January Meeting Recap and Chama River Catch & Release 

From the January 2015 Newsletter

Noah Parker the owner of The Land of Enchantment Guides was the featured speaker at the January 13 general meeting. Noah’s guiding operation is Orvis endorsed and is one of the best fly fishing guiding operations in New Mexico. Noah provided an armchair tour of the Chama river and its tributaries, Wolf Creek and Brazos, from the Colorado border to below Abiquiu dam. His stunning pictures and accounts of fish habits and appropriate fising techniques on these stretches was enlightening.

In addition to discussing where he guides and how he fishes various waters, he outlined a proposal he has started to have several areas on the Rio Chama managed as catch and release waters similar to the San Juan. His proposal is to implement these regulations in the areas on the Chama River’s three tail-water stretches (the sections of the river below the dams at Heron, El Vado and Abiquiu reservoirs). He feels this would be an important first step in protecting the long term sustainability and environmental health of this vitally important sport fishing resource and river system. He also argued for the economic benefits, similar to those in the San Juan region, because he feels that this watershed and river offer the potential to become a world-class fly fishing destination. Noah is circulating a survey of fisherman and other interested parties to collect their views on this subject. You can read more about his proposal and access the survey at http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing

December 2104 Meeting Recap 

by Mark Kalin

Wayne Thurber, flyshop owner and guide, journeyed to Albuquerque from his northern New Mexico home to present an update an fishing conditions in the waters of the Enchanted Circle area. He operates Dos Amigos Anglers flyshops and guide services in Taos, Red River, and Eagle Nest, and lives near Angel Fire. To drive the Enchanted Circle is to make scenic trip through some of northern New Mexico’s high country that can include Taos, Questa, Red River, Eagle Nest, and Angel Fire.

Wayne made informative observations specific to individual streams as well as lakes in this part of the state, including the Rio Grande, Red River, Rio Hondo, Rio Cimarron, streams of the Little Rio Grande watershed, as well as the Valle Vidal, and Eagle Nest and Cabresto Lakes.

Although his locale received a moisture-laden storm in early November, Wayne said that the area is still behind normal precipitation levels. However, near to mid-term forecasts have him optimistic about fishing prospects for 2015. Wayne announced that Dos Amigos Anglers, which he advertises as “Fly Fishing Without the Attitude,” will be pleased to respond to anglers’ questions regarding current conditions, water levels, recommended destinations, and flies. Our thanks to Wayne for a well-received program.

Fly Tiers Roundtable Meeting Night Change

The New Mexico Trout Fly Tiers Roundtable get together has changed nights, from its regular Monday time to every Tuesday, 7:00pm excluding holidays and the Tuesdays of the monthly NMT meeting. The meeting is still held in the Sandia Prep Lab classroom, the first lab room you come to from the parking lot on the end of the building.

The Flytyer’s Roundtable brings new and experienced tyers together to exchange ideas, techniques and materials.

If you have an interest in fly tying, need to acquire new skills, are looking to help others, or you just want to tie in the company of other tyers please drop by and check out the Flytyer’s Roundtable.

January 2012 General Meeting

January 10, 2012
Sandia Prep- Commons Room

Harry Lane will be giving a presentation on “Hooking, Playing, Landing, and Handling Big Fish on Light Terminal Tackle. The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes and Harry needs a volunteer to be “The Big Fish”.
Harry Lane has been a guide on the San Juan for many years and has taken 18 groups to Mexico and Belize for saltwater fishing for tarpon, bonefish and permit. He’s also taught fly fishing schools for many years and has been a fly fisher himself for over 55 years!

A map is available on our meetings page.

Also, remember the weekly Fly Tyer’s Roundtable, Every Monday, 7:00pm excluding holidays in the Sandia Prep Lab classroom. The Fly Tyer’s Roundtable brings new and experienced tyers together to exchange ideas, techniques and materials.