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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Fly of the Week standard

Classic salmon fly by Spencer Seim tied using traditional methods and materials. Spencer has been guiding for the Solitary Angler for the last 9 years. For the last 3 years, he has been focusing his tying energy mainly on classic patterns from the days of old.  Many of these patterns were highly coveted by Scottish anglers back in the late 1800’s.  The tying process can be very complex, sometimes taking 8-10 hours per fly.  A framed salmon fly is the perfect gift for the angler who has everything.  For more info on Spencer’s salmon flies, go to

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