Mesilla Valley Flyfishers, Inc.

Las Cruces, New Mexico

General Information

The Mesilla Valley Fly Fishers (MVFF) was founded in April of 1987 by a group of Las Cruces residents who had an interest in fly fishing. The first president was Norm Mabie. The Club was incorporated in 1991 with goals of conserving, restoring, and educating through flyfishing.

Membership is open to anyone who supports the activities of the club.  Membership fees are shown below.   Members are provided with the opportunity to attend informational monthly meetings, purchase Fishing Access Permits to MVFF leased waters on the Rio Penasco, and participate in other Club activities such as a summer picnic, annual awards banquet, casting clinics, fly tying classes, and Club sponsored fishing trips.

Each year the Club offers a scholarship to a student at New Mexico State University majoring in the Fisheries Program.  This year (2007) the MVFF Board of Directors selected Justin Mapula as the recipient of the "Norm Mabie Memorial Schlarship". 

The Club leases a section of the Rio Penasco which is available for catch and release fishing by Club members. Fishing permits are available for very reasonable fees. To obtain permits see instructions on the 'Permits' page.

For more information, please contact any of the officers or committee members or fill out our on-line guest page.

There are several options for the payment of dues.  A family is defined as a club member, their spouse and all children 17 years of age or under

1 Year $20 Individual
$25 Family
3 Years $50 Individual
$60 Family
Life $400 Individual
$500 Family


Federation of Fly Fishers Code of Angling Ethics
Copyright by the Federation of Fly Fishers, Inc. 2002

The mission of the Federation of Fly Fishers is to lead activities that enhance and support the fly fishing experience for all anglers who fish with the artificial fly. As part of our efforts to educate through fly fishing, we believe that ethical behavior is a key component of the angling experience. While the need to preserve for all anglers the natural beauty and quality of fisheries for future generations is paramount, consideration for fellow anglers cannot be overlooked.

FFF believes it essential that fly anglers in all waters embrace an ethic that embodies consideration for the environment and for others whether they are fishing or not. This Code of Angling Ethics complements the Catch and Release philosophy that is the hallmark of the Federation of Fly Fishers and reflects the importance of ethical behavior for all anglers. Moreover, it provides a framework for improving the angling experience by combining consideration of the fishery with respectful conduct towards fellow anglers. Overall, the policy denotes a journey in ethical behavior for fly anglers and not a destination.

Person-to-person and person-to-resource ethics go hand-in-hand. Fly anglers strive to understand and practice the land ethic of Aldo Leopold, which extends ethical consideration to the land, plants, animals, fish, and water that comprise the entire ecosystem. An important part of this land ethic is that fly anglers support those programs that sustain high species diversity, and do not support policies that could cause the premature extinction of another species. The Native Fish Policy of the Federation of Fly Fishers is based on this ethic of preventing fish species extinction.

The following nine behaviors comprise the Federation of Fly Fishers' Code of Angling Ethics:

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