2017 Northeast Regional Rendezvous
May 5-7, 2017
Clinton, New Jersey
Join fellow anglers and TU volunteer leaders from across the Northeast on May 5-7, 2017 in Clinton, New Jersey, for some great fishing, enlightening presentations, inspiring dialogue and engaging camaraderie with those who share your dedication to TU and our mission. TU regional rendezvous are occasions to be inspired – by the work of TU staff, lessons from volunteer leaders, and conversations with newfound friends. They are also an excellent opportunity to discuss the unique issues facing the region as well as a chance to network and build relationships with fellow TU volunteer leaders.
Friday, May 5
Free day of hosted fishing and no host dinner with local New Jersey TU volunteers. Sample some of the finest fly fishing around in the northern New Jersey region during the peak of the spring Sulphur hatch! Your local New Jersey TU hosts will take you to some of their most special waters – whether boulder-hopping after native brook trout in a small stream or chasing larger browns and rainbows in recently restored and improved waters.
NJTU Hosted Fishing for TU Northeast Regional Rendezvous 2017
The Musconetcong River, or the mighty “Musky” as we locals refer to it, at approximately 42 miles long, is one of the premier trout streams in the northeastern United States. Known to many fishermen as a TU Home Rivers Initiative as well as a President’s Coastal America Award winner for restoration, visiting anglers will find plenty of water teeming with wild and stocked trout. One of our larger rivers, most areas of the Musconetcong are 35 feet or so wide with beautiful runs and plunge pools. NJTU has done some spectacular restoration work in areas such as Point Mountain & a private property that allows public access known affectionately as “Narnia” as well as a myriad of areas up and down this fantastic river. A wonderful dry fly fishery, at the time of our NJTU NE Regional Rendezvous in May we hope to have our guests experiencing prolific hatches of Hendrickson’s, Red Quills, March Browns and BWO’s. Plus at this time of year there should be a ton of Grannom Caddis in the air! The standard 9’ 5wt should do the job anywhere along the Musky though whatever stream rod you are comfortable with should work beautifully.
The South Branch of the Raritan River or South Branch to those of us growing up loving this beautiful, smaller, 50 mile long gem of NJ trout water is one of the most special streams in the Garden State. From its headwaters in Budd Lake to its confluence with the Raritan River mainstem, it is loaded with fish. In its upper stretches, where we will be hosting guests on the Friday of our NE Regional Rendezvous, visiting anglers will find amazing plunge pools and runs along private and public waters. In addition, anglers will encounter truly remarkable pocket water and run fishing in one of NJ Trout fishing’s true legendary jewels, The Ken Lockwood Gorge “no-kill.” The Gorge, named for NJ conservation giant Ken Lockwood, is a pristine 2.5 mile stretch that literally has a crazy amount of wild and stocked fish. Artificial only, the fly angler will feel like they’ve been jettisoned back in time to a quiet bucolic mountain stream – 45 minutes from Manhattan. Perfectly suited to the 9’ 5wt, many anglers feel smaller is better and opt for 7-8’ 3-4 wt rods. Dries, wets, nymphs, etc., are all on the menu at any given time. At the time of the NE Regional Rendezvous in May our guests should be into March Browns, BWO’s, & Hendrickson’s along with various Caddis including Grannoms & Cinnamons.
Friday Night, May 5
Cinco de Mayon mix-and-mingle and Iron Fly Tying competition. Start the meeting off with a fun and festive evening with fellow volunteers. Enjoy a great atmosphere, have fun watching or participating in the fly tying contest and take advantage of a convenient cash bar on site. No host dinner service is available in the hotel and nearby restaurants.
Saturday, May 6 – Workshops and Seminars
Saturday's full-day session will include breakfast and lunch networking, group discussions, concentrated workshops and opportunities for council and chapter leaders to share successes and discuss common challenges. A full agenda will be posted online soon.
Saturday Night, May 6 – Group Dinner and Networking
Following the day's meetings, join your fellow TU members, volunteers and staff from for a great dinner and chance to network with one another. Spend time talking shop and trading stories with people who share your passion for conservation and enjoy a fun evening.
Sunday, May 7 – Hands-On Conservation Tour & Training
Have you ever wondered why a stream needs restoration? Are you curious about the role insects play in these decisions? Join us for a special Sunday morning special session at the Northeastern Regional Rendezvous. Activities will include a demonstration on visual stream assessments led by Brian Cowden, New Jersey’s State Council Environmental Chair and co-owner of the stream restoration company Troutscapes River Restoration as well as a macroinvertebrate sampling demonstration and talk about their use in determining the health of a stream led by TU’s Upper Delaware Project Coordinator, Rich Biemiller, PhD Entomology. These factored together are great indicators of the state of a stream and can be used to begin the discussion about restoration needs in a specific area.
Both demonstrations will be held on a section of the Musconetcong River, a designated Wild & Scenic River and New Jersey’s largest tributary to the Delaware. Part of the day will be spent in an area that was restored by TU nearly five years ago. The location is within seven miles of the hotel. This day will offer a unique opportunity to spend the day on one of New Jersey’s premier rivers and should be a fun and educational day for all involved.
Accommodations and meeting venues for the Northeast Regional Rendezvous are provided by:
Holiday Inn Clinton-Bridgewater
111 West Main Street, Clinton, NJ 08809
Ask for "Trout Unlimited" when reserving for the discoutn rate of $124/night
Room block and discount rate expire on April 4
Other nearby lodging options include:
Hampton Inn Clinton
16 Frontage Drive, Clinton, NJ 08809
0.6 miles from the Holiday Inn
As low as $170/night
Courtyard by Marriott
300 Corporate Drive, Lebanon, NJ 08833
5 miles from the Holiday Inn
As low as $137/night
Fairfield Inn & Suites Bridgewater Branchburg/Somerville
947 US Highway 202 North, Branchburg, NJ 08876
23 miles from the Holiday Inn
As low at $127/night
Hyatt House Bridgewater
530 US 22, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
21 miles from the Holiday Inn
As low as $94/night
Many regional rendezvous travelrs have found discount group lodging by renting multi-bedroom houses for their chapter members in the nearby area.
- Participation in all seminars and workshops on Saturday and Sunday
- Breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday
- Group dinner and networking event on Saturday night
- Optional, free hosted fishing trip on Friday
- Optional conservation tour and site-walk on Sunday afternoon
*You can register for the entire weekend, or register for one day only at a discounted rate
**Attendees may bring spouses/guests to the barbecue dinner on Saturday night