Rio Grande, Lower

Taos, New Mexico 87571

Rio Grande, Lower

Rio Grande, Lower Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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 fished lightly. If it looks too rough for you, very easy access and wading are available just above Pilar. The river is heavily stocked year-round.As mentioned in the previous section “Rio Grande, Upper,” the mining of molybdenum has a large influence on the size of fish present in this part of the river. Production from the mine flows from the Red River into the Rio Grande, and then enters the fish. Their organs are damaged, and they die young. However, the mine is virtually shut down, and fishing becomes better each year.

Above the Taos Junction bridge the river’s character changes drastically as it enters the “Taos Box.” The river is wilder here and only a few rugged trails get you into an area that is virtually unfished. Types of Fish: Rainbow, cutbow, and brown trout averaging 10–15". This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."

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Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Year-round; best September to mid-November
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Dec 2018