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Rio Grande - Taos - New Mexico

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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

The Rio Grande in Taos is a haven for fly fishing enthusiasts. Some of the top spots include:

  • Taos Junction Bridge: Known for excellent trout fishing throughout the year. Enjoy the beautiful canyon views while you fish.
  • Wild Rivers Recreation Area: Combines two rivers – the Rio Grande and Red River, making it an amazing spot for fly fishing.
  • John Dunn Bridge: Located below the confluence of the Rio Hondo and Rio Grande, this area is teeming with wild brown trout.
  • Pilar Recreation Area:

    Perfect for both wade and float fishing, Pilar is a popular spot that boasts an abundance of rainbow and brown trout.
  • Orilla Verde Recreation Area: Home to the state park, known for its concentration of wildlife as well as great fishing spots.

Remember to check local fishing regulations before you head out, as they can change seasonally.

Best Access Points

The Rio Grande around Taos is renowned for its thrilling fly fishing. There are several prime access points:

  • The John Dunn Bridge Area: Just northwest of Taos, this is a favorite for catching Brown and Rainbow Trout. You need to hike to get there, so wear comfortable shoes.
  • Pilar: South of Taos, near the Pilar Yacht Club, where you can also rent boating gear. The river’s slower flow and clear waters make for a perfect fishing haven.
  • The Wild Rivers Recreation Area: North of Taos, this area is also a fantastic spot to reel in plenty of Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Rio Grande Cutthroat.
  • Orilla Verde Recreation Area: This is located south of Pilar with a serene environment. This zone is a hidden gem for fly fishing enthusiasts, particularly in spring.

Note: Always check local fishing regulations and obtain necessary licenses before you drop your line.

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout – The brown trout is an iconic species targeted by fly fishermen. It is especially known for its ability to grow to large sizes.
  • Brook Trout – The brook trout is recognized for its beautiful colors and patterns. It is a popular choice among fly fishermen because it tends to inhabit clear, cold waters.
  • Rainbow Trout – Rainbow trout are both beautiful and aggressive, making them a compelling target for fly fishing enthusiasts.
  • Cutbow Trout – A natural hybrid of rainbow and cutthroat trout, cutbow trout are prized for their fight and size.
  • Golden Trout – Recognized by their vibrant golden flanks and red striping, golden trout offer a unique catch not often found in most waters.
  • Northern Pikeminnow – Northern pikeminnow are a larger species, making them a great target for anglers looking for a hard fight.
  • Smallmouth Bass – While not a traditional target for fly fishing, smallmouth bass offer a fun challenge due to their aggressive nature.
  • Largemouth Bass – Similar to the smallmouth, largemouth bass are a great fish for fly fishing as they put up a good fight and are popular with anglers of all skill levels.

About The River

Often referred to as the “lifeblood” of New Mexico, the Rio Grande is no mere river, but a pulsating artery, rich in history and culture. Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos, a tiny town graced by this river, embraces an illustrious past.

  • Peeking into the annals of history, Native Americans thrived in the fertile Rio Grande valley thousands of years ago.
  • In the late 1500s, Spanish explorers, in search of gold, found their way into this region.
  • Centuries later, the Old Spanish Trail, a trade route spanning from Santa Fe to California, crisscrossed the Rio Grande, bringing goods and cultural exchange.

Today, the Rio Grande – Taos continues to flow as a silent narrator of bygone eras while embracing modern cultural shifts. As a living historical tapestry, it refreshes the souls of locals and charms visitors from around the globe.

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