Ruminations of the JSTU chapter President, Kevin Lovely

Kevin's Corner - May 19, 2021

The June meeting is June 15, 2021 @ 7pm. Please come out - we are outdoors, so if you are vaccinated no mask is required but we still must maintain 6 feet distance from each other. 

Fishing has been ok in the Catskills. The bugs have arrived, and March Browns and all sorts of Caddis have been hatching. The west branch is finally where you can wade and dry fly fish. Caddis is the ticket right now on the upper West branch. The East Branch you are able to wade again, with March browns and Caddis hatching. The Beaver kill and Willow are in great shape, with March browns and caddis on the water. Finally if you come up to fish, do not forget your NYS freshwater permit.. The game wardens are out. In fact, Stan and I got checked last weekend at Junction Pool..

One last thing -  If you plan to venture into the woods, remember that spring turkey season is currently underway sunrise to noon.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the June Meeting.


Kevin's Corner - April 22, 2021

Spring has sprung, and the Trout are looking up. Henderson’s along with Caddis are starting to show up in Roscoe NY. In New Jersey, the south branch has had it’s Henderson Hatch and it may be over. Caddis are working on top and the usual eggs and small nymphs are working down below.

News from NJ Fish and Wildlife:The middle parking lot in the Ken Lockwood Gorge is closed. The road is washed out and unrepairable. So if you fish the gorge, be prepared to walk a ways.

We held our first meeting outside on April 20th since the pandemic began over a year ago! We had a few members show up, and we are planning on having our next meeting Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 7pm. Bring a chair, mask and soft drink. Social distancing guidlines will be observed.

Once again our yearly Catskill trip is scheduled for May 20-25 2021. If you wish to fish the West Branch, try and stay at Troutfitters in Deposit. Also Smith Colonial in Hancock may have rooms. If you fish the West Branch, apple or tan caddis and maybe Hendersons will be the ticket. You can reach out to me here to ask questions or get additional information about the trip.

Let's all be safe, wear a mask, and get vaccinated when you can.


Kevin's Corner - March 1, 2021

Hopefully, in late April or May we will be ble to have an outside meeting. Stay tuned!

We would like to keep up the tradition of theannual  Catskill trip during May 21-23 timeframe. Hotels in Roscoe or Deposit are available to be booked now. It is also time to check gear, clean fly lines, check waders for leaks, and prepare your fly boxes for the upcoming trout season. Early spring patterns include small pheasant tails, hares ear, eggs ect.

 Some dates to remember:

  • April 1, 2021 - Opening day NYS
  • April 3, 2021 - Opening day PA
  • April 10, 2021 - Opening day NJ

Lastly, a reminder that all NJ waters with the exception of the TCA’s (Tom’s River, KLG. Point Mountain and Pequest) are closed for stocking on March 15, 2021 until opening day April 10, 2021.

Tight lines, be safe, wear a mask, and get vaccinated when possible.


Kevin's Corner - April 6, 2021

Spring has definitely sprung, and trout season is upon us so get out and fish. All of the rivers, lakes, and ponds in NYS, PA, and our Great State of NJ are open for trout fishing. Be sure to check all regulations prior to fishing as changes to the fishing regulations has been made by the regulators. So, please read and update yourself on all changes in the regs for each state you venture to and fish. Please make sure all fishing permits are valid.

I am happy to announce that a general meeting is set for April 20, 2021 @ 7pm at the Fireman’s Field House Field outside. Please bring chairs and masks and your own drink. We will be socially distancing, and hopefully the weather is good. Even ifit is bad, we will still meet.

We will also be having a trip to the Catskills again this year, May 20-25, 2021. March browns and tan or grey caddis along with my favorite yellow evening hatch should be going strong. If you would prefer the West Branch, the hatches occur in the afternoon. It should be apple cadis and tan caddis size 14 to 16. Make your Hotel reservations now. The Roscoe area has many hotels and camp grounds. In and around Deposit, we have Trout fitters and other hotels. There is also the West Branch Angler and Dream Catchers. I will put more out information at the meeting on the 20th of April 2021.

I hope everyone has received a vaccine, and if not please keep trying to get the vaccine.

Tight lines and be safe!


Kevin's Corner - January 27, 2021

To all of our friends in JSTU, this winter continues to be troubling with the virus still around which means we can not get together at the field house for the forseable future. I do have some good news for everyone - the fishing has been ok on the South Branch, Musky and my favorite, the Pequest. Eggs, small midges, pheasant tails are the hot ticket right now. However, in mid-February through mid-March the little black stones (size 18 and 20) show up on the South Branch and Musky. If you do go out to fish remember to get your 2021 fishing license.

Some additional final thoughts:

  • Please keep an eye on the PA, NJ and NY fishing regulations for changes and opening day dates due to the virus.
  • PA has a youth day set for Saturday March 27, 2021 and one statewide opening day of April 3, 2021.
  • NJ opens April 10, 2021. Just in time for the Hendrickson’s.
  • NY as always opening day is April 1, 2021.
  • NJDEP fish and wildlife may or may not have volunteers to help stock the streams and rivers due to the virus.

Please be safe and wear masks, and when you can get an appointment, get the vaccine.