Spring 2018 Update !

April 28, 2018

Spring so far has been a little fickle. Conditions have been cooler and wetter than normal but there have been so nice surprises. Perhaps the biggest is the return of some nice Hendrickson, Ephemerella subvaria hatches along with strong numbers of Blue Quills, Baetis tricaudatus and Paraleptophlebia adoptiva. With higher than average flows and cooler water temps in the mid forties, the fish haven't always been on them but they are now. Expect the Hendrickson hatches to dwindle but the fish will feed deliberately on them both during the initial hatch in the afternoon and especially on the spinners at dusk. This has been true of the Quill Gordons as well.


Caddis have been very abundant this spring. Along with Early Black Caddis, Chimarra aterimma and Grannoms, Brachycentrus sp. good numbers of Cinnamon Sedges, Hydropsyche sp. began to appear on the water and they are big size 14-16. Use a Tan Caddis Larva but we've been focusing on the emerger stage and the adult stage later in the day. So what does this all mean? Here is a quick list of my favorite flies for the weekend by species. I'm also recommending scuds (size 14-18) as random stomach sampling has indicated that the trout are actively pursuing this important food right now. 

                            For May Flies:                                                 For Caddis:

                               Nymph: Pheasant Tail #14-20                 Larva: Beadhead Tan Caddis Larva #14-18

                               Nymph: Hare's Ear #12-18                       Larva: JC's Electric Caddis Larva #14-18

                               Emerger: Grey RS2 #16-20                    Emerger: LaFontaine's Sparkle Pupa Olive or Tan #14-16

                               Emerger: Pheasant Tail Wet #14-16       Dry: JK's Grannom #14-16

                               Emerger: Hendrickson #14                       Dry: Elk Hair Caddis Brown, Tan or Grey #14-16                                Emerger: Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle #14-16  Dry: JC's Peacock Caddis #14,

                                                                                                      Henryville Special #14-16

                               Dun: Hendrickson #12-14               Egg Laying Adult: Spent Caddis Peacock, Tan, Grey #16

                               Dun: Blue Quill, Parachute Adams #16  

                               Spinner: Rusty Spinner #12-18               


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 - https://vimeo.com/channels/patterns  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.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3d6vnoSYRk  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   - https://www.amazon.com/Fly-Fishing-Jersey-Trout-Streams/dp/1571884173  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