Fly Fishing Weekend

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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-JB-

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