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.


F3T Film Tour 2016


New Mexico Trout is proud to bring the Fly Fishing Film Tour to Albuquerque. Watch a variety of films, swap stories, and support conservation all at the same time.There will be refreshments and a raffle.

The showing will be Thursday, May 12 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. The doors open at 5:00 and the films start at 6:30. Come for social time, with hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Due to a multitude of requests this year’s event will offer a beer and wine cash bar to be managed by the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. However, any person deemed as disruptive will be asked to leave.

There will be some raffle items including a custom Sage ONE 9’0″ 5wt (value $850.00) built by NMT member Bob Widgen of Los Pinos Custom Rods.

This is a spouse- and family-friendly event, so come on out for a fun filled evening and enjoy some entertaining fly fishing film shorts featuring snippets on fishing for Brook Trout in Argentina, Golden Dorado in Bolivia, Steelhead in British Columbia and many others. Join us and tell some fishing stories at the social hour and see some old friends or make some new ones while you are at it.

For out of town guests there will be a hotel room special at the Holiday Inn Express across the street from the center. Call hotel for reservations, (505) 842-5000 and reference the event: NM Trout at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC). Cut off date for reservations is 4/26/16.

Click the purchase tickets below to get your tickets before they sell out:

Member price $20
Non-member price $25
Tickets at the door price $30

You can purchase tickets online (below) or in person at Los Pinos Fly Shop or Charlie’s Sporting Goods.

2016 Conclave – a success!

Brian Beaudoin
Conclave Chair

2016-conclave1New Mexico Trout’s Annual Conclave was held on 6 February and was a great success with over 200 attendees, including many women fly fishers. Our three exceptional guests, Skip Morris, Van Beacham and Karen Denison, provided entertaining and educational presentations about local and regional waters, fishing techniques, and fly patterns.
Skip Morris, a well-known author of eighteen fly-fishing and fly-tying books, gave informative tips for beginning and seasoned fly fishers with three presentations on fishing with dry flies / emergers, with nymphs, and in creeks. His presentations featured Skip’s beautiful photography and that of his wife, Carol Ann Morris, who was also on hand showcasing her watercolor and ink drawings of our favorite fish food insects.

2016-conclave2Van Beacham has been guiding in New Mexico, southern Colorado and southwest Wyoming since 1980 and provided in-depth descriptions of local waters and how to fish them. His tips will surely help us fish those secluded waters, and succeed in catching the elusive wild trout found on these streams.
Karen Denison, an avid fly fisher and co-author of a regional fly tying book, gave an excellent presentation on fly fishing for women, including gear, tackle, clothing and casting techniques that will help women be more effective fly fishers. Karen also provided a hands-on casting clinic for eight ladies, with special emphasis on efficient casts for New Mexico waters.

As a complement to our featured presentations, Lance Leach and Hank Westrich gave an excellent explanatory show-and-tell on bamboo fly rod building.

2016-conclave3This event has always been enjoyed by members as a chance to hear from renowned fly fishers, guides and fly tyers. It is also a great time for meeting and greeting fellow members, sharing stories and adventures. This year, lunch was catered by Jason’s Deli and offered excellent vegetarian and nonvegetarian entrees, salads, vegetables, rolls and deserts.

A highlight for many attendees was the raffle, a chance to win fabulous prizes for the cost of a single ticket!

This year’s donations from our sponsors and vendors were highly sought after, and included fly rods, reels, waders, boots, guided fishing trips, antique fishing equipment, and handmade quilts. If you get a chance, please thank our sponsors for their generous support. Without their generosity New Mexico Trout would surely not be able to put on the programs that it does year after year.

Business Donors:

Angler’s Book Supply
Charlie’s Sporting Goods
Chota Outdoor Gear
Cindy’s Creations
Creek Company
Custom Fly Rod Crafters
Europa International
Fagan’s Guided Fly Fishing
Far Banks Enterprises
Jim Teeny
Land Of Enchantment Guides
Los Pinos Fly & Tackle
Mageyes Inc.
Mountain States Guides
Saltery Lake Lodge
Scott  Fly Rod Company
Simms Fishing Products
Soaring Eagle Lodge
Solitary Angler
Sportsman’s Warehouse
St. Croix Rod
Winston Rod Company

Individual Donors:

Brian Beaudoin
Fred & Trish Breslin
Jerry Burton
Paul Butler
Bob Day
Mark Del Frate
Ron Hildreth
Don Hurst
Mark Kalin
Susan Leach
Doc Minter
Dave Patton
Roy Richardson
Dave Sanchez
Warren Slade
Hank Westrich

Thanks to all the folks who put a lot of time and effort into making the 2016 Conclave a reality. Among these are Pat Mileshosky, Brian Beaudoin, Lance Leach, Hank Westrich, Mike Maes, Lee Widgren, Bob Widgren, Ron Loehman, Jerry Burton, Mark Kalin, Bob Day, Lorenzo Maldonado,Richard Sommerville and many others.

January meeting!

calendar-imageJanuary Meeting Reminder

Tuesday January 12th, Sandia Prep

  • We will be meeting in the Choir Practice Room in the Performing Arts Center instead of the commons.
  • The new meeting time is  7:00, if you have been for a while.
  • Chuck Domenici will give a dual presentation on the San Juan River and fly fishing for bass.

Come on out. Have a cup of coffee and enjoy some donut holes and then hear what should be a very interesting presentation!

F3T Fly Fishing Film Tour Coming!

F3T-2015New Mexico Trout is proud to bring the Fly Fishing Film Tour to Albuquerque. Watch a variety of films, swap stories, and support conservation all at the same time.There will be refreshments and a raffle.

The showing will be Saturday, November 7 at the South Broadway Cultural Center. Come enjoy the social hour with us featuring hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and non-alcohol drinks, starting at 6:00 pm. Raffle items will be available to help expand your fly fishing arsenal!

This is a spouse- and family-friendly event, so bring everyone out to enjoy a fun filled evening of some serene and high octane fly fishing adventures in this classic renovated theater that is one of Albuquerque’s best kept secrets. The Cultural Center is a great venue for viewing as it offers true theater style seating, a modern silver screen, and true surround sound for our viewing pleasure.

Click the purchase tickets below to get your tickets before they sell out:

Member price $15
Non-member price $20
Tickets at the door price $20

Not a member? We have a special deal for you. If you join now, you’ll get the rest of 2015 and all of 2016 plus your discounted ticket price. Join now (will open in a new window, then you can return to this window).

You can purchase tickets online (below) or in person at Los Pinos Fly Shop or Charlie’s Sporting Goods. They will also be available for purchase at the October 13 general meeting.