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Late April 2018 The ice in the bog crackled under my boots. I hurried.  I was excited.  Yesterday I had only caught 3 fish but 2 were measured in feet (as in more than 2...) and the 3rd was a fat 22-23 inches.  All beautiful browns.  The wily ones.  The ones we dream about. I had been working hard.  Figuring out where and when they were willing to eat my streamer in the high dirty water.  I had been crushing it with nymph rigs but i wanted that tight line grab—swinging or stripping.  I wanted to tempt Mister Big Brown Trout to come out swinging and I was dialing it in.  Getting closer.  The tape on my burned stripping fingers ...

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Defining Small Streams and Creeks standard

(excerpted from the Flyfisher’s Guide to™ New Mexico by Van Beacham) – In defining a small stream or creek in New Mexico you must first put into perspective the difference in water size here compared to waters in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Utah. To explain, I’ll tell you a fish story about a fellow guide I know named Rick from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He came to New Mexico to ski Taos and check out the winter fishing I’d been telling him about. I took him to the Red River, at its confluence with the Rio Grande, the first day. After walking almost a mile and a half down the Gorge to the confluence he looked at the two rivers ...

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Van fishing feature in Santa Fe New Mexican standard

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Hey everybody, just a quick note to let you know I’m featured in the Friday November 26 Santa Fe New Mexican in a story about fishing northern New Mexico this time of year. We fish all year long here in the Taos area, but there’s a special place in our hearts for these late fall days of spectacular weather, big beautiful browns, and our trademark: Superior Flyfishing without the Crowds. Here’s a link to the article on line: ‘Fishing bum’ talks benefits of fall angling You can also pick up a copy at your local New Mexican vendor. Let’s go fishing! Tight Lines, Van Please follow and like us:

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