New Jersey Fly Fishing
“Although one of the smallest and most densely populated state in the nation, New Jersey offers endless fishing opportunities. From spring migrations of striped bass and American shad in the Delaware River to bayshores and the Atlantic coastline, there’s something for all anglers.”- N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife
- Island Beach State Park Fishing
- Flynn’s Knoll Striper Fishing
- Toms River offers southern-exposure trout
- Prissywick Shoals Stripers
- Point Pleasant Bluefish
New Jersey Trout Fishing
The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (NJDFW) partnered with Trout Unlimited and other organizations on stream improvement projects, and the NJDFW’s hatchery, built in 1980, is paying dividends. The 1,600-acre facility, one of the foremost trout-rearing facilities in the country, produces more than 700,000 disease- and parasite-free brook, brown, and rainbow trout annually. These stockers range from 10- to 12-inch to 16- to 20-inch trout. The hatchery’s proficiency has allowed the division to expand stocking to fall and winter, making trout fishing in New Jersey a year-round proposition.
In addition, New Jersey trout fishing continues to improve because the number of fishermen has declined, says NJDFW spokesman Al Ivany. “License sales have dropped because of the competition now for free time, and there have been two license price increases over the past few years. We always see a drop in sales after a price increase,” he adds.
The Big Flat Brook starts in the northwest corner of the state and flows south more than 28 miles through mostly public land on the west side of Kittatinny Mountain until it joins the Delaware River at Flatbrookville. Some of the state’s most spectacular unspoiled panoramic vistas lie along its lengths. The river is a classic freestone stream with clear water tumbling over a rock-and-gravel bottom into deep pools and swift, oxygenated rapids and runs ideal for trout.
The Big Flat Brook, however, was almost a river that wasn’t. In the early 1960s, the river was doomed to be swallowed by a 37-mile lake as the result of a proposed dam at Tocks Island on the Delaware River.
The dam was a hotbed of controversy in the Delaware Valley for more than ten years, until Congress declared the area part of the national park system, prohibiting development and shelving the project.
The federal government collected nearly 70,000 acres of land on both sides of the Delaware during the dam preparations. After the project was scrapped, the land went to the National Park Service and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area was born. [See www.nps.gov/dewa/ for maps and more information on the portion of the Big Flat Brook within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The Editor.]
With the Big Flat Brook’s upper reaches surrounded by Stokes State Forest, and the lower reaches in the national recreation area, the river enjoys open space and habitat protection. It also holds a Category One classification from the NJDFW, meaning that it has the highest possible water quality to sustain a trout population.
The Big Flat Brook has several miles of public water above and below the concrete bridge on Route 206. The first 4 miles downstream from the Route 206 bridge to the Roy Bridge on Mountain Road is one of New Jersey’s two designated “fly fishing areas.” The half-mile Blewett Tract portion–the other–on the Big Flat Brook extends from Three Bridges Road to a point upstream of the junction of the Big Flat Brook and Little Flat Brook, and is clearly defined by markers.
Below Roy Bridge along County Road 615, the river widens to 40 to 60 feet. This deeper water holds some of the largest trout. There are posted areas south of Walpack Center at the Overlook Fish and Game Club and Brookhill Farm, but below that more public fishing can be enjoyed down to Flatbrookville and the Delaware River.
From Round Valley to Union Lake, plus three other picks, here are our state’s hottest bass lakes
What you need for saltwater fly fishing in New Jersey
New Jersey saltwater fishing information
Saltwater fly fishing in New Jersey for stripers and bluefish
Located in Northwestern New Jersey, the Big Flatbrook is one of the State’s finest rivers…
Along the New Jersey coast the month of June traditionally holds some of the best fishing since the onset of the early spring
There is quite a lag between time of high and low tides and time of the change in direction in some of the favorite local haunts…
Fall fishing for stripers, blues & weakfish in New Jersey
Now is the time when jumbo blues and cow stripers put on the feedbag in preparation for the long winter ahead.
general fishing guide for fishing in the Skylands
Hundreds of square miles of beaches, jetties, inlets, and flats make the Garden State one of the best saltwater destinations on the East Coast.
