Conclave 2008

When: January 26, 2008; 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Sandia Preparatory School; 532 Osuna Rd. NE
Who’s Coming: Joe Humphreys, Landon Mayer & Bill Frangos
How Much: $35 for members; $45 for non-members

The 2008 New Mexico Trout Conclave will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2008 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. New Mexico Trout is a registered, non-profit organization, which is an active voice for conservation and fishing education in our state. Past efforts by the organization include Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout reintroductions, riparian rehabilitations, trout spawning studies, trout stockings, beginner’s fishing clinics and kid’s fishing projects. Current projects include restoration of Rio Grande Cutthroat habitat on Comanche Creek and efforts to help the endangered Gila Trout in southern New Mexico’s Black Canyon. We are proud to be involved with the ongoing development of the management plans for the Valles Caldera National Preserve, a spectacularly beautiful area that became accessible to fishermen just last year.

The main function of the conclave is to raise funds for the organization to operate on a yearly basis. We do this by holding a raffle at the end of the conclave where items such as custom-built rods, reels, flies, guided trips, fishing passes, fly tying material and much more are given away. New Mexico Trout then uses the money raised for the projects mentioned above.

This year, we are pleased to announceJoe Humphreys, Landon Mayer & Bill Frangos as our guest speakers for the event.

Joe Humphreys is a nationally known fly fisherman, conservationist, author, and educator. He has been a fishing instructor to both common folks and VIPs for over forty years. His pupils have included former President Jimmy Carter, Vice President Richard Cheney, basketball-coaching legend Bobby Knight, and many others.

Mr. Humphreys has authored numerous books and articles on the sport of Fly Fishing including: Trout Tactics. Trout Tactics Revised and On the Trout Stream. In addition to these major and well respected works, he is a regular contributor to regional and national journals and periodicals including: Fly Fisherman. Outdoor Life. Pennsylvania Angler and the fly fishing column of Flyrod and Reel Magazine. Mr. Humphreys is also nationally known as one of the foremost educators in angling. For nineteen years, he directed the angling program at the Pennsylvania State University, providing
introduction and foundation to young and old for a life-long enjoyment of this sport. His students have become the advocacy base that Pennsylvania waters will always require. In addition to his work as a clinician for Fenwick-Woodstream, Cortland Line Co., and the Allenberry Resort, he has lectured throughout the United States enhancing the reputation of Pennsylvania fishing.

Mr. Humphreys hosted the first national fly fishing series on US television, “Fly Fishing Journal which was cablecast on ESPN. Since then, he has been the featured instructor on three fly fishing videos-“The Fly Fishing Series,” with Vestron and Live Entertainment. He has also produced his own highly successful videos entitled, “A Casting Approach to Nymphing Tactics,” “A Casting Approach to Dry fly Tactics in the Brush, ” “The Night Game, ” and “A Casting Approach to Flyfishing to Catch Fish, Not Just to Cast. ”

• Member of the US Fly Fishing Team, World Championships: 1989-Finland, 13th place finish, leader of US team. 1990-Wales, 1992-Italy
• Jackson Hole One Fly, 6th place, 1989
• Michigan One Fly, 1991, 1st place, 1991
• Canadian One Fly, 2nd place, 1993
• World Wide Open, Ireland, 8th place, 1999
• Thompson Award for saving Spring Creek, 1980. Efforts ensured that this great Pennsylvania fishing stream will remain viable and a significant contributor to Pennsylvania’s fishing legacy.
• George Harvey International Fly Tying Symposium Award for Teaching Fly Tying, 1999.
• Charles R. Fox Rising Trout Award, 2002.
• Flyfishing Federation International Conclave, Legend of Flyfishing Award, 2003.
• Telly Award for Best Video, “The Night Game, ” Distance Learning Network, 2003.
• Honorary Chairman, Pennsylvania On The Fly (County Youth Service Bureau Fundraiser!


Landon Mayer is fly fishing guide in the Colorado Springs, CO area, calling the South Platte River his home waters. He has been guiding on these waters for the past ten years, as well as one year in Alaska with Nak Nek Anglers.

Passion and love for the sport of fly fishing is what motivates Landon. His success in catching trophy trout is fueled by an addiction of pursuing large trout with small flies and lightweight fly fishing equipment. Landon also displays enthusiasm in teaching and demonstrating his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers. Through trial and error and perseverance, he has developed innovative techniques for hooking and landing selective trout. He is sharing these techniques and secrets in a book titled, “How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life” published by Wild River Press, and his DVD “Landing the Trout of Your Life” featuring John Barr produced by Mad Trout Media.

Landon Mayer is a contributing writer for High Country Angler Magazine and major publications such as Fly Fisherman and American Angler. He currently teaches several fly fishing classes and gives presentations on his techniques. Landon is an ambassador for Cloudveil fly fishing apparel and is a member of Ross Reels, and RIO pro staff.


New Mexico Trout member, Bill Frangos will be presenting an encore presentation of his “Digital Photography” program. If you missed the first presentation, do yourself a favor and don’t miss this one. If you have any questions about using a digital camera, Bill will be able to help you out.

The conclave is being held at Sandia Prep School in Albuquerque, NM from 8:30am – 5:00pm.
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Cost of the event is $30 for New Mexico Trout members and $45 for non-members. Included with the cost of admission is a catered lunch in between seminars.

For more information on the conclave, contact Bob Widgren at 505-884-7501 or email