Rio Penasco Fly Fishing

The MOST popular fly fishing river in New Mexico.

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East of Cloudcroft near the town of Mayhill, the Rio Penasco is a 9 mile stretch known for excellent rainbow trout and brown trout fly fishing. The river is typically 10 to 20 feet wide with some pools up to 10 feet deep. There are many springs which keep the river cool year round. You can expect to find most fish range from 10 to 14 inches long with the occasional monster 20 incher.

The entire length of the Penasco is privately owned; fortunately a good portion of its 9 miles is open to the public for nominal daily fees. Mel and Jennifer Foley (505-687-2221) operate a 2-mile section known as The Rio Penasco Fishing Company. The Foleys offer day trips and overnight camping in comfortable tent-cabins with a full bathhouse. The Mesilla Valley Flyfishers have a two-mile public access lease on the Cleve Ranch. A $10 daily permit is available at the well-posted parking areas along US Highway 82 or by calling the Anglers Nook in Las Cruces, NM (505-522-3810). Five miles of the Penasco on the Mulcock Ranch (505-687-3352) is available for day fishing with a nominal rod fee. The Mulcock Ranch currently features a bunkhouse available for camping.

Note: When fly fishing in New Mexico, you must have a valid fishing license in your possession at all times. There is a combined daily bag limit of five for brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, konanee salmon and cutthroat trout (a maximum of two).

Overall, Rio Penasco is the 1st most popular fly fishing river of all 13 fly fishing spots in New Mexico.


Local Contact(s):  New Mexico Tourism (800) SEENEWM

Recommended Book:  "Fly Fishing New Mexico" from Taylor Streit

Reference Source:  click here

Article Source:   Best Rio Penasco Fly Fishing Review

GPS:  32.887318, -105.479565

Date Published:  12/25/2015

Date Updated:  7/15/2016

ID:  20571

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