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NJ Hances Brook, Watters Road - Fishing

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Lat: 40.809406
Lng: -74.857933

Marker owner: dnorris

Average user rating for this marker: 5

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NJ Hances Brook, Watters Road
Marker Description: Designated wild trout stream and an actual trout stream with many wild brookies; Hances Brook. ARTIFICIALS ONLY. Huge numbers of beautiful native brookies; many in the 3 to five inch range and quite a few up to twelve. Amazing the number of brookies in this little stream. Also, many river chubs that fight for your nymphs and flies.

Each pocket of water has trout. This stream is very small - about five feet across for the most park - put it does not good flows and a nice stone bottom with vegetation. Not great to walk to walk the stream in this area because you have to deal with all the cattle.

Visitor Comments

Re: NJ Hances Brook, Watters Road Posted by Guido Thu. April 11, 2013 12:04 am
Fished just before the opener and caught one small brookie on a PT.
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Re: NJ Hances Brook, Watters Road Posted by dnorris Sat. April 06, 2013 01:31 am
Fished last week at Hances Brook to test whether the time of year and the cold spring was to blame for the lifeless look of the Electic Brook - not a fish in sight there. The Hances, which is full of life in the heart of spring and summer, was surprisingly devoid of life as well. I did see a nice brookie dart away as I walked up but no comparison to the blast of minnows and trout readily visible later in the season. I didn't catch anything but it is amazing how you can get the wrong impression of a stream at a certain time of year. So the Electric Brook may have been in hibernation because the Hances basically was.
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Re: NJ Hances Brook, Watters Road Posted by dnorris Sat. April 21, 2012 08:10 pm
Fished from the bridge and caught ten chubs and two nice little brookies. Caught one brookie on an elk hair caddis grey with a tinge of white hackle. Caught most of the chubs and other trout on a green bead puppa size 18. Also wrapped by fly around the electric fence for the cattle and got a very minor shock trying to get it off.

Right when I walked up I could see a nice little brookie surfacing for flies in the open water above the bridge. It took my fly on the first cast and I missed then again on the next few casts. Then just circling and finally a take and hook. Great fun. This truly is a wild trout stream.
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