Rio Santa Barbara, 9-11-18

Trying to make a living on the river, during the worst drought on record, conspired to keep Kathy and me out of the mountains all summer. But September finally arrived, and we closed up shop after the conclusion of the Labor Day weekend.

From where we live, in Embudo (NM), the closest access to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is the Rio Santa Barbara, which drains to the north off the slopes of North Truchas and Chimayosos Peaks, in the Pecos Wilderness. A short hike (3 miles round-trip) goes to a bridge. On this particular walk, we carried binocs and camera, but no fishing rods.


Plank bridge over a very small creek







One comes to a good-sized pool, at the point where the trail begins to closely follow the creek. In the pool were some brown trout:


Brown trout holds in a slow current, looking up for passing food items


Brown trout rises to intercept food


Got it!


The so-called “ring of the rise”. In this case, it looks like the trout rose to investigate a floating item, and then turned away, in what fly fishers call a “refusal”.


The brown trout was holding in the small pool seen left of center


The head of the larger pool


One has to hike a considerable distance upstream from this sign to find Rio Grande Cutthroats


Kathy, at the bridge


A gorgeous Rio Grande Cutthroat, caught and released by Kathy on a prior visit to the upper reaches of the Rio Santa Barbara

About Evensteven

I am a photographer and author, and live in Embudo, New Mexico, alongside the Rio Grande. I have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: The Grand: I have also published six additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: 2. Coyote Buttes: 3. Four Cornered, the Land: 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers: 5. Rio Marañon: 6. Rio Grande:
This entry was posted in Nature and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s