by Terry Farmer
Hello good folks,
We've had a very late winter here in New Mexico. It's just starting to freeze overnight around the state. I took advantage of this and decided to make a trip to one of my favorite fishing places before the freeze. The Las Conchas access to the East Fork of the Jemez River was my destination. I arrived about 9:30 am. The weather was mild, no wind at all and no one in sight. Perfect! I hiked a trail through the meadows along the creek for about an hour (1.7 miles). At this point the canyon narrows to steep cliffs on each side of the river. It looked truly magical down the river but not having my waders I decided to stop there and fish back upstream to the car.
The first fish was a Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout and a pleasant surprise as I hadn't seen RGCT in the East Fork previously. The next was a nice Brown. The third was another RGCT with amazing vivid coloring. Absolutely beautiful fish.
Gear used was my TenkaraBum 36, 3.6 Fujino soft white line, 5' of #6 tippet and a snowshoe hare emerger.
Today was one of the most enjoyable fishing trips I've ever experienced. The peace, wonder, excitement and serenity were just what i needed. I'm now ready to let winter do it's thing.
Peace and tight lines,
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