Chapter News – April 2019
Last Month’s Meeting
There was a great turnout for Rain Reich’s presentation on proper catch and release techniques. Some of the key points were to keep the fish as wet as possible (wet your hands before touching the fish, try to keep the fish in the water if possible, using a net if needed), be careful where you hold the fish if you’re going to take a picture, and crimp down the barbs of your flies to permit easier release. Do not squeeze the fish at the pectoral fins (that’s where the heart is) or grab the fish at the gills. The picture shown below of the guide holding a rainbow is a good illustration of proper technique – you can see water dripping off the fish and the hands are well behind the pectoral fins.
Fly-Tying and Rod-Building Classes
Stan Price, the SLV coordinator of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF), reports that the rods which PHWFF participants built this spring have been shipped to the National headquarters for evaluation. Thanks to Darrell Lewis for leading the rod-building workshop. Also, PHWFF veterans tied flies at several sessions this spring, led by the expert tier Ned Zamarripa. On two successive Saturdays (March 30 and April 6), PHWFF veterans participated in fly-casting lessons and a contest. Thanks to Jan Crawford, casting instructor, and assistants Geri, Mark, Mike, Ned, Gene, Darrell, and Marty (apologies if I missed anyone). A special thanks to SLV Health and the Alamosa Family Rec Center for providing space for these classes. Shown below are some photos from these sessions. Congratulations to Kent M., winner of the casting competition!
Classes are over and now it is time to put into action the lessons that have been learned. If you are interested in being a mentor for fishing outings this spring and summer, please contact Stan as soon as you can at email@example.com or 432-386-0117 to get more information.
Five SLV TU folks (Stan Price, Mark Seaton, Jason Remshardt, Sally Wier, and Marty Jones) joined more than 150 other folks on March 29 to help New Mexico Game and Fish, New Mexico Trout Unlimited, and the Bureau of Land Management stock Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout in the Wild and Scenic Rivers section of the Rio Grande near Questa, NM. Each volunteer hauled bags containing a dozen or more fingerling cutts in oxygenated water 700 or more feet down into the gorge and released the trout into the Rio Grande. It was a beautiful day, as evidenced by the photos elsewhere in this newsletter. This is an annual event, so if you missed the opportunity last year, you’ll have a chance to help next year.
Darrell Lewis reminds us all that fishing licenses expired at the end of March. Be sure to renew your license before you head out on the water now!