Earlier this summer I stumbled into one of the most unique and eye-opening experiences I've ever had on the water. To make a long story short, Jim Holland, owner of Shannon's Fly & Tackle Shop in Califon, NJ, found out that I was working on a story about Jersey trout. Holland is highly active in area conservation groups and mentioned that he might be able to arrange for me to tag along on an electro-fishing study to count and measure wild trout in the South Branch of the Raritan River. I fish the South Branch for trout more than any other local river, and have been wading around in it since I was tall enough to wear hip boots. I've always felt like I've known it well considering through the years I have wet a line in almost every eddy, riffle, and hole from the headwaters to its confluence with the North Branch. After shocking a meager 300 meters of the river with Holland, state fisheries biologist Shawn Crouse, and a group of volunteers, I learned more about the South Branch in one day than I have fishing it for the last 19 years.