One Bug 2020 Update

posted Jul 22, 2020, 10:19 AM by North Jersey TU   [ updated Jul 22, 2020, 10:21 AM ]

Hello Everyone - 

We hope this note finds you healthy and safe and enjoying your summer during these challenging times.

On behalf of the FUDR Board of Directors, we are writing to inform you that the FUDR One Bug event has been cancelled for 2020. As you may recall, we rescheduled the 2020 event from early May to early October but now believe it is prudent to cancel the event entirely.  We want you to know this decision wasn't made lightly and was done in consultation with event participants and guides.  

We will still be holding the One Bug auction online and will relay more details as we approach October. We hope all of you will participate in this very popular event that raises important funds for FUDR and offers some very high quality outdoor and fishing gear, exquisite artwork, and exciting fly fishing trips hosted by some of the best guides in the country.

The One Bug is FUDR's signature event and largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds help us meet our river protection objectives including sufficient water releases from the NYC reservoirs, stream restoration initiatives that protect aquatic habitat and the wild trout fishery, and building strong coalitions to maximize our influence.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the 2021 One Bug on May 1, 2, & 3!

For the River,

Jeff Skelding, Executive Director


Surf Tournament Cancelled Due To COVID-19

posted Jul 15, 2020, 12:28 PM by North Jersey TU

Beach Sunset Banner

The Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament, rescheduled for October 25, has been cancelled by the Tournament Committee due to the continued uncertainty of COVID-19. It is also not yet known what social distancing guidelines will be in place in the Fall and if those guidelines could be met at the tournament. Everyone who had mailed in registration forms will be contacted, and refunds will be issued to those who had checks deposited.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but the health and safety of participants, volunteers and staff is a top priority.

We hope you will be able to join us in 2021!

New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife

It's Time To Stop Pebble Mine

posted Jul 15, 2020, 12:26 PM by North Jersey TU

As we near the release of the Army Corps of Engineers' Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Pebble Mine, Businesses for Bristol Bay has joined with other Bristol Bay partners to launch Stop Pebble Mine. This new media and public engagement campaign was largely informed by recent polling results in Alaska which show that the majority of Alaskans are opposed to the Pebble Mine and support the EPA using its authority under the Clean Water Act to veto the Pebble project. 

Please follow and share Stop Pebble Mine on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and invite your colleagues, customers, and friends to do the same. Building a groundswell of national public awareness will be critical in the weeks ahead.

We've put together a toolkit of social media content for you and your company to post through your own social media channels. Please email us if you'd like our team to help develop specially-tailored content and designs for your business.

Now let's go Stop Pebble Mine!
B4BB Team

Press Release, July 9, 2020:

New Stop Pebble Mine Campaign Announces Polling Showing 62% Opposition to Pebble in Alaska

Ad campaign on digital and television to launch in the coming weeks

Today, a coalition of organizations working to protect Bristol Bay launched a new media and grassroots campaign – Stop Pebble Mine. The campaign is a project of the Bristol Bay Defense Fund, a partnership between SalmonState, United Tribes of Bristol Bay, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Wild Salmon Center, Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay, Businesses for Bristol Bay, and others who have joined together at this critical moment for the Bristol Bay defense effort. 

The Stop Pebble Mine campaign released new polling data today showing that 62 percent of Alaskans oppose the construction of the Pebble Mine. This poll of likely Alaska voters was conducted earlier this month by David Binder Research and shows clearly and overwhelmingly that the people of Alaska know this project is wrong for the state. A polling memo is attached. 

Permitting for the proposed mega-mine continues to rush forward despite widespread local opposition. “The people of Bristol Bay have been clear: we will not jeopardize our home by allowing Pebble Mine to be built. Although the federal government has ignored the voices of Bristol Bay to date, we remain united in our overwhelming opposition and appreciate the support of 62 percent of Alaskans who agree that this project is too toxic for our region. It’s time for the government to listen. Together, we can stop Pebble Mine.” said Alannah Hurley, Executive Director of the United Tribes of Bristol Bay. 

To date, the United States Army Corps of Engineers has ignored and marginalized those who would be directly impacted by the proposed mine. The Stop Pebble Mine campaign will focus on elevating the voices of impacted communities and businesses that oppose Pebble and its 10 billion tons of toxic waste that would pollute Bristol Bay for generations to come. The campaign will also run a series of paid advertising efforts including paid digital campaigns, print advertising campaigns and a television campaign in the Anchorage market will run throughout the summer.

A Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the project is expected shortly, at which point the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can veto the Pebble Mine permits on environmental grounds. 

“Summer in Alaska is a busy time where folks are out enjoying all that our state has to offer. We fear that the federal government will use that as an opportunity to push forward this mine under a cloud of secrecy. It is critical that Alaskans know what is going on and how close the Pebble Mine is to becoming a reality. Alaskans need the Environmental Protection Agency to do their duty to protect clean air and water and veto the Pebble Mine project,” said Tim Bristol, Executive Director of SalmonState. 

