Best New Mexico Fly Fishing Rivers

New Mexico has 12 fly fish spots.

  April 16, 2017

Located in the US, the fly fishing in New Mexico offers over ten good fly fishing spots. The best New Mexico fly fishing based on popularity are considered to be Rio Penasco, Pecos River, Gila River, San Juan River, and Cimarron River. For a detailed fly fishing river description and printable river access map, just select a New Mexico fly fishing river or stream below.

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New Mexico Fly Fishing Resources

FEATURED:  Gila River

  New Mexico

  June 25, 2016

North of Silver City, the Gila River wild river perfect for trout fishing. It is known for its stocked rainbow trout and hybrids of Gila and rainbow.

FEATURED:  Pecos River

  New Mexico

  April 16, 2017

West of Santa Fe and north of Pecos near Terrero, the Pecos River starts with the headwaters in the Pecos Wilderness and runs south towards Pecos along SR63. It is known for its stocked rainbow trout and brown trout. There are several side streams providing cutthroat trout and cut-bows. There are two canyon stretches of the Pecos River open to fly fishing that are worth checking out.

FEATURED:  Jemez River

  Jemez Springs, New Mexico

  July 23, 2016

Northwest of Albuquerque and west of Santa Fe, the Jemez River starts at Battleship Rock from the confluence of the Rio San Antonio and East Fork Jemez. Generally, the Jemez River ranges from 15 to 30 feet wide and about 2 to 3 feet deep. Since there isnt much shade, the river gets pretty warm during summer months.

FEATURED:  Upper Rio Grande

  Red River, New Mexico

  July 28, 2016

Near Questa, the Upper Rio Grande is considered the stretch above the confluence with the Red River. This stretch starts at the Colorado border and heads south to the Red River over about 20 miles. It is known for rainbow trout, cutbow and brown trout.

FEATURED:  Upper Rio Chama

  New Mexico

  July 3, 2016

Near Chama, the Upper Rio Chama is the stretch near the Colorado border. It is known for mainly rainbow trout and brown trout, although there are some brook trout and cutthroat. Most of the trout average about 12 inches.

FEATURED:  Rio de Los Pinos

  New Mexico

  July 4, 2016

Southeast of Cuba near San Miguel, the Rio de Los Pinos is a 40 foot wide gentle river that is perfect for beginning fly casters. It is perfect for wading being rarely more than 4 feet deep. It is known for its stocked brown trout and rainbow trout.

FEATURED:  Valles Caldera National Preserve

  Jemez Springs, New Mexico

  August 3, 2016

Northwest of Santa Fe and west of Los Alamos, the 89,000 acre Valles Caldera National Preserve (aka Baca Ranch) has high grassland valleys at 8,000 feet hosting the southwests largest elk herd surrounded by 11,000 peaks. This is an old volcanic caldera, reminiscent to Yellowstone National Park. The creeks and small rivers in the Caldera are known for their wild rainbow trout and brown trout.

FEATURED:  Red River

  Red River, New Mexico

  June 27, 2016

Northeast of Sante Fe and Taos near the town of Red River, the Red River descents 6,000 feet over 20 miles on its journey from the high alpine lakes down to the Rio Grande. It is known for its rainbow trout, cutbow trout and brown trout.

FEATURED:  Lower Rio Grande

  New Mexico

  August 5, 2016

West of Taos, the Lower Rio Grande offers excellent fly fishing opportunties. While the Rio Grande gorge is exceptionally scenic, the section from Pillar down towards Espanola has easy fly fishing access off SR68 which parallels the Rio Grande.