General Meeting

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Bill Kibler

“Preserving Open Space to Improve Water Quality: Burnt Mills as a Case Study”


The Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA) owns three adjacent pieces of property along the Lamington River on the border between Bedminster and Branchburg. Working with other local landowners and with the support of federal, state, and local government agencies, RHA intends to remove the derelict Burnt Mills dam, restore the stream, create better habitat for native fish and wildlife, and improve public appreciation for the river. Bill Kibler, Director of Policy for RHA, will discuss how Burnt Mills and similar projects exemplify RHA’s mission “to protect, preserve, and improve water quality and other natural resources of the Raritan River headwaters region through science, education, advocacy, land preservation, and stewardship.”

Bill was the Executive Director of the South Branch Watershed Association from 2005 until RHA was created in 2011. An attorney (JD, Syracuse University) who specializes in environmental law, he served as an Officer with the Army Corps of Engineers after graduating from the United States Military Academy. An avid fly fisherman, Bill is also Chief of the Califon Fire Company and serves on the New Jersey Highlands Coalition Policy Committee and the Raritan Basin Watershed Alliance.

Meeting Location

American Legion Hall
137 New Market Road
Dunellen, NJ

Meeting starts at 8 PM
Non Members are always welcome!


News & Events

CJTU Fly Tying School 2016

Course Info

Fall Stocking Begins

Fall trout stocking begins next Tuesday, October 13. Approximately 20,000 Rainbow Trout, averaging 14 to 22 inches in length, will be stocked throughout the state. During the first week, 16 streams and rivers in northern and coastal areas will be stocked; during the second week, 15 ponds and lakes in the central and southern portions of the state will be stocked.

For more information, view the NJDEP news release at To view the stocking schedule, go to on the Division of Fish and Wildlife website. There are no closed days during the fall stocking period.

Point Mountain Project

Fred Simonson

Finally Underway!

Point Mountain Restoration

The Point Mountain Stream Restoration Project has finally reached the “Doing Stage”. All permits, permissions, and endangered species studies are in hand and in-stream work will officially begin on June 16th . We had our first official work day at Point Mountain on Wednesday June 3rd when a group of CJTU members spent some time clearing & trimming overhead tree limbs as well brush from the access road that the heavy equipment will use to reach the Musky.

After the work session Brian Cowden took the group on a quick river tour of what will happen where in the restored river section. The work will dramatically improve the fishable water in the Point Mountain TCA stretch. CJTU has every right to be proud of the improvement as we are a major project sponsor, both financially and with our physical labor as well.

Trout in the Clasroom

News & Information

6th Annual New Jersey Fly Fisherman of the Year

Saturday, October 17, 2015

2014 NJ FF of the Year~One Fly Competition from Tightline Productions, L.L.C. on Vimeo.

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September 2015

News & Events

General Meeting - Tuesday, September 8, 2015

“Jerry Coviello”
“Wyoming’s Greybull River ”

Wyoming’s Greybull River runs through some of the most remote backcountry in the Greater Yellowstone. Along its 90-mile corridor, water travels from snow-capped peaks in the Absaroka Mountains to sagebrush flats at its confluence with the Bighorn River. The Greybull River watershed is famed for supporting the best genetically-pure populations left of Yellowstone cutthroat trout, a species decimated elsewhere in the West by non-native species and altered water flows. The river’s high-quality aquatic habitat is spurring efforts among many landowners to join with partners to protect and restore this biologically-important watershed.



American Legion Hall
137 New Market Road
Dunellen, NJ
Meeting starts at 8 PM - Non Members are always welcome!

Point Mountain Project

Fred Simonson

Point Mountain Project

From the top of the run looking upstream. This is the project start point.

Point Mountain Project

Looking downstream into the first of five pools that were created. The point bar on the Hunterdon side is designed to move the flow to the newly created channel.

Point Mountain Project

Looking downstream from the bottom of the first major pool. The point bar is on the Hunterdon side of the river.

Point Mountain Project

The largest of the pools created with a major point bar on the Warren side of the river. This pool is currently 10 feet deep.

Point Mountain Project

Riffles, runs, and pocket water below the large pool looking downstream.

Point Mountain Project

Same shot taken from the downstream end looking back upstream.

Point Mountain Project

Looking downstream into the bend at the downstream end of the restoration site prior to work on the last pool. You can see the bank erosion in the lower right hand corner.

Point Mountain Project

Two major pools were created, one above the bend and one at the bend. The bank has been built up with river gravel to stabilize it and a root ball was added on the corner of the bend to further stabilize the bank and prevent further erosion.

Batten Kill Watershed Alliance

Over the last 10 years our chapter has been supporting the Batten Kill Watershed Alliance by sending donations for improving the Batten Kill and its tributaries as it flows from Vermont to New York.This project is also supported by TU National and TU Vermont. The Alliance has worked on over 20 sections of the river improving cover, river dynamics and shelter.

You can check on all the work at On your next fishing trip up north try the Batten Kill.

Fly of the Month

“Stillwater Leech”
by Ron Ruskai

Stillwater Leech

Try this fly on Trout or Bass when fishing lakes or ponds.

Click here for the recipe!