The Valle Vidal – The Big Picture

So what precisely is the Valle Vidal? Translated “The Valley of Life, ” and named after a really spectacular valley that splits the 100,000-acre unit of the Carson Nationwide Forest like a seam, the park was a present to the general public by the Pennzoil Firm. Previously, part of the Vermejo Park, this donation was the only largest and most useful donation of personal land ever transferred to the Forest Service.

At the moment, the Valle Vidal has develop into a sanctuary for outside recreation, searching and fishing fanatics. It’s particular place, cherished by the locals and entrusted by all. Annually greater than three,000 Boy Scouts discover excessive journey within the alpine mountains.

The Valle Vidal is house to many Recreation species, together with Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, black bear, and recreation fish, which embrace rainbow trout, brown trout, Rio Grande cutthroat trout and rainbow hybridization, often known as the “cut-bow.”

RIO GRANDE CUTTHROAT TROUT

Rio Grande cutthroat are vibrantly coloured averaging 7-12 inches. They’re referred to as cutthroats as a result of they’ve blood pink slashes under their head. They’re native to Costilla Creek and a real fly-fisherman’s problem to catch. The Rio Grande cutthroat trout is New Mexico’s official state fish.

CAMPING

Your only option is to remain on the McCrystal Creek campground situated off Forest Rd. 1950, 30 miles south of Amalia. The 60-site campground is about at an elevation of Eight,100 ft, and is the mannequin Forest Service campground. The views are spectacular, overlooking 9,000 foot peaks and a pine outlined meadows. Campsites have hearth rings, picnic tables and plenty of area. Campers typically have their horses tied to surrounding timber as they relaxation from lengthy treks by way of the mountains and valleys.

The second choice is to remain within the Cimarron campground, which has 32 websites, situated by way of Forest Rd. 1950 to Forest Rd. 1910, which ends in camp.

Reservations usually are not required, however could also be made by contacting the Questa Ranger District, (505) 586-0520.

WHERE TO FISH

Shuree Ponds: Situated off Forest Rd. 1950, Shuree Ponds are situated proper in the midst of the Valle Vidal. The 2 ponds are the one our bodies of water that maintain “catch-able” recreation fish. Fishermen are restricted to 2 trout, at the very least 15 inches lengthy and should additionally obey the substitute flies or lures with single, barbless hooks regulation that’s enforced all through the Valle Vidal. The New Mexico Division of Recreation and Fish shares 12-16 inch rainbows recurrently through the summer time. Of the 2 ponds, the smaller one is reserved for teenagers age 12 and underneath and might be simply fished from the banks. The second pond is far bigger, roughly 5 acres, and is extra generally fished utilizing a float tube.

Costilla Creek: With Rio Grande Cutthroats averaging Eight-12 inches, this river is the primary fishery and winds by means of vast mountain meadows. Forged dry flies upstream to the heads and tails of swimming pools. Attempt flipping your fly beneath the sides of the financial institution and permit you fly to drift downstream.

Comanche Creek: One of many branches off Costilla Creek, fishing methods are just like these utilized in Costilla Creek. Attempt casting 5 to 10 yard off the financial institution into the far financial institution and search for shaded nonetheless swimming pools.

Ponil Creek: The creek feeds and relives the Shuree Ponds. Trout steadily hand around in the water each above and under the ponds.

REGULATIONS

The Valle Vidal is open for fishing July 1 by way of December 31. Spring Closure within the west aspect of the Valle Vidal Unit is from Might 1, – June 30, Winter Closure on the East aspect of Valle Vidal is from January 1, – March 31st. Starting 2.four miles downstream at Latir Creek, and all through the Valle Vidal Unit, all streams and ponds are topic to particular fishing laws. In different phrases, it is catch and launch utilizing synthetic flies or lures with single, barbless hooks.