“The people of Bristol Bay reject this proposed mine that would foul their waters, wreck their salmon fishery and contaminate their communities.  But the Army Corps is flatly ignoring the Tribes, native corporations, commercial fishermen and businesses and putting their whole way of life at risk.  This move by the Corps defies science, reason and justice.  There’s a mountain of evidence that Pebble Mine is not economically feasible and would be environmentally disastrous.  We won’t let this unfair process stand,” said Taryn Kiekow Heimer, Deputy Director of NRDC’s Marine Mammal Protection Project.

November Meeting Date

posted Nov 10, 2018, 7:51 AM by Michael Iris

The November meeting date has been changed and is scheduled for NOVEMBER 29 AT 7:30 PM IN THE BIG ROOM at the VFW in Sparta. See you then! 

Life Along the Wallkill: A Story of Nature and Man

posted Mar 20, 2018, 6:07 AM by Mike Balogh

The 2018 Salmon River Trip Has Been Scheduled!

posted Mar 20, 2018, 6:02 AM by Mike Balogh

Mark you calendar for this coming November's annual Steelhead fishing weekend in Up-State New York. We will stay at the Fox Hollow Salmon River Lodge near Altmar/Pineville, NY. More details will be provided as we get closer, 

The Chapter Trip is open to all members members and friends. We are renting two cabins, good for about 12-14 participants. If necessary, overflow can be accommodated in the Lodge. For newcomers, car pooling is commonly practiced, and help with getting started on the famous Salmon River will be provided to the asking. Come and try your skills at catching one of these magnificent fighting fish. We stay two nights and return on Sunday, November 11.
You can find current information on fishing the Salmon River in Up-State New York at

Call Warren Weglinski (917-418-3590) for details and sign-up.

Dan Rodriguez receives Lifetime Achievement Award!

posted Nov 16, 2017, 5:44 AM by Mike Balogh

NJ Trout Unlimited State Council Awards Lifetime Achievement Award to North Jersey Chapter Member Dan Rodriguez
November 11, 2017

The New Jersey State Council of Trout Unlimited awarded its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Fred S. Burroughs' North Jersey Chapter member Dan (Danny) Rodriguez for his many years of tireless efforts, volunteering for the furtherance of TU's missions and objectives, as well as for those of the New Jersey DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife. The award was presented by State Council Chair Rich Thomas during the Council's Dinner Banquet, which was held in conjunction with the Annual Fly Fisherman of the Year Contest at the Raritan Inn's private waters on the banks of the South Branch of the Raritan River in Califon, NJ.


We congratulate Dan for being so deservedly selected to receive this honor, and we wish him many more happy years in the pursuit of his fly fishing passion.

Sparta Glen Fall Fun Day a Success!

posted Oct 27, 2017, 8:43 AM by Mike Balogh   [ updated Oct 27, 2017, 8:52 AM ]

Beautiful autumn weather was the backdrop for this past weekend's (10/21) Sparta Glen Fall Fun Day community event hosted by North Jersey Trout Unlimited and the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to celebrate last year’s highly successful restoration of the Glen Brook. 

A highlight of the day was the dedication ceremony offered by Sparta Township. Sparta's mayor Gil Gibbs and deputy mayor Josh Hertzberg expressed the community's appreciation and gratitude to North Jersey Trout Unlimited, and presented a bronze plaque that will be permanently installed at the Glen. A second wooden plaque was presented to the chapter in appreciation of the many volunteers (and particularly John Nordstedt) for their efforts in the restoration of the Sparta Glen Brook. 

Attendees enjoyed themselves as they learned about the stream restoration project, observed live aquatic insects, hiked the trails, participated in the Kids’ Corner crafts and games, watched flies being tied by chapter members, and visited information tables hosted by the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, NJ Fish & Wildlife, Sparta Historical Society, and NJ Highlands Coalition.

Countless volunteers and partners helped make the day a success including:

North Jersey Trout Unlimited
SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group
Sparta Township
NJ Trout Unlimited State Council
NJ Fish and Wildlife
AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Program
NJ Highlands Coalition
Sparta Historical Society
Sparta Kiwanis
Sparta Middle School Builders Club
Sparta Ambulance

We look forward to hosting more events in the future that share the wonderful conservation work being done by our chapter, and that highlight the Sparta Glen!

2017 Fly Fisherman of the Year Contest - Nov 11th

posted Oct 26, 2017, 5:43 AM by Mike Balogh

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The 2017 NJ Fly Fisherman of the year contest will be held on Shannon's private waters at the Raritan Inn Bed and Breakfast, 528 County Road 51,Califon, NJ 07830. Activities start around 8 AM.

Tickets for the evening banquet event can be purchased at or stop by the shop!

Representing the Fred S. Burroughs Chapter of TU in the competition will be our long-time member Danny Rodriguez. Let's show our support for Danny by being there! Go Danny!

Sparta Glen Fall Fun Day - Oct 21st

posted Oct 11, 2017, 5:05 AM by North Jersey TU   [ updated Oct 11, 2017, 5:06 AM ]

Come celebrate and recognize the successful restoration of the Sparta Glen Brook, including the organizations, supporters, and volunteers responsible!  The event will take place October 21st from 11am-2pm at Glen Brook Park in Sparta, NJ.  Join the fun!

1-10 of 56