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FlyFishNM Welcomes You

Providing NM Youth With Fly Fishing Opportunities

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FlyFishNM at a Glance

             At Fly Fish NM we know that the future of our great State lies with our youth.  Fly Fish NM is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit charity created to provide Fly Fishing opportunities for NM youth who would otherwise not be able to participate in this unique and exciting fishing experience due to economic inability, or limited access to the outdoors.  

          Our goal is to teach our youth the importance of preserving the environment and our limited natural resources, the basics of fly fishing, how to identify fish species, the importance of conserving fish habitats, and how to identify insects and aquatic bugs that make up a fish's diet.

        Preserving New Mexico's beautiful streams and lakes for future generations is necessary. We wish to instill an attitude of respect for the natural beauty of our State and its limited resources. Each participant will earn a free fly rod kit. In order to be true to our mission of preserving the fishing habitat, each participant is required to spend a few minutes in habitat clean up.  Once they turn in their trash bag, they sign in and a complete fly rod kit is handed to them. It is theirs to keep and Instruction takes place thereafter.

        Conservation and Preservation begins by exposing New Mexico's youth to the natural beauty of New Mexico's rivers, streams and lakes, and developing the attitude of preserving that beauty. 

    

     

  NOLS WILDERNESS FIRST AID CERTIFIED

   

 

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS & GRATITUDE TO THE FOLLOWING SUPPORTERS IN 2023-2024 FOR THEIR CONFIDENCE IN US AND OUR MISSION:

- THE ESTATE OF RONALD W. WAITZ, & ELIZABETH HURST WAITZ

-NEW MEXICO OUTDOOR RECREATION DIVISION

- SANTA FE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

- TAOS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

- BRABSON FAMILY FOUNDATION

- TOGETHER OUTDOORS, A DIVISION  OF THE OUTDOOR RECREATION ROUNDTABLE

- CABELA'S / BASS PRO SHOPS

- GREATER HOUSTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION - MR. DYLAY RYBACKI

- SANTA FE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION  - CELIA LIPTON FARRIS & VICTOR W. FARRIS FOUNDATION

- ORLANDO TORRES & FAMILY

- PABLO & BRENDA GARCIA

- GO FUND ME DONORS

WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND CONFIDENCE IN OUR MISSION.

 

 

Donors can deduct 100% of their contributions under IRC Section 170. Your contributions are appreciated.

PLEASE SEND YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS TO:

 FlyFishNM

1317 6th Street NW

 Albuquerque, NM 87102

 

or

GO FUND ME LINK: gofund.me/e5e611bd

2024 FLY FISHING CAMP SCHEDULE COMING SOON!

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SANTA FE YOUTH
 
Fly Fish NM hosted a small group of Santa Fe Youth at Monastery Lake on July 1, 2023. These two were very enthusiastic and eager to fish.
Youth fly fishing is an excellent way to introduce young people to the world of fly fishing. Not only does it provide an opportunity to get outdoors and explore nature, but it also encourages an appreciation for the environment and the importance of habitat cleanup. Fly fishing is a great way to teach children about ecology, conservation, and stewardship. Kids can learn how to identify fish, how to tie flies, and the basics of aquatic life. It's also a great way to introduce them to the joys of the sport. Fly fishing instills a sense of respect for nature, while also providing fun and adventure.

NATURE NINOS
in conjunction with
New Mexico Wilderness Society
JULY 22, 2023

FENTON LAKE STATE PARK

Fly Fish NM teamed up with The New Mexico Wilderness Society & Nature Ninos 

Fly Fish NM teamed up with the New Mexico Wilderness Society and Nature Ninos at Fenton Lake State Park to promote fly fishing, and environmental awareness. Our mutual goal is to ensure that all youth have access to the outdoors and that our waters and wilderness areas remain healthy and vibrant for future generations to enjoy. We help teach youth anglers the skills they need to be good stewards of the outdoors and how to be successful anglers. Prior to a fly fishing session, we have the youth participate in a clean-up event in order to  raise awareness about the importance of caring for our environment and fragile fishing habitats. By working together, we can protect and conserve our precious natural resources for generations to come.

June 24, 2023
Morphy Lake

Mora / San Miguel Youth 

The Mora County Youth Committee assembled a large group of mostly home-schooled youth from Mora and San Miguel Counties for another beautiful day at Morphy Lake.  The Weather was great and with the help of parents, instruction went quickly and youth participants were able to practice their skills on the calm lake early Saturday morning.  
 
Special thanks to Ruthann and Mr. Griego, the Mora County Youth Committee and all parents who assisted and took pictures. Thanks also to Fly Fish NM Staff Caden Ortiz and Denise Pyle-Ortiz.

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June 22, 2023
Monastery Lake, Pecos, NM 

Santa Fe Boys & Girls Club

A wonderful group of youth from the Santa Fe area got together at Monastery Lake to enjoy a day of Fly Fishing.  Monastery Lake is owned by the Benedictine Monastery and is leased by the New Mexico Game & Fish to allow for public assess through the Open Gate program. Monastery Lake is  just 1 mile north of the town of Pecos.

