East Fork of the Jemez River – not fishable for quite a while

Over this last holiday weekend, I took my family up to to the confluence of the East Fork of the Jemez River and San Antonio Creek to spend some time in the mountains just to get away, have a picnic, and let my kids play in the water. We managed to find a part of the San Antonio Creek that was slow and not as silt filled so the kids could play.

This is what happens to a river or stream after a large fire (Las Conchas Fire). Ash and silt runoff from the land is not able to slow down or hold the water. The streams look like thick chocolate milk. I managed to turn over some rocks, did not find many bugs in the water.

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New Mexico Trout Fly Fishing and the Las Conchas Fire

I can say many people are really sad about the New Mexico Trout Fly Fishing and the Las Conchas Fire here in New Mexico and the long lasting impact it will have on many of our loved outdoor activities (hiking, fly fishing, & camping). The fire has been burning for some 3 weeks now, many of the national forests in New Mexico have been closed, and I for one missed a opportunity to fish some of the trout waters east of the Valles Caldera.

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How To Use Your Fly Fishing Vest Rod Holder – DFF009

A good friend of mine and I were fishing the San Juan River recently (I had not seen him since high school). He was a bit downstream of me, and I asked for his help to land a nice 17 inch brown trout. He netted the fish, and we started walking to each other.

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East Fork of the Jemez River – DFF008

When you have two sons at ages 5 and 3, their combined energy will overwhelm you. One weekend in December I wanted to go fly fishing, but with 2 little boys in tow it’s a bit difficult. So we went on a “hiking trip” to throw some rocks in the East Fork of the Jemez River and to burn off some energy.

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Rio Grande and Red River Fly Fishing – DFF007

I’ve always wanted to fish the Rio Grande & Red River for trout in New Mexico, but never made the trip since it’s pretty far from Albuqerque. Since I reconnected with a high school classmate who is into fly fishing and lives in Santa Fe, it’s a bit easier to split the driving and make the longer trips to flyfish Northern New Mexico. I also benefited from his knowledge of this water on this day.

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San Juan River Fly Fishing – DFF006

I recently reconnected with a high school classmate from San Ildefonso Pueblo and found out he likes to fly fish just like I do. After talking we planned a trip to both of our favorite place, the San Juan River. He was itching to get up there since the dry fly action was picking up and the temperatures were getting cooler. We headed up on October 4, 2010.

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How to tie a Red Bead Caddis Fly – DFF005

Here is a short video and recipe on how to tie a fly I have used for years here in New Mexico. I call it the Red Bead Caddis Fly.

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San Juan River Fly Fishing – DFF004

My father visited New Mexico back in late August to see his grand-kids. I managed to get a couple weeks off at the same time, so we took a couple days and fly fished the San Juan River. I also managed to get both of my brothers to go on the trip, so it was quite a treat taking my younger brother for the first time. We even saw some deer.

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Simms Rivershed Wading Boots – DFF003

Here is a video review of some new Simms Rivershed wading boots I bought. I was motivated to upgrade my wading boots since I was getting tired of sore feet after some hard fly fishing. I talk a bit about the old shoes, new ones, and some of the features like the HardBite Studs & Star Cleats. I’ll add to this review as I have more experience with my new wading boots.

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Jemez River Fly Fishing – DFF002

I’ve always thought the Jemez River below Battleship Rock in New Mexico would be a good place to fly fish for a several reasons. The first reason is it’s pretty close to Albuquerque & Santa Fe and does not involve driving on a dirt road, it’s only about a 1.5 hour drive from either city. The second reason is it’s at the confluence of the San Antonio Creek (which originates from the north side of Valles Caldera National Preserve) and the East Fork of the Jemez River (which originates from the south side of the Valles Caldera National Preserve). The combination of these two rivers would combine and make a larger river to fish. The third reason is that the Battleship Rock picnic area would be a nice place for the fish truck to stop and put in some stocked fish. Much to my delight, there were also some wild fish in this river (rainbow and brown trout full of color).

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