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Rio Grande - Cerro - New Mexico

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Noon - 4 PM 18 - 22 Griffith's Gnat
Winter Stones Noon - 4 PM 14 - 18 Black Stonefly Nymph
February Midges Noon - 4 PM 18 - 22 Griffith's Gnat
Winter Stones Noon - 4 PM 14 - 18 Black Stonefly Nymph
March Baetis 11 AM - 5 PM 16 - 20 Parachute Adams
Midges Noon - 4 PM 18 - 22 Griffith's Gnat
April Baetis 11 AM - 5 PM 16 - 20 Parachute Adams
Caddis Noon - 4 PM 14 - 18 Elk Hair Caddis
May Caddis Noon - 4 PM 14 - 18 Elk Hair Caddis
Baetis 11 AM - 5 PM 16 - 20 Parachute Adams
June Caddis Noon - 4 PM 14 - 18 Elk Hair Caddis
Stoneflies 10 AM - 6 PM 2 - 6 Golden Stonefly Nymph
July Caddis Noon - 4 PM 14 - 18 Elk Hair Caddis
Stoneflies 10 AM - 6 PM 2 - 6 Golden Stonefly Nymph
August Caddis Noon - 4 PM 14 - 18 Elk Hair Caddis
Terrestrials All day 8 - 12 Chernobyl Ant
September Caddis Noon - 4 PM 14 - 18 Elk Hair Caddis
Terrestrials All day 8 - 12 Chernobyl Ant
October Baetis 11 AM - 5 PM 16 - 20 Parachute Adams
Midges Noon - 4 PM 18 - 22 Griffith's Gnat
November Baetis 11 AM - 5 PM 16 - 20 Parachute Adams
Midges Noon - 4 PM 18 - 22 Griffith's Gnat
December Midges Noon - 4 PM 18 - 22 Griffith's Gnat
Winter Stones Noon - 4 PM 14 - 18 Black Stonefly Nymph

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

For high-quality fly fishing experience, the Rio Grande – Cerro offers a variety of premier locations:

  • John Dunn Bridge: A local favorite and perfect for shore fishing.
  • Wild Rivers Recreation Area: Access to deep gorges and excellent trout fishing.
  • Pilar Yacht Club: Not your typical yacht club – a fantastic riverside spot with plenty of trout.
  • Orilla Verde Recreation Area: Offers a peaceful setting and diverse species of fish.
  • Taos Box: Renowned for its high-intensity rapids and large trout.
  • La Junta Point: Provides a meeting point for the Red River and Rio Grande.

Remember, the success of your fly fishing experience in Rio Grande – Cerro largely depends on the season. Spring and Autumn typically provide the best conditions for a productive outing.

Best Access Points

Fly fishing on the Rio Grande – Cerro can be a thrilling experience. Whether you’re an aspiring angler or a seasoned pro, here are the best access points:

  • Cannon Bar: This feature-rich spot offers slow-moving waters perfect for beginners and large water bodies that attract big fish species.
  • Pilar Campground: Renowned for deep pools and plenty of riverside space, this campground gives anglers an excellent launch point into the Rio Grande.
  • Taos Junction Bridge: This location is known for prolific hatches and stunning riverside scenery. Ideal for an all-channel fishing strategy.

Remember the key is to be patient. Every access point has its unique set of challenges. Plan and tailor your strategy according to the fishing environment at each spot. Happy fishing!

Local Fish

  • Trout: Commonly targeted species for fly fishing in Rio Grande – Cerro due to its abundance.
  • Salmon: Another popular species among fly fishermen due to its large size and fighting strength.
  • Steelhead: Although not as common as trout or salmon, steelheads offer a significant challenge due to their natural strength and speed.
  • Pike: Predatory fish that offers an exciting challenge for fly fishers. They are known for their aggressive nature and size.
  • Carp: While not traditionally targeted for fly fishing, they can provide a unique and fun challenge due to their size and strength.
  • Bass: Offering a different fly fishing experience, bass thrive in warmer water and are known for their jumps and aggressive fights.
  • Walleye: Known for their keen eyesight, targeting walleye requires a lot of skill and patience.
  • Musky: Often referred to as the “fish of ten thousand casts”, musky are elusive and challenging, but their size and strength make them a prized catch.

About The River

The Rio Grande – Cerro is a truly captivating and significant formation that is deeply rooted in history. Originating from Colorado and stretching over 3,000 kilometers, this magnificent river truly encapsulates the beauty of Southwestern America. Its name, which translates to ‘Big River’ in Spanish, is indeed fitting.

Most fascinating is the role it has played throughout history:

  • Historically, it was integral to the survival of various Native American tribes, acting as a significant source of water and nourishment.
  • In the late 16th century, Spanish explorers journeyed through the Rio Grande, marking a key point in America’s colonization.
  • Fast forwarding a little, this river has also served as a natural border between the USA and Mexico after the Mexican-American War in the mid-1800s.

Today, the Rio Grande – Cerro continues to be a lifeline, supporting lush agriculture and sustaining diverse ecosystems. It’s a testament to nature’s awe-inspiring marvels.

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