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Old 04-24-2021, 09:06 AM   #1
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Going to Taos in June for a fishing trip with my brother. Want to do some fly fishing but have zero knowledge of it. Iím fine with any other types of fishing. Could somebody point me in the directions on some good youtube videos or books? I would normally youtube myself but when I have zero knowledge of something itís way to easy to get bad info. Thanks


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Old 04-24-2021, 09:17 AM   #2
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Mad River Outfitters - https://www.youtube.com/user/powerrangers89

Orvis virtual Fly Fishing 101 - https://subscribe.orvis.com/FF101PLANO/

Looks like you're close to the Orvis shop in Plano. After completing the virtual course, you can schedule a free one on one session - http://events.r20.constantcontact.co...&llr=gmp9xgrab

I only recommended Orvis in Plano based on where Savoy is located. Looks like you're an hour away.
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Old 04-24-2021, 09:22 AM   #3
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I also am a big fan of the videos from Mad River Outfitters
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Old 04-24-2021, 10:06 AM   #4
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Iím also a fan of Capt Chris Myers
https://youtu.be/db28F_Zu9Go

I was in a similar situation last year at this time with a trip to colorado planned. I spent hours in the yard practicing casting and watching videos of all varieties of fly fishing. I decided on a 1/2 day guided trip and Iím really glad I did because there is a great deal of detail about fly fishing that cannot be learned through video such as reading the River, understanding when the fish may begin to feed, and mending your line as your fly drifts.

I assure you I would not have had this success on my own
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Old 04-24-2021, 10:22 AM   #5
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Second the 1/2 day guide.
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Old 04-24-2021, 10:25 AM   #6
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Mad river helped me. But at the end of the day I think In person lessons and 1/2 day guide just to cut the learning curve or catch any bad habits soon
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Old 04-24-2021, 10:47 AM   #7
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Hit the Orvis store for their free class. They give a big coupon if you decide to buy a fly rod and reel
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Old 04-24-2021, 10:59 AM   #8
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We go every year.

I love the Costilla, easy river for a beginner, youíll catch fish until youíre sick of it with a 3 wt. many miles to be fished as well.

Cimarron will be more challenging, will need to google ďspring creekĒ fishing techniques, stay out of sight, etc.


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Old 04-24-2021, 11:05 AM   #9
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Call Taos Fly shop and hire a guide. We have used them for the last 6-7 years and will be there June 1-3.
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Old 04-24-2021, 03:25 PM   #10
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Lefty Kreh videos. He has passed on, but was an excellent instructor.
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Old 04-24-2021, 04:52 PM   #11
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Worth the money to get a guide for a full day. Or is or your local fly shop should be able to get you some good basics.
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Old 04-24-2021, 07:21 PM   #12
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Mad river outfitters on youtube has a few series on start to finish for everything.
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Old 04-24-2021, 07:21 PM   #13
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I booked Doc Thompson for a full day. He assured me that lack of fly fishing wouldnít be a problem.Iím gonna go to the orvis store. Thanks


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Old 04-24-2021, 07:40 PM   #14
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The Rio is difficult fishing. I have been fly fishing for 20+ years and glad I got a guide out of Taos fly shop last time I went.
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Old 04-24-2021, 11:14 PM   #15
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Steve Hollensed is a master casting instructor/guide nearby. He can get you casting the right way and fly fishing for stripers on Texoma is real fun.
http://www.flywaterangling.com

Flipping and drifting nymphs in a western river for trout is pretty easy but accurate casting with distance takes a lot of practice.


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Old 04-25-2021, 12:23 AM   #16
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Go fish the San Juan below Navajo Dam in New Mexico.Probably one of the 10 best places to fly fish for trout in the US if not the world. The one and only time I have fly fished I caught so many I lost count. Visit the local fly shop and expect to fish small. I was with two experienced fly fisherman and they were my “guide”. It is hard to describe, you just need to see it for your self.
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Old 04-26-2021, 08:26 AM   #17
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Any recommendations for using spinning gear as well?


