Annual Rio Guadalupe Clean Up Project – April 8

Volunteer Project: Rio Guadalupe Cleanup
Saturday, April 8, 2017

New Mexico Trout has a tradition of welcoming the Spring opening of FR 376 between the Gilman Tunnels and Porter’s Landing with a volunteer trash pickup. That Forest Service road provides access to our Rio Guadalupe home water and it accumulates a lot of roadside trash over a season’s heavy use by the many people who visit that corridor. Doing these annual cleanups is one way we can express our thanks for the wonderful trout fishing opportunities the Rio Guadalupe affords, while we help maintain it in a state that we like to visit. Continue reading

Thank you, Fred & Trish Breslin

Lance Leach, Trish Breslin, Fred Breslin

Long time members Fred & Trish Breslin were presented with a plaque and gift certificate for their many contributions to New Mexico Trout, especially  for the generous support and many donations over the years for the New Mexico Trout Conclave.

Many many thanks.

Bill Frangos selected as PHW Volunteer of the Year

Bill Frangos, Project Healing Waters Volunteer of the Year

Bill Frangos was selected as the Project Healing Waters Southwest Region’s Volunteer of the Year from among over 300 volunteers.  Bill leads the fly tying portion of the New Mexico Trout sponsored PHW program at the Albuquerque Veterans Administration Medical Center.  This part of the year fly fishing long program meets weekly five months of the year and Bill has not missed a fly tying session since the program started over 8 years ago.  Bill also supports the program’s casting and educational meetings the rest of the year.  He is a veteran himself and has a major positive impact on those veterans that enter and stay with the PHW fly fishing program and he is more than deserving of this award.

> Dave Patton

March General Meeting – March 14

New catch and release quality waters on the Rio Chama!

Noah Parker of Land of Enchantment Guides will discuss the new catch and release water designation which was recently approved by the NM Game Commission.  We expect Noah will tell a little about the history of this initiative, the specifics of what part of the Rio Chama is in this section and, of course, recommendations on the great fishing opportunity these waters present.

Time: 7:00 pm
Location: McCall Preforming Arts Center, choir room at Sandia Prep.

If you want to get reminders, join our Meetup page and RSVP to this event.

Identify the Stream Contest

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Mystery Spot #1

This year the Conclave will include an “Identify the Stream” contest to test and reward attendees’ ability to recognize New Mexico fishing waters. Photos of approximately ten streams, identified only by a number, will be posted around the Sandia Prep Commons area during the Conclave.

Each photo will be of a stream in New Mexico on public land or on land accessible to the public without charge. The stream will be known to harbor fish targeted by fly anglers. The photos will include enough of the surroundings to give contestants a reasonable, but not necessarily easy, chance to identify the stream segment.

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Mystery Spot #2

Entry sheets will be provided that ask contestants to list the stream and the particular reach for each photo. Points will be awarded for correctly naming the stream and the particular segment pictured. One entry per person. No entry fee. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries.

Local Author Pens Fly Fishing Novel 

Santa Fe novelist, John Nichols, has published his latest book, The Annual Big Arsenic Fishing Contest!, which is set in the Big Arsenic Springs of the Wild River segment of the Rio Grande above Questa. Nichols has fished up and down the river for about 40 years, from Pilar to the Wild River section, and his story has rich and poetic descriptions of this section of the river. This novella is about middle-age male bonding, about the love of fly fishing and about the love of New Mexico. The contest in the title is an at times friendly, at times cutthroat, trout fishing competition among three buddies, which begins as a boisterous story and evolves into an allegory with tragic overtones.

Nichols is best-known as the author of the 1974 classic novel The Milagro Beanfield War.

Link to book on Amazon.

Cimarron River Spill

A diesel tanker truck overturned on 27 December, spilling hundreds of gallons of fuel into the Cimarron river near Eagle Nest. New Mexico Environment Department and Game and Fish Department assisted in the cleanup, using absorbent booms to stem the downstream flow of the contaminant, and allowing the fuel to be pumped from the river. Four days later, authorities reported that the spill had been cleaned up, but that monitoring of the river would continue for several months.

Link to ABQ Journal article.