Jemez Creek Volunteer Project and Small Stream Fishing Clinic – July 23, 2016

For the past several months the lower Jemez Creek has been the site of a major Forest Service stream restoration project. Old, ineffective stream structures have been replaced, pools and meanders have been constructed, and willows and cottonwoods have been planted along the stream banks. The forest Service has asked us to do some follow-up work on the plantings, primarily to do some deep watering to help them get through this extremely dry period until we (hopefully) get some summer rain.

Cecil Rich, the SF National Forest fisheries biologist, will give us a brief overview of the project as a whole to explain how the different plantings and constructed features will benefit water quality, fishing, and aquatic habitat.

After lunch the Club will conduct a clinic on small stream fly fishing techniques, including:
* selecting appropriate tackle
* flies for Jemez streams
* reading the water
* casting techniques for small water
* being stealthy

This should be particularly of interest to those who are new to fly fishing or who want to sharpen their techniques for fishing typical Jemez streams. More experienced NM Trout members will be available for personal coaching.

We will meet at 9:00 AM, Saturday, July 23rd, 2016
at the Spanish Queen Public Use Site on Highway 4 south of Jemez Springs. See the map below.

Bring gloves, hat, sunscreen, wading boots or hippers for occasional stream crossings, water bottle or canteen (we’ll have a 5 gal water cooler), fly fishing gear for the clinic. We’ll have some 5 gal buckets, but bring one if you have it.

Respond to by 10:00 PM Tuesday, July 19th and NM Trout will provide you with lunch.

Take I-25 north to Bernalillo, left on Highway 550 to San Ysidro, right on Highway 4 through village of Canon and past the Highway 485 intersection. The Spanish Queen Use Site will be on the left. See the map below. The driving time from the Big I is a little over an hour.

For further information contact New Mexico Trout Conservation Chairman, Ron Loehman.