Rio Grande, New Mexico Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fly Fishing Map of Rio Grande, NM
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Rio Grande, New Mexico Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Mostly fish nymphs in the deeper runs and riffles. Dry-droppers along the edges on the shallower runs and riffles. Flows are low. Might seem some stained to slightly murky water from the recent rains. Better fishing is mornings before sun is straight overhead and when water temps are cooler.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
7 / 29 / 2020
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Rio Grande is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Doc Thompson

Water flow: 62cfs near Cerro, 200 cfs Taos Junction Bridge

Visibility: 10 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 64 Degrees F

Water condition: Slightly Turbid

Best time of day to fish: morning-afternoon

Best stretch: Pilar area, John Dunn Bridge area, Rio Grande Wild and Scenic area

Best access point: Pilar, John Dunn Bridge, hike in waters of Rio Grande Wild and Scenic area

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:


Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: Prime is September - October. April depending on runoff

Nearest airport: Albuquerque International Sunport

Person Fishing in a stream

Rio Grande River Description

Northern New Mexico-Taos Area

Techniques & Tips

Fish double nymphs. a bigger nymph like a crane fly larva, stonefly nymph down-n-deep with a smaller dropper. Also fish big ugly dries with droppers along the edges and pockets.

7-Day Forecast

Flows will probably still be low and steady over the next week. There have been lots of people around PIlar and John Dunn Bridge stretches.

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