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It's Time to Start Fishing... MORE!

posted Jul 6, 2019, 1:29 PM by Michael Iris

Summer has arrived and we will not be holding our monthly chapter meetings for July and August. Enjoy your summer the fish are calling! 

Upcoming Flat Brook Culvert Assessment Trainings

posted May 29, 2019, 9:33 AM by Michael Iris

When: June 6th and June 18th 2019

Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Where: Lodge at YMCA Camp Linwood MacDonald (1 Flatbrook Road, Sandyston, NJ 07826), training presentation followed by field visits nearby.

What to bring: Waders and notebook


Light refreshments and drinks will be served.


Please RSVP to which training you would like to attend, and if any questions or concerns arise, reply to this email, or reach out to myself ( or Garret Kratina ( 


posted Apr 8, 2019, 8:26 AM by Michael Iris

NNJTU's Annual Flat Brook clean-up taking place this coming Saturday, April 13th, meet at  Schaffers Bridge in Sandyston.

Coffee and doughnuts will be available at 8:30am, and th e clean-up begins 9:00am.  It usually runs until about 11:30am, followed by lunch (optional).   

What to Bring:  

- The chapter will supply large garbage bags and have extra work gloves available.  

- Some additional items you might want to bring along:  insect/tick repellent, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, bottled water, rain jacket as needed, and a grabber/poker for picking up hard-to-reach trash.   

Area:  The clean-up effort focuses on the pathways, dirt roads, stream banks, and parking areas surrounding different sections of the Flat Brook.  We typically don't enter the water, so waders aren't necessary.   New this year:  Since we'll be covering select portions of the roadway near the stream and bridge crossings, the chapter will be receiving several hundred dollars from Sandyston Township under the NJ Clean Communities program.  We plan to use these funds towards student scholarships.   

Lunch We're having lunch together at the Layton Hotel Tavern.  Lunch will be paid for by the chapter -- with the exception of alcoholic beverages, for which each person will be responsible for his/her own.  

Afternoon Fishing For those interested following lunch, our fishing trip coordinator Glenn Hofmann has planned for us to spend some quality time together fishing the Flat Brook.  Please plan to join.  

In the morning, please meet at Schaffers Bridge in Sandyston:  

The parking lot is on the left side of the road, immediately after crossing the bridge traveling northwest on Route 560.  The “bridge” is just a slightly elevated roadway over the stream.  Schaffers Bridge, which crosses over the Big Flat Brook, is located on County Route 560 (also known as Tuttles Corner Dingmans Road) in Sandyston.  The bridge is approximately ½ mile off of Route 206.  The turn-off from Route 206 for Route 560 is about 1 mile north of the main entrance for Stokes State Forest at Coursen Road.  There's an Italian restaurant (may be closed down) at the corner of Routes 206 and 560.  

Please let me know if you won't be able to participate, or if you have any questions.   

Thanks - Dean Blumetti

Conservation Chair

Fred S. Burroughs North Jersey Chapter  

Trout Unlimited

Big Thanks for Your Support!

posted Mar 31, 2019, 7:18 AM by Michael Iris

Thank you to everyone that supported and participated in our 2019 Banquet! 

All of our photos from the event can be found here: 2019 Banquet

Get your tickets today for our Annual Banquet - SAT 3/23!

posted Mar 7, 2019, 3:46 PM by Michael Iris   [ updated Mar 7, 2019, 3:49 PM ]

Order your tickets now online using this link: 2019 Banquet Tickets!

Saturday, March 23, 2019
Place:    Perona Farms, 350 Andover-Sparta Road, Andover NJ
Time:     Cocktail Hour with Open Bar 6:00pm – 7:00pm,                                     Dinner 7:30pm
Price:     $70.00 per person 
  • 1 Hour Open Bar   
  • Bucket Raffles
  • Silent Auctions
  • Card Raffles
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Fishing Gear
  • Rods/Reels
  • 750+ Fly Box
  • Guided Trips
  • Jewelry

"The Trout" Print - Buy Artwork and 5% Donated to TU!

posted Feb 2, 2019, 8:36 AM by Michael Iris

I’m a freelance artist, travel journalist, and photographer and I founded a Japanese paper art business 25 years.


The original was made using an art form known as Chigirie, Japanese Torn Paper Collage Art, with 50 or more torn pieces of pre-dyed Washi paper layered to give that watercolor-like appeal. Prints are available in three sizes: 11” x 14”, 12” x 18”, and 16” x 20” (plus shipping) and will be printed (custom-orders) on Archival Fine Art Paper using Archival Pigment Ink. The prints will be shipped to the buyer within 14 days. Visit for additional details.


I will donate 5% of the sales to Trout Unlimited and 5% to Casting for Recovery.


Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for your interest.




Joan Mead-Matsui

Award-Winning Freelance Journalist

Photographer and Videographer

(570) 466-0293 (Cell) (Travel) (Art)

2019 Fly Tying Classes - Join Us!

posted Jan 9, 2019, 7:30 AM by Michael Iris

Too cold to go to the river to fly fish this winter? Stay indoors and learn how to tie flies. This is a rewarding skill that every fly fisherman should possess! So, sign up now for the Fred S. Burroughs North Jersey Trout Unlimited Fly Tying Classes.

When you learn to tie flies, you also learn a lot about the insects you are trying to imitate. You will learn how your flies behave in the water and how to fish them. You will learn about the life cycles of the insects trout eat and how to tie the different life stages of the insects.

At the end of this 7 week class, you will understand the insect life in the rivers and what insects the trout eat. You will learn the difference between a mayfly, a caddis fly, and a stone fly. Understanding simple entomology of a trout stream will help you tie the right flies to help you catch more trout. Learning to tie your own flies will not only give you that education but also reward you by catching a trout on a fly you tied yourself.

