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Monthly Program:

Flyfishing for recreation, conservation, and exploration

Tue, 2023-03-28

The March 28 Mountaineers meeting will be in-person, with a hybrid adjunct. Rob McCormack will speak about “Flyfishing 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




Ongoing Events


Monthly Public Meeting and Presentation:

Normally held in the planetarium of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC)
on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Now offering hybrid meetings with in-person and zoom options! Sign up for each talk at the Monthly Program page.

Past presentations, and occasionally future, can be viewed here


Get a 2021 Official Mountaineers T-Shirt

To support the Mountaineers spirit in these challenging times, we are pleased to offer our members the latest Mountaineers t-shirt, with a design based on our adventures around the world, shipped to your home anywhere in the US. The design comes in women’s and unisex versions, per the pictures below, in a wicking fabric The shirts cost $20 each. They may be picked up in Los Alamos, or shipped via USPS for $5 per shirt to any address in the US. Because of the circumstances, we cannot accept returns, so we’ve measured the shirts, and they are sized as follows:
      Circumference Height
dimensions in inches # in stock under arms midriff hips collar to waist
XS 6 28 27 1/2 32 23 1/2
S 6 31 30 34 24 1/2
M 4 32 31 35 24 1/2
L 1 35 34 38 25 1/2
XL 6 37 35 40 25 1/2
S 5 34 35 28
M 4 38 1/2 39 28 1/2
L 5 42 42 29
XL 5 44 46 29 1/2


Delivery Method


Future Club Speakers:  In addition to frequent presentations by nationally known adventurers, we love to hear from our own members....not that some of you aren't in that group.  A presentation gets you a free club membership and dinner at the restaurant of your choice in Los Alamos.

LAM Member Presentations Wanted! The LAM Board would like to encourage our members to provide more of our monthly presentations.  We understand well that club members are an active lot, with a wealth of activities in their repertoire that can and have been inspiring to new and old members alike.  We have often focused our monthly presentations on the elite of the outdoor adventure world, and perhaps created the undesired effect of squelching the voices of our own members who participate in frequent beautiful and exciting adventures of their own.  Although our own activities are not always "world class", they are representative of what we "weekend" athletes can and do accomplish.  We want many of our programs to inspire the "I can do that" attitude in our members, not merely entertain.  Shock and awe may have their rightful place, but inspiration to participate and shine is our true goal.


Trip Leaders:  Post your trip by logging in and then going here.  If you do not have an account, contact  the webmaster. For overnight trips, please ensure that membership waivers for participants are current and recorded by the club Membership Chairperson prior to your trip. Non-members may participate in day trips. All club sponsored trips require the trip waiver. After the trip, please scan and email a PDF of the waiver to the Trip Coordinator.

Trip Leader Awards: The club will recognize trip leaders as described here.

GMRS / FRS Radio Usage on Club Trips:  The Los Alamos Mountaineers encourage you to carry portable "family" radios as a safety measure on appropriate LAM trips, and urge participants to agree on a contact channel at the beginning of the trip.  As a default, if no channel has been selected, LAM suggests channel 3.14.  These three first digits of "pi" might be easily remembered in this scientific community.

Borrow Equipment: We have a limited amount of mountaineering equipment for loan (e.g., avalanche transceivers). Contact our Equipment Manager listed on this page.



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