Learn To Fly Fish With UNM-LA Community Education

The San Juan River below the Navajo Dam is a great spot to test the new skills learned in UNM-LA Community Education’s fly fishing class coming up Oct. 3. Courtesy/iStock

UNM-LA News:

Learn to catch that trophy trout with a theoretical classroom session and two field trips with UNM-LA Community Education’s popular fall fly fishing class.

The San Juan River in northern New Mexico is world renowned for big trout and a great place to practice casting and catching. Students should note that it was not affected by the Gold King Mine spill.

“The world class trout fishing in the San Juan River is still as good as it always has been—the mine spill occurred downstream and didn’t affect the Special Trout Waters below Navajo Dam,” instructor Thomas Peña. said. “The Animas River that the mine spill flowed into, makes confluence with the San Juan downstream from the town of Farmington and flows out of the state of New Mexico.”

With more than 20 years of teaching experience, instructor Thomas Peña will share his passion for fishing with the class over two weekends starting with the theoretical session 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, on the UNM-LA campus. The cost is $125.

Students will then take what they learned in the classroom and put it into practice on the water 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, and then again 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11. Camping is available at developed campgroundsites with no electricity as well as sites with electricity and water. Rental equipment is available from the instructor.

“Not only is this class a great opportunity to learn a new skill, but you never know, you might just make a few new friends that share common interest,” said Lisa Caldwell, UNM-LA Community Education Program coordinator.

For more information about this class, contact UNM-LA Community Education at 505.662.0346, or by emailcommed@unm.edu. Registration is available online by visiting http://losalamos.unm.edu/community-education/experience-new-mexico.html.

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