rivers they live in. He has been teaching all disciplines of fly fishing for over 30 years.

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

                                    As I sit here writing this letter, we're dealing with our second Nor'easter in five days. We had a few good days to fish in January and February, but this March stinks so for. The streams are so high that even if it warmed up and stopped raining, we're at least a week or two away from a fishable height. The reason being the ground is so saturated that it cannot absorb any more water.

I always try to fill you in on my fishing exploits over the last month. Molder's Fish Preserve is only twenty minutes from my home in Marlboro. A few of us have been testing it since we're having our fly casting course there on April 21. Molder's allows us to fish catch and release with barbless hooks for $12.00 a day. If you go there to fish, make sure you tell them you're from CJTU. You can always keep some fish for a fee. He stocks the large trout pond with rainbows and tigers. It was last stocked in November, so there are less trout there now, and those there tend to be spooky.

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Embedded in this letter is a picture of a thirteen-inch tiger I caught and released about three weeks ago. They are basically silver since I think they feed on minnows exclusively. I couldn't capture the vermiculation in the picture. I did see it though on the fish's back in the sunlight. BTW, the last time I was there I saw a large tiger about seventeen inches near the bank waiting to ambush some baitfish. I tossed my wollybugger in his view but he spooked.

Molder's is waiting for the path to the trout pond to dry up so the stocking truck can get to the pond to stock. They told me hopefully that will happen in the next couple of weeks. You can phone them at 732-446-2850 in a couple of weeks to ask if it has been stocked.

Don't forget our Musky cleanup and stream walk afterwards on April 14. We will meet at 9:00 at the small parking area on Point Mountain Road. If you want to learn which flies to fish and the pools to fish on the TCA Point Mountain Stretch, this is your chance. Please sign up for the cleanup and stream walk at the meeting on March 13.

On March 24 and 25 we will be at the Pequest Open House. We're asking for any old fishing equipment that you no longer use, so we can sell it there. Last year we did very well raising funds by selling flies and the donated used equipment. Please consider looking through your basement and garage to see what you can donate and bring your donation to our meeting on March 13.

In April we're going to be at Rutger's Day on Saturday April 28. That is always a super event to get our TU conservation message out to thousands of people.

Again, this month we have another interesting speaker, Matt Grobert speaking on New Jersey hatches and their imitations. And as usually, pizza soda and a lot of good prizes. Come out and join us!

Tight Lines,

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.

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Pequest Open House

March 24 & 25, 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 Schools

June 29, 2018

Fly of the Month

“Black Hale Bopp Leech”

Tied by Bill Ninke


Tied in the style of the commercial offering of this pattern from Solitude Flies. My most recent usage was on the Missouri River on a day in early October 2016, where it caught more than a dozen rainbows from 21 to 24 inches in length.

Click here for the recipe!

Central Jersey Trout Unlimited’s Supporters

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