Trump Jr. visited NJ fly fishing show – Daily Record – Daily Record

Super Bowl is today in Houston, but the Super Bowl of fly fishing was earlier in New Jersey.

The four-day World Fly Fishing Show in Somerset County ended with crowds of anglers last Sunday and the show was spectacular.  It was in Atlanta on Saturday, and it will be in the Seattle area Feb. 18-19.

Donald Trump Jr. spent about three hours chatting with anglers and vendors, and walking the aisles at the world’s largest consumer Fly Fishing Show at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset.

The Trump kids fish the Catskills and wherever, but there was a lot to see for all. There were sparkling new rods, reels, boots, boats, waders and every conceivable fly-fishing accessory, fly tyers and outfitters of U.S. fly fishing and international hotspots.

The Ramsey Outdoor Store of Succasunna and Ramsey had three separate locations in the show.

Sparta Mountain plans

The Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area is in Sussex, north of Jefferson.  It’s an 3,461-acre area where the Division of Fish and Wildlife plans to maintain the ecosystem health, diversity and integrity.

Foresters, the Audubon Society and other professionals support the plan.

Forest management will involve creating a greater balance among the stages of forest succession, minimizing further distribution of invasive exotic species, and enhancing biological diversity in the habitat for wildlife.

Gradually, there would be regulated logging in 25-acre sections over 10 years to make habitat attractive to songbirds and other wildlife. The plan  would create more habitat for the golden-winged warbler, an endangered species.

But some people don’t want the habitat to improve, charge there were would be harmful logging, in  a meeting in Franklin last month.

Sen. Raymond Lesniak of Elizabeth, who has been endeared to anti-hunters, opposed the plan, and said “I am the most progressive environmental legislator this country has seen.”  Maybe he has the largest ego.

Looks like the ice fishing season is like this month, smaller than usual.

Maybe we will have colder weather, but the future forecast doesn’t look good.  January ice was spotty. North Jersey ice was safe, then it thawed to open water, then the weather produced skim ice and boats couldn’t be launched in Lake Hopatcong.

The Knee Deep Club canceled its January ice fishing contest, and if there’s ice, there will be a contest at Lake Hopatcong next Sunday.

There was good news about the proposed restrictions at the lake last week. The ordinance would have restricted vessels from getting closer than 200 feet from the shoreline and more than 10 vessels from rafting together during the summer, but the plan was scrapped..

You might have missed the annual muskrat dinner at the Lower Alloways Creek firehouse.  The 79th dinner was sold out for the 150 diners.  Somehow, even with the red meat cooked, the “rat’s” name turned me off.

Calendar

          Now-Feb. 12: The Great American Outdoor Show, the world’s consumer sports and outdoors show, opens at 9 a.m. in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania,  for more information greatamericanoutdoorshow.org/

Saturday: Last day of deer permit shotgun and permit muzzleloader season

Feb. 14: Fish and Game Council meeting, 10 a.m., Central Office, 1 Eldridge Road, Robbinsville, at Assunpink WMA

Feb. 15: Last day of Canada goose season

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