Serious fishing talent on loan for 4 Wednesday nights

2018 Hatches Presentations

Beginning this Wednesday evening @ 6:30 p.m. and continuing for the next three weeks (4 classes total) a fine instructional staff has been organized to present a wide ranging view of the South Branch hatches,  the flies that imitate them, and presentation skills to hook the hungry trout.

Winter fishing has been terrific.   Plenty of fish are in the waters and the cold is fleeing. 

The team presenting has thousands of combined hours of expert fishing experience and teaching techniques ready for your enlightenment.

2-21 Tim Flagler -  Tightline Productions, L.L.C. is a video production company located in Califon, New Jersey. Since their start in 1997, they have produced video programs for broadcast, DVD and the web, over a wide range of topics but their specialty is fly tying and fishing.

2-28 / 3-7 John Collins – a master a tying flies and a terrific guide John will lead a class loaded with tips and techniques.  John’s Youtube postings are highly sought for his skillful creations.

2-28 / 3-7 Jim Holland – A lifelong fisherman, Holland teaches at Villa Walsh Academy and is a co-owner of Shannon’s Fly and Tackle Shop in Califon. He writes a fishing column in the Black River Journal and sponsors numerous children’s events along the South Branch. His words hold the audience and insights make each of us a better fisherman.

3-14 Matt Grobert   -  An accomplished fisherman, author and instructor Matt will be in the clean-up position tying all the loose ends together for the 2018 Hatches series.

Join us for the nights you can, or every night in the series.  Register at the opening link above by Tuesday so we can put some lite fare dinner on the table for your arrival.

All classes will be held at the Raritan Inn conference room.

$40.00 per class for members, $65 for non-members.

See you then!

Bill & Marcia, Raritan Inn

Jim and the team, Shannon’s Fly and Tackle.

Spring Stocking is complete. Come meet the trout! 


The members have been having a GREAT spring experience on the waters.  Take a look at Tim Flagler’s video of last week’s stocking.

The waters are perfect. There are lots of fish. The evenings are getting longer and temperatures are perfect.  

Jim and his team are running a one day Fly Fishing School on the grounds on Saturday if you needs a tune-up or know a novice who may have interest.

They are not tying up the waters so come on out !

Bill is running an NRA BASIC PISTOL class in the conference room Saturday May 6th with shooting on Sunday at Cherry Ridge Range. A few spots are open if you want to know how to handle and shoot a pistol safely. Also instructing: Charlotte Asdal (Intercollegiate All-American Pistol Team 2013-2017)

Advice from Joan Flagler:  “ Come use the Shannon’s Shack for a dinner experience and cookout.  I brought over some chicken to grill and salads.  We had a great time watching the evening settle in”   

Members using the log-in / log-out have increased.  Thank You and we are here to help if you don’t know how to access your account.

We hope to see you on the waters.  

Jim Holland, Shannon’s Fly and Tackle

Bill & Marcia Asdal, Raritan Inn

NJ Fish and Game Regulations Apply

Hi All, 

  Opening day has come and gone with smiling faces, strong river fun, and plenty of fish hooked and landed.   Thanks to those who joined us for the comradery.

REMINDER -  we are still operating under NJ Fish and Game regulations which includes a provision that the river is CLOSED on Tuesday’s for stocking until 5:00 p.m.

We HAVE had Game Warden social visits, so it would be best to stick to the state rules for Tuesdays.

REMINDER - we appreciate everyone checking in and out of the waters on your personal account at . Most are doing this.  If you are having technical difficulties let us know and we can set you up.

REMINDER - the fridge is full, the average time on the waters is 5 ½ hours (!) so come out, hang out and you don’t have to eat out.  

See you on the waters.

Bill & Marcia, Raritan Inn

Jim,  Shannon’s Fly and Tackle