Tightline Productions, which produces our amazing weekly fly-tying videos, recently turned their cameras on a large restoration project on their home water, the South Branch of the Raritan River in Califon, New Jersey. Joke all you want about The Garden State, but the South Branch is a wonderful trout river, which I fished regularly when I was in graduate school in Rutgers.
This project was undertaken to help return the river to a more “natural” state, which will allow it to better carry sediment downstream. This will also create lots more trout habitat. The video is long (13 minutes), but it explains a lot about how these stream-restoration projects work and how rivers are supposed to flow. It’s fascinating stuff.