Who We Are.

Rahway River Trout Unlimited is one of the newest New Jersey Trout Unlimited chapters. We are an organization of men and women that strive to protect our cold freshwater fisheries throughout the state. Our members meet once a month, discuss many topics from conservation to fishing. We also go on fishing trips throughout the year, conduct river cleanups, host fly tying events, and partake in many other activities. If you like fishing or just want to give back to the environment then RRTU is for you. So tell a friend, come on out and enjoy yourself, learn a few new things, meet some new fishing buddies, and perhaps even consider joining our Trout Unlimited Chapter - #155. We meet at the Cranford Community Center for our General meetings and Fly tying nights.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fishing inspite of the looming hurricane

Even Sandy couldn't stop the RRTU monthly Fishing With A Member outing today in the Ken Lockwood Gorge WMA. This 2.5-mile stretch of the South Branch of the Raritan River flows through the gorge, cascading over boulders, spilling over small waterfalls, and pouring into quiet pools. With the wind howling and the leaves blowing, our members still managed to land a few hungry trout on scuds & nymphs. It was a fun morning had by all and we can't wait for next months FWAM, keep posted.....

Just some of the other items in RRTU's clothing line


Long sleeve tee


All in various sizes and colors

Saturday, October 27, 2012

RRTU Chapter Storefront

   Announcing the all new Rahway River Trout Unlimited storefront to get your chapter t-shirts with printed logo. To purchase your own, please use the link on the sidebar or go directly to www.zazzle.com/rrtuchapter. There you can also find other styles of apparel, bumper stickers and water bottles too. These shirts are printed on demand and usually shipped within one day.

Friday, October 26, 2012

November 2012 General Monthly Meeting

Our next regularly scheduled meeting in November has been moved up one week to Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Cranford Community Center 220 Walnut Ave. at 7:30 PM

Our regularly scheduled meeting date falls on Thanksgiving eve 
it was decided to move it up one week.

Our speaker for the night will be our own George Lechner on 

George has his own blog WILD FLY 365
anyone who follows George's blog knows his passion for fishing wild trout.

Trout in the Classroom

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is a science based program that teaches children about the importance of cold water conservation through a hands-on approach to learning.

Through the process of raising brook trout from eggs to fingerling, the size they are at release time, students learn about the importance of clean cold water not only for the brook trout they are raising, but also for the other organisms in the stream as well.

Volunteers from RRTU doing their part to keep this program going.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Matt Grobert's October Caddis

Matt always comes up with timely patterns


Hook: #8-12 Standard dry fly
Thread: 6/0 Orange
Tail: None
Body: Mixed rusty orange rabbit and zelon (or antron)
Underwing: Amber zelon
Wing: Orange dyed elk body hair
Thorax: Same as body, touch-dubbed (It should seem somewhat heavy when you dub it, but after a cast or two, the loose fibers fall out, leaving a nice, fuzzy, floating thorax.)

Fly Tying Night October 22, 2012

Twice a month we meet for a fly tying night, there we teach people to tie flies.
There is always a great deal of comaraderie
Here Jake teaches RRTU's newest member Lisa how to tie

Jason (r) welcomes Sean, who discovered us through Meet Up

Jake starts Sean off with the basics

It is not all instruction, members catch up on filling their fly boxes
George shows Sal some advance techniques in tying

Everyone gets involved

But again, it is all about getting together and for a relaxing evening together as a chapter

Jake and Vinnie go over the various techniques and strategies of fly fishing

RRTU October Meeting - Salmon River Presentation

Christopher Klopsis gave a presentation on fishing the Salmon River, Pulaski, NY

Monday, October 22, 2012

Third Annual New Jersey Fly Fisherman of the Year Fishing Contest will be held at the Raritan Inn Bed & Breakfast - Shannon's Fly and Tackle Shop on Saturday, November 10th, 2012 .

Representing RRTU this year will be Jake LaMotta

Jake was selected by the membership for his hard work and dedication in 2012.

Jake is the coordinator for the chapters Fly Tying Nights, and lead instructor. 

We all wish Jake luck in bring home the prize.


Friday, October 19, 2012

NJTU State Council at Raritan River Fest

New Jersey State council of Trout Unlimited was well represented at the recent Raritan River Fest

 Musconetcong Home Rivers Project Coordinator Brian Cowden and Council Chairman Rich Thomas

Rich Thomas tying a fly under the watchful eye of an interested on looker

Very good turn out from the local residents of Raritan, NJ

We even experienced a good size hail storm

The long awaited duck race went off regardless of the rain / hale storm 

RRTU 2013 Meeting Guest Speakers

As a young chapter the difficulties in making ends meet is a challenge. RRTU's largest expense is the guest speakers for our monthly meetings. So in 2013 we are going to try something a little different  we are developing our own in-house speakers.

Looking at our membership we realized that there is a lot of talent just sitting there at each meeting, so why not have our own people step up to the podium and share some of their expertise and experiences.

So this past Wednesday Christopher Klopsis did just that with a very good and informative presentation on fishing the Salmon River in New York.

Next month George Lechner will share his experiences fishing wild trout streams in New Jersey and the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. If you are a follower of his blog you know you will be in for a special treat.


We are also looking to provide our in-house speakers to other TU chapters in the state at no charge.
We hope this will foster an exchange program where their in-house speakers will come to our meeting and share in the expertise and experiences as well.

Friday, October 5, 2012

RRTU Kids Fishing Derby - Volunteers

The RRTU Kids Fishing Derby wouldn't have been the success without the following volunteers.

RRTU Vice President and Kids Fishing Derby Chairman Dave Licks

RRTU President Greg Sabol

 RRTU Communications Director Chris K. (L)

RRTU Secretary Tom (R)

RRTU Treasurer Chris M.

RRTU Fly Tying Night Coordinators
Jake, Jason, Brain

... and Chuck who volunteers on every project

RRTU Getting The Word Out

The recent RRTU's Kids Fishing Derby was announced on NJ 101.5 FM
and The Cranford Chronicle sent out a reporter to document the event.

The Cranford Chronicle report Jim Occi and RRTU Communications Director Chris survey the pond.

Jim Occi takes photograph of RRTU Vice President David Licks 
this years Kids Fishing Derby Chairman, and family.

The family photo as it appears on NJ.COM

TU members Chris and Tom look on as this young fisherman 
selects his worms while  Jim Occi grabs a photo

His photo on NJ.COM

Another young fisherman proudly showing off his catch

Can also see himself on NJ.COM

Other photos on NJ.COM