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    Toms River

    As a first timer what is the best way to present flys in the toms river "Riverwood" park area. Dry, Nymphs, etc??


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    Re: Toms River

    I have lived 2 blocks from the trout conservation area for the last 5 years and never fished it but see people there every week- year round.


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    Re: Toms River

    Quote Originally Posted by roullette View Post
    I have lived 2 blocks from the trout conservation area for the last 5 years and never fished it but see people there every week- year round.
    Why haven't you fished it? That's crazy!


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    Re: Toms River

    It's a tough river to cast on. I usually nymph up stream, tossing my line in wherever I can. Then, I put on a streamer and start working back down stream. I'm not fond of streamer fishing, however, on the Tom's, I've found it to be the best way to reach a lot spots. I've haven't fished there when there was a hatch on, and rarely fish a dry. It's very hard to present a dry fly on most of the river. I understand that there aren't a lot of hatching insects on the Tom's. Hope this helps.


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    Re: Toms River

    Most sub-surface presentations will work on the Toms at some point. As other mention you cannot stand perpendicular to the flow and make a backcast, too much vegetation. You CAN roll cast and make a normal backcast up and down the length of the stream.

    With that being said, I rarely ever cast at all when I fish the Tom's. I like to swing wets/soft-hackles/streamers downstream, basically keeping my line in the water near 100% of the time, as I slowly advance down stream.


    Deep, bend pockets offer nice high-sticking opportunities.


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    Re: Toms River

    I fish this river quite often and was there yesterday to take a look around during lunch. I pass it twice a day to and from work and live 5 minutes from it. Nymphs, streamers, and wets are definately the way to go, however, I've encountered both midge and stonefly dry fly action there since I've been fishing it more regularly than in the past. The conservation area only has a few deeper pools, so a lot of the river is shallow, making dries a decent option when it warms up a little more. There are some places you can backcast if you're in the river and shoot behind you before landing upstream, but rollcasting is key since it is so grown over. You're better off traveling in the river than the overgrown, thorny side trails on the side. Let us know how you do.

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    Re: Toms River

    Quote Originally Posted by roullette View Post
    I have lived 2 blocks from the trout conservation area for the last 5 years and never fished it but see people there every week- year round.
    You haven't fished it and your on a trout fishing site? You've got some explaining to do Boy!


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    Re: Toms River

    Quote Originally Posted by roullette View Post
    I have lived 2 blocks from the trout conservation area for the last 5 years and never fished it but see people there every week- year round.
    Sorry a quick apology. Didn't realize you authered this thread and looking to get started.


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    Re: Toms River

    In addition to what has been said the predominant hatches on the Toms are caddis. Streamers, egg patterns and nymphs all work very well. Evenings are best for dry fly action.


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    Re: Toms River

    Thanks guys for the quick response and advise. I wish I had fished it long ago. I always had a boat and would either be out on that or in the surf at Island Beach. Fly fishing is all new-but I'm ready to give it a shot. I'll be out this week!


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    Re: Toms River

    Perhaps I'll see you out there. I have the next ten days off and since most rivers are closed, some friends and I were talking about hitting the Toms. Good luck. Make sure you're in the Riverwood Park area so you dont get fined.

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    Re: Toms River

    Just a word of caution: the water level currently 250 cfs is OK to fish but if it gets over 300 I'd be careful and if it gets to 400 cfs which it might in the next couple of days I wouldn't even set foot in the river. First of all it's almost mandatory to wade the river because of the vegetation, secondly there are some very deep spots which drop off sharply, and third the current is deceptively strong and can be dangerous.


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