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    New Fly Fisherman

    Hey guys im kinda new to fly fishing i was wondering if anybody had any advice on how to where to and what to fish with in nj?

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    Re: New Fly Fisherman

    Where in NJ are you located? What county?

    What kind of fish are you after? hatchery trout, wild trout, wild chubs, small mouth bass, doesn't matter as long as it has fins and gills?

    "The great charm of fly fishing is that we are always learning." Theodore Gordon



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    Re: New Fly Fisherman

    If you answer PRomano's questions, we can better steer you in the right direction. Fall stocking is nearby if you want some shots at relatively easy and big fish on the fly rod. Welcome to the addiction.




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    Re: New Fly Fisherman

    Get in your car and go to either pa or new york and buy a license.... Next pic any stream and have a ball.

    (ps. SOX Rule!)


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    Re: New Fly Fisherman

    Mostly I'm looking to catch stocked trout this upcoming fall I live in ocean county so I basically fish winding river toms river manasquan river spring lake or shanedoah. I'm not a completely new to fly fishing I no a thing or 2 about it but when it comes to what it use and where to fish and what wieght pole to use for nj trout I'm kinda lost only fly fishing I ever did was salmon amd steelhead in ny witch I can tell is completely different


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    Re: New Fly Fisherman

    First off, their not poles, their rods. Not sure if there on the fall stocking. If not I would not bother fishing them for trout, they are probably dead from the summer water and people who keep fish. Streamers, small nymphs like PTs, hares ear & midges.


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    Re: New Fly Fisherman

    sorry RODS .... lol but what weight would you recommend for small stocked trout and what lenghth i was thinking like a 6 foot 3 wt something to fish small areas that dont really need to be cast far


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    Re: New Fly Fisherman

    If I were in your shoes I would get involved with the Jersey Shore chapter of Trout Unlimited. Jersey Shore Chapter 439 of Trout Unlimited
    This is NOT just a trout fishing club. Many of its members are experts at salt water fly fishing as well. Lets face it; in South Jersey you don't have many options when it comes to Trout fishing.

    About the 6 foot rod for 3 weight; the simple answer to your question is yes if you're after small trout in small streams.

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    Re: New Fly Fisherman

    While short rods help in tight quarters like the Toms TCA, I found myself fishing mostly streamers and needed at least a 4 weight to do so effectively. A 3 weight will handle light nymphing chores well, but a better all around rod for the Toms, Muddysquan and local stocked ponds might be an 8' or 8 1/2' rod in 4 or 5 weight. Plus those rod lengths and weights will be far more useful if you travel to other NJ rivers like the South Branch, Musky, Pequest, etc.

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    Re: New Fly Fisherman

    It's been posted before, but in case you didn't see it...
    The 2011 fall stocking schedule NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife - Fall 2011 Trout Stocking Schedule

    As you can see both the Manasquan and the Toms are included.

    To me a 6 foot, 3-weight is a special purpose rod. For a more general purpose rod in NJ, I'd suggest an 8 to 9 foot, 5-weight.


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    Re: New Fly Fisherman

    Hi bostonboy,

    Get yourself a middle of the road 4 or 5 weight rod at 9 foot length. Anything longer, shorter,
    lighter or heavier and you will be losing versatility. Spend just enough and get a rod that has a warranty. You will be glad you did in the long run.


    ~James


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    Re: New Fly Fisherman

    i understand a 8 foot or 9 foot rod would serve as a better all around fishing rod only problem is where i would be fishing is overgrown, and not to mention very small so longer cast wouldnt be an issue. plus i would love the better fight on a 3 wt versus a 5 wt. like i said small streams small lakes and small fish figure id go a lil bit smaller and have some fun. if you still think a 5 wt 9 foot rod is a better choice let me no you guys are the experts not me hahaha...
    when it comes to flies small nymphs dry flies streamers i heard all work good for trout in lakes and streams let me no what some of your favorite are so i can get an idea
    thanks again for all your help,


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