New Jersey Fly Fishing

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“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

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.

Unspoiled Waters
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.

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New Jersey Fly Fishing Articles
5-Plus Hot Bass Lakes in New Jersey
From Round Valley to Union Lake, plus three other picks, here are our state’s hottest bass lakes
www.midatlanticgameandfish.com/fishing/bass-fishing/at_aa050603a
A beginner’s primer for the New Jersey salt
What you need for saltwater fly fishing in New Jersey
espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/s/ff_fea_flyrodding_101_NJ.html
ACFishing.com
New Jersey saltwater fishing information
www.acfishing.com
Beating the Springtime Blues
Saltwater fly fishing in New Jersey for stripers and bluefish
www.southjerseycoastalflyanglers.com/000011.htm
Big Flatbrook
Located in Northwestern New Jersey, the Big Flatbrook is one of the State’s finest rivers…
www.flyfishingconnection.com/bigflatbrook.html
Busting the Blues
Along the New Jersey coast the month of June traditionally holds some of the best fishing since the onset of the early spring
stripersurf.com/bustingblues.html
Explaining Tidal Differences
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…
www.stripersonline.com/Pages/Articles/article_tide_differences.shtml
Fall run on now off Jersey coast for stripers, blues weakfish
Fall fishing for stripers, blues & weakfish in New Jersey
espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/s/f_map_04_NJ_Fall_Run.html
Fall Striper & Blue Bonanza in New Jersey
Now is the time when jumbo blues and cow stripers put on the feedbag in preparation for the long winter ahead.
www.midatlanticgameandfish.com/fishing/stripers-hybrids-fishing/AT_0
905_02/
Fishing in Northwest New Jersey Skylands
general fishing guide for fishing in the Skylands
njskylands.com/odfish.htm
Fly Rodding the New Jersey Coast
Hundreds of square miles of beaches, jetties, inlets, and flats make the Garden State one of the best saltwater destinations on the East Coast.
www.flyfisherman.com/northeast/ejnewjersey
Getting Started In Kayak Fishing
kayak fishing in New Jersey
www.njstriper.com/articles/getstartkayak.asp
Getting Started, the series
Advice is focused on fishing the New Jersey surf, jetties, back bays, and from a boat
www.aswf.org/articles/gettinstarted/gettingstarted.html
Give Me Liberty State Park
Depending on the season, the waters around Liberty State Park hold winter flounder, blackfish, tomcod, summer flounder, bluefish and striped bass…
www.njstriper.com/articles/libertystpk.htm
Grass shrimp the ticket to Barnegat tide runners
espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/s/f_map_04_NJ_BBBI_weakfish.html
Hopalong well-stocked Capoolong for solstice trout
fishing Capoolong Creek in New Jersey’s Hunterdon County
espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/s/f_map_04_NJ_Capplong_Creek.html
Hot-wire your spring season with Flynn
Saltwater fly fishing for stripers in New Jersey’s Raritan Bay
espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/s/f_map_04_NJ_Flynns_Knoll.html
Hudson River Angling
www.noreast.com/articlemanager/ViewArticle.cfm?Article_ID=344&startr
ecord=11&sort=date&daysToView=14
Hybrid Stripers
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
www.njskylands.com/odfishybrid.htm
Island Beach State Park
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.
www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/island.html
Jersey’s Toms River offers southern-exposure trout
New Jersey trout fishing on the Tom’s River
espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/s/f_map_04_NJ_TomsR_trout.html
Lake Hopatcong
Trout and striper fishing on Lake Hopatcong
www.njskylands.com/odfishop.htm
Line & Leaders
After the rod and reel, the fly Line is the next important piece of tackle.
www.sulpherdun.com/html/lines___leaders.html
Line Management, After the Cast
www.aswf.org/articles/jim_freda/line_management/line_management.html
Lower Barnegat Bay
Barnegat Bay is one of New Jersey’s most prolific bay systems.
www.flyfishingconnection.com/barnegatbay.html
Manasquan River Sea Run Brown Trout
www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/news/2001/searunbr.htm
Manasquan river special regs
from www.njtrout.com
www.njtrout.com/rivers/pages/manasr.htm
Millbrook: Revistied
A classic meadow rill Populated Exclusively by wild browns, sometimes up to 18” inches…
www.njtrout.com/summernjtrout/millbrook.htm
Monmouth County Area – Sea Bright to Manasquan Inlet
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…
www.flyfishingconnection.com/monmouth.html
Musconetcong River
The Musconetcong River, also known as the “Musky,” is located in Northwest New Jersey, and offers fine angling throughout the season.
www.flyfishingconnection.com/muskenetcong.html
Musconetcong special regs
from www.njtrout.com
www.njtrout.com/rivers/pages/musc.htm
N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife
www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw
New Jersey Beach Access
www.njstriper.com/access.asp
New Jersey saltwater flies
www.aswf.org/saltwater_flies.html
New Jersey saltwater flies
New Jersey saltwater flies from Bayshore Saltwater Flyrodders
