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).
I had my chance to spend a day to fish and video this little bit of river on September 17, 2010. Included below is my updated fly fishing map, a video summary of what the Jemez River looks like between the start and stop points, and a audio file which contains my fly fishing summary of the day. In the fly fishing summary I go over what I experienced during the day like parking, fishing access, stream flow, gear, flies, what bugs are flying or in the water, fly fishing rig setup, tactics, and general comments about the river.
Here is the fly fishing summary audio file:
Here is my fly fishing map of the Jemez River:
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