Saturday, October 27, 2012

Steve Lein On The Chama

Fishing Trip On The Chama River

Fly Fishing With Steve Lein

October 2012

The Chama River, just below El Vado Dam, is a highly productive stretch of river. Our family has been fishing this section of the river for more than 50 years and we are never disappointed. If you are interested in doing some serious fly fishing in New Mexico, our recommendation for you would be to have you contact David Cooper, owner of Coopers El Vado Ranch. Coop has a dozen really great cabins, located right along the river. These cabins offer all of the amenities that you will need to be completely comfortable in your stay at the ranch.

Steve Lein traveled down from Tulsa, Oklahoma and spent 3 days hiking and fishing with me. We covered a 10 mile stretch of water during the 3 day trip. Steve and I really had a great time together and caught a ton of gorgeous rainbow and brown trout during the fishing adventure.

Coopers El Vado Ranch offers super easy access to the river for fishermen of all levels. Steve and I choose to take on some of the more remote fishing spots which required some serious hiking. We hiked approximately 6 miles per day during our 3 day adventure. Our treks included river crossings which aren't for the faint at heart. The Chama is a wild river that gets pretty wide in spots. Even though Steve is a banker back in Tulsa, he crossed the river just like he did when we were kids.

Steve Lein - Fly Fishing A Very Productive Bend In The River

The area pictured above is approximately 1 1/2 miles below El Vado Dam. It's a challenging hike to get into this particular fishing spot, but, well worth the effort. Our grandfather and father fished this stretch of river some 40 years ago and caught 25 to 30 inch rainbows and brown trout routinely from this section of the river. Today, you can see expect to catch fish in excess of 20 inches in this area. 

One Of Our Favorite Fishing Spots

This particular fishing hole requires some serious hiking. I don't recommend fishing this area unless you are extremely physically fit. The hike into this section of river is approximately 3 miles and takes us approximately 1 1/2 hours of steady trekking. You will also need to cross the river at least once to get to this gorgeous spot.

Steve Lein - Crossing The Famous Swinging Bridge & Fishing Downstream Approximately 3 Miles From El Vado Ranch. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Trip To El Vado Ranch

Chama River - New Mexico

I don't think there is any place on earth better than El Vado Ranch, in Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico

Just spent a few days there earlier this month with my wife, mom and dad. We had an awesome time. The ranch is owned by my good friend David Cooper. The cabins you see belong to David and are available for rental. Cost is less than $115 per night. Incredibly affordable and the ranch and river are just outstanding! 

Here are more photos from the trip. Hope you enjoy them. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Elk Mountains

Winter Has Been Cold!

How is Winter going for you? Don't know how you feel about it, but, I am ready for Spring! I generally don't do much fly fishing during the winter and quite frankly, I miss it! 

Even though I don't do much fishing in Winter, I find that it is a great time to plan for new Spring and Summer fishing adventures. Like traveling to the Elk Mountains in Colorado to do some fly fishing and back packing in the wilderness.

Hurry Spring!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! 

You Are Looking At My Favorite Fishing Spot In The Whole Wide World!

Can't wait to get back to New Mexico this Spring to do some fishing. The first thing I am going to do is give my friend David Cooper a huge bear hug! Second, I am going to make the 3 mile hike down to the spot you see in the photo and just sit for a moment and thank the Heavenly Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for another incredible day on the river.

As beautiful as this stream is, I can only imagine the beauty that God has in store for us all in heaven! I really hope we get to Fly Fish when we get there :-)!

Merry Christmas and Thank You For Following Our Blog! 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tailwaters Anglers

Tailwater Anglers

Matthew Clifton
Owner & Guide


Matthew Clifton, owner of Tailwater Anglers is now using Flyline Search Marketing to design and manage his Google Adwords advertising program.
Matt has been guiding San Juan River float trips and wade fishing on the historic San Juan for more than 5 years. The photo shown in the upper left of this post is that of Mark Lein, CEO of Flyline Search Marketing. Mark and his father Roy Lein, spent a day on the San Juan, fishing with Matt. The fishing was incredibly productive as you can see from the photo above. As fishing tends to do, the day also produced a new friendship.

Roy Lein Enjoying The San Juan River

Sunday, October 30, 2011

New Mexico's Most Productive Fishery

Chama River
El Vado Ranch

Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico

One of New Mexico's best fisheries is the Chama river. I have been fishing this particular stretch of river for more than 45 years. The fish we caught this year during our visits in April and September were a bit smaller than the 36 inch monsters my pops and grandfather used to pull out 40 years ago. That said, they were still incredibly solid fish and full of fight. Check out the photo to the right. This Brown Trout was caught in September during a huge rain storm. The Chama river is absolutely loaded with native brown trout, similar to the one pictured. The river offers the perfect breeding area for these fish. There are major bug hatches during year, plus the rainbows spawn in April filling the river with minnows. The Browns spawn later in October, again providing food opportunities for the larger fish. 

Beware - Monster Browns Are Lurking In These Waters


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Getting To Know Fishing Regulations In Your New Area

It is important to learn the local fishing regulations when moving to a new area. This could save you the trouble and needless expense of facing a hefty fine for a rule infraction. Each state has specific rules and regulations in regards to fishing.  Keep these tips in mind when you relocate after a move:

Your Best Source for Information

It is imperative that you receive accurate information about the specific rules and regulations of fishing in your new area. The last thing you want is to receive a citation and pay a stiff fine simply for lack of local fishing regulation knowledge. Turn to your state’s fish and game website. This can be easily hunted down on Google by typing your state’s name and the keywords, “fish and game.” Click on your state’s link and research the regulation section. Most websites allow you to download the fishing guide for future reference.

My Fishing Regulations
Each state has specific requirements. We encourage you to check into the regs once you move into a new area. Study the guide to familiarize yourself. Look for these items to see if your new location has different regulations.

·       Check on daily limits for caught fish.  Pay special attention to weight and size requirements.

·       Research special licenses for multiple poles and types of fish.

·       Know your setlines, trotlines, float lines and bank lines.  

·       Verify the size of throwbacks.

·       Check to see about licensing as you might be required to purchase separate fresh water and saltwater licenses.

·       Verify what your state says in regards to specific guidelines on displaying your license on your person.

·       Research specific catch and release information.

·       Familiarize yourself with types of equipment that can be used to catch fish.

·       Know the open and closing season dates on each species of fish you are interested in.   

·       Know your gear requirements. There are certain regulations for nets and lines.

·       You always need to be aware if you fish in a lake or river which adjoins two or more state lines, it might be necessary to obtain multiple state licenses.

·       If you have relocated to the coastal areas, check your local Marine Life Protection Act. It will provide you with a comprehensive guide to the ins and outs of marine life rules and regulations, which can be applied to your next ocean fishing trip.

Moving to a new state? Many states offer reduced rates for seniors as well as life-term residents. Learn the minimum age for obtaining a fishing license. Each state has different requirements. Some states are sixteen years of age, others fifteen years of age, and some require them to carry identification verifying their age.

View Photo Gallery of Historic San Juan River Fishing Trip