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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