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Taos is New Mexico True
Rio Grande River Flowing

When most people think of New Mexico, they think of painted deserts and brilliant cornflower skies (and maybe green chile!).  Few would consider Taos a fly fishing destination, dreaming instead of standing in the storied rivers of Montana, Colorado, or Idaho. However, the collective dreams of thousands of anglers have made for big crowds on the rivers to our north. These days, if you’re planning on a fishing trip to Colorado, it’s a good idea to bring your own rock to stand on!

Here in the mountains of Taos, trout abound in our streams and rivers. And since the droves of anglers have gone north for their vacations, it’s still possible to find yourself surrounded by wildlife and big trout—but not other fisherman. Just a few miles west of Taos, the 70-mile long Rio Grande Gorge runs through the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, offering stunning scenery to accompany your solitude. Its tributaries, the Red River, Rio Costilla, Chama, and the Conejos also have world class fishing, beauty, and an opportunity for quiet contemplation.

With all these different options, Taos provides great fishing opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. (And if you’re brand new to the sport, fishing guides are ready to help you start your new adventure.)

Top 5 Favorite Fishing Spots

  1. Rio Grande
  2. Rio Costilla (Valle Vidal)
  3. Cimarron River
  4. Red River
  5. Rio de los Pinos

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