Join us Tuesday, December 3rd at the Taos Ale House for our 2013 Winter Event & Social. Our guest presenter will be Norman Maktima, member of Fly Fishing Team USA, creater of several fly patterns made famous by Umpqua Flies, and senior fishing guide at High Desert Angler in Santa Fe. Norman will be giving a slide presentation on competitive fly fishing with a focus on applying those techniques to New Mexico water. He will also be sharing his tips and tricks on fly tying at the vise.
The evening will also be an opportunity to meet your ECTU officers and other members as well as to learn about the Red River Improvment project and other fishing and conservation projects that your ECTU is currently working on. Come and see how you can help out and get involved!
There will be fabulous door prizes and food & drink will be available for purchase. Cost is $5.00 at the door. Doors open at 5pm and the presentation will begin at 6pm.
Hope to see you there!
Submitted by: David Gilroy, Teacher and Research Coordinator
Taos High School Science Department
Ecological Forestry Program
Restoration Project: Red River Fishery Improvement Project
Research Question: 1. ) How do the habitat improvement measures influence the benthic substrate and its aquatic macroinvertebrate community? 2.) How did trout population capacity change with enhancement of the Red River’s geomorphology?
Time Frame: Fall 2013- Fall 2015
Location: Red River, Questa, NM
Actions: Finalize Research Plan with input from ECTU, USFS Carson National Forest, and NM State Fish and Wildlife Regional Biologist.
Budget: We request $700 for two years of research with 2 students. New monitoring equipment will be purchased and made available on loan to David Gilroy at Taos High. The equipment will be owned by Trout Unlimited, managed by River Source and made available to the school as long as that equipment is being used according to the Memorandum of Understanding.
|Student Internship Stipends (on their 2nd season of research)||
$500 ($250 per student)
|Transportation or mileage||
|Supplies and Lab Analysis||
|Equipment (stream flow meter, inflatable kayak, benthic grab sampler)||
Taos High School Perkins Grant
Total Requested from ECTU
Outputs: student research experience, increased understanding of Red River ecosystem, public presentations, publications, and school outreach.
Benefits For Students: Deeper Ecological Understanding, Career-Preparatory Research Experience, UNM-Taos College Credit, Computer Modeling Experience, Publications and Presentation Experience.
Minutes of Board Meeting
Trout Unlimited “Enchanted Circle Chapter”
October 11, 2013
Meeting of the Enchanted Circle Chapter of Trout Unlimited was convened at The La Fonda Hotel, Taos, New Mexico, at 6:30PM, October 11, 2013.
- Proposal for 2-year Red River Habitat and Biological Research Study: Chapter member David Gilroy has presented a proposal for scientific study of the effects of the Red River habitat improvement measures that will be implemented by the Red River Angling Park project. David is the Taos High School science teacher. David’s proposal calls for a Chapter contribution of $800 to purchase monitoring equipment that will be owned by the Chapter and used by high school students under David’s supervision. The Chapter’s contribution would be combined with a $2,200 “Taos High School Perkins Grant” to fund the project. The study would examine the following questions: (1) How do the habitat improvement measures influence the benthic substrate and its aquatic macroinvertebrate community? and (2) How did trout population capacity change with enhancement of the Red River’s geomorphology? Due to a scheduling conflict, David could not stay to discuss his proposal. It was decided that Eric Patterson will meet with David to discuss details and the matter will be presented for decision at the November 7 Chapter meeting. Meeting attendees commented favorably on the general components of David’s proposal.
- TU Staffing Changes. Toner Mitchell attended the meeting. Toner is our new TU New Mexico staff, filling the “Public Lands Coordinator” position. Garret VeneKlasen, who formerly worked this role, has moved up to a multi-state role as TU’s southwest regional director of the “Sportsmen’s Alliance” program. Toner updated us on the wide variety of projects that are on his statewide agenda.
- Hondo Tributaries Project. Property owner Worth Gilcrease explained a “bank stabilization” grant that will fund work upstream of the Taos East Condos. Worth has owned a vacation home in a small subdivision accessed by the private bridge east of the Condos. Worth explained the hoops that he has gone through to proceed with the project. This led into the discussion of the status of the Chapter’s proposal to improve highway culvert fish barriers for three of the Rio Hondo tributaries. These barriers would (1) protect native cutthroat trout in the tributaries; and (2) clear the way for the Department of Game & Fish to plant hatchery raised cutthroats in the main stem of the Rio Hondo. Planting cutthroats in the main stem would dovetail with a proposal from the Village of Taos Ski Valley to improve the river habitat and angling access through the Village. Bill Adkison reported that governmental permitting required for our culvert improvement proposal continues to be stalled. Toner Mitchell commented that he may have some ideas to assist in getting things moving by coalition of property owners, the Village and Game & Fish.
- Chapter Meeting Format Discussion: Nick noted that although the Chapter has over 100 members, our meetings are sporadically attended. He suggests that we alter our routine by devoting 4 meetings a year to a more sociable format (locations with food and beverage service) with presentations oriented to fishing techniques and locations. He suggests that the first of these be a meeting in early December at the Taos Ale House (located across from the Taos Main Post Office). At this meeting guest speaker Justin Phillips will give a slide presentation. Justin is a summertime guide in West Yellowstone and in the winters he guides in Argentina. More details are to follow. Nick suggests that conservation oriented chapter “business” meetings be held separately from the social meetings. Nick’s suggestions were viewed favorably by those in attendance.
