Kelly Shannon

While fishing on the Pecos River, my guide Norman took me to one of the private stretches of river to which he has access. The same storm that had done so much damage in the Boulder area of [...]

Norman Maktima

Nick Streit from the Taos Fly Shop recommended two guides for the Pecos River – Norman Maktima and Toner Mitchell. I just so happened to call Norman first and he was available, for which I [...]

The Pecos River

Like the Cimarron, I didn’t think I was going to have the opportunity to fish the Pecos River east of Santa Fe for the same reasons I’ve been talking about – flows too low, [...]

Back to the Tailwaters

Nick Streit (Taos Fly Shop) and I headed west from Taos on a beautiful day in November dodging the cold weather bullet that had been launched earlier in the week. The mountains were covered with [...]


I have heard a lot about the strike of a pike on your fly and carp are just enormous fish. When Nick offered to take me Pike and Carp hunting, I jumped on it. (Remember, I have said numerous [...]


The fishing had been decent in the morning on the day we fished the Cimarron, but with a belly full of elk sausage for lunch, I just knew the afternoon was going to get better. Nick and I drove [...]

On Again, Off Again

When I arrived in New Mexico the Cimarron was not flowing – “0” cfs (cubic feet/second.) I spoke with my river guide, Nick Streit from Taos Fly Shop, and we scrambled to find [...]

River of Contrasts

I gaped at the Red River, a mere 800 feet down from the rim at 7,000 feet, wondering if I could keep up with my 30-something year old guide. Fortunately the trail had a series of switchbacks that [...]

Lots of Lifetimes

Taos, NM.  I hiked down to the Rio Grande Gorge once before when my husband and I first started dating, but that was over a decade ago. As I approached it this time, the task looked a lot harder [...]