The Rio Grande Box above the confluence of
the Red River is especially good in fall for rainbows and browns to 20 inches,
some bigger. Can involve tiring hikes and difficult fishing. Local guides can
aid anglers with no experience, especially for The Box. It is advisable when
hiking into the Box to carry plenty of water as the trails along the
canyon in the summer can easily reach 100 degrees. About 20 miles southwest
of Taos on N.M. 68, there is easy access to the Rio Grande. Take N.M. 570 north
out of Pilar for six miles of usually good fly- and bait fishing for rainbows
and browns, some northern pike.
The Rio Hondo, is about 10 miles
north of Taos. The lower section of the Hondo is easily accessible
just before its confluence with the Rio Grande. The upper Hondo runs
much faster. Good holes in this section are often hindered with brush
along the stream's banks. Fishing the upper section yields descent sized
cutbows and browns.
looking for easy access to solitude, try the Rio Chiquito (Little
Rio Grande) watershed. About 50 miles of some of these streams are only
5 - 10' wide. Seclusion here absorbs the cursing that comes from the
twin sport of trying to catch spooky little trout and fighting attacking
brush. Happily, some open areas and beaver ponds keep anglers quiet.
Rio Pueblo is a good sized creek in a rugged canyon. The river flows
northwest and oxbows HWY 518 for several miles. There are plenty of good
holding areas with some reasonable sized browns in the Rio Pueblo, but
access can be quite difficult and casting line can be challenging where
the canyon is rugged. However that is of little consequences
because to say the least this section of the river the scenery is
stunning. The lower section flattens out quite a bit and does see a lot
pressure during the summer months.
Tackle & Gear:
For most fishing on the smaller rivers, an eight foot, two or
three-weight rod is a good choice. The main Rio Grande a four to
six-weight system would be good choice, keeping in mind that there are
some large northern pikes and some good sized browns. Good insulated
waders are advisable through June.