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Old 04-26-2021, 09:06 PM   #18
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Most of the best stretches of rivers have regulations that require the use of a single barbless hook only and artificial lures/flies. So if you're using spinning gear, you can't use salmon eggs or Power Bait or anything like that. You can't use a Mepps spinner with a barbed treble hook on the back either. You can clip off two of the hooks and mash the barb down on the remaining hook on the Mepps. Or you can get a bubble float that's heavy enough to cast with a spinning rod and tie a fly on to a leader off of that to fish with a fly on a spinning rod.

Or just make sure you are fishing water where those regulations don't apply, and you can use treble hooks and bait and such.
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Old 04-26-2021, 09:09 PM   #19
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Most of the best stretches of rivers have regulations that require the use of a single barbless hook only and artificial lures/flies. So if you're using spinning gear, you can't use salmon eggs or Power Bait or anything like that. You can't use a Mepps spinner with a barbed treble hook on the back either. You can clip off two of the hooks and mash the barb down on the remaining hook on the Mepps. Or you can get a bubble float that's heavy enough to cast with a spinning rod and tie a fly on to a leader off of that to fish with a fly on a spinning rod.

Or just make sure you are fishing water where those regulations don't apply, and you can use treble hooks and bait and such.
This works great if your using spinning rod setup.
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Go fish the San Juan below Navajo Dam in New Mexico.Probably one of the 10 best places to fly fish for trout in the US if not the world. The one and only time I have fly fished I caught so many I lost count. Visit the local fly shop and expect to fish small. I was with two experienced fly fisherman and they were my ďguideĒ. It is hard to describe, you just need to see it for your self.
We carved out a day to do this.
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Old 05-21-2021, 02:29 PM   #21
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Anybody fished Eagle Nest Lake?
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Old 05-21-2021, 09:48 PM   #22
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I was in the area but I never fished the lake. Fly fisherman refer to the lakes as stillwater and they are not the preferred body of water when there are other options.
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I was in the area but I never fished the lake. Fly fisherman refer to the lakes as stillwater and they are not the preferred body of water when there are other options.


Iím wanting to fish that lake for Pike


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Old 05-21-2021, 10:57 PM   #24
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I much prefer to fish still water, lakes ponds and such.
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Old 05-22-2021, 01:28 AM   #25
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Lefty Kreh videos. He has passed on, but was an excellent instructor.
I read Leftyís book on fly casting and how he talked about casting with a set of car keys, just using the tip section to cast 50 feet and fishing in high winds using his casting methods. I thought, great stuff but he really canít do all that.

Then I went to Orvis Houston and watched him do it....

I also got to watch his fly tying class. He was entertaining as well as a great instructor. Lefty definitely has his own methods but I still use his principles of fly casting today.
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Old 05-23-2021, 08:23 PM   #26
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Thanks for the info so far. I think Iím more excited about the pike than anything.


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Call Taos Fly shop and hire a guide. We have used them for the last 6-7 years and will be there June 1-3.
Edit: Taos Fly Shop : (575) 751-1312; ask for guide Ron Sedall , cell; (505) 280-3377. Tell him that Randy and Sid highly recommended him, but give plenty notice because he stays booked. We have fished with him for 7 consecutive years and ALWAYS been pleased. He will work hard for you and teach you , but I strongly urge you to take casting lessons before going.
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Thanks for the info so far. I think Iím more excited about the pike than anything.


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You will be fishing 8 wt for the pike using streamers. If you donít have an 8 wt, perhaps we can meet up and I can loan you one.

PM me your phone number.
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Thanks for the info so far. I think Iím more excited about the pike than anything.


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I would be too.
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Call Taos Fly shop and hire a guide. We have used them for the last 6-7 years and will be there June 1-3.
Wheres the link to your trips report?
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Check my Facebook.
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check my facebook. :d

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Between my friend and I, we caught ~30 trout one day and ~41 the next. Nothing worthy of a picture...then these pike on Eagle Nest Lake. The long-haired dude is our guide...a good one!

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Between my friend and I, we caught ~30 trout one day and ~41 the next. Nothing worthy of a picture...then these pike on Eagle Nest Lake. The long-haired dude is our guide...a good one!
Nice !!
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Between my friend and I, we caught ~30 trout one day and ~41 the next. Nothing worthy of a picture...then these pike on Eagle Nest Lake. The long-haired dude is our guide...a good one!
I bet the pike was a good time!
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Yeah, certainly my largest fish on a fly rod...8 wt.
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