in the Greater New York area. Both New York and New Jersey are suffering from this bloom.
of the river I haven't fished in a long while.
The Passaic River is stocked with Northern Pike in New Jersey. Both the fresh water and the tidal parts of the Passaic river hold big pike; thanks to the department of environmental protection.
My favorite flies are the six-inch sunfish ( with a rattle) and a big black gurgler. In the past, these flies have caught pike for me.
I fished outside of my usual time period. Normally I fish for them during the new moon cycle. I like to fish three days before the new moon and or up to three days after the new moon.
This time I fished with the outgoing tide. The Franco Vivarelli Goldstar is a dependable
semi automatic fly reel; sturdy enough for salt water fishing. It was matched with my Fenwick fiberglass fly rod, a 7 weight.
The afternoon was pleasant with almost no wind. Even the carp which were nearby were
feeding on the surface. The quality of the water has also improved. I have fished the river here
since 2004 and in three feet of water, I could see the river bed!
I had no luck catching a pike but as the tide moved out I noticed the tomb of the
unknown carp fisher.