Rob McCormack and friend scouting the Rio Grande River. Photo Courtesy Rob McCormack.
BY BILL PRIEDHORSKY
Los Alamos Mountaineers
The March 28 Mountaineers meeting will be in-person, with a hybrid adjunct. Rob McCormack will speak about “Fly fishing for recreation, conservation, and exploration.”
Rob looks forward to sharing the three phases of fly fishing with Mountaineers: 1.) fly fishing basics and recreation 2.) ecology and conservation 3.) exploration and travel. Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado have some of the most unique, beautiful, and wild places in the world and Rob is excited to share the waters with you.
Rob is a fly-fishing guide with Artful Angler Santa Fe / Taos. Rob grew up fishing the saltwater in New Jersey and New York. By high school he was an obsessive fly fisherman chasing anything with fins everywhere he could. He went onto Cornell University in the Finger Lakes region of New York to study fisheries, row Division One crew, and fish for landlocked Atlantic Salmon. During college Rob worked as an intern lobbyist with Trout Unlimited in Washington D.C. and for the Bureau of Land Management counting Salmon in the interior of Alaska. Alaska and Trout Unlimited shaped Rob’s angling career. Rob went on to guide in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, Ireland, the saltwater in New Jersey, and Kamchatka. Inspired by the wilderness of Alaska he has travelled the world looking for other wild, remote, and unique fisheries including Mexico, Florida, Cuba, Belize, most of the Rocky Mountain West, Southeast Asia, Southern Africa, and far atolls of the Atlantic Ocean. Fortunate to travel with a flyrod, Rob has seen the importance of conservation in protecting and improving wild fisheries, and believes that every great angler is a conservationist and loves to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for the natural world with others. In addition to guiding, Rob is a small business owner, avid gardener, whitewater rafter, backpacker, and skier.
We welcome all to this Mountaineers’ meeting, on the regular fourth Tuesday of the month. The social hour, with cookies, begins at 6:45 PM and the program at 7:00 PM. The presentation will be in-person at Los Alamos Nature Center; the slides will be live-streamed on Zoom. Registration is required to Zoom and recommended for in-person – we would love to see your smiling face. Registration is at https://peecnature.org/events/details/?id=45322.