The Santa Fe Boys and Girls Club was well organized and the youth participants were eager to learn how to assemble their fly rods and how to cast. Tying on an artificial fly proved to be the biggest challenge. One young lady caught her first fish the first time she ever fished.  It was a great day with a great crowd.

Special thanks to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Fe / Del Norte - Crystal Sandoval (Director), and dedicated Staff - Augustine Ortiz, Malachi Prevatt, Layla Peters, and Maria Rosales.  Thanks also to Fly Fish NM Staff Caden Ortiz and Denise Pyle-Ortiz.

Mora Youth
June 10, 2023
Morphy Lake State Park

Our first Fly Fishing Camp this summer took Place on Saturday June 10 at Morphy Lake State Park. Morphy Lake is nestled in the Santa Fe National Forest and just south of Mora, New Mexico. It was a beautiful day and the weather was perfect. Youth participants between the ages of 6-16 learned the basics of fly-fishing and enjoyed a beautiful day honing their skills on Morphy Lake.

Our Volunteers are special. Thank you Ruth Ann Griego, Angelica Velasquez, State Park Ranger Donovan Velasquez, Caden Ortiz, Curtis Ortiz, Denise Pyle-Ortiz and all parents in attendance.

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Activities & Calendar

Fly Fishing Opportunities For Youth and Conservation of Fly Fishing Habitats

2023 Fly Fishing Day Camps

June 10, 2023 - Mora County Youth Creative Council - Morphy Lake

June 22, 2023 - Santa Fe Boys and GirlsClub - Pecos

June 24, 2023- Mora County Youth Creative Council - Morphy Lake State Park

July 15, 2023  - Taos  / Colfax Youth 

July 20, 2023 -  Nature Ninos  NM (NM Wildlife Federation) - Fenton Lake 

Prior Seminars:

Fly Fish NM has teamed up in the past with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central NM, the Espanloa Teen YMCA and the Mora County Youth Creative Council.

 

If you have a Youth Group who may be interested please call (505) 615-2844

HOW THIS WORKS: All fly fishing camps are one-day camps. 

Our Goal is inclusion, and making outdoor activities accessible to New Mexico Youth.  

Caring for our great outdoors is important, so each participant starts off by cleaning trash from the fishing habitat and area. Clean Air, Land, and Water are vital to our sport.

Each participant will receive a complete fly rod and reel combo kit to keep.  Participants are instructed on fishing rules, how to set up their gear, casting techniques, how to tie on a fly, habitat preservation and good stewardship for the outdoors.  Fishing begins thereafter.

OUR VOLUNTEERS MAKE OUR COMMUNITY SPECIAL!

Special thanks to Sebastian Martinez and Chad Smith from Big Brothers Big Sisters (Albuquerque) & Thanks to Greg Reynolds from the U.S. Forest Service.

Thanks to all our volunteers:  Mario Atencio, Greg Richardson, Shawn Canada, Curtis Ortiz, John Lucero, Caden Ortiz, Denise Ortiz, Hyangmi Yi & Dennis Segura (NM Game & Fish). 

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PAST SPONSORS & DONORS - YOU MAKE THINGS HAPPEN!

NEW  MEXICO OUTDOOR EQUITY FUND

BASS PRO SHOPS AND CABELA'S OUTDOOR FUND

MAXCATCH Fly Fishing Rods

New Mexico Game & Fish Department

Gil Garcia - Realtor: (505) 263-3439

We Are Grateful to All of You For Supporting NM Youth

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Get in touch today and get involved with our cause. Your Donations are appreciated.  Each participant will get to keep their equipment free of charge - giving them the ability to have years of fishing memories.

Thank You 

Activities

Fly Fishing Opportunities For Youth and Conservation of Fly Fishing Habitats

Fly Fish NM & the Espanola YMCA Teen Center teamed up on August 8, 2021 for a fly fishing outing at the El Vado Ranch along the Chama River. The diverse group included participants from Mesa Vista High School, Espanola High School, McCurdy High School, Pojoaque High School, Carlos Vigil Mid-School and Victory Faith School.  

The seminar took place along the beautiful Chama River. The participants were eager to get started.  Upon arriving at the El Vado Ranch, participants cleaned the riverbank and fishing habitat of all trash as part of their commitment to preserve this beautiful fishing habitat. Once they turned in their trash bag, each participant received a complete fly fishing rod and reel combo kit to keep for future fishing adventures.  

As with all groups, general fishing rules were discussed and a New Mexico Game & Fish Proclamation rule book was given to each participant.  The group, along with their mentors from the YMCA were then instructed on equipment set-up, casting techniques, and how to tie on a fly with a special knot  

Murky water made for tough fishing.  

OUR NEXT OUTING:

DONORS LIKE YOU make these events possible.  Each participant is provided with their own fly rod, reel, fly box, and other equipment  to keep - so they can enjoy the wonderful sport of fly fishing for years to come.  

