2012 NJ Fly Fisherman of the YearPublished by Dave Kile [dkile] on 12/03/2012 (1020 reads)
The 3rd Annual NJ Fly Fisherman of the Year contest was held on November 10, 2012 on the South Branch of the Raritan River at Raritan Inn in Hunterdon County, NJ. Each of the ten New Jersey Trout Unlimited Chapters were invited to send challengers to this years competition. This year held some changes to the stream. During July fisheries biologist Joe Urbani and his team spent time working the stream bed to lower water temperatures, create defined channels, add holding pools and create scour potential to keep the river running deep. The next effect is a vastly improved stream and lots of pockets for the trout. There were nearly two dozen identifiable fine places to fish.
The day started with check-ins, hot coffee, and some rules orientation. The early rounds consisted of two fishing sessions and a "bye" cutting the contestants to three for the afternoon finals. Angelo Conti, Stuart Shaffron, and John Wester battled it out until a few minutes before the bell with Angelo Conti taking top honors. There was a serious amount of talent in the waters of the South Branch for this event. Thoughtful fly selections, multiple styles and plenty of river stewardship was evident all day long. The fellowship grew into the eventings banquet and generous amounts of comraderie.
Angelo Conti took top honors for the day with multiple large catches and a deft hand on the rod. More results can be found here.
Video provided from Tightline Productions.
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