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Old 07-04-2012, 03:23 PM
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Default Lake Sumner NM Tailwaters

Just wondering, but due to my location there are just not a lot of fishing places close to me. The only place is really Lake Sumner and its tailwater. My question is has anyone fished the Sumner tailwater? If so what kind of fish are there and anyone have any recommendations on flies or spots?
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:51 PM
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Default Re: Lake Sumner NM Tailwaters

This probably isn't helpful, as I have never fished that area, but you are seven hours ways from the finest trout water in the western united states, in my opinion. The san juan river below navajo lake has giant rainbows and browns. I know its pretty far away but I travel 9 hours to get there at least threee times a year.
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yeah I know the san juan, but being military i have to take leave if i go further that 5 hours since I'm out of the recall area... thats why I'm looking for something close before I start losing my mind.
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Default Re: Lake Sumner NM Tailwaters

I'm sure you've already researched this but you have some decent fishing water within 4 hrs in the Santa Fe/Las Vegas areas, largely smaller rivers and streams with small fish but the area is just beautiful.....certainly beats the heck out of Sumner on all levels!

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Also, Ruidoso is ca. 3 hrs from you. I haven't been to the Ruidoso area since early last summer but it was a little hit and miss due to the drought but I'd say there is usually some fishable water despite the dry conditions.

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Good luck and hopefully some of the NM guys will chime in with some better info.


***Edit*** just realized that you may be limited by 5 hr. round trip. if that's the case you might be out of luck.....

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no its a 5 hour circle, I've been up to the Pecos river and done fairly well up there. But I never thought about riodoso. thanks now I have a little more direction to go on.
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Flat and windy, Billy the Kid era. Loved it. Majestic historic area. Never fished it, but it was a great place to experience.
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I'm new to this board and saw your post. My son will be stationed at Cannon this September. He is at Sheppard right now, finishing his school. He loves the AF and is looking forward to a permanent base assignment. He has been asking me to check on fishing opportunities around the area, and I'm sure he'd like to have someone to go with. If you are interested I could hook you up.
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I lived in Clovis for 5 years. I went to Cimmaron Canyon and Red River a couple of times... and did OK. They're within 5 hours if I remember. The San Juan was awesome... if you can...
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Default Re: Lake Sumner NM Tailwaters

Kind of in no fly fishing zone in Clovis!!....cut across and hit the Cimarron, Red River, and maybe Rio Costilla....better than the San Juan...Size is fine, but having to see a thousand people while I fish is down right wrong in my opinion!
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