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When most people think of New Mexico, they think of painted deserts and green chile.  Few would consider it a fly fishing destination; and instead dream 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 the 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 New Mexico, 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 is the 70-mile long Rio Grande Gorge runs through the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.  Additionally, Its tributaries: the Red River, Rio Costilla, Chama, and the Conejos have world class fishing, scenery AND solitude.

With all these different options, Taos provides great opportunities for anglers of all skill levels.

Top 5 Favorite Fishing Spots

1. Río Grand

2. Rio Costilla (Valle Vidal)

3. Cimarrón River

4. Red River

5. Rio de los Pinos

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    Fishing Licences & Permits
    While fishing in New Mexico, anglers 12 years and older must possess a valid New Mexico Fishing License or Game Hunting & Fishing License. The license year begins April 1 and ends March 31 the following year.
    Weekly Fishing & Stocking Report
    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.
    Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
    The renowned trout fishing in the Río Grande and its tributaries draws anglers from across the country. Discover the Wild Rivers Recreation Area at the confluence of the Río Grande and Red River for some great fishing spots.
    Taos Fly Shop
    The Streit family works together to create a team of experienced and knowledgeable fishermen whether you are hiring a guide or asking for the "it" fly at the shop. The experts when it comes to fly fishing northern New Mexico.
    Sipapu Ski Resort
    Discover a getaway the whole family will love. Slopeside lodging, a low-key atmosphere, no lift lines, and the best deals in the Rockies.
    Holy Waters Fly Shop & Gallery
    New Wave Rafting
    Kids love New Wave, New Mexico's pre-eminent river outfitter since 1980. Serving all of northern New Mexico and headquartered on the Rio Grande river between Santa Fe and Taos, we offer family-friendly trips from the mildest to the wildest.
    Solitary Angler
    Flyfishing guides, booked through our fly shop and guide service in Taos offer superior fly fishing for the most avid fishermen. We also offer annual fly fishing club memberships for fishing private water in New Mexico, Colorado & Wyoming.
    Red River Ski Area
    A warm and friendly escape where you’ll always feel like part of the family, offering winter and summer fun for everyone.
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