Fishing Season: Open all year. Check NJ Fish and Wildlife Digest for Spring Stocking closure dates

South Branch Raritan River - NJ

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Rise Form Guides/Ramsey Outdoor's Tip of the Week

Too hot for Trout

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Map of South Branch Raritan River

Water Flow Data

5-Day Outlook as of 7/11/24

See you in the Fall

Techniques & Tips as of 7/11/24

Fish for Carp or bass or hit the salt

Local Species Available Open all year. Check NJ Fish and Wildlife Digest for Spring Stocking closure dates

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Rise Form Guides/Ramsey Outdoor's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Sulphur Parachute N/A 16
Sulphur Emerger N/A 16
Rusty Spinner N/A 16
March Brown N/A 12
RS2 N/A 22
Griffith's Gnat N/A 20

Sulphur Parachute

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Rise Form Guides/Ramsey Outdoor's Recommended Gear

Description: About South Branch Raritan River

One of NJ's finest rivers, the South Branch of the Raritan River gets it's start at Budd Lake. The South Branch flows from it's headwaters to were it converges with the North Branch of the Raritan River, and forms the main stem Raritan River. In the upper reaches the South Branch holds many Wild fish. The Claremont stretch is known for small wild reproducing Brook and Brown Trout. Meandering through Long Valley to Califon, it is Stocked with Rainbows and has many stretches of excellent Dry fly water. Below Califon it enters the Ken Lockwood Gorge Special regs water. This is some of the best nymphing water in New Jersey. The lower Trout stretches are through High Bridge, to the Mill in Clinton.

Nearest Airport:

Teterboro or Newark Liberty


Sulphurs March Browns Caddis

Best Time to Fish:


Best Stretch:

Long Valley on Down the river.