Best Fly-Fishing in New Mexico

This list represents the most popular fly-fishing in New Mexico. Use this list to plan your next New Mexico fly-fishing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Rio Grande, Upper

    2 Reviews

    Questa, NM

    This is fly fishing for the technically advanced, physically fit, and adventurous. If this is not your profile, skim this section, then read “Rio Grande, Lower.”My general division line for the ...
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    This is fly fishing for the technically advanced, physically fit, and adventurous. If this is not your profile, skim this ...

  • #2 San Juan River

    1 Reviews

    Turley, NM

    Best rainbow water in the United States? That’s up to you. Here’s a riddle: Why were San Juan rainbows called “rattling trout?” Answer: “Because they gorged on freshwater snails.” Second Riddle: ...
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    Best rainbow water in the United States? That’s up to you. Here’s a riddle: Why were San Juan rainbows called “rattling trout?” ...

  • #3 Pecos River

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    Tererro, NM

    The Pecos flows due south out of the gorgeous basin of the Pecos Wilderness. Though only about 45 miles from Santa Fe, this forested watershed is nearly pristine. Trout are plentiful and fly ...
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    The Pecos flows due south out of the gorgeous basin of the Pecos Wilderness. Though only about 45 miles from Santa Fe, this ...

  • #4 Red River

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    Red River, NM

    The Red River is born peacefully in alpine lakes under New Mexico’s highest mountains. But then, in a mad dash for the Rio Grande, it drops 6,000' in 20 miles, passing first through the town ...
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    The Red River is born peacefully in alpine lakes under New Mexico’s highest mountains. But then, in a mad dash for the Rio ...

  • #5 Cimarron River

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    Eagle Nest, NM

    Though seldom wider than 20', the Cimarron takes up a big space in the New Mexico fly fishing scene. It’s a very popular tailwater fishery swarming with fat brown trout. It also fishes best when ...
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    Though seldom wider than 20', the Cimarron takes up a big space in the New Mexico fly fishing scene. It’s a very popular ...

  • #6 Gila River

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    Silver City, NM

    There are better places to catch bigger trout. This is about getting way back in a perfect world and then going fly fishing—alone! With 3.3 million acres of national forest, nearly a third of ...
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    There are better places to catch bigger trout. This is about getting way back in a perfect world and then going fly fishing—alone! ...

  • #7 Rio de los Pinos

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    San Miguel, NM

    The New Mexico portion of the Los Pinos is an exceptionally pleasant and easy river to fly fish. Averaging 40' wide, this little gem of a stream has a gentle gradient and is seldom more than ...
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    The New Mexico portion of the Los Pinos is an exceptionally pleasant and easy river to fly fish. Averaging 40' wide, this ...

  • #8 Jemez Mountains

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    Cuba, NM

    If one too many turquoise coyotes have howled at you in the streets of Santa Fe, put some classical music on, drive north and east through Los Alamos, and go up into the Jemez. This gorgeous ...
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    If one too many turquoise coyotes have howled at you in the streets of Santa Fe, put some classical music on, drive north ...

  • #9 Rio Chama, Upper

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    Chama, NM

    The Rio Chama is the largest tributary to the Rio Grande in New Mexico. It begins in Colorado’s wild San Juan Mountains, then runs into New Mexico through gorgeous, untouched forest. Walk up ...
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    The Rio Chama is the largest tributary to the Rio Grande in New Mexico. It begins in Colorado’s wild San Juan Mountains, ...

  • #10 Rio Penasco

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    Artesia, NM

    The Peñasco is a world-class spring creek tucked away in an obscure corner of southeastern New Mexico—east of Mayhill between the towns of Elk and Hope. At an elevation of 5,500' feet it fishes ...
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    The Peñasco is a world-class spring creek tucked away in an obscure corner of southeastern New Mexico—east of Mayhill between ...

  • #11 Valles Caldera National Preserve

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    San Antonio, NM

    An elk bugle pierces the silence. Triangular hills and domes appear miraculously through the morning fog. As the fog lifts higher, vast yellow meadows extend to forests of aspen and pine miles ...
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    An elk bugle pierces the silence. Triangular hills and domes appear miraculously through the morning fog. As the fog lifts ...

  • #12 Taos Area

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    Taos, NM

    Taos is an excellent headquarters for fly fishers visiting New Mexico. One can fly fish all day, return to sophisticated digs in town, have a great meal, and hear happy tales from non-fishing ...
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    Taos is an excellent headquarters for fly fishers visiting New Mexico. One can fly fish all day, return to sophisticated ...

  • #13 High Alpine Lakes

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    Cowles, NM

    Fly fishing in northern New Mexico’s high country offers an experience to cast a fly amidst snow-capped peaks, some over 13,000 feet in elevation. Numerous small lakes nestled among the peaks ...
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    Fly fishing in northern New Mexico’s high country offers an experience to cast a fly amidst snow-capped peaks, some over ...

  • #14 Costilla Creek

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    Costilla, NM

    Costilla Creek is a marvelous, high-elevation tailwater fishery that drains the huge Vermejo Ranch. Predominantly a cutthroat fishery, the 20' wide stream passes through stunning scenery. Although ...
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    Costilla Creek is a marvelous, high-elevation tailwater fishery that drains the huge Vermejo Ranch. Predominantly a cutthroat ...

  • #15 Rio Chama, Lower

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    Abiquiu, NM

    The tailwaters of the Chama are different in nature from the upper Rio Chama. Running through sandstone canyons and at considerably lower elevation than the upper Chama, they’ll fish fairly well ...
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    The tailwaters of the Chama are different in nature from the upper Rio Chama. Running through sandstone canyons and at considerably ...

  • #16 Mid-elevation Lakes

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    Cimarron, NM

    Here are 10 stillwaters in New Mexico’s 6,000–9,000' elevation range worth exploring with a fly rod. The others are often big, windswept, and not suitable for the light rods and piddly craft ...
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    Here are 10 stillwaters in New Mexico’s 6,000–9,000' elevation range worth exploring with a fly rod. The others are often ...

  • #17 Rio Vallecitos

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    Vallecitos, NM

    Like most of northern New Mexico, the area near this water was settled by the Spanish centuries ago. Though as the crow flies it’s not far from the sophisticated streets of Santa Fe, this area ...
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    Like most of northern New Mexico, the area near this water was settled by the Spanish centuries ago. Though as the crow flies ...

  • #18 Embudo Area

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    Penasco, NM

    Like the nearby Taos and Red River areas, this drainage has three totally different streams. The Pueblo is highly accessible, heavily used, and stocked. The Santa Barbara is in the high country, ...
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    Like the nearby Taos and Red River areas, this drainage has three totally different streams. The Pueblo is highly accessible, ...

  • #19 Rio Grande, Lower

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    Taos, NM

    The upper Rio Grande may be black-belt fly fishing. The lower river has water for every skill level. Despite being along the highway, the lower stretch, from the Taos county line upriver, is ...
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    The upper Rio Grande may be black-belt fly fishing. The lower river has water for every skill level. Despite being along ...

  • #20 Jicarilla Lakes

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    Dulce, NM

    The Jicarilla Lakes are on the huge Jicarilla Apache Reservation west of Chama NM. The million-acre reservation is famous for its big game hunting. This is lonely country characterized by sandstone ...
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    The Jicarilla Lakes are on the huge Jicarilla Apache Reservation west of Chama NM. The million-acre reservation is famous ...