In our Beginning Fly Tying Class, we start with the very basics. We teach you how to use fly tying tools, teach you about tying materials, and teach you proper basic skills. Each of the 7 week classes builds upon the techniques taught in the last class. You will learn how to tie popular flies that actually catch fish. We provide the materials and tools for you to use during the beginner class.

Our Intermediate Fly Tying Class focusses on more complex flies, tying tips and tricks, and enhancing basic skills. Intermediate students should bring their own vices, tools, and materials. The classes start on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 and run 7 consecutive Tuesdays until March 19, 2019. Snow days are built on the end of the classes if needed. Classes begin at 7 pm and end at 9 pm. Classes are held at the Sparta VFW, located at 66 Main Street, Sparta, NJ. Call Sue Reed at 201-207-0928 or email her at Students under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

January 16, 2019 - Chapter Speaker, Tim Flagler of Tight Lines Productions. Topic: "Fishing Argentina".

posted Jan 3, 2019, 4:17 PM by Michael Iris

About Tim: Fishing has always been a big part of Sam's life, whether it's getting out on the boat off the Jersey coast to target Mahi Mahi and Striped bass, in a canoe with his fishing dog TJ, or exploring Adirondack mountain streams for Brook Trout. From the moment he caught his first trout from the Flatbrook on a self tied sulphur dry fly he was hooked.

Highschool accelerated Sam's fly fishing abilities where he was enrolled in natural resources and outdoor recreation classes.  These classes included learning about macroinvertebrates and visiting the river daily. The class has a yearly fly fishing trip to the Adirondacks where he fished several rivers including the Ausable, Saranac, and St. Regis.

In college, Sam was in the Trout Bums fly fishing club at SUNY ESF in Syracuse where he earned a B.S. Environmental Science with a focus in sustainable energy. Being close to the Salmon river he enjoyed catching salmon and steelhead on quick trips after classes.  On spring breaks it was south bound to the Florida keys to fish for bonefish and tarpon.

TJ stands for Trout Junky and that's exactly what Sam's dog is. TJ’s first time fishing as a pup he fell asleep in the net to see how the trout feel. He loves making new friends on the river and giving each trout an inspection sniff.  Streamside naps are great to save energy for when Sam calls out “TJ fish,” then the excitement is on.

Big Thanks - Paulins Kill Clean Up

posted Nov 13, 2018, 3:10 PM by Michael Iris

This past Saturday, the North Jersey chapter of Trout Unlimited held a very successful clean-up event along several upper sections of the Paulins Kill river.  This event is part of a broader Paulins Kill watershed clean-up taking place at multiple locations that includes other TU chapters, as well as The Nature Conservancy and the SCMUA Wallkill River Watershed Management Group.  

After meeting for coffee and donuts, our volunteers cleaned-up two critical locations in Augusta and Lafayette, as well as the parking area at the trail head on the Hyper Humus property.   

We enjoyed the time together and made a direct, lasting impact on the Paulins Kill and surrounding area, removing 10+ extra large bags of trash, plus a tire and a rubber car bumper.  Our efforts will also be appreciated by users of the Great Valley trail, the Sussex Branch trail, and the Paulins Kill Valley trail.    

Special thank-you to our 9 eager volunteers:  Dan Rodriguez, Dean Blumetti, Frank Abrusia, Fred Brindopke, Jan Beliveau, JoAnne Beliveau, Joe Devenney, Paul Bielecki, Phyllis Ianniello.  

Help New Jersey Project Win in Orvis and TU Online Contest

posted Nov 8, 2018, 9:06 AM by Michael Iris   [ updated Nov 11, 2018, 3:18 PM ]

Help New Jersey Project Win a Share of $50,000 from Orvis & TU
in the Embrace A Stream Challenge Running Now Through Nov. 11

Dear New Jersey TU Members,

Please join Orvis and Trout Unlimited in helping a great New Jersey project unlock a share of the $50,000 prize pool we've put together to support their work!

The Embrace A Stream Challenge is a fun, week-long online competition encouraging all of us to “Give Where You Fish” and support local TU projects making the future of fishing better in 19 states across the country. The premise is simple, Orvis and TU have each put up $25,000 and invited volunteer-led projects to compete to win their share of the funds... But they need your help to win.

Here in New Jersey, the Ridge & Valley Chapter has embarked on a project to restore over one mile of Lopatcong Creek, a  wild and native trout spring creek.

This great project has already received a grant from TU's Embrace A Stream program, but now through Nov. 11, you can help the project directly by going to and donating $10 or more. Every dollar donated goes directly to that TU chapter project, and your gift can help the chapter unlock matching funds and additional cash prizes of $100 to $1,000 for their work.

For example, Orvis and TU are offering a 50-cent match for every dollar raised up to $1,000, and the chapter with the most donations will win a $1,000 cash prize! There are more than 150 different prizes and match offers, meaning every donation – no matter the size – counts and your $10 donation could mean an additional $100, $500, $1,000 or more in funding for the projects that you choose!

Don’t wait! Donate today at and help Orvis give back to the rivers – and the sport of fly fishing – that we all care so deeply about.

Since 1975, TU’s Embrace A Stream program has awarded more than $4.7 million in grants to over 1,100 local chapter projects that bring TU’s mission to the local level.

Have A Local Trout Stream You Want to "Embrace"?
Do you have a local stream you want to make better, or know of an area where river restoration is needed to improve habitat?

Reach out to your local TU chapter to start the conversation and see if applying for an Embrace A Stream grant for your stream is a good fit for next year! You can find your local TU chapter here:

We'll begin accepting applications for the 2019 Embrace A Stream program in March!

Thanks for all you do for TU!

Jeff Yates
Director of Volunteer Operations
Trout Unlimited
(203) 216-7078

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