The Marujo family, of Alburquerque, joined us on April 19th for the New Wave No Wave float trip, in the Orilla Verde (Green Banks) section of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

Marujo family, 4/19/14

Marujo family, 4/19/14

 

In conjunction with our partners at Santa Fe Mountain Adventures, we launched our 2014 season-opener this morning (the full-day Rio Grande Gorge trip) , with the Midgen family of California. This trip starts in the Orilla Verde section of the newly-declared Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, passes through the little village of Pilar and finishes with the Racecourse rapids. Their guide today is Britt Runyon. The high temp today will be 75 degrees, with water temp of 57 degrees. What a beautiful day!

Midgen family, 4/18/14

Midgen family, 4/18/14

Midgen family, 4/18/14

Midgen family, 4/18/14

 

Spring is springing along the Rio Grande. The wintering bald eagles must have heard the predictions for an early Spring, because they up and left in the first half of March. The other winter residents – the golden-eye ducks – left shortly thereafter. The mallards and Canada geese appear to have become non-migratory year-round residents. Mergansers are now showing up, and I spotted a pied-billed grebe that I have not seen here before. I heard a peep behind me, and turned to see the bird swimming between myself and the shore. A day later, while standing on the shoreline, an otter popped up 30 feet away and went back under immediately, but we (myself and friend John Lopez) saw the otter swim across the river not far downstream. Yesterday I saw the first golden eagle, having seen a prairie falcon circling around the cliffs earlier. There is a fairly tame pair of western bluebirds now hanging out at the Rio Bravo CG in Orilla Verde, along with a downy woodpecker and other songbirds. I believe the bluebirds will soon continue to the north. Two days ago I saw the arrival of the first broad-tailed hummingbird, which caused me to run into the house and ready the feeders. Today a black-chinned hummingbird showed up at the feeders. Other songbirds now around are dark-eyed juncos, white-crowned sparrows, Say’s phoebes, yellow-rumped warblers,  canyon towhees, and I expect some grosbeaks and western tanagers soon:

Western bluebird
Western bluebird
Yellow-rumped warbler
Yellow-rumped warbler
Yellow-rumped warbler
Yellow-rumped warbler
Yellow-rumped warbler
Yellow-rumped warbler
Sparrow - what kind?
House Finch
Sparrow - what kind?
House Finch

 

Black-chinned hummingbird
Black-chinned hummingbird
Dark-eyed junco
Dark-eyed junco
White-crowned sparrow
White-crowned sparrow
White-crowned sparrow
White-crowned sparrow

The water temp in the Rio Grande is now around 55 degrees, and mayflies and caddis flies are showing up – but not yet in sufficient numbers to constitute a “hatch” that brings trout to the surface, to feed in wild abandon. So, while I await such an event, I’ve had to resort to fishing nymphs. I’ve caught a few brown trout on a large, heavily-weighted olive Double-hackle peacock. Here’s a couple of those fish:

Hefty brown trout
Hefty brown trout

 

Brown trout
Brown trout

Otherwise, we start rafting on the 18th!!

We have a single Forsythia bush at our place, right besides the gate. It’s begun blooming, signaling the start of Spring. Our rafting season starts April 19.

Forsythia

Forsythia

 

Another New Wave Rafting Co season under our belts … 33 summers of running the Rio Grande and Rio Chama! And … there is an El Nino predicted for this winter, with above average snowfall. Call us in late winter to find out about the snowpack, and book your Taos Box trip. Talk to you then.

Also, check on this blog during the winter, since we post all the time. You never know what you’re going to see!

The Taos Box

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The  monsoon season in New Mexico is causing the Rio Grande river to rise! It’s now above 300 cfs (cubic feet per second), and looks to keep rising, as it continues to rain in Colorado and New Mexico. We’ve seen the Rio Grande quadruple in volume in past years. Come on out!

Owner of New Wave Rafting Co. Steve Miller (along with his wife Kathy), has just published the 2nd edition of his photo book on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. Here is the announcement:

Announcing the publication of “The Grand, The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, a Photo Journey and Visual Guide, 2nd edition”. This is the 2nd edition of a now out-of-print photographic book. This 2nd edition is an iBook, currently viewable on an iPad. It will be viewable on a Mac when the new OS – “Maverick”, is released. It covers the entire Colorado River trip, from Lees Ferry to South Cove on Lake Mead, 297 miles in all. It is 354 pgs. in length, has over 900 photos, an introductory video by Britt Runyon and many interactive features. It costs $5.99. Here is the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1

Also, a DVD version of this book is available, directly from the author. It’s cost is $12pp. For credit card purchase, call Steve Miller at: 505-579-0075. Or, send check or cash to POB 70, Embudo, NM 87531

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a photo from “The Grand”

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Welcome to New Mexico! Which do you like more – the red or the green (chile, that is)?

New Mexico is indeed an enchanted place. Come see for yourself, and take a raft trip on the Rio Grande with New Wave Rafting Co. while you’re here. You can’t beat Taos, and Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

The Rio Grande river is warming up, now over 70 degrees. The brown trout seem to be sulking … but the bass are now getting more active. And they are taking my dry flies – those that imitate grasshoppers or other “terrestrials”. Inch for inch, bass fight better than trout, because they’re bulkier. A 12″ bass will give you a good fight. And they jump, too.BassPMXP1010197

 

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“Hi there, Thanks for your note.  The family and I had a GREAT time – one of the highlights of our vacation. All because of the great organisation and service that your people provide.  We were very, very impressed with Orlando, our guide for the day. Please send our best wishes and please let him know that he provided my family and I with a holiday that we will remember as a family, literally, forever.  Thank you.  Charlie, Stacey, Morgan, Zoe and Joel Weiser (Sydney, Australia).”

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