Quagga and Zebra Mussels Close in on New Mexico

From the January 2016 newsletter

New Mexico is on the verge of an invasion of nonnative plant and animal species that threaten the health and quality of our waters. Although New Mexico is only one of 6 states in the Continental US with no evidence of infestation, Zebra and Quagga Mussels have been found in lakes and streams of all our neighboring states, most recently the Quagga mussel has been found in the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam at Lee’s Ferry. We all will need to play our part in helping to avoid their spread.  If you visit any of these infested waters, below are suggestions for decontaminating waders, boots and other paraphernalia that may carry spores, parasites or other hidden species which may escape into or from the local watershed are below:

Because aquatic nuisance species are generally microscopic in nature, it very difficult to ‘see’ whether you have properly cleaned your equipment (vectors) including fishing gear, boots, wader, float tubes, vest, sandals, socks, line, reel, boat, canoe, and even vehicles…. The EPA, and other environmental agencies which have had a bigger role in establishing the decontamination procedures for several states and federal agencies ARE RECOMMENDING THE USE OF BLEACH to decontaminate as well as Cleaning and Drying. Use a solution of Common household bleach (Clorox), and fresh water in a container of adequate size for this procedure. A 2% solution is adequate to disinfect gear of all pathogens of hard and soft sided objects. 13 oz of Bleach to 5 gallons of water or 2.5 oz to one gallon will make you a 2% solution. … Hard items must soak for at least one minute, no less. Five is best. Soft items such as felt soles, clothing, sandals, or anything else that takes time to dry out should be left for thorough saturation. 15-30 minutes will suffice. … Once items have been saturated and allowed to sit in the solution for the correct amount of time, it is time to rinse off. Take another bucket with fresh water and rinse the items until no smell of chlorine is present on the item when you use Bleach. Now allow the gear to completely dry.

For more information:

El Niño Visits New Mexico

From the January 2016 newsletter

el-nino.pngA warming trend in the Pacific has spawned a wet season for the Southwest, including New Mexico. Every one of the state’s river basins have an above-average snowpack, according to the initial water supply forecast by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Last year, the snowpack was well below 100 percent in most of New Mexico’s mountain ranges. December’s snowfall pushed precipitation totals for the month to 137 percent of the 30-year average. December marked the first time that New Mexico was reported as drought-free on the drought monitor map compiled by agencies that keep track of river flows, soil moisture and other data.

The snowpack in the Rio Grande Basin, which includes the western slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the eastern side of the Jemez Mountains, reached 134 percent of average. Last year, the snowpack at this time was 76 percent of average.

The Pecos River Basin snowpack, at 159 percent of average, is more than twice what it was last year at this time. The Rio Hondo basin was at 181 percent compared to 72 percent last year.

Membership Renewal

Michael Maes
Membership Chair
from the January 2016 newsletter

nmtroutlogoNM Trout’s annual membership is based on the calendar year, January 1st thru December 31st.   It’s time to take a few minutes and fill out your annual renewal.  There are three ways you can complete this: on-line, by mail or in person at our monthly meetings.

If you would like to complete the renewal on-line, you can pay with a credit card or if you have a Pay-Pal account, you can transfer funds to the NMT Pay-Pal account. The link is at: Membership Renewal.

You can send in your membership form and a check to the NMT P.O. Box (3276, Albq, NM 87190-3276). A form is available at: Mail-in Renewal

Or look for Mike Maes at the NMT monthly meetings and complete your renewal in person.  If any of your contact information has changed, please update it on the renewal form.

Your dues are put to use supporting multiple conservation projects, youth programs, the weekly fly tiers’ roundtable, monthly meetings, our annual conclave and the annual barbecue.  Your sponsorship and participation are what has kept NMT going.  Thanks!

There are a variety of 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 2016 membership card or are a NMT Life member, you do not need to renew. If you’re not sure, contact Mike Maes or email us at newmexicotrout@gmail.com.

President’s message – January 2016

President’s Message, 

Welcome to the New Year. Considering the weather forecasts for the year, it looks like the streams and lakes will be full. We fly fishers can probably expect because of spring runoff conditions that most streams from mid-May to early June will be high, turbid and hard to fish. The best time to fish these stream will be before the heavy runoff starts. The peak of the stone fly hatch and the willow fly hatch will take place just as the stream flows start to recede. 

Mark February 6th on your calendars because that is when the annual New Mexico Trout Conclave will be held at Sandia Preparatory School. Doors will open at 8:00 AM and the Conclave will end at 5:00 PM. Featured speakers are Skip Morris, noted author and lecturer, Van Beacham, guide and author of The Fly Fisher’s Guide to New Mexico, and Karen Denison of the High Desert Angler in Santa Fe. Each will give a series of presentations throughout the day. Karen’s presentation will focus on topics of particular interest to women. The Conclave will also include clinics on beginning and advanced fly casting, fishing knots, aquatic insects, and split bamboo fly rod building. Visit our web site at www.newmexicotrout.org for Conclave agenda and details.

January is also the month during which we have an election for president and secretary for New Mexico Trout’s Board of Directors. If you are interested in throwing your hat in the ring, or would like to nominate a member for either position, contact Lorenzo Maldonaldo at maldonaldo@comcast.net. Being an officer in the Club is not a great commitment of time. We meet once a month on the third Thursday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. At Erna Fergusson Library.

Make a New Year’s resolution this year that you make every effort possible to take a kid fishing this year. Nationally, data has shown that participation in fishing and hunting by the younger generation is in decline. Kids now days spend very little time in the outdoors and if this situation is going to change we must help it happen.

Tight Lines,
Jerry Burton, President NMT 

2016 conclave ticket purchase

For information about the 2016 Conclave, see the information page. In order to purchase tickets (or membership) online, you will need to be registered and logged in (at bottom of page). If you have problems with the website, registration or logging in, please contact the webmaster because sometimes the website doesn’t do what it should.

When you are finished, you will be directed to PayPal, where you can provide a credit card number or login with a PayPal account. Your ticket receipt will be mailed to you at the email address that you provide.

Please read this post if you don’t see the form above or if it not letting you do what you need to do.

Voice Your Opinion on SB226/HB235, Access to Public Waters

New Mexico Trout, herein referred to as the Club, is aware of the issues surrounding the passing of SB226/HB235. Governor Martinez has until April 10th to either sign or pocket veto the bill. The Club would like to provide some basic information for the membership to be able to review , if they are so inclined, and make their feelings known to the Governor’s office as soon as possible at, 505-476-2200.

Here is the link to SB226/HB235:


Here is the link to former AG Gary King’s opinion on stream access:


Here is some additional information regarding navigable waters as made reference to in both the bill and AG opinion:


Thank You for your interest,

Jerry Burton