Podcast: The Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout of New Mexico


[Interview starts at 37:18]

This week, we are talking about native trout, specifically the Rio Grande cutthroat of New Mexico. It’s a story of two communities–one a small New Mexico town and the other the Taos Pueblo tribe–told by Toner Mitchell of Trout Unlimited, and Talisa Puentes Ortega, a biologist who worked on the project with the Taos Pueblo.

In the Fly Box, we have lots of questions, as usual, including:

  • Can I use Dragon Tails for trout spey?
  • Can I use scaled-down versions of classic salmon and steelhead for trout?
  • Can I fix a cut in my 5-weight line?
  • Do you ever wish you could go back in time and fish a particular river?
  • Why do people often recommend different flies for tailwaters as opposed to freestone rivers?
  • How should I rinse my Clearwater reel after fishing in salt water?
  • Do creek chubs in a river indicate the absence of trout?
  • Should I boil my leaders to straighten them?
  • My buddy and I caught nice bass on small nymphs while fishing for sunfish.  Is this a fluke?
  • What are your recommendations for wet-wading gear?
  • I bought a hen cape and realize it’s not good for dry flies.  What can I use it for?
  • What rod should I get for going after carp, smallmouths, steelhead, and Pacific salmon?

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Talisa Puentes Ortega (left) and Toner Mitchell.

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