The Solitary Angler’s Fly Fishing Blog

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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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

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