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General RegionJemez Mts
Specific LocationNM
Time of Dayall day
Fish CaughtBrowns
Conditions & HatchesHigh Pressure overhead. Hot for the region 80 degrees F.

Details and Discussion

Red_green_hJuly 30th, 2021, 11:33 am
New Mexico

Posts: 90
Hey fellas it's been awhile. Hope all is well. Been busy and taking a hiatus from internet for awhile. Welcomed my 2nd grandbaby a few months ago. Son got out of the Corp and him and his wife moved back to town. He's a cop in Santa Fe now. Man how time flies. My youngest son just turned 13 and I took him up to the Valles Caldera in the Jemez Mts the day after his bday. This place has been dubbed the Yellowstone of the Southwest for good reason. I had to apply for a special permit to fish there and obtain a back country pass. Sounds harder than it actually is just have to jump through a few hoops.

I could label this trip a tale of 2 days. Our timing was poor. There happened to be a high pressure system overhead which drove the temps above 80. The conditions weren't ideal. We caught some little browns but nothing to brag about. I think all the lunkers were hiding in the bank in the cool of the shade. We ran into this older gentleman who had been fishing there 2 days prior and He told of his bounty. He caught 20+ all 14 inches and bigger and one 3lb 20 incher. At the time we spoke to him he had caught nothing. As you can see in the pics the scene is small stream flowing through alpine open meadows. Absolutely spectacular setting. The meadows were swarming with grasshoppers so that what we used along with foam beetles. They weren't jumping out of the water at us but we had a little success. It was a great time shared with a great young man. He is more adept at fishing than me. He really knows where to look and find fish. Just a great time watching him evolve his fishing skills and style.
Ryan Norris
"a day not catching anything is better than a day not fishing at all"
Red_green_hJuly 30th, 2021, 11:45 am
New Mexico

Posts: 90
Check out his stroke.

https://youtu.be/6EfBHSPm8Uk

The scenery

https://youtube.com/shorts/QuJwLjtXWc4?feature=share
Ryan Norris
"a day not catching anything is better than a day not fishing at all"
MartinlfJuly 30th, 2021, 1:10 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3157
Great trip; thanks for sharing!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
TaoskiAugust 31st, 2021, 1:01 pm
Abq NM

Posts: 5
Hey RG, I will partially corroborate the story of the older gentleman! Yes, 20 fish days are not uncommon on VC-San Antonio, and I've landed them upwards of 14" before. But I suspected they got much bigger than that. Suspicion confirmed this past Saturday. I hooked into several that I think we're pushing 16-17" and fat as footballs. Unfortunately those big boys know how to tangle up in the weeds and undercuts, or get running downstream like a freight train until they break off... I got absolutely owned by those browns! The ones I could bring to net were 12" and smaller.

Frustrating and satisfying experience at the same time. I think they key might be going earlier in the season before the weeds grow in, but that also requires a good spring flow, which we didn't have.

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