For Father’s Day this year my wonderful wife surprised me with a guided fly fishing trip! The guide, Spencer Seim of ZiaFly.com, turned out to be just perfect; he is a Lubbock born kid who has lived in the northern NM area of Taos for many years and an expert accomplished at guiding all skill levels. I’m a (very) amateur fly fisherman – he was able to have me catch more fish in a single day than all of my previous outings combined, I left the stream feeling tons better about understanding trout and how to coax them up from the stream.
We left Lubbock on a Thursday evening and headed to Taos, Nm. for the weekend, we went with a wonderful set of friends who have a daughter about the same age as Oliver and spent the weekend relaxing in Taos and fishing in southern Colorado. The house we stayed in was north of Aroyo Seco with a view overlooking Taos, we enjoyed both cooking good food at the house and enjoyed dining at some local places in Taos.
On the day of our guided trip Ryan and I head out early to meet our guide in Taos and drive into Colorado to fish a private stream called Culebra Creek outside of Chama Co., the weather was overcast and the temps were mild, perfect for being out all day.
The fishing was spectacular, Spencer brought along a guide-in-training so Ryan and I both ended up with individual guides for the day. We caught some spectacular Brook char, Cutthroat trout, Rainbows, and Cuttbows. All the fishing was catch and release.
After returning home we had to make a trip to the dentist as Catalina had taken a spill on some stairs at the guest house in Toas and damaged one or her central incisors. She handled the injury with aplomb.
Because all the fishing was catch and release and I had a large hankering to eat some fish I decided to hit up Market Street after we got back home and grill some rainbow trout.