kayak fishing in New Jersey
Advice is focused on fishing the New Jersey surf, jetties, back bays, and from a boat
Depending on the season, the waters around Liberty State Park hold winter flounder, blackfish, tomcod, summer flounder, bluefish and striped bass…
fishing Capoolong Creek in New Jersey’s Hunterdon County
Saltwater fly fishing for stripers in New Jersey’s Raritan Bay
Pound for pound, the hybrid striped bass rates right up there with the best of the fresh water fish when it comes to putting up a good fight once hooked
Shaped by storm and tides, Island Beach State Park is a narrow barrier island stretching for 10 miles between the restless Atlantic Ocean and the historic Barnegat Bay.
New Jersey trout fishing on the Tom’s River
Trout and striper fishing on Lake Hopatcong
After the rod and reel, the fly Line is the next important piece of tackle.
Barnegat Bay is one of New Jersey’s most prolific bay systems.
A classic meadow rill Populated Exclusively by wild browns, sometimes up to 18” inches…
In Monmouth County, just to the south of Sandy Hook, there are approximately twenty-five miles of coastline that are available for the fly fisher to shoot the suds…
The Musconetcong River, also known as the “Musky,” is located in Northwest New Jersey, and offers fine angling throughout the season.
New Jersey saltwater flies from Bayshore Saltwater Flyrodders
Now is the time when jumbo blues and cow stripers put on the feedbag
Overlooked Angling in the Garden State
Saltwater fishing for bluefish in New Jersey
The northern portion of coastal Ocean County stretches from the Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet, a distance of approximately twenty-five miles…
The Paulinskill River is a wonderful New Jersey trout stream.
The Pequannock River offers the longest stretch of wild trout waters in the state
The Pequest River, located in Northwestern New Jersey, is well known for the abundance of trout found in its waters, and the fish hatchery located along its banks.
The Ramapo River in northern New Jersey flows from New York state, and offers anglers good early season fishing for holdover and stocked trout.
The Rockaway River, located in Northern New Jersey, is just 30 to 40 miles outside of New York City.
New Jersey’s Saddle River is known to most anglers as a “Put and Take” stream.
A tremendous number of fly fishing opportunities are available in the Sandy Hook area of NJ, for both the shorebound longrodder and recreational boater.
Sandy Hook (above) is a seven-mile barrier spit surrounded by water on three sides. It offers public beach access to world-class striped bass fishing within sight of the New York City skyline.
which saltwater fly patterns are most effective for catching stripers, blue
The South Branch of the Raritan, in Northwestern New Jersey, is an outstanding river with good hatches and an abundance of good-sized trout.
Southern New Jersey boasts about some phenomenal opportunities for the fly fisherman
Fly fishing for stripers in New Jersey in spring
Sandy Hook Bay holds some of the best spring fishing for striped bass and bluefish for the saltwater flyfisherman in New Jersey.
If you fly fish in Saltwater here in the Northeast, eventually you will come to grips with the lure of catching large stripers on the fly.
Fly fishing for striped bass in New Jersey in winter
a great source for striped bass fishing information
A great resource for saltwater fishing in New Jersey
The stripping basket’s purpose is to help control the excess line; from Bob Popovics
Fly fishing for bluefish in New Jersey in summer
You’ll find bluefin tuna swinging into Sea Isle Ridge this year.
trout fishing in New Jersey today is better than it has ever been…
Bob Popovics’ Surf Candy, as shown here, had evolved from years of experimenting with epoxy.
Surf fishing from jetties in New Jersey
Saltwater fly fishing club in New jersey.
Bayshore New Jersey Saltwater fly fishing club .
Established in 1966, the Berkeley Striper Club is one of the largest and most active surf-fishing clubs in New Jersey.
The Pequannock River Coalition is dedicated to the preservation of the Pequannock River as a natural, recreational, aesthetic and water supply resource
dedicated to fly fishing in southern New Jersey
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various NJ saltwater fishing reports
Lower Delaware, Musconectong, Pequest, & So. Branch of the Raritan
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