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.

2017 Conclave

The 2017 New Mexico Trout Conclave will be held on Saturday, February 11 from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The featured speakers are George Daniel, the noted author and lecturer, Greg Flores, guide and fly fishing cinematographer, and Peggy Harrell-Nesbit of Fisheads San Juan River Lodge.  Each will give a series of talks throughout the day. Ms. Harrell-Nesbit’s presentation will focus on topics of particular interest to women. The Conclave will also include clinics on beginning and advanced fly-casting (weather permitting), fishing knots, fly tying demonstrations, and split bamboo fly rod building. 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 $30 for non-members, which includes lunch for tickets purchased by February 6, 2017. Admission for kids age 16 and younger is free, but they must register by February 6 to get lunch. The raffle will include some kids-only items, but they must be present to participate in the raffle.

Tickets are available on our website (click here) and at Charlie’s and Los Pinos fly shops.

Ron Loehman and Lance Leach,
2017 Conclave co-chairmen

Other articles about the 2017 Conclave

Conclave Photos

March 8
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2017 Conclave Wrap Up

March 8
Our 2017 NM Trout Conclave was an outstanding success. Compliments were heard from many long-time members and even our key note speaker, George Daniel, was impressed with how smoothly everything ran and the high degree of involvement by rank and file NMT members. read more...

2017 Conclave raffle

February 9
The 2017 conclave has got a lot of good stuff to raffle, including gear, clothing, art and guide services. read more...

2017 Conclave Schedule

February 8
For those of you who have been asking, here is the schedule for the 2017 Conclave. Tickets are still on sale at Los Pinos, Charlie's and our website. read more...

Identify the Stream Contest

January 10
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 read more...

2017 Conclave - purchase tickets online

December 29
Online ticket sales have been closed. Tickets will be for sale at the Conclave, starting at 8:30 in the theater lobby at Sandia Prep. Lunches have been ordered based on the number of tickets sold as of Thursday, so pack your own read more...

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.

Kids’ Fishing Clinic at Oasis State Park

Oasis State Park in Portales, with support from the Friends of Oasis is holding their 26th Annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Kids aged 6-17 will have the opportunity to learn all about various fishing techniques, water safety, fish biology and learn the difference between a trout and a catfish by rotating through nine learning stations.

Lunch for participants is provided at noon and sponsored by the Community Services Center and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Portales. Following lunch, awesome outdoor prizes like fishing rods, sleeping bags and sports equipment will be drawn. Each registered child is eligible for a door prize, so participants are asked to pre-register with the park by calling (575) 356-5331. More information can be found here.


Rio Cebolla Work Project – June 4

Our annual member BBQ will be held on Saturday, June 4 in conjunction with a work project on the Rio Cebolla. We have worked with Santa Fe National Forest staff to identify a three-part project that will provide important benefits to the Rio Cebolla.

  1. Planting willow cuttings along the Cebolla inside one of the areas fenced off as NM Meadow Jumping Mouse habitat.
  2. Building vehicle barriers to protect stream banks that are eroding sediment into the Cebolla.
  3. Removing campfire rings inside the newly-constructed vehicle barriers that are too close to the stream and are an additional source of stream pollution.
    We will divide into three teams, with volunteers choosing which of the three tasks they want to work on. Tools will be supplied. Forest Service staff will provide necessary instruction.  No special skills required of volunteers.

For further information contact New Mexico Trout Conservation Chairman:

RSVP before Wednesday, June 1 and NM Trout will provide you with a BBQ lunch.

This is for members, so if your membership has lapsed, please renew now!


We will meet at 9:00 AM immediately to the north of the private property boundary where the Rio Cebolla flows under Forest Road 376. This spot is about 15 miles north of the Gilman Tunnels.  A map is below.

Bring gloves and a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and a hat. At noon we will break to enjoy a lunch of Rudy’s BBQ provided for NM Trout members.

Driving directions: Take I-25 north to Bernalillo, left on Highway 550 to San Ysidro, right on Highway 4 through village of Canon, left on State Road 485 about a mile past the high school.  Continue on SR 485, which becomes FR 376, for about another 5 miles to the Gilman Tunnels. The workshop site is about another 15 miles north on FR 376. Total distance from the Big I is about 75 miles, driving time a little over an hour and a half.

For further information contact New Mexico Trout Conservation Chairman, Ron Loehman.

Featured image by Ron Loehman.