Featured FLY FISHING RIVERS
Near Wallpack Center in northwestern New Jersey, the Big Flat Brook is known as one of the regions best trout fishing rivers. The upper section above SR206 is narrow, maybe 15 to 25 feet wide, with small pools and numerous pockets. The shady riffles provide great trout habitat. The lower section below SR206 is popular since the river widens. The first 4 miles below the SR206 bridge are designated fly-fishing only waters, maybe 20 to 45 feet wide.
Near Hackettstown in northwestern New Jersey, the Musconetcong River is known for its brown trout and rainbow trout. The upper section is near Saxton Falls. The river runs about 30 feet wide and has many riffles and pools to explore. Most of the fly fishermen are from Saxton Falls heading downstream to Hackettstown.
West of Newark near Califon in northwestern New Jersey, the South Branch of the Raritan River is known for nice sized brown and rainbow trout. One of the more popular sections is a 2.5 mile stretch through Ken Lockwood Gorge.
Near Buttzville in northwestern New Jersey, the Pequest River is well-known for its large trout, typically 12 to 14 inches long. Between Great Meadows and Buttzville, there is a hatchery which gets really crowded and there is a Seasonal Trout Conservation Area in this region with special regulations. The better section to explore is from Buttzville to Belvidere.
Near Mahwah, the Ramapo River is a good early season fly fishing river that is reasonably close to New York City. The river runs 10 miles within New Jersey and has several deep pools and nice riffles.
Near Denville in northern New Jersey, the Rockaway River has about 30 miles of productive fly-fishing and is reasonably close to New York City. The best stretch to explore is from Wharton to Dover. The river is accessed by SR699, SR46 and SR15. You will want to make sure to stay above the Jersey City Reservoir, below which is not known to be a good tailwater fishery.
Near Ridgewood, the Saddle River is not known by most fly fishermen as a river worth exploring. The state stocks the stream 4 times a year, and there tends to be a lot of fishermen out around those days. Most fishermen do not realize that the upper section of the Saddle River has wild brook trout hiding out in many of the feeder streams to the Saddle River.
Near Blairstown, the Paulinskill River is known for its plentiful brown trout and rainbow trout. The Paulins Kill starts just north of Newton and meanders for about 30 miles to the confluence with the Delaware River. This wide river has some slow pools and deep pockets to explore.