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    Default Fly fishing New Mexico- Albuquerque

    I'm going to drive my grandmother to New Mexico, stay a couple days, and fly back. I'd love to steal away for an afternoon and do some fishing.

    From what she says, there aren't any rivers around Albuquerque. She said there are a lot of lakes though. I'd be willing to drive a reasonable distance to get on a trout stream.

    I've been speaking with David Knapp about possibly going to the San Juan. I know it is a world renowned river, but he said it would be about 3 hours away, and that's a little much. I'd like something closer, but if that's my only option, so be it.

    I'm looking for firsthand information, I haven't started Googling stuff yet but first hand info catered to me is always better than generic internet info.
    Trey Nichols- jato_jr@yahoo.com

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    Trey,

    Depending on your where you are in relation to Albuquerque you could drive over to northern Arizona and fish for some Apache trout. We have a plant in that area I have been to before, and it is right in the middle of Apache country. However, you are looking at either a 3 hour drive north (San Juan) or 3 hours west of Albuquerque. I think there are some destinations around Sante Fe, but don't know the details of that area. The latest issue of Flyfisherman Magazine has an article on the Black River Apache trout, featuring photos from Aaron Otto of Sleeping In The Dirt.

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    I saw that there was a place like an hour north, and an hour east. I'd love to find a river that's about 6' wide running through the plains or something.
    Trey Nichols- jato_jr@yahoo.com

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    Trey,

    Check out this post that I made last year about fly fishing in NM. New Mexico Fly Fishing. I fished the East Fork of the Jemez River which is less than an hour and a half from Albuquerque. You can see in the post a picture of that river. This is a narrow river running through meadowland. Seems to fit your bill.

    If you leave Albuquerque traveling north on I75, you'll take the Bernalillo exit and go through Jemez Springs and the Jemez Pueblo towards Los Alamos. On top of the mountain (couldn't give you mileage), there will be a sign on the left side of the road to the East Fork Trail. If you back track a half mile or so from there, the stream runs under the road. You'll find a path leading off upstream. Go up that path and you will immediately see what is pictured in this post. It is very flat water and requires extreme stealth but that stream is full of brown trout.

    First hand enough for you?
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    Trey,

    The East Jemez is a nice little stream not too far away. I have fished it before. You might also try the Pecos which is a little ways to the East. I can't remember the exact distance. If you go to the north, you could try the Rio Grande, or even farther to the north, is a spring creek, Costilla Creek (my personal favorite) which has some native cutthroat.

    Check out the Taos Fly Shop. They have a web site. Nick and Taylor Streit run it, and they are extremely helpful.

    Hope this helps some. Good Luck.

    Scott

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    The time has come! I leave on Friday!

    Quote Originally Posted by nvr2L8 View Post
    Trey,

    Check out this post that I made last year about fly fishing in NM. New Mexico Fly Fishing. I fished the East Fork of the Jemez River which is less than an hour and a half from Albuquerque. You can see in the post a picture of that river. This is a narrow river running through meadowland. Seems to fit your bill.

    If you leave Albuquerque traveling north on I75, you'll take the Bernalillo exit and go through Jemez Springs and the Jemez Pueblo towards Los Alamos. On top of the mountain (couldn't give you mileage), there will be a sign on the left side of the road to the East Fork Trail. If you back track a half mile or so from there, the stream runs under the road. You'll find a path leading off upstream. Go up that path and you will immediately see what is pictured in this post. It is very flat water and requires extreme stealth but that stream is full of brown trout.

    First hand enough for you?
    I'm definitely going to be talking with you a lot this week.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott H. View Post
    Trey,

    The East Jemez is a nice little stream not too far away. I have fished it before. You might also try the Pecos which is a little ways to the East. I can't remember the exact distance. If you go to the north, you could try the Rio Grande, or even farther to the north, is a spring creek, Costilla Creek (my personal favorite) which has some native cutthroat.

    Check out the Taos Fly Shop. They have a web site. Nick and Taylor Streit run it, and they are extremely helpful.

    Hope this helps some. Good Luck.

    Scott
    I'm not looking to drive 3 hours one way for the San Juan. As much as I'd love to fish it, this trip isn't fishing related, I'm just looking to steal away for a couple hours.
    Trey Nichols- jato_jr@yahoo.com

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