Spring On The Musconetcong

rainbow trout, Musconetcong River, New JerseyAccording to Wikipedia, the Musconetcong River is a tributary of the Delaware. It rises out of Lake Hopatcong, flows through Lake Musconetcong, then southwest until it reaches the Delaware.

Today was my first time fishing it. After a damp overcast morning, the sun broke out in the early afternoon and temps rose from 60 to 70 degrees in what seemed like minutes.  Time to wet a line. I headed to the Musconetcong to try my luck.

After no success at the first two stops,  I came to an area that looked quite fishy.  A nice long run with a confluence of slower water. I tried a peacock caddis dry and a beadhead stonefly nymph, but it was the black conehead woolly bugger that caught the attention of this chunky 16″ rainbow.

The water was murky and moving fast due to recent rains, but I’ll be back in the summer to try the caddis and BWOs.






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