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Fly Fishing in New Mexico

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There aren’t many places in the world where you can catch trophy sized trout year-round. But the constant warm temperature in North-western New Mexico provides a consistent insect population, creating a one of the finest tailwater fisheries in the United States. The San Juan offers numerous hatches year round and holds over 80,000 trout. The average trout is 17”, but fish over 20” are caught frequently. Public land access is limited near the heaviest trout populations downriver, so fishing via drift boat is recommended. Although the fish are plentiful, they can be tricky to catch using a fly. Fishing experts suggest using tiny flies, fine tippets, and of course, proper presentation.

Written by  Tara Fuller.

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“Balm in a Volcanic Landscape”

By Bonnie Tsui for The New York Times. First published October 26th, 2008. PERCHED at 6,300 feet and sandwiched between two striking red-rock mesas, the New Mexico town of Jemez Springs has long been a place of uncommon natural beauty and a refuge for … Read more...

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