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Many of New Jersey's streams, rivers, and lakes flow within easy reach of several of the largest cities on the East Coast, giving anglers the chance to conveniently step away from urban life, catch some fish, and enjoy the outdoors. And with great access to the Atlantic and its abundant game fish, there?s always somewhere to wet a line and put a bend in your rod in New Jersey.
Several of New Jersey?s best trout streams flow into the mighty Delaware river which makes up the state?s western border. These Delaware River tributaries such as the Big Flat Brook, Paulinskill, and Musconetcong rivers give anglers access to excellent fly fishing for both stocked and wild rainbows, browns, and brook trout. In the northeast corner of the state, trout streams such as the Ramapo, Rockaway, and Saddle rivers lay within close proximity to New Jersey?s major metropolitan centers as well as New York City, giving city dwellers a quick close-to-home trout fix. New Jersey also has some top-notch small streams like the Black River, Lockatong Creek, and Stony Brook, that are well-stocked each year with rainbow, brown, and brook trout, though some support populations of naturally reproducing fish. Lake Hopatcong, Union lake, and Delaware Lake hold largemouth bass, perch, bluegill, and you may even find a musky that?s willing to take a fly.
Saltwater fly anglers head to New Jersey?s coast where striped bass, bluefish, and weakfish (speckled trout) are the primary quarry, and in the fall, schools of migratory false albacore come into casting range. In and around Sandy Hook Bay is where most of the saltwater fly action can be found, as the area gives anglers access to the oceanfront, back bays, and the river mouths that empty into the ocean.
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When the winter weather sets in, fish get lazy
posted on Tue Feb 7
Well it’s officially winter here on the east coast. For me, winter means bundling up next to the fire tying dozens of flies at the vice and eating pizza on an almost nightly basis. My winter activity is actually very similar to how trout act in th...
Choosing the proper fly rod
posted on Sat Jan 21
Proper fly fishing gear is essential. Along with the reel, flies and line, the most important gear is the fly rod. Fly rods may vary in length from 6 - 12 feet and come in different weights, colors, actions, materials and types. Understanding the rod...
6 Tips to take better photos of your catch
posted on Fri Jan 13
Having a photograph taken of your catch is something that all anglers can appreciate. First trout, biggest fish, memorable catch, etc. etc. That photograph can be looked back at years later and it will remind you instantly of that day. What I'm here ...
Guides based in New Jersey
Today TU is a national organization with more than 150,000 members organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of