RCCLA WATERS

Rio Costilla from the Valle Vidal boundary (2.four miles downstream to Latir Creek)

BAIT: Synthetic flies or lures with single, barbless hooks

BAG: Catch and launch solely, no trout in possession

SPEICES OF GAME FISH: Rio Grande Cutthroats and hybrid Rio Grande Cutthroats/Rainbows referred to as cut-bows

FEES: Lower than $10 per day, per individual

CONTACT: (800) 746-7275

ALL STREAMS

BAIT: Synthetic flies or lures with single, barbless hooks

BAG: Catch and launch solely, no trout in possession

SPEICES OF GAME FISH: Rio Grande Cutthroats and hybrid Rio Grande Cutthroats/Rainbows referred to as cut-bows

SHUREE PONDS

BAIT: Synthetic flies or lures with single, barbless hooks.

BAG: 2 trout, at the very least 15 inches lengthy

SPEICES OF GAME FISH: Rainbows

HATCHES: Mayflies, caddis, stoneflies are predominant all through the summer time months. Grasshoppers and different terrestrials are wealthy on the tail of summer time by means of early fall.

THE FLY BOX

The most typical patterns used on Costilla Creek are shiny, stimulators trailed by colourful elk hair caddis. The only option in droppers is Hare’s ears, Copper Johns, Prince Nymphs and Pheasant tails 18″ under a easy adhesive strike indicator. Flies you will discover within the execs field embrace:

· Parachute Adams (14-18)

· Elk-hair Caddis (12-18)

· Royal Wulff, (12-18)

· Grey Wulff (12-18)

· Yellow stimulator (12-16)

· Yellow Sallies (16-20)

· PMD (16-18)

· Royal Trude (14-16)

· Rio Grande King (12-16)

· Dave’s Hopper, inexperienced, (10)

· Generic Nymphs (14-18)

· Hare’s Ear (14-18)

· Prince Nymph (14-18)

· Pheasant Tail (14-18)

· Zug Bug (14-18)

· Stonefly Nymphs (14-18)

· Copper Johns (14-20)

ONE-DAY GEAR LIST

– Present NM Fishing License with Habitat Stamp & Habitat Administration – – – Entry Validation

– Fly-Rod (5-6)

– Synthetic flies or lures with single, barbless hooks

– Chief (5X – 7X) 7.5′-9′

– Tippet (5X – 7X)

– Clippers/Nippers

– Micro Pliers

– Rain Gear

– Waders (Non-compulsory)

– Water

– Meals

– Sunscreen

– Hat

GUIDE SERVICES

Streit Fly Fishing – Taylor Streit is a Fishing Corridor of Fame information, inducted in 2001, he has caught greater than his justifiable share of cutthroats, browns and rainbows within the space.

P.O. Field 2759, Taos, New Mexico 87571

Telephone: (505) 741-0202

E mail: guides@streitflyfishing.com

streitflyfishing.com

Los Rios Anglers – Providing guiding providers for greater than 20 years, Los Rios Anglers provides the chance to fish with IGFA Fly Fishing World Document holder, John Rainey.

126 W. Plaza Dr., Taos, New Mexico, 87571

Telephone: (505) 758-2798 or (800) 748-1707

E-mail: fish@losrios.com

losrios.com

LOCAL FLY SHOPS

Taos Fly Store – A full service store, providing rods, reels, waders, flies, educational books, clothes, equipment and extra.

308 B. Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, New Mexico, 87571

Telephone: (505) 751-1312

taosflyship.com

Los Rios Anglers – A full service store, providing rods, reels, waders, flies, educational books, clothes, equipment and extra.126 W. Plaza Dr., Taos, New Mexico, 87571

Telephone: (505) 758-2798 or (800) 748-1707

losrios.com

GETTING THERE

Instructions: Take freeway 522 north to Costilla to freeway 196 alongside Costilla Creek to the Valle Vidal. See map, http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/carson/recreation/travel_mgmt/maps/d7.pdf



Source by Lance Cherry