2017 Season Opener

2017 Season Opener.

With the river running at 700 cfs, we had 11 guests do the PM Racecourse with us on April 11.

The Pittman party (Britt Runyon photo)

A Pittman (Britt Runyon photo)

As regards the coming run-off on the Rio Grande, the snowpack is now at 135% of average, with the peak flows projected to be between 4000 and 8000 cfs! This run-off situation is being compared to that of 1985, which was huge. The peak will probably occur in the first week of June, so you high water addicts should start booking those dates. They will go fast, once the word is out.

The Rio Chama will also have high water, with 135% of average snowpack.

Meanwhile, the Racecourse becomes Class 4 at the higher flows, and may be considered as hard or harder than the Taos Box at max flows. This will require that we raise the minimum age of children on that run, as the water rises. Please inquire!

Mile-long Rapid on the Racecourse section, at high water (Class 4)

 

 

Bighorn Sheep of the Taos Box

Bighorn Sheep of the Taos Box. We were having our lavish all-you-can-eat lunch buffet on the Ouzel Rapid Beach, when down from the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge came 5 Bighorn Sheep Rams. I know of 3 such “Bachelor Groups” in the Taos Box, 2 on the East side of the Rio Grande river and 1 on the West side.

 The below images are of the West Rim Bachelor Group. The ram count on this day was ten (some not pictured).

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Rainbow Trout Ranch on the Racecourse

The Rainbow Trout Ranch is located in southern Colorado, not far from the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM. We take their guests on a Racecourse raft trip once a week in the summer. These are photos of their staff getting an orientation trip, before they send their guests down.

On the Racecourse run on the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM, with guide Adrian

On the Racecourse run, with guide Adrian

On the Racecourse run on the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

Smiling faces

On the Racecourse run on the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

A raft and funyaks

On the Racecourse run on the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM, with guide Adrian

A big wave at Sleeping Beauty

On the Racecourse run on the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

Guide Joe, with the funny hat

On the Racecourse run on the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

Bouncing around in a raft and funyaks

On the Racecourse run on the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM, with rafts and funyaks

That’s the Toilet Bowl, in Big Rocks rapid, behind the funyaker

Rio Grande river trips, 4-24-14

We had all foreign guests today – a French couple and an English family. The Armstrong family, from England, did the Racecourse rapids in the afternoon, joining Dominique and Olivier, who were doing the full-day Rio Grande Gorge trip. Britt Runyon was their guide. The river is running 565 cfs today, and it’s warm. A beautiful day to go rafting on the Rio Grande river!

On the Racecourse run of the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

On the left, the Armstrong family. On the right: Dominique and Olivier. Behind, guide Britt Runyon

On the Racecourse run of the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

From left to right: Britt (guide), Dominique, Olivier

 

Water rises on the Rio Grande river

The Racecourse run, on the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

A gaggle of funyakers?

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!

Rio Grande River Fishing Report

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!

 

Smallmouth bass caught on a dry fly, in the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

Smallmouth bass caught on a dry fly