December General Meeting

December General Meeting
This month’s meeting will be held Tuesday, December 12, at 7:00 PM in the McCall Performing Arts Center at Sandia Prep. Marc Wethington, NMDGF Navajo Dam Biologist, will discuss San Juan fisheries studies and current fishing on the San JuanRiver ... Read More

2018 Conclave – March 24

2018 Conclave – March 24
The 2018 New Mexico Trout Conclave will be held Saturday, March 24 at Sandia Prep. Save the date! ... Read More

It’s time to renew your membership

It's time to renew your membership
It's time to renew your membership for the 2018 year. Regular membership is $30 per year. Your dues are used for conservation projects and we have a large one coming up next year. You can renew online, by mail or at a meeting ... Read More

Reminiscences of an Old Fly Fisherman

Reminiscences of an Old Fly Fisherman
By Wes Bigney Rigging When I get to the destination and am assembling the rod and lining up the guides I stand the rod against a rock or tree.  I never lay it on the ground or against the car to be stepped on by an errant foot or eaten by an auto door.  After I have run the line through the guides I do not coil any line on the ground where I can step on it and cut it against a stone or gravel.  I make sure the ferrules are seated. The Rod and Handling The taper transmits force to the various parts of the rod depending on the amount of force applied.  So a little force bends the tip and more force transmits to heavier parts of the rod right down to the grip.  This applies whether casting or retrieving the line.  Much has been written about casting and I want to address retrieving, where the action is! In retrieving mode the rod tip should be held close to the water and pointing in the direction the line lies.  Holding the rod tip up makes a belly from the tip down to the water.   When a fish strikes, the slack in the belly must be taken up before the hook can be set.  This split second can allow the fish to spit out the hook.  Holding the rod down makes the line straight to the hook, causing immediate hooking.  Also, holding the rod down and pointing down ... Read More

Meet the Board: outreach committee

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Meet Kathy Andreson and Barbara Yelverton, Outreach Committee Chairs Kathy and Barb are new members of NMTrout and have only recently been working with the Board to develop materials for outreach to young fisher persons. Barb discovered the group through her interest in Fly Tying and renewed interest in trout fishing. Kathy was then coaxed into revisiting trout fishing as well. The outreach project is a way for both to give back to the community and volunteer their professional services. Watch for information soon! Kathy and Barbara current consult with The Synergy Group, Ltd. having left Public School Education. Both continuing to facilitate, train and consult with groups across the state as they visit the local fishing opportunities. The San Juan is a favorite! ... Read More

Pikeminnow in San Juan

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From the June 2017 newsletter The endangered Colorado Pikeminnow is showing signs of recovering its diminished population in the San Juan River basin. The lower reaches of the San Juan River provide habitat for this federally listed fish. Conservation of this fishery is a priority of the New Mexico Game and Fish Department, and staff spend a considerable amount of time monitoring, stocking, and enhancing habitat to ensuring the long-term persistence of this resource. Based on data gathered last year following the spring peak release from Navajo Dam, scientists said they have found evidence the Colorado pikeminnow is reproducing in the San Juan River, and the offspring are surviving. The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Services said more than 540 Colorado pikeminnow, once widely known as the “salmon of the southwest”, were counted in the San Juan River last year. They also found 23 yearling fish. Before last year, only one juvenile fish had been caught by scientists since work began in the 1990s to restore habitat. The Colorado pikeminnow lives in three river basins: The San Juan River basin, the Colorado River basin and the Green River basin. Both the Colorado and Green river basins have populations of Colorado pikeminnow that are reproducing and surviving to adulthood ... Read More

New Special Trout Waters on Rio Chama

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by Noah Parker, reprinted with permission from https://loeflyfishing.com With the beginning of the new licensing period on April 1st, 2017, the new catch and release area on the Chama River below El Vado Dam was implemented and became a reality. The New Mexico Game and Fish Commission (NMDG&F) approved catch and release regulations on this section of the Chama River at its November 17, 2016 meeting in Grants. The new regulation, as written by NMDG&F staff, applies to a three-mile stretch of the river that starts 1.3 miles below the El Vado Dam. The first 1.3 mile section of the Chama directly below the dam was left out of the proposal because it includes the Coopers El Vado Ranch and areas upstream that are popular with “catch and keep” anglers fishing on the Chama. The new catch and release area begins about 1/4 mile below Cooper’s where the gauging cable crosses the river and then runs downstream to the confluence of the Rio Nutrius/Canyon – a distance of about 3 river miles. Anglers willing to walk a moderate distance downstream from Cooper’s should have the opportunity for larger, stream-bred trout. The new catch and release regulation for this section of the Chama River mandates that all fish must be released with a tackle/gear restriction of using only single barbless hook and artificial lures. At some point in the next few weeks signage will be installed on the riverbank at the upstream and downstream boundaries of the new catch and release ... Read More

New Fishing Rules Proposed 

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is proposing new rules. Some of the changes are:
  • Modifications to the Special Trout Water (STW) program including increasing designated waters by 52 miles, reducing the number of Special Trout Water classifications from over eleven to four, and removing some waters that no longer meet the STW designation.
  • Lifting catch-and-release only designation at Brantley Lake
  • Adding Alumni Pond, Corona Pond, Estancia Pond, Perch Lake, Rancho Grande Ponds, Roswell Kids Ponds, and Rio Grande below Elephant Butte as winter trout waters
Another feature of the proposed plan is to rename the categories of Special Trout Water.  In true New Mexico fashion, catch and release waters will be known as “Red Chile” waters.  Waters with a two fish limit and restricted tackle will be known as “Green Chile” waters.  Waters with a two fish limit, open to any legal tackle will be known as “X-mas” waters.  More information on the changes and process for public comment is at http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/commission/ The next public meeting will be held Thursday, November 16, 2017, beginning at 9:00 a.m., at the Elephant Butte Inn ... Read More
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