New Mexico Trout Rivers Map
Driving through New Mexico in many areas you would never guess that it could possibly host first class fly fishing for trout, but rest assured—many areas do! Some of the trout rivers in NM are truly awesome and should not be passed up if you live or are visiting this area. New Mexico is not only home to the first class San Juan river, but it also has a good supply of other less known rivers that get great insect hatches and host large quantities of big trout.
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This small river has great wading opportunities and a high trout population. If you are in search of the Rio Grande cutthroat trout, this is a great place to go. You can have easy casting and exceptional dry fly fishing in the mountain meadows that Costilla creek runs through. Costilla creek flows out of a reservoir making it a first class tailwater trout fishery that you should try to fish if you find yourself on the Colorado/NM border area.
The Chama river in New Mexico has a high population of trout throughout it's length. You can catch wild brown trout and rainbows. Some fish in this river can grow to very large sizes, actually the NM state record brown was caught below El Vado Reservoir on this river. The Chama river is a major tributary of the Rio Grande and is well worth checking out if you are in the area.
The Pecos river has a solid population of wild brown trout and is kept well stocked with rainbows. Since much of this river is followed by a major road, fishing pressure can get high, however there are areas that don't get too much pressure with some searching. Numerous small tributaries to the Pecos and Rio Mora rivers also hold large quantities of trout. If you are looking to get away from the crowds, the small tribs are worth checking out.
The San Juan river holds some of the most spectacular numbers of trout you could imagine (up to 20,000 per mile). The best fishing is in the first few miles below the dam. This river is where the legendary San Juan worm fly got it's name. You can either float the San Juan, or go wading, however drift boating will offer the best access and the highest chance top hook a lot of fish. Much of the San Juan river is in the middle of nowhere, so when you go to it, you might consider camping for a few days to get the full experience.
This smaller river has a little bit of everything for the trout angler. Deep pools, riffles and undercut banks off the trout great cover and fun fishing. This river is known to get great insect hatches which often lead to some amazing dry fly fishing.