Fly of the Month – Firecracker Split Back Fly

Fly, Notes and Photos by Jake Villock
Used by Permission
From the June/July 2016 newsletter Hook: TMC C200BL 12-16
Bead: Tungsten Bomb Bead – size to Match Hook
Rib 1: Mirage Tinsel – Small
Rib 2: Ultra Wire – Small
Body: Pheasant Tail – Yellow, Natural, Orange
Splitback: Goose Biot – Yellow, Orange
Shellback: Holo Tinsel – Black – Large
Thorax: SLF (Synthetic Living Fibers) – Nymph Thorax
Collar: SLF – Nymph Thorax Here is a great variation of an awesome fly that I have used all over the US. After hearing about it multiple times, I decided to tie a ... Read More
Rio Guadalupe Special Trout Waters

Rio Guadalupe Special Trout Waters

Ron Loehman, Conservation Chairman The 1.3 miles of the Rio Guadalupe from Porter’s Landing to Llano Loco Spring is designated as a Special Trout Water by the NM Game and Fish Department (NMG&FD). These regulations restrict anglers to single barbless hooks on artificial flies or lures and require any fish caught to be released unharmed. Over the years, the signs posting these regulations have deteriorated or been knocked down so that many anglers seem not to know that they apply to the Guadalupe. Mike Maes (NM Trout Membership Chairman) recently observed this situation, which prompted an offer from us to the ... Read More
Fly of the Month - Garcia's Mother's Day Caddis

Fly of the Month – Garcia’s Mother’s Day Caddis

From the May/June 2016 Newsletter
Fly, Notes and Photos by Charlie Craven and Greg Garcia
Used by Permission Hook: TMC 100SP-BL #14-18
Bead: Green Glass Seed Bead 15/0 size
Thread: 10/0 olive to secure the bead, then 8/0 Black for the rest of the fly
Abdomen: Black Superfine Dubbing
Underwing: Pearl Krystal Flash, Red Krystal Flash and Pearl Mirage Strands
Overwing: Bleached Elk Hair
Hackle: Grizzly Dyed Brown Rooster Saddle or Neck Hackle The MDC is a stroke of genius and is becoming a hugely popular pattern. The addition of the small glass seed bead at the bend ... Read More
Meadow Jumping Mouse Plan Locks Out Anglers

Meadow Jumping Mouse Plan Locks Out Anglers

The Forest Service has issued the final Environmental Assessment (EA) of its plan to protect NM Meadow Jumping Mouse (MJM) habitat along mountain meadow streams in the Jemez Mountains. The final plan bans non-consumptive recreation (as well as grazing) from MJM habitat for at least 10 years. Background In 2014, the Meadow Jumping Mouse was listed as an endangered species.  Its endangered status is attributable to destruction of its mountain meadow stream habitat by years of excessive cattle grazing on Forest Service grazing allotments.  Even though there is no evidence for damage to MJM habitat from non-consumptive recreation, such as ... Read More
Cow Creek Fishing Opportunity

Cow Creek Fishing Opportunity

NMT has reserved 20 slots for a day of fishing at Cow Creek Ranch on June 1st. Ten of the slots have been reserved for the Board of Directors and Board Program Directors. The balance of the slots will be filled by lottery and are only open to New Mexico Trout members. To participate in the lottery contact Jerry Burton at before the next general meeting on May 10th. At the meeting we will draw the names of the winners. Jerry will contact all the winners by either email or phone with details about the outing, where and when to meet ... Read More
Rio Guadalupe Cleanup

Rio Guadalupe Cleanup

Twenty-one New Mexico Trout members turned out on Saturday morning, April 9, 2016 for our annual trash cleanup along FR 376 above the Gilman Tunnels. That road parallels the Rio Guadalupe, which is our home water and one of the best brown trout fisheries in New Mexico. FR 376 is also the most heavily traveled of all the roads on the Santa Fe National Forest and it receives about 100,000 visitors in a typical season. Unfortunately, all those visitors leave a lot of trash over the course of a year. Doing these annual cleanups is one way we can express ... Read More

Fly of the Month – Renegade

From February-March 2016 newsletter
Fly, Notes and Photos by Steve Schalla

Used by Permission Hook: TMC 100 #12-18
Thread: Uni-thread Black 8/0
Body: Peacock Herl
Tag: Gold Mylar Tinsel
Rear Hackle: Brown hackle (Hen for wet fly, Rooster for dry fly)
Front Hackle: White hackle, 1-2 sizes larger than Rear hackle (Hen for wet fly, Rooster for dry fly) This pattern can be used on both river and lake. In small sizes it can work as a midge cluster pattern and, in larger sizes, it might be considered an attractor pattern. Devised in Idaho on the Malad River by guide ... Read More
Signed Skip Morris books available

Signed Skip Morris books available

New Mexico Trout is pleased to offer some fabulous and informative books to its members. After the Conclave, Skip Morris provided a collection of titles that you can purchase below. These books are signed by Skip, and Trout Flies for Rivers is signed by both Skip and Carol Morris. All of these books are available on a ‘First Come First Served’ basis ... Read More