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Angel Fire New Mexico Fly Fishing Fly Fishing

Angel Fire Fly Fishing on the Conejos RiverThat incredible smell in the air that is spring has just about taken over my nice winter work habits and has sent me to the river more then a man should. Just wanted to update you on what is happening here on the Conejos. We have had several weeks of good fishing and feel like we have our own 50 mile private trout club! Spring fishing on the Conejos has proved to be something new to most of us and we have realized that these fish are very catchable and active. We will continue to see what type of spring hatches and fishing opportunities are here now that we are “on” the river more consistently. Snowpack has come up dramatically in the last 2 months to reach 73%! Should make for a great month of June and July for the Pteronarcys Stonefly and the Green Drakes. The First Annual Conejos Superfly is full and then some and we look forward to a fun weekend. The Conejos Superfly Trophy is now completed and you all will get to see it in the shop this year with this years winner. If all goes well we will probobly have a 2 day event next year open to around 60 teams in early May. You all are welcome to the awards dinner and party at Conejos Ranch starting at 4:30.
 
 
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Rio Chama Fly Fishing

The Rio Chama, a major tributary of the Rio Grande, flows through a multi-colored sandstone canyon whose walls grow to 1,500 feet. The river runs through areas that are designated as wilderness or as wilderness study areas. Towering cliffs, heavily wooded side canyons, and historical sites offer an outstanding wild river backdrop for the angler or float boater. Co-managed by BLM and the U.S. Forest Service, the Rio Chama offers the perfect family weekend, with something for everyone — paddling, trout fishing, hiking, exploring dinosaur tracks, and simply relaxing in the shade.
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Orilla Verde Fly Fishing

Orilla Verde Recreation Area is nestled along the banks of the Rio Grande, within the steep-walled Rio Grande Gorge. The local terrain is comprised of rugged, wide open mesas and chiseled steep canyons.  The elevation along the river is 6,100 feet and rises 800 feet at the gorge rim. The Taos Valley Overlook offers stunning and breathtaking views of the Rio Grande Gorge and Sangre de Cristo Mountains from the mesa top above the river.
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Limited Fly Fishing for Gila Trout

Angel Fire Fly FishingLAS CRUCES — Limited angling opportunities for Gila trout will open July 1, 2007, in select streams in southwestern New Mexico that have been closed to fishing since 1966, when the Gila trout was first listed as a federal endangered species. The State Game Commission approved the changes based on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to downlist the Gila trout from endangered to threatened.
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Endangered Desert Pupfish found in Research Ponds

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have discovered a population of the endangered desert pupfish (Cyprinodon macularius)in constructed ponds along the southeastern shore of the Salton Sea, in south-central California. Preliminary estimates of more than 1,000 pupfish will need to be evaluated by a detailed survey that will be conducted as soon as the appropriate permits are obtained. Dr. Douglas Barnum, scientist with the USGS Salton Sea Science Office, called the discovery a “scientific windfall” that will provide a unique opportunity to learn more about this endangered species. Dr. Michael Saiki, fisheries biologist with the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center's Dixon Duty Station noted, “What's significant about this discovery is the large number of pupfish we are seeing!”
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Salmon Snagging Season at Eagle Nest Lake

Snagging season for kokanee salmon at Heron Lake opens Friday, Nov. 9 and ends Dec. 31. The season opens later at Heron Lake than other northern New Mexico lakes to allow the Department of Game and Fish to gather and fertilize salmon eggs for future stocking.
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