Rio Costilla, New Mexico Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Rio Costilla, New Mexico Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Winter conditions. Expect the RCCLA stretch to start fishing again sometime in May. Valle Vidal stretch currently closed
Fishing Report Last Updated:
3 / 18 / 2021
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Rio Costilla is currently Fish somewhere else this week

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Doc Thompson

Water flow: Ice cfs out of reservoir and Ice 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

Winter conditions. Expect the RCCLA stretch to start fishing again sometime in May. Valle Vidal stretch currently closed

7-Day Forecast

Winter conditions. Expect the RCCLA stretch to start fishing again sometime in May. Valle Vidal stretch currently closed


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