www.bayshoresaltwaterflyrodders.com/flies.asp
New Jersey Striper & Bluefish Fall Frenzy
Now is the time when jumbo blues and cow stripers put on the feedbag
www.midatlanticgameandfish.com/fishing/stripers-hybrids-fishing/AT_0
905_02
New Jersey Trout Rivers
Overlooked Angling in the Garden State
way.com/gorp/publishers/countryman/fis_newj.htm
New Jersey’s Bountiful Blues
Saltwater fishing for bluefish in New Jersey
www.midatlanticgameandfish.com/fishing/saltwater-fishing/AT_0605_02/
New Jersey’s Island Beach State Park
flyfisherman.com/northeast/jfislandbeach
New Jersey’s Fall Blitzes
www.flyfishingconnection.com/articles/current/45/New+Jersey%92s+Fall
+Blitzes
NJ Beach Access
www.acfishing.com/beachaccess.html
NJTrout.com
www.njtrout.com
North Eastern Fly Fishing
www.njflyfishing.com
Northeast Tuna on the Fly
www.aswf.org/articles/gene_quigley/netunaonfly/index.html
Northern Ocean County – Pt. Pleasant to I.B.S.P.
The northern portion of coastal Ocean County stretches from the Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet, a distance of approximately twenty-five miles…
www.flyfishingconnection.com/ibsp.html
November ‘eyes no surprise on Jersey waters
espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/s/f_map_04_NJ_walleye.html
Paulins Kill
The Paulinskill River is a wonderful New Jersey trout stream.
www.flyfishingconnection.com/paulenskill.html
Paulinskill special regs
from www.njtrout.com
www.njtrout.com/rivers/pages/prsr.htm
Pequannock Flows
The Pequannock River offers the longest stretch of wild trout waters in the state
www.pequannockriver.org/cgi-bin/bbs/db.pl?func=expand&record_number=
50
Pequannock special regs
from www.njtrout.com
www.njtrout.com/rivers/pages/peqsr.htm
Pequest River
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.
www.flyfishingconnection.com/pequest.html
Ramapo River
The Ramapo River in northern New Jersey flows from New York state, and offers anglers good early season fishing for holdover and stocked trout.
www.flyfishingconnection.com/ramapo.html
Raritan & Sandy Hook Bays
www.aswf.org/articles/jim_freda/raritan_shook/index.html
Reading The Rise
from www.sulpherdun.com
www.sulpherdun.com/html/reading_the_water.html
Reading the Water
from www.sulpherdun.com
www.sulpherdun.com/html/reading_the_water.html
Rockaway River
The Rockaway River, located in Northern New Jersey, is just 30 to 40 miles outside of New York City.
www.flyfishingconnection.com/rockawayriver.html
Saddle River
New Jersey’s Saddle River is known to most anglers as a “Put and Take” stream.
www.flyfishingconnection.com/saddleriver.html
Sandy Hook Area
A tremendous number of fly fishing opportunities are available in the Sandy Hook area of NJ, for both the shorebound longrodder and recreational boater.
www.flyfishingconnection.com/sandyhook.html
Sandy Hook Fall Blitzes
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.
flyfisherman.com/northeast/jfsandyhook
Seven Saltwater Flies for the New Jersey Long Rodder
which saltwater fly patterns are most effective for catching stripers, blue
www.aswf.org/articles/gene_quigley/7saltflies/7saltflies.html
South Branch of the Raritan
The South Branch of the Raritan, in Northwestern New Jersey, is an outstanding river with good hatches and an abundance of good-sized trout.
www.flyfishingconnection.com/southbranchraritan.html
South Jersey Fly Fishing Opportunities
Southern New Jersey boasts about some phenomenal opportunities for the fly fisherman
www.southjerseycoastalflyanglers.com/000014.htm
Spring Fly Fishing “Ten Tips for Springtime Striper Success”
Fly fishing for stripers in New Jersey in spring
www.aswf.org/articles/jim_freda/springtips/spring_tentips.html
Spring Fly Fishing Sandy Hook
Sandy Hook Bay holds some of the best spring fishing for striped bass and bluefish for the saltwater flyfisherman in New Jersey.
www.southjerseycoastalflyanglers.com/000003.htm
Spring Tactics: “Trophy Stripers on the Fly”
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.
www.aswf.org/articles/gene_quigley/spring_trophy_stripers/index.html
Stripers With Santa!
Fly fishing for striped bass in New Jersey in winter
www.flyfishingconnection.com/articles/current/105/Stripers+With+Sant
a%21
Stripers24/7.com
a great source for striped bass fishing information
www.stripers247.com
StriperSurf.com
A great resource for saltwater fishing in New Jersey
stripersurf.com
Stripping Baskets
The stripping basket’s purpose is to help control the excess line; from Bob Popovics
www.aswf.org/articles/bob_popovics/stripbasket/stripbasket.htm
Summer Blues! Get em on Top
Fly fishing for bluefish in New Jersey in summer
www.aswf.org/articles/gene_quigley/summrblues/summrblues.html
Summer speedsters storm Sea Isle Ridge
You’ll find bluefin tuna swinging into Sea Isle Ridge this year.
espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/s/f_map_04_NJ_Sea_Isle_Ridge.html
Surfcam – Point Pleasant Beach
www.exit98.com/njsurf.htm
Trout Fishing in New Jersey
trout fishing in New Jersey today is better than it has ever been…
www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/trtartjs.htm
Tying Bob Popovics’ Surf Candy
Bob Popovics’ Surf Candy, as shown here, had evolved from years of experimenting with epoxy.
flyfisherman.com/ftb/ejsurfcandy
Why Fish the Jetties?
Surf fishing from jetties in New Jersey
www.stripersonline.com/Pages/Articles/article_why_jetties.shtml

