A Little Closer to Home

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A Little Closer to Home

Post by The Wandering Blues » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:52 am

I’ve put some miles in this year, throwing flies in places I only ever read about. But, we made a conscious decision to stay home for a while and to give our own backyard some time and exploration. Albuquerque certainly will never be known as a fly tossing destination (though I’d match our craft beer scene against all comers) but it’s close enough to some amazing waters to keep it real- The San Juan, Rio Grande, Chama- the classic trout waters of the Southwest.

But for my money, I’ll take a little blue line that’s not too far from the casa. It’s overlooked in favor of other waters in the area that promise easy trekking and clear backcasts. But, I’d rather boulder scramble and never see another person all day then to have easy access and the possibility of a full parking lot.

Getting there takes you through iconic red rock country.

Long dirt roads eventually give you enough elevation for cool temps and the sweet smell of alpine forests. If you’re willing to hike, you might even find the hidden canyons that hold trout.

The fish aren’t big and I typically bring my 1wt. I’ve seen shadows that give me pause and remind me that there’s always the promise a small water leviathan. But, I’m good with what I do find.

It won’t be long before snow and regulations put the water to rest for the season. Until then, I’ll try to return as much as possible.
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Re: A Little Closer to Home

Post by fatman » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:02 am

many limes :smile
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Re: A Little Closer to Home

Post by Kfoxwyo » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:04 am

Nice. Driving that way next week for the first time. Beautiful images and country.
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Re: A Little Closer to Home

Post by rampant » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:05 am

Big fish are fun; but this is keeping it real and alive. :cool

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Re: A Little Closer to Home

Post by Bigguy » Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:23 am

:cool You’ve found a true gem!

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Re: A Little Closer to Home

Post by fallen513 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:55 am

I love flyfishing so much I want it to die. -thalweg

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Re: A Little Closer to Home

Post by tailchaser » Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:47 pm

Daddy likey
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Re: A Little Closer to Home

Post by stillsteamin » Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:49 pm

Dang. Pretty country
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Re: A Little Closer to Home

Post by McH » Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:16 pm

You sir, have living right dialed in.
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Re: A Little Closer to Home

Post by Average Joe » Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:27 pm

That is some exceptionally beautiful country, and your photos are incredible.

I would not expect to find water out there, much less trout. Pretty amazing.

Thanks for putting this up.


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Re: A Little Closer to Home

Post by Honyuk96 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:50 pm

Beautiful photography, dam that place looks sublime :cool

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Re: A Little Closer to Home

Post by Bears Fan » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:20 pm

Nice spot you got there.
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