NEW JERSEY

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Good People - Good Water - Good Fish

The Musconetcong River, NJ, was not my original NJ stream choice, so my research was limited.  I drove most of the Musconetcong River through Hackettstown, NJ, to the source. It goes through old stone bridges through beautiful little towns and villages.  Halfway up the river, I stopped to fish for 30 minutes before sundown as I was ahead of schedule. Unfortunately, despite perfect trout water, I could not raise a freckled fish.

I passed a packed Mattar's Bistro during Covid-19 and decided to celebrate my Delaware trout.  Dinner, wine, and then sleeping at another rest stop.  

The rest stop was a scenic overlook, but I couldn't see anything except black in the night.  At 1:00 am, I got a tap on the window from the State Patrol, no overnight parking at this scenic overview.  With no services, I guess the correct rest stop was up a quarter of a mile up the road, and I had to move.  The state patrol was friendly, and I had no problems moving.  At 5:00 am, I drove back to the scenic overlook...wow! NJ is more than just Newark.

I'm a experience small creek fisherman, so I headed to the headwater of the Musconetcong to find slower water.  I could find anything, so I drove down, following the river looking for a spot to fish.  I finally found a bridge on Continental Drive (40.91911, -74.73663) with good comfortable water.

I enter the stream behind the bridge then cast my Yellow Stimulator and my Red Copper John dropper.  Throwing my rod line just under the bridge, I hooked a nice 12-inch rainbow on my fifth cast.  

New Jersey Done!

It was about 6:30 am, I released my trout, not choosing to have it for dinner. However, with it being so early, I now could get Connecticut and Rhode Island done on the same day, which I did!

Musconetcong River Rainbow
Musconetcong River Rainbow
Musconetcong River Rainbow
Scenic Overlook
Musconetcong River Rainbow
Musconetcong River
Mattar's Bistro
Mattar's Bistro
Morning at Rest Area
Mattar's Bistro
Mattar's Bistro
Mattar's Bistro
Mattar's Bistro
Musconetcong River Rainbow