By Craig Martin, Ron Lujan
From the trophy waters of the San Juan and the Rio Grande to the Chama and the Brazos, New Mexico hosts an plentiful array of cutthroat, brown, rainbow, and brook trout. With the state's year-round fishing season and over 4 thousand miles of cold-water streams, anglers can locate water matched to any variety of fly-fishing. Fly-Fishing in Northern New Mexico is a finished advisor to thirty-one streams and twelve lakes. No different resource furnishes such really good details on entry, gear, circulation features, trout species and dimension, timing of insect hatches, in addition to man made fly styles probably to lead to good fortune. neighborhood anglers will locate new fishing parts to discover and assorted hatches to fish. viewers may be capable of plan extra effective journeys to the zone. as well as chapters dedicated to particular streams and lakes, the booklet contains maps, info on laws, the fishing yr, and environmental matters.
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On summer evenings, freestone streams host swarms of mayflies and caddis. Also waiting are crystal clear, quiet creeks to test the skills of a seasoned fly fisherman. Roiling pocket waters, hiding trout in deep holes, frequently pour from the highest mountains. For the big-water fly fisherman, the Rio Grande and the San Juan River provide the opportunity to net truly large trout. Alpine lakes nestle beneath high peaks, offering still-water fishing in a spectacular setting. Most fishing waters in New Mexico are little known.
Although the need to release native trout is easy to recognize, it is not so obvious for brown trout. Although browns are non-native, most populations are predominantly wild fish that have survived for many years under difficult physical and biological conditions. Browns that are caught and killed are not replaced by stocking, but by the growth of fry or the slow process of natural reproduction. If you plan to keep some of your fish, carefully consider each individual fishing situation. Some simple but important guidelines can help with your decision on whether to kill or release: · Release all Rio Grande cutthroats · Release all big fish · Release large brown trout in wild trout waters · Limit your kill to stocked fish (typically rainbow trout) Evaluate each catch.
The high elevation of the fishing locations in northern New Mexico creates a set of special problems. With abundant sunshine and a thin atmosphere, the incidence of skin cancer in the mountain Southwest is very high. The problem is compounded for fly fishermen who stand within the water's reflective surface. Special precautions should be taken to protect against ultra-violet light. Fishermen should wear a long-sleeved shirt and wide-brimmed hat and apply sunblock to face, lips, ears, and hands.