Taos, New Mexico is an excellent headquarters for the fly fisher who is vacationing with the family. You can fish all day confidant that the rest of the crew will have an interesting day. Taos is a town with endless things to see and do; there's Taos Pueblo, shops, galleries, museums, the Gorge Bridge, horseback riding, rafting, and hiking. After the day is done, relax over a spicy New Mexican dish in one of Taos' fine restaurants while you tell the family about your big fish.
The Rio Grande has over 50 miles of pristine trout water that runs thought a gorgeous and lightly fished canyon. The lower river however, can be easily accessed by vehicle. The middle and upper sections are reached by trail and boast large populations of wild browns and rainbows. The upper part of the Rio Grande can be a world class fishery, but due to the harshness