Rio Costilla, New Mexico Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Rio Costilla, New Mexico Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Both the Valle Vidal and RCCLA stretches of the Costilla are open. Fish dry-droppers. In the riffles fish dries. In the deeper bends might need to add a dropper. We are reopen to guiding with Covid19 safe practices.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
7 / 29 / 2020
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Rio Costilla is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Doc Thompson

Water flow: 50 cfs out of reservoir and 49 cfs in Costilla, NM

Visibility: 12 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 56 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Late morning through afternoon

Best stretch: Valle Vidal (opens July 1 each year). Rio Costilla Park and the lower private water fishes mid May through September.

Best access point: Rio Costilla Park

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Hoppers, Caddis, Mayflies

Fish species: Cutthroats and Cuttbows

Fishing season: Valle Vidal Section opens July 1 each year. RCCLA open all year but fishes mid May through Sept

Nearest airport: Major arilines fly into Albuquerque, private planes can fly into Taos or Angel Fire

Person Fishing in a stream

Rio Costilla Description

The Rio Costilla is located 12 miles west of the small town of Costilla in north-central New Mexico right along the New Mexico-Colorado border. There is approximately 15 miles of public fishing access on two stretches of the Rio Costilla. There is 9-10 miles in the Valle Vidal Unit of the Carson National Forest and 5 miles in the Rio Costilla Park. There is also private access available to the Costilla on ...

Techniques & Tips

Fish dry-droppers in the deeper bends and runs, in some of the shallower riffles fish are taking dries. Seeing a mix of bugs including hoppers, caddis, mayflies and slowing down on the stones. We are reopen to guiding with Covid19 safe practices.

7-Day Forecast

Flows are down a little but should be fairly steady over the next week. Expect the Costilla to continue fishing good over the next week. Fish are active and looking up. Look for some hoppers, caddis and mayflies. We are reopen to guiding with Covid19 safe practices.


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