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Chasing cutthroats in the Valle Vidal

by Rob
(North Texas)

Finally was able to go to this area of New Mexico and fish for Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout in this high elevation meadow. I focused my efforts on Comanche creek. The water was ultra clear, low and those fish were skittish! The grass growing over the stream bank and undercuts gave the fish plenty of protection from predators and fishermen. Small dry flies, size 18 or smaller was the key to catching them.

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Sep 26, 2016
by: Terry Farmer

Great job Rob. Comanche Creek is indeed a stealth challenger and you prevailed. Those cuts are beautiful.

Sep 26, 2016
Pictures only tell a part
by: Rob

The pics can't illustrate the frustration when I first looked at the creek. I couldn't believe the fish would be in such skinny water. Then I began spooking fish left and right! I had to step back, relax and reflect on what I learned from my days in the military........high crawl/low crawl. Once I caught the first fish, I stuck to the same approach method.

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