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Jemez River, Jemez Springs, NM

October 20, 2018

October 4, 2018

So I’ve known for a couple of months that I was heading to New Mexico, i.e., the Land of Enchantment, for work.  Consequently, I had been studying up on the fishing via the books of Taylor Streit, Fly Fishing New Mexico, and Craig Martin, Fly Fishing in Northern New Mexico. Not to mention countless hours of watching fly fishing videos on You Tube.

The Cimarron, Pecos, Rio Grande, San Juan, Chama, and assorted creeks were all alluring.    Looking at my itinerary I decided that I could conveniently hit the Jemez Area streams on my way to Navajo Dam where I’d be fishing the legendary San Juan on Friday.  Rio Guadalupe, Jemez, East Branch of the Jemez, and the San Antonio, were streams that I had on the list.  The Valles Caldera called, but I wasn’t going to get there early enough to make the shuttle.

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Work and hockey, two things I was trying to escape, adversely impacted those plans. Not to mention 35 MPH speed limits and my naivety, that is what looks like a 30 minute drive is easily double that, or more, when traveling windy, single lane, mountain roads.

Arriving at the airport I made the mistake of turning my phone on, not for business but for navigation purposes as my plan was to head to Los Pinos Fly and Tackle Shop

Unfortunately, my phone began to buzz with a phone call from the office.  Having to take the call to deal with a truly bizarre and sad HR related event, I wasted a good forty minutes or so in baggage dealing with exactly that. Finally, off to Los Pinos, which according to my phone was only 12 minutes away.  Los Pinos.  What a great place.  Harry was full of advice.  Great fishing guy. I  could have talked to him for days. Stay away from the Guadalupe..flows are too low due to the drought.  Try the Jemez and use these flies.  San Juan?  Try these.  Don’t speed on the road to Jemez Springs. The police will get you.  Try the the world famous Los Ojos Special at Los Ojos Restaurant & Saloon in Jemez Springs.

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Fries and burger slathered with gooey cheese and chili verde….yum

On the Jemez you may see the springs:

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The water may be a little stained but you should be able to catch a few fish, small browns and maybe a rainbow.

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Pocket water on the Jemez that resulted in two misses and one six inch brown that jumped off.

Then a phone call from a hockey mom wondering why little johnny got cut from the team. Then a text from the hockey association president asking to elaborate on why two other players didn’t make the desired team.   A phone call from an employment attorney to address the HR matter.

Turn off the phone.  Try one more spot on the Jemez.  Running out of daylight.  Need to get to the San Juan.  Getting tired.  At Mpls/St. Paul International Airport at 4:30 a.m. to catch my flight. Call it quits.  Pick up a bunch of trash on my way out in hopes of building up some good karma for the San Juan.

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I need to get back to this area.  More time will be needed though.

-Hats

-htheh

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