Preparation for and Handling of Large Trout
Consider the stay-home curfew we are all living by. Every month that we have to stay home, the fish grow another inch. By fall the fish stocked in March will be “Braggin” sized. Here are some tips for your stay-at-time by Wes Bigney ... Read More
Women on the Water: Fall Update
Mary Rosel, Women's Activities Chair From the October 2020 newsletter  Fall is finally here with its cooler weather and cooler stream temperatures!  I dream of getting back on the water.  This has been a life changing year.  Change isn't always easy, especially if it means giving up something you love to do.  I want to think that this change will lead to innovations to a new and better way to live.  In the meantime, savor the moments with your loved ones.  Be thankful for the good things in your lives.  Ponder your thoughts and dig deep to learn how to make ... Read More
Fishing at Tingley Beach
Located adjacent to the Rio Grande Bosque, Tingley Beach consists of three fishing ponds that are open to the public, free of charge, from dawn to dusk. The street address is 1800 Tingley Drive SW. New Mexico Fishing Rules apply. All anglers age 12 and over are required to have a valid New Mexico fishing license. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) representatives and/or ABQ BioPark Security monitor for license compliance. Visit the New Mexico Game and Fish website for stocking and fishing reports, complete fishing rules and other information. The Zoo and BioPark train stops at the Tingley Beach depot. Restrooms ... Read More
Rio Ruidoso Reclassification as 'Cool Water' Stream
The combination of warm temperatures, low atmospheric pressures that occur at relatively high elevation and low dissolved oxygen are the basis for reclassifcation of the Rio Ruidoso ... Read More
Reminiscences of an Old Fly Fisherman
By Wes Bigney Rigging When I get to the destination and am assembling the rod and lining up the guides I stand the rod against a rock or tree.  I never lay it on the ground or against the car to be stepped on by an errant foot or eaten by an auto door.  After I have run the line through the guides I do not coil any line on the ground where I can step on it and cut it against a stone or gravel.  I make sure the ferrules are seated. The Rod and Handling The taper transmits ... Read More
Fly Tying Tips
Tips from an experienced fly-tyer ... Read More
Tips & Skills - Catch and Release Techniques  
Noah Parker, Land of Enchantment Guides Releasing the fish we catch is the best way we have for preserving a quality fishery. If you want to have good fishing tomorrow, please release the fish you catch today. Just because a fish swims away after it leaves your hands, does not necessarily mean it is in good shape. A fish that is carelessly handled and then released, may die later the same day or may be so weakened and injured that it dies a week or month later. It takes care and caring to properly catch and release a fish so ... Read More