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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

FISHING GUIDES
When you hire a professional fishing guide they are passionate about helping you have a great day on the water.Local guides have the knowledge, skill, equipment and local history to ensure your day on a river or lake is the best it can be.
HOLY WATERS FLY SHOP & GALLERY
RIO GRANDE FLOAT FISHING
6 hour trips - Fly (or spin) fish for brown trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, great northern pike and carp in the Orilla Verde Recreation Area, which is part of the scenic Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.
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.
TAOS FLY SHOP
Northern New Mexico's oldest and most experienced Fly Shop and Guide Service. Public and private waters. Specializing in guiding the spectacular Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Open year round.
FISHING SPOTS
Taos offers a sweet and diverse selection of lakes, river stretches and holes to angle in. Fall is especially good for Rainbows and Browns.
TROUT FISHING AT SIPAPU
Enjoy outstanding trout fishing—one of the finest trout fishing regions in the state—just steps from your back door by visiting our stocked trout pond, or on the Rio Pueblo, which flows right through the heart of our resort.
RED RIVER FISHING
Red River offers many opportunities for fun and enjoyment from the river that flows through town to the Town of Red River fishing pond. Prime lake fishing, wild streams, special “catch-and-release” water… we’ve got it all!
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.
LICENCING AND FISHING REPORTS
You can purchase your New Mexico fishing license online, at all New Mexico Department of Game & Fish offices, or through a licensed agent. A valid license is required for persons age 12 and older. You must have your fishing license in your possession at all times while fishing in the State.
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.
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