Rio Cebolla Wetlands Project

By Ron Loehman, Conservation Chair

work-projectVolunteers are needed to work with Santa Fe National Forest personnel to construct several beaver dam analogs (BDAs) on the Rio Cebolla meadows downstream of where the Cebolla flows under FR 376. The work area is approximately 10 miles north of Porter’s Landing on FR 376.

This is the first stage of a project to increase riparian wetland area, to improve water quality, and to benefit fish habitat on the Rio Cebolla. We will be applying techniques similar to those Bill Zeedyk taught at a NM Trout workshop in 2015, including post pounding, rock placement, and willow weir construction. Some of the work will be in-stream and other parts will be on the stream banks. We suggest you bring waders if you plan to work in the stream.

Because the work area is NM meadow jumping mouse habitat, the US Fish and Wildlife Service allows access only between October 15 and May 1, when the mouse is believed to be hibernating. We anticipate follow-on projects next Spring as early that weather permits and continuing through May.

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Meet at 9:00 AM at the parking area above the Gilman Tunnels on FR 376.

The club will provide lunch if you RSVP to Ron Loehman by 5:00 PM, Monday October 23, 2017

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.

2018 Conclave

The 2018 New Mexico Trout Conclave will be held on Saturday, March 24 from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The featured speakers are Dave & Emily Whitlock, and our own Bob Widgren.

Each will give a series of talks throughout the day. The Conclave will also include clinics on beginning and advanced fly-casting (weather permitting), and fly tying demonstrations. The Conclave will feature the always-popular raffle of donated gear and guided fly fishing trips.

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.

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.

Admission to the Conclave is $25 for members and $35 for non-members, which includes lunch for tickets purchased by March 16, 2018. Admission for kids age 16 and younger is free, but they must register by March 16 to get lunch. The raffle will include some kids-only items, but they must be present to participate in the raffle.

Ron Loehman and Lance Leach,
2018 Conclave co-chairmen


2018 Conclave – March 24

2018 Conclave – March 24

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New! We have a Meetup Group!

Members have long-requested a means of setting up informal discussions and small fishing trips. We’ve tried a couple of discussion boards on the website, and it it hasn’t worked for most of you.

Our newest venture is Meetup – a social media service that we think you’ll be likely to use. Check it out here.

Although it looks just like a public calendar of meetings, it is much more.  To utilize its full capabilities, do the following:

  1. Click join us. If you do not have a Meetup login name and password, you will be guided through the process.
  2. Check you email inbox for messages about meeting and discussions. You can turn this feature off if it get annoying.
  3. Download the app for your smartphone.
  4. Browse through the hundreds of meet ups, by location or topic.

If you are logged in, you can leave a comment below. Otherwise, join the Meetup group and start a discussion there.

December General Meeting – December 13

At the September general meeting a new projector and an old laptop computer found out they were not compatible. Therefore the presentation that Jerry gave on winter time flat water fly fishing places was given without the benefit of slides. The December meeting will feature the presentation with slides. We have resolved the problem between the two devices.

Also at the December meeting we will have the drawing for the bamboo rod. There still are some blank spaces on the on the raffle board and we will be selling those at both the November and December general meetings. If you have not gotten in on the raffle, you will have two more opportunities to do so. The rod is going to be a great Christmas present for some lucky winner.