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Small-Stream Flyfishing, part 1 standard

(excerpted from the Flyfisher’s Guide to™ New Mexico by Van Beacham) When most people think of flyfishing the Rocky Mountain West, they probably imagine themselves standing hip deep in a broad western river, casting 30 to 40 feet of line into a deep riffle or pocket they can’t reach by wading. Or floating down a big river in a drift boat, pounding the banks with a big attractor and anticipating the slashing attack of a wild trout. But the reality is that the majority of western flyfishing water is in the form of small streams and creeks, most of which have yet to be discovered by all but the most adventurous anglers. You see, all those big rivers actually start ...

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About Flyfishing in New Mexico standard

(excerpted from the Flyfisher’s Guide to™ New Mexico by Van Beacham) – The information in this book is based on my own experience and that of other anglers who’ve fished here over the last 46 years, when we had normal or above normal water flows. It’s important to note that until about 10 years ago, New Mexico had been in a very wet, 30-year cycle. But from about 1998 until 2005, New Mexico, along with much of the West, suffered from an extended drought, and some of our streams and lakes definitely took a beating. From 2005 to the present (2010), we have been averaging above normal precipitation again and things have improved dramatically, although not fully. Still, depending on ...

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New Mexico Game Fish standard

(excerpted from the Flyfisher’s Guide to™ New Mexico by Van Beacham) – New Mexico has a wide variety of cold and warmwater game fish that flyfishers can pursue, ranging from the normal trout species to cuttbow hybrids, kokanee salmon, striped bass, walleye, and even catfish. The NMDGF regulations booklet gives a description of each of these, but most flyfishers concentrate on the few species listed below. Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) The rainbow trout takes its name from the pinkish-red band along the midline of its flanks. This band may be heavy or almost nonexistent, leaving the fish a silvery color. The fish is marked across its head, back, and upper flanks with many small, irregular black spots that are concentrated ...

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Flyfisher’s Guide to New Mexico by Van Beacham standard

With this post we begin a non-linear series of excerpts from Van Beacham’s essential guide to flyfishing in New Mexico.  Although written for New Mexico waters, you find a lot of general information about flyfishing along with the advice directed at specific streams. Van’s book is comprehensive (over 400 pages!), and we’ll be jumping around.  To access all the book-related posts, just click “Van’s Book” under “Topics from our Blog” in the left column. Who knows how much of the book we’ll get to here, but if these posts stir your interest, you can purchase a complete copy.

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