We hope you will consider a donation to this cause.  Let's get our children outdoors!  

DONORS AND VOLUNTEERS MAKE THESE EVENTS SPECIAL

Special thanks to Espanola YMCA Director Ben Sandoval and the YMCA staff, Cynthia Martinez, Renee Sandoval, Jonathan Enriquez Madrid, and Game & Fish Officer Lonie Morales.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS & THOSE WHO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN

NEW  MEXICO OUTDOOR EQUITY FUND

BASS PRO SHOPS AND CABELA'S OUTDOOR FUND

MAXCATCH Fly Fishing Rods

New Mexico Game & Fish Department

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico

Espanola YMCA Teen Center

Gil Garcia - Realtor: (505) 263-3439

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Get in touch today and get involved with our cause. Your Donations are appreciated.  Each participant will get to keep their equipment free of charge - giving them the ability to have years of fishing memories.

Thank You 

“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope”

Martin Luther

Activities

Fly Fishing Opportunities For Youth and Conservation of Fly Fishing Habitats

Fly Fish NM & the MORA CREATIVE COUNCIL YOUTH COMMITTEE (MCCYC) teamed up for a Fly Fishing Summer Camp on July 21, 2002 at Coyote Creek State Park in Beautiful Northern New Mexico. This resilient group of youth and their mentors and parents had to endure the turmoil and devastation caused by the Hermits Peak Fire, and this seminar and this fly fishing camp was a welcome distraction from the devastation that surrounds them.

This diverse and eager group of 20 youth were ready to learn.  The group included youth ranging from ages 6-18 and included participants from Mora High School, Mora Middle School, West Las Vegas High School, Home Schooling, Mora Elementary School, Memorial Middle School and Sierra Vista School.   

The seminar took place along the beautiful Coyote Creek Stream.  The stream was running, but due to the abundant moisture in this area, it was fully overgrown with vegetation and unaccessible.  Participants selected a different fishing location, but that was hampered by a rain burst that ended the day.

 

The participants were attentive to instruction and left with their own fly rod combo, tippet spool, strike indicator, and a box of Trout flies that mimic bugs in the area. Participants cleaned the riverbank and fishing habitat of all trash as part of their commitment to preserve this beautiful fishing habitat. Once they turned in their bag of trash, each participant received a complete fly fishing rod and reel combo kit to keep for future fishing adventures.  

As with all groups, general fishing rules were discussed and the participants were advised to go to The New Mexico Game & Fish Website in order to access the on-line fishing proclamation and Rules.

As part of their instruction, participants were instructed on equipment set-up, casting techniques, and how to tie on a fly with a special knot.

The August 3, 2022 fly fishing camp was coordinated by Debbie Pike of the Federal Wildlife Service in conjunction with the MCYCC and Fly Fish NM.  Eighteen (18) youth participated in this event.  After instruction, the group traveled to a pond just North of the Coyote Creek State park to practice their skills.  Several participants caught fish and released them.

SPECIAL THANKS GO OUT THE MORA CREATIVE COUNCIL YOUTH COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Tina Burton-Crunk

Shaelyn Muldoon

Suzanne DeVos-Cole

Ruth Ann Griego

Rachel Martinez

Debbie Pike ( Federal Wildlife Service)

Mora Valley Ranch Supply &  Angela Jaramillo (provided fishing licenses for participants)

  

OUR NEXT OUTING DEPENDS ON DONORS LIKE YOU

Without your help, these events are not possible.

 Each participant is provided with their own fly rod, reel, fly box, and other equipment  to keep - so they can enjoy the wonderful sport of fly fishing for years to come.  

We hope you will consider a donation to this cause.  Let's get our children outdoors!  

DONORS AND VOLUNTEERS MAKE THESE EVENTS SPECIAL

Special thanks to all those who care about New Mexico's Youth and the great outdoors. 

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS & THOSE WHO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN

NEW  MEXICO OUTDOOR EQUITY FUND

BASS PRO SHOPS AND CABELA'S OUTDOOR FUND

MAXCATCH Fly Fishing Rods

New Mexico Game & Fish Department

Mora Creative Council Youth Committee (MCCYC)

Gil Garcia - Realtor: (505) 263-3439

The Law Office of Andrew P. Ortiz, PC (505-242-1195)


MAIL DONATIONS TO: FLY FISH NM, 1317 6th STREET NW, ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87102

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Thank you for visiting this site

Exciting News: Fly Fish NM was featured in the Outdoor "GO" section of the Albuquerque Journal on November 3, 2022, Page A-11 

We are serious about New Mexico Youth. Recent Grants : Grant from Together Outdoors, a Division of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable & Santa Fe Community Foundation Donor Advised Grant from the Celia Lipton Farris & Victor W, Farris Foundation Fund.

Contact FlyFishNM

Please send tax-deductible donations to:
Fly Fish NM
1317 6th Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

(505) 615-2844 (Andrew Ortiz, Director)

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Will you help Support NM Youth? Contact us at Flyfishnmfun@gmail.com

or send your support to

1317 6th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

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