Fly Fishing Rio Costilla New Mexico

Fly Fishing Rio Costilla New Mexico

A high meadow (9000′) tailwater, the Costilla provides anglers with dry fly action for Rio Grande Cutts from mid-June through mid-September. Costilla Cutts aren’t the smartest fish in the world, but they may be the fastest. We’ve seen many an experienced angler shake their heads and ask “Am I too late or too early?” Lots of takes here. If you connect on 50% of them you’re doing well. A great place for anglers of all levels.

Rainbow Trout New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide

The Valle Vidal Section is a nine mile section below the Costilla reservoir damn. This area is catch and release flies only and opens July 1st. Flows are regulated so that Friday, Saturday and Sunday are low flow and Monday through Thursday flows are higher. Weekdays are always better here. This area is 1 hour north of Taos and easily accessible by car.

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

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

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