The ESCTU Secret Waters Program

To enable ESCTU members to get to know each other better, the ESCTU Secret Waters Program has been put together to enable members to fish together in small groups in local waters most are probably unfamiliar with or have access to. 

Here's how the program works.  From the list below, select the secret/private waters you'd like to fish in order of preference (1,2, or 3) and email them to Ralph Koerner at, or Bob Bishop, at Bob will coordinate who goes with whom and will contact you via email with all the particulars.  

Note that only those members who have paid their TU National dues and are assigned to our chapter (227 - Ernest Schwiebert Chapter) are eligible to participate. Unused assignments or cancellations do not carry over to a different date or season. Assigned guests of host are expected to show up as scheduled.  

Below is the list of Secret Waters and hosts currently available to choose from:

1) Exploring the Lower Musconetong River 
  Hosts: Bob Lester and Harry Zickler
  Date: TBD   Meeting Time: 9 AM
  Cost:  N/A
  Number of Rods: Unlimited

You will car pool to various sites along the lower river and receive instruction on where and how to fish this river by two experienced fishermen. Bring your fly rod, boots, waders, snacks, drinks and a friend.  You will finish out the out your exploration and fishing trip by having lunch around noon at a local restaurant.  

Directions to Meeting Place:
From Princeton area, take Route 31, through Flemington, Clinton, and Glen Gardner to Hampton, NJ, just before crossing the Musconetong River bridge make a left on Valley Road and you will all meet at Hampton Park which is  ¼ mile on your right.

2) Henryville Fly Fishers (Paradise Creek)
Host: Bob Bishop
Date: TBD
Cost: $75.00 per person and includes lunch
Number of rods: 2

Henryville Fly Fishers is a private club, where fly fishing originated back in the 1800’s. (It is just a 1 ½ hours from Central Jersey) It is on 4 1/2 miles of the Paradise Creek in Henryville, Pa. ( Poconos)  With over a 75 pools that have been designed to hold fish. Stocked with 16-18” Brown Trout it also has Rainbows and Brookies in the stream. This is a wading stream on a cold limestone-fed water.

3) Big Flatbrook I 
Host: George Jaccoud
Date: TBD (Some weekdays & weekends available)
Cost: N/A (Bring your own food & drinks)
Number of rods: 1 

We will be fishing a private stretch of the Big Flatbrook located in the scenic Minisink Valley that extends from the Delaware Water Gap north to Port Jervis, New York -- a 2 hour drive from the Princeton area. This is a wading stream that requires some hiking.

4) Rosedale Lake
Host: Ralph Koerner
Date: TBD (sometime during July - August)
Cost: N/A (Bring your own food & drinks)
Number of Rods: 1

Rosedale Lake is a small lake in Hopewell Township. Here you will be fishing by canoe for a variety of pan fish and trout.

5) Upper Delaware River (Main Stem)
Host: Lars Hedin
Date: TBD (sometime this summer)
Cost: N/A (Bring your own food & drinks and a valid NY fishing license) 
Number of Rods: 1

The Upper Delaware is said to have some of the best fishing east of the Rocky Mountains. Here you will be wading and casting to a variety of trout feeding in the river. The main stem is fed by both the East and West Branch of the Delaware and water levels are controlled by a dam on each. You will be fishing in the Hancock, NY area which is 2 1/2 hours from the Princeton area. Staying over at one of several motels in the area is a good suggestion.

6) Big Flatbrook II
Host: Jeff Conover
Date: TBD (Some week days and weekends available.)
Cost: N/A (Bring your own food & drinks.  Flies and custom hand-tied leaders will be available at minimum cost.) 
Number of rods: 1

The Big Flatbrook is known as one of the best trout streams in New Jersey. Located on a scenic farm, we will be fishing just under 1 mile of a private section of the stream. Just a 2 hour drive from the Princeton area.  This is a wading stream that requires some mid-level hiking. (Bring your camera.)

7) Ken Lockwood Gorge 
Host: Greg DeAngelis
Date: TBD (Most likely in July-August during the week, because it gets crowded on the weekends)
Cost: N/A (Bring your own food & drinks)
Number of rods: 1

We will be fishing the Ken Lockwood Gorge which is a 2 mile stretch of the South Branch Raritan River.  It is about 2 miles of boulders, riffles and pools.  There is a rough roadway that is adjacent to the river which allows vehicle access for portions of the Gorge (May - Oct).  This is a wading stream.  Access to the stream requires virtually no hiking.   The Gorge is located about 2 miles south of Califon, NJ and is about a 1 hour drive from the Princeton area.  

8) Little Lehigh River
Host: Bob Bishop
Date: Sometime from Mid July – Sept 1, 2017 
Cost: N/A
Number of Rods: 2

We will be fishing the Little Lehigh River during a Trico hatch early one morning. You will learn how and where to fish this limestone fed river that flows through a park in the middle of Allentown, Pa.

9) Little Bushkill River
Host: Bob Bishop
Date: Depends on whether you wish to fish for bass or trout (Bass fishing  month of August/Trout fishing month of October.  Club is closed on Mondays
Cost : $70 per person
Number of rods: 2

We will be fishing on a private property at the Mink Pond Club. Mink Pond is situated on a 55 acre lake with the Little Bushkill River running through the 2500 acre property and lake. Here you will be able to fish by boat for bass and pickerel or wade in stream for trout. The trip includes one night stay and three meals.

If you are interested in hosting an ESCTU Secret Waters trip, please contact Bob at and provide your name, preferred email address, description of the secret/private water, date or dates it can or can’t be done, number of anglers that you can take, and brief particulars like costs (e.g., guest fee),  lunch accommodations (provided or bring your own), whether it  includes an overnight accommodation (see the list above for examples).  The list will then be updated on the website and identified in future ESCTU eNewsletters.

Let's go fishing!