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Yearly Archives: 2008

Report Sums Up Shape of the San Juan River

State Department of Game and Fish Biologist, James Dominguez, 36, of Tucumcari, displays one of many fine trout found in the waters of New Mexico’s San Juan River during an electro-shocking expedition in the late fall of 2008. To the right, San Juan River Fisheries Biologist, Marc Wethington,44, of Kirtland, takes note. Wading around the … Continue reading »

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Colorado’s Calling – Is it Worth the Trip?

A Taylor River cutthroat. As the debate over the health of New Mexico’s premier trout stream, the San Juan river, heightened recently, a colleague urged me to see how other tail water fisheries, like those found in our neighboring state of Colorado, stacked up against our own. He mentioned in particular the monster trout living … Continue reading »

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Jude Duran Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery

Former San Juan River fishing guide, Jude Duran, 29, of Flora Vista, has pleaded guilty to robbing a Montrose, Colorado bank in May 2008 of about $7,000 and now faces a maximum 20 year prison term when sentenced in January. Duran pled guilty before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Edward W. Nottingham in Denver on … Continue reading »

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Fall is a Great Time for Camping Here in New Mexico

The crowds and heat of summer have waned and the tantalizing colors of autumn now beckon. And with the monsoon season behind us, New Mexico’s autumn days are warm and inviting and the nights, crisp and clear. One of the best places to enjoy these spectacular conditions is a gem of a campground known as … Continue reading »

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Abiquiu Lake Hotspot for Walleye and Bass

Ray Rael of Santa Fe shows off a Walleye he plucked from the depths of well stocked Abiquiu Lake. Abiquiu Lake is brimming with snow runoff this year and the fishing couldn’t be better for walleye, smallmouth bass and catfish. Located about 33 miles north of Espanola on US 84, the lake is operated by … Continue reading »

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African Fly Tier Delivers – You Can Too !

In the glow of the campfire after a long day of fishing I got to telling my old friend Glenn May about the African fly tier who contacted me through my outdoors blog. A lady named Elizabeth Mbugua of Narobi, Kenya had sent me an email, offering a sales pitch for custom order flies. The … Continue reading »

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Truchas Chapter of Trout Unlimited Gives Cutthroats a Hand

A Rio Grande Cutthroat from Alamitos Creek in Northern New Mexico. Shadows dart back and forth in the cold, clear stream here in the mountains high above the Sipapu ski valley. They’re native cutthroat trout and their purity and abundance in Alamitos Creek could be essential to the survival of the threatened species. That’s why … Continue reading »

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Valle Vidal Cutthroat Restoration Underway Again

A Rio Grande Cutthroat State Department of Game and Fish staff are back in the Valle Vidal and Vermejo Park this summer for another shot at sterilizing streams to be restocked later with native Rio Grande cutthroat trout. Crews in August will be re-treating about 20 miles of Comanche Creek and its tributaries north of … Continue reading »

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Jude Duran – The Reasons Behind the Bank Robbery

Accused bank robber and former San Juan River guide, Jude Duran, robbed a Colorado bank because he feared the political direction the country was taking and wanted to prepare himself with guns and money, according to court records in the case. Duran remains held without bond at a federal prison in Littleton, Colo., where he … Continue reading »

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Valle Caldera Opens East Fork of Jemez River to Public Fishing

The Valles Caldera National Preserve has opened the East Fork of the Jemez River to fishing by reservation and for a fee. The new program is more flexible than the lottery system already in place for those who want to fish the Rio San Antonio on the backside of the sprawling ranch located between Los … Continue reading »

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