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by Rusty Spinner
Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Public Meeting on Trout Stocking Program February 29
Replies: 11
Views: 249

Re: Public Meeting on Trout Stocking Program February 29

I'm all for tree planting. The Raritan river either has huge 200 year old trees or nothing it seems. From a scientific standpoint, the single most important restoration technique we can use on all rivers and streams in need of restoration is plant native trees and shrubs along their banks. Far more...
by Rusty Spinner
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Public Meeting on Trout Stocking Program February 29
Replies: 11
Views: 249

Re: Public Meeting on Trout Stocking Program February 29

Temperature Impacts on NJ's Wild Trout Populations. 1) Any impoundments on trout production waters should be considered for removal except for those that are used for utilities, as a potable water source or offer significant recreational value. The state cannot force private dam owners to remove th...
by Rusty Spinner
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: WTS 1/30
Replies: 65
Views: 1995

Re: WTS 1/30

Fly fishing is about much more than catching fish, and bragging about the size of them. What Joe said. Every fly angler knows he/she can catch more using spin gear. Every one of us. We choose fly fishing for the limitations it brings to fishing and trying to overcome those limitations. For me, I'd ...
by Rusty Spinner
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: WTS 1/30
Replies: 65
Views: 1995

Re: WTS 1/30

didnt you know, once a trout touches a soft plastic or a spinner blade, they instantly blow up. :mrgreen: Therefore I use marabou jigs, they only explode 33% of the time :geek: Where is the fun in that?! Back to the main topic, I think the improved water levels we are seeing recently will help trou...
by Rusty Spinner
Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: da brookies and da browns
Replies: 17
Views: 1181

Re: da brookies and da browns

About a mile downstream of this dam there is a bridge crossing. This bridge crossing had a dandy pool on the downstream side. A 25 foot long, 10 foot wide and 4 foot deep pool that held a bunch of wild browns. It was there for decades until they decided to do a little bridge repair and that pool wa...
by Rusty Spinner
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Little Black Stoneflies
Replies: 27
Views: 1397

Re: Little Black Stoneflies

njcatchrelease wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:29 am
I was hiking near a small WTS on Sunday and I noticed some trout rising. I went over to investigate and saw some crawling up on the rocks.
The native brookies were popping on top in Lamington tribs the other day to LBS trying to hatch. Dry fly in February. :) :)
by Rusty Spinner
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Little Black Stoneflies
Replies: 27
Views: 1397

Re: Little Black Stoneflies

njcatchrelease wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:29 am
I was hiking near a small WTS on Sunday and I noticed some trout rising. I went over to investigate and saw some crawling up on the rocks.
The native brookies were popping on top in Lamington tribs the other day to LBS trying to hatch. Dry fly in February. :) :)
by Rusty Spinner
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: WTS 1/30
Replies: 65
Views: 1995

Re: WTS 1/30

Birds could do real number on a stream, but I don't see how they could lead to a wholesale collapse like the one you mentioned in NE NJ (the Q?) Correct. Biology 101 tells us that predator numbers flex up and down based on the availability of prey. They cannot by design wipe out their own food sour...
by Rusty Spinner
Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: WTS 1/30
Replies: 65
Views: 1995

Re: WTS 1/30

We had a NINE year drought or borderline drought. I'm unsure why so many seem perplexed at the significant decrease in wild trout over that time. Predation obviously is amplified during low flow years. That trend is mostly gone the last two years. There is nothing here to worry about, it's just the ...
by Rusty Spinner
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Tiger Trout
Replies: 13
Views: 551

Re: Tiger Trout

I've caught several stocked tigers, but still no wild tigers in my 47 years fly fishing. Nice fish, LU. Im empty in both scenarios. Hope if i hit more brookie-like water in a brown trout stream i can find a wild one. From my understanding theyll be around where brookies are dominate in a stretch wh...
by Rusty Spinner
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: WTS 1/30
Replies: 65
Views: 1995

Re: WTS 1/30

That looks like the WTS I fish mostly. It also has had a huge drop off in numbers over the past few years. I haven't seen any real rebound at all yet, but I don't fish there as much as there are few trout. One guy who lives upstream told me they are rebounding a bit, but we will see. This is the ye...
by Rusty Spinner
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Tiger Trout
Replies: 13
Views: 551

Re: Tiger Trout

I've caught several stocked tigers, but still no wild tigers in my 47 years fly fishing. Nice fish, LU.
by Rusty Spinner
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: WTS 1/30
Replies: 65
Views: 1995

Re: WTS 1/30

Used to be a great stream. Now its mediocre at best like a lot of our trout production streams. What do you attribute this general decline to? Multiyear drought, increased development, generally warming temps? IMO opinion, the multi-year drought that seemed to ALWAYS include low spawning season flo...
by Rusty Spinner
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: WTS 1/30
Replies: 65
Views: 1995

Re: WTS 1/30

One of the biggest challenges in NJ is finding accessible WTS water and winter with everything wide open is a good time to do so. Only a handful of WTS are 100% public - like VCB and Dunnfield - and those few get more attention for it. Never understood how no landowner-access agreements have been m...
by Rusty Spinner
Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: da brookies and da browns
Replies: 17
Views: 1181

Re: da brookies and da browns

Thanks to those that reached out. That dam is 100% on a private landowner's property. It is partially breached and not likely on Dam Safety's radar, but I'm sure Shawn Crouse is happy it's there right now to keep browns from taking over for the brookies. As for Rheinhart Brook, the Division did send...
by Rusty Spinner
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: da brookies and da browns
Replies: 17
Views: 1181

Re: da brookies and da browns

If someone wants to PM me a better address, I can let you know more about the dam. Chances are that is it not being monitored in any way by DEP Dam Safety. Looks to be low hazard.
by Rusty Spinner
Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Little Black Stoneflies
Replies: 27
Views: 1397

Re: Little Black Stoneflies

Our LBS gradually get larger as they spend more time in the rivers, but they are the same species. They start out as a skinny 18 and grow over time up to a long 14. We have both black and brown LBS here. About the only times I see trout rise are when they lay eggs and skitter along the surface. We d...
by Rusty Spinner
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Out of State Trout Fishing
Topic: New Mexico
Replies: 2
Views: 319

Re: New Mexico

I'm not sure what public rivers there are near Taos, but Sante Fe is not trout country. Too arid all year as it is high plains dessert habitat. But up north, you have the Pecos which would be wadeable. September is a "shoulder season" meaning it can be warm like summer or cold like winter. Do yourse...
by Rusty Spinner
Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Any Flint Hill Club members here?
Replies: 6
Views: 836

Re: Any Flint Hill Club members here?

Razorbacker wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:15 am
Any Flint Hill Club members here?
That's a pretty exclusive club. Not a great chance anyone will step forward if they are in it. They recently enhanced their waters which means that the adjacent public land water was also restored and enhanced. ;)