New Jersey Fly Fishing Boat ramps
Boat Ramps on the Hudson
from www.hrfanj.org
www.hrfanj.org/ramps.htm
Local New Jersey Boat Ramps
www.acfishing.com/boatramps.html
New Jersey Boat Ramp Listings
www.noreast.com/boatramps/ramplist.cfm
NJ Boat Ramp List
www.thefishingline.com/njramp.htm

New Jersey Fly Fishing Clubs
Atlantic Saltwater Flyrodders
Saltwater fly fishing club in New jersey.
www.aswf.org
Bayshore Saltwater Flyrodders
Bayshore New Jersey Saltwater fly fishing club .
www.bayshoresaltwaterflyrodders.com
Berkeley Striper Club
Established in 1966, the Berkeley Striper Club is one of the largest and most active surf-fishing clubs in New Jersey.
www.berkeleystriperclub.org
Coastal Flyrodders
www.coastalflyrodders.com
Pequannock River Coalition
The Pequannock River Coalition is dedicated to the preservation of the Pequannock River as a natural, recreational, aesthetic and water supply resource
www.pequannockriver.org
South Jersey Coastal Fly Anglers
dedicated to fly fishing in southern New Jersey
www.southjerseycoastalflyanglers.com
NJ Striper bulletin board
lots of topics and postings
www.njstriper.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi

New Jersey Fly Fishing Photos
New Jersey fly fishing photos
www.bayshoresaltwaterflyrodders.com/photos.asp
South Jersey saltwater fly fishing photos
www.southjerseycoastalflyanglers.com/html/index.html

New Jersey Fly Fishing Reports
ACFishing.com saltwater reports
various NJ saltwater fishing reports
www.acfishing.com/reports.html
By Delaware River Outfitters
Lower Delaware, Musconectong, Pequest, & So. Branch of the Raritan
www.droltd.com/stream_reports.htm
Fishing Reports Now
featuring New Jersey fishing reports from charter boats, party boats and tackle shops
www.fishingreportsnow.com
General fishing reports from NJStriper.com
www.njstriper.com/FishingReports.asp
Manasquan
by The Fly Hatch
www.flyhatch.com/1_flyhatch/fishing_reports2.asp?loc=32&index=NaN
NJ reports
from The Fly Hatch
www.flyhatch.com/1_flyhatch/fishing_reports_nj.asp
NJ Saltwater fishing report
www.shorecatch.com/report.html
Reel-Time.com reports for NJ
reel-time.com/fishwire/ny/

New Jersey Stream Flows
Hudson River fishing conditions
www.hrfanj.org/river_conditions.htm
New Jersey Tide Charts
www.noreast.com/tidesnew/selectlocation.cfm?CurrentIndex=31
New Jersey tide resources
from www.awsf.org
www.aswf.org/articles/tides/tides.html
Sandy Hook Tide Chart
www.stripersonline.com/Pages/tides_monthly.shtml

New Jersey Fly Fishing Forums

North Eastern Fly Fishing
www.njflyfishing.com/vbportal/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?s=9deb2a4c4
1574838bbf5a449a3eebb32&forumid=
NJ Trout Forum
www.njtrout.com/rvdw/disc19_toc.htm
NJ Saltwater-by NJTrout
www.njtrout.com/pqdw/disc19_toc.htm
North Eastern Fly Fishing
New York and New Jersey forums
www.njflyfishing.com/vBulletin/cmps_index.php
Reel-Time.com New Jersey forums
www.reel-time.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?s=2b80d885d825c30f9251668b9
5ac9b4b&forumid=4
coastalflyrodders.com message board
www.coastalflyrodders.com/cgi-bin/iB/ikonboard.cgi
njtrout.com forum
trout fishing in New Jersey
www.njtrout.com/forum/index.php
Stripers 247.com bulletin board
all about striper fishing on the east coast
www.stripers247.com/phpBB2
North Eastern Fly Fishing Forums
www.njflyfishing.com/vBulletin/index.php

New Jersey Fly Fishing Shops

Down-N-Trout Outfitters
626 Ocean Rd, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742; 732 295 REEL
www.down-n-trout.com
Delaware River Outfitters
145 Route 31, Pennington, NJ 08534; 609-466-7970
www.droltd.com
The Fly Hatch
468 Broad Street, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702; (732) 530-6784
www.flyhatch.com/
Tackle Direct
900 Pleasure Avenue, Ocean City NJ 08226-3408; 1-888-354-7335
tackledirect.com
Tight Lines Fly Fishing Inc.
28 Route 46 West, Pine Brook NJ, 07058; 973-244-5990
www.tightlinesflyfishing.com
Sulpherdun Outfitters
121 North Lakeside Dr. East, Medford, NJ 08055; 609-760-6032
www.sulpherdun.com

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