Bill Owen, Meeting Secretary
Members of ECTU join the Colorado Parks and Wildlife to conduct a fish survey on stretches of the Conejos River. The survey presented a snapshot as to how effective habitat improvements in the river have been.
Check out our Facebook page for pictures from the day.
We had a lot of fun and a great turn out at the Annual Fish Fiesta at Eagle Rock Lake in Questa. The event was sponsored by the BLM and the Carson National Forrest and takes place every year on National Free Fishing Day. Kids from the area got the chance to experience the fun of fishing and hunting and learn about nature and conservation.
ECTU members joined in to teach the kids all about aquatic insects and what fish eat as well as how to cast fly rods and tie flies.
Fly Fishing: A Peaceful Adventure
Taylor Streit, Author and Fly Fisherman
June 8, 2013
Taos Public Library
Long time fly fishing guide and author Taylor Streit will give two back-to-back presentations on June 8th at Taos Public Library based on two of his books. The first will be a slide show from Fly Fishing New Mexico. With the auspicious timing of the event—at the beginning of the trout fishing in our area—he will place special emphasis on streams just beyond casting range of Taos such as the Chama, Conejos and San Juan Rivers. Questions will be taken followed by demonstrations from Instinctive Fly Fishing II . Taylor has done this demo for fly fishing shows and clubs across the U.S. It is not your basic ten to two casting demonstration but more about the nuances of fly fishing casts and maneuvers; operations that must be learned along with a proper casting stroke. You will get to witness famous casts like the “Cimarron Sling” the “lift and snap” and the “dying cobra”.
Taylor has been guiding fly fishers in Northern New Mexico for 30 years and is a “Legendary Guide” in the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. His son Nick runs Taos Fly Shop and was on the U.S. Junior Fly fishing team that placed second in the world competition of 1998.
For More Information Call: 575-737-2590
ECTU members and friends along with Boy Scout Troop 98 from Taos got together Saturday, May 18 at the John Dunn Bridge for our river cleanup. The estimated 25 participants made their way up the river and along the banks to collect copious amounts of trash.
Troop 98 Boy Scouts worked very hard, particularly in the lower Hondo, where they waded up stream removing lots of really nasty trash. The Black Rock area by the hot springs on the Rio Grande also yielded several large bags of trash to the ECTU members that worked that area.
We had a fantastic hot dog cookout by Doug and Eric at the end to celebrate a BLM pickup full of trash that was then taken to the dump.
Special thanks to Eilene from the BLM for providing bags, gloves, pick up tools, and material for removing graffiti from signs.
As ECTU member Bill Adkison states, “ I can assure you that in 40 years of fishing the lower Hondo and the John Dunn section of the Rio that the area has never been that clean!”
Thank you everyone who pitched in!
This Year’s Banquet was a huge success, thanks to all those who attended! We had over 100 people at this years event- our best ever turnout. And with the generous donations of many local businesses, participants walked away with some great auction items.
New for ECTU this year was our 2 day fly fishing Tournament held on the Rio Grande and Cimarron rivers. We had a great group of fisher folk, and though there was just enough competitive spirit to keep it interesting, it was a fun event with the main focus being on coming together as anglers to help protect and restore our local fisheries. The tournament raised over $6,000 and with the take from the Banquet, ECTU had its best fund raising year to date.
We had good conditions for both days of the tournament, and 8 teams caught and released a total of 615 fish over the course of the two day tourney…Here’s a bit of the results;
1st….Team ECTU guided by Nick Streit 1725 points
2nd…Team Solitary Angler guided by Van Beachum 1600 points
3rd….Team Truchas guided by Brian Spilman 1410 points
4th…Team Project Healing Waters guided by Chris Cantrell 980
5th…Team Castaway guided by Ron Sedall 710 points
6th…Team Bent Rod guided by Christoph Engle 640 points
We continue to move forward on our Red River project, and things are looking good there. We also completed a very successful river cleanup at the John Dunn Bridge last week in cooperation with the Boy Scouts. We have much on our plate, and we will continue to work hard for your trout. If you would like to become more involved, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your continued support!
Annual Fish Fiesta
Saturday, June 1
National Free Fishing Day
The annual Fish Fiesta takes place this year at Eagle Rock Lake in Questa on Saturday, June 1, National Free Fishing Day. Sponsored by the Carson National Forest, in partnership with the BLM, NM Game and Fish, the town of Taos, and local businesses, this FREE event is an opportunity for youngsters, ages 11 and under, to have a fun learning experience in fish biology and anatomy, fishing skills, and outdoor ethics.
Enchanted Circle TU will participate with an activity station demonstrating fly tying, entomology (bugs), and fly casting. The festivities will begin at 9:00 am and go until 12:00pm. A parent or guardian must accompany all children.
Come on out and fiesta with the fish!
For more information, please contact George Long- Carson National Forest, Questa office: 575-586-0529.
This is an alcohol and drug free event.