Rahway River Trout Unlimited will be hosting the 7th Annual Fly-Tying Madness event at The Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center. Sponsored by the New Jersey State Council of TU, the event will welcome all ten chapters of Trout Unlimited in the state of New Jersey and any other interested parties to tie and donate flies to worthy organizations. Tiers will be contributing to:
Casting for Recovery, which helps women whose lives, have been profoundly affected by breast cancer.
Project Healing Waters, which is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military personnel and disabled veterans through fly-fishing.
And, finally, the Trout Unlimited Veteran Service program which also assists veterans in rehabilitation of physical and emotional injuries through the unique therapeutic value of fly-fishing and conservation work.
We will meet at 9 a.m. in the parking area in front of the former Heritage Fly Shop (it is permanently closed) located at 2643 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown, PA 18103 (40.564991, -75.506734).
The water temperatures in this limestone river are good for trout much of the year and reportedly there is a good density and mix of wild and stocked trout. The river gets fishing pressure and the trout are educated. Long leaders and light tippet are recommended. It will likely be too early for the famous Trico hatch, but BWOs, egg patterns, cress bugs, scuds, shrimp, tiny midges and even standard patterns such as Walt’s Worm are a good place to start.
The meeting spot will be in a “Heritage” stretch, which is a catch and release, fly fishing only section. Barbless hooks are required.
Parking will be at the old bike shop at West Mill Road. The address is 8 W Mill Road in Long Valley. The cleanup runs from 9AM-12PM. There are 2 separate locations along W. Mill Road, the other being about a mile down at a gravel parking area. Trash drop off is also in the parking lot at the old bike shop.
Meet at the lodge-limited number of beds available-talk to Jim Scott for details.
Meet at Point Mountain on the Musky…open to all comers
Limited avails for this trip. Talk to Jim Scott or Rich Cotter to reserve your slot today.
$30 per member. Please let Jim Scott know in advance.
One of the favorite meetings of the year. Bring in your favoriye homecooked meal or pick up a bucket of fried chicken from KFC. Its Pot Luck baby!
Great used items are available for bidding. Books, gear, art, waders, fly tying, etc. Bring your checkbook!
Columbus day weekend will we be having a BBQ at the Raritan Inn. Here will will have some great food as well as an opportunity to fish the South Branch of the Raritan River that flows through the Inn's property. This is an event only open to Hacklebarney members and the exact time is still being determined.
Our trip to the Brodhead Creek is scheduled for Saturday, May 13. We will meet in Creekview Park. If you google 1 Serfass Lane, Stroudsburg, you will see the park. Drive all the way down Serfass Lane and you will see a large dirt parking lot past the baseball field. We will meet there. I plan on being there at 8 a.m. (and possibly earlier). There are a few other parks to the north of Creekview which provide good access to the Creek, including Yetter, Brodhead Creek and Pine Brook Parks.
Lunch will be at Siamsa Irish Pub, located at 636 Main Street (570.421.8434). It is highly recommended by local Stroudsburg folks.
March Madness is an amazing event which will be held March 19, 2017 at the Pequest Hatchery. Here TU partners with Project Healing Waters and Casting for Recovery to tie flies for the wonderful men and women who have given so much for our country as well as the strong survivors of breast cancer. This is a day long event and along with tying flies there are an ample number of prizes to win as well as great food. If you can't make it we ask that you send some flies to a member who will be attending.
The next chapter meeting will feature Henry Ramsey, author of Matching Major Eastern Hatches. A writer and tyer, Henry always reveals nuggets of information that help me on the river. I cant wait.
Also the chapter will vote on the new president, vice president and board, sp make sure you attend!
Chris Wood, the TU CEO, will be making the first area appearance that I have ever known to have happened.
Since this is such a momentous occasion, we adjusted the date of our monthly meeting to accommodate Chris' schedule.
This is your chance to meet Chris and ask any question you have about our great organization.
Mark your calendar!
Tony will be joining us on April 14th and talking about the Upper Delaware system including such topics as its history, tips and techniques for both boaters and waders and water politics of the river.
I fish the "Big D" often and always want to know more. Join Me on the 14th.