Rio Costilla, New Mexico Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fly Fishing Map of Rio Costilla, NM
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Rio Costilla, New Mexico Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Lots of hoppers out so fish hoppers along the edges and bend pools, in the deeper water might need to add a small bead head dropper. The stream improvement projects in the Valle Vidal are finished, those that have fished it past years will see a difference.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
9 / 13 / 2018
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Rio Costilla is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Doc Thompson

Water flow: 37 cfs and 37 cfs

Visibility: 12 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 60 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, mayflies, caddis

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

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

Rio Costilla is now open to fishing! Fish hoppers and dries along the edges and bend pools. If not seeing many to dry add a small dropper

7-Day Forecast

Both the Valle Vidal and RCCLA sections should continue to fish good through mid to late September depending on conditions.

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