Northern NM on the fly!

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Northern NM on the fly!

Post by BChambers » September 18th, 2010, 10:36 am

Instead of my normal September trip to the Trans-Pecos for herps, the wife and I treated ourselves to a week in the mountains of northern New Mexico. We hd fantastic weather and fly fishing, as evidenced by these shots from the gorgeous Valle Vidal area, where I fulfilled my ambition of landing some Rio Grande cutthroat-my first!

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Working a hopper/dropper on the Rio Costilla.
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Nice rainbow.
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Battling cutthroat.
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Finally-the coveted Rio Grande cutthroat!
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Re: Northern NM on the fly!

Post by Dell Despain » September 23rd, 2010, 2:39 pm

Looks like a great trip. I Really like the look of those Rio Grande Cutthroat, the big spots are interesting looking. Yellowstone, Snake, and even West slope Cuts have more of a pepper ground spotting.

Thanks for posting.

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Re: Northern NM on the fly!

Post by Tim Borski » September 28th, 2010, 3:44 am

I agree. that RG cutty is a looker for sure!
I've got a commission to paint a Green Back Cutthroat but am finding good ref tough to come by...maybe you can go to Colorado, catch a few and put up some pics? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Thanks in advance,
Tim

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Re: Northern NM on the fly!

Post by BChambers » October 3rd, 2010, 11:32 am

Tim-

Think your publisher would fund a fact-finding mission for those greenbacks? I will be happy to selflessly volunteer...

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Post by Tim Borski » October 4th, 2010, 4:20 am

BChambers wrote:Tim-

Think your publisher would fund a fact-finding mission for those greenbacks? I will be happy to selflessly volunteer...
BChambers,
I know EXACTLY where they are...the question is, do I want to go get one? Maybe, next summer after runoff, you and I should knock one off our life lists?
(AND, to you other four people reading this, they will of course be released unharmed.)
Tim

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Re: Northern NM on the fly!

Post by BillMcGighan » October 4th, 2010, 7:26 am

Good one, Brad.
Haven't peeked over here in a while. Seems to be coming alive.

Rio Costilla looks beautiful. Never been there.
Is there plenty of public access?

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Re: Northern NM on the fly!

Post by BChambers » October 4th, 2010, 6:28 pm

Tim-that is an excellent idea indeed!

Bill-Excellent access all along the upper Costilla, though for the very best waters in the first mile or so below the dam you need a special Valle Vidal permit from the private organization that controls the area. the entire valley is a bit remote-about an hour from Taos and just south of the Colorado border. You definitely won't have much competition if you go on a weekday, though we did see a couple of other fly-rodders in the course of the day.

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