Sangre de Cristo mountains RGCT trip

During the recent TU annual meeting I had the pleasure on hosting a TU member from Arizona on a fishing trip. Dave wanted to fish small streams for Rio Grande cutthroat trout. So given our time constraints, I picked out an area in the Sangre de Cristos about an 1 1/2 hours from Santa Fe I had fished the week before. Dave was a bit surprised when I told him the 10-15 ft wide stream we drove by in the morning was not a small stream. I think he had his doubts when we finally arrived at our destination, a 2-4 ft wide creek at 9500 ft elevation.

The fishing was tough as the water was crystal clear and shallow and the sky was sunny. And when we spotted fish it was hard to get in position to cast without spooking them. But Dave managed to catch his first ever RGCT and came away happy and with an appreciation for small stream fishing NM style. He is even planning to give a presentation on his experience to his Phoenix TU chapter.