Winner of the Christmas raffle

348Our raffle for a Winston Boron IIX TU Special fly rod, culminated in the selection of a winner from the 126 tickets sold for the raffle. Rick Pettit is the lucky gentleman who won the rod. The prize was delivered just before Christmas and needless to say he was ecstatic.

Our thanks to Milt McConnell for donating this new rod for the raffle. Thanks also to all who purchased raffle tickets for this outstanding fly rod. Yes, there could only be one winner, but with the kind of support the club received through ticket sales it’s easy to see why our club is as successful as it is.

Time to renew your membership

Brian Beaudoin, Membership Chair
[from February 2014 newsletter]

It’s that time again…time to renew your New Mexico Trout membership. NMT’s memberships are based on the calendar year; January to December.

There are a several levels of membership:

  • Regular – $30
  • Family – $35
  • Junior – $15
  • Lifetime – $500
  • Individual sponsor – $60
  • Business – $150
  • Corporate sponsor – $250

Note: If you have already received your 2014 membership card or are a NMT Life member; you do not need to renew. If you’re not sure, email us at newmexicotrout@gmail.com.

You can join or renew your membership in two ways. We appreciate your effort to pay online as it will be ‘The Green Thing To Do’ and will save money in our mailings, postage and printing costs.

  1. Send in payment with a membership form (with a check) or
  2. Online using PayPal or a credit card

Active members can participate in a variety of activities that include:

  • Monthly meetings
  • Annual educational conclaves
  • Fishing clinics and fly-tying workshops
  • Conservation & habitat protection and enhancement projects

All of these provide opportunities for members to get together. New flyfishers meet more experienced fishers. People find others with similar interests. We welcome your renewal and thank you for your continued support. After you have renewed, your 2014 membership card will be mailed to you.

NM Trout Conclave 2014

[From February 2014 newsletter]

con·clave –  noun \kän-klāv\ – gathering or meeting of a group or association

New Mexico Trout’s Conclave is the annual gathering of our membership and guests, and always provides some exceptional talent and a memorable experience for attendees… and this year will be no exception. Through exhibits, displays and excellent lectures, participants will learn new techniques and tips. There will be several fishing related clinics throughout the day including casting (for kids and adults), knot tying and beginning fly tying. As always, there will be chances to win all sorts of great fly fishing gear and goodies with this year’s raffle. A fabulous catered lunch is included in the ticket price for pre-purchased tickets. So come and join us in the fun!
New Mexico Trout will hold it’s annual Conclave on March 22nd 2014, from 9AM to 5PM. It will be held at Sandia Preparatory School on Osuna Road near Edith Blvd. Registration begins at 8:30AM, in the Student Center.

This year our guest speakers will be Ed Engle from Colorado Springs and Tom Knopick from Durango.

360Ed Engle got into fly fishing at an early age with a “starter” kit that included a rod, reel, backing, line, and leader. His first fly fishing trips were to the South Platte River, known nationally as a “technical” river where catching trout required small flies and good presentations. He fished (flailed about, as he describes it) on the river for four months before he caught a trout, but by that time he was tying his own flies and learning from more experienced anglers – and he was hooked. The next thing he knew he was working part time for Kent Brekke at the old Angler’s Covey in Colorado Springs, Colorado and writing a fly fishing newspaper column for the Colorado Springs Sun. Before long he was writing magazine stories for most of the fly fishing publications and guiding fly fishers on the South Platte River. After publication of his first book, Fly Fishing the Tailwaters he started giving slide shows to fly fishing clubs and all of a sudden was a struggling “professional” fly fisherman. Ed still thinks the point of fishing is to catch fish, but he enjoys everything about fly fishing-the water, the places to catch fish, the casts, flies, boats and the friends he’s made. And more than anything, he loves looking at fish, watching them swim, seeing what they do and how they act. And he likes sharing all of this with others through his books, magazine stories, PowerPoint presentations and classes.

361Tom Knopick, with business partner John Flick, opened the Duranglers Fly Shop and Supplies in 1983, which at the time was the San Juan region’s first and only full service fly shop and guide service. Growing up in Kansas Tom had dreams of moving to Colorado and becoming a great fly fisherman. In 1974 he enrolled in a Pre Forestry program at Kansas State University and befriended John Flick and soon both of transferred to Colorado State University. Tom’s goals were to graduate in Forestry but also to become a fly fisherman. Under the mentorship of his friend John, an accomplished fly angler and fly tyer since age 6, Tom began fishing all over Colorado, starting on the waters of the Frying Pan River back in 1976. After graduation John and Tom went their separate ways only to reunite a few years later working for the same lumber company in northern New Mexico. Once again they were fishing any and all waters they could find including the San Juan River below Navajo Dam. In 1983, they decided to move to Durango Colorado and open Duranglers. Back then they tied every fly, built every rod they sold and began guiding all the great waters around Durango.

Tickets for the 2014 conclave are available now.

Please note: Lunch is included in the ticket price only with advance purchase.

Another Important Note: If you purchase tickets online please print your receipt and bring it with you to the conclave.

Children 15 years old and younger are admitted free. If you have youngsters that will be attending, please drop NM Trout an email indicating how many, so we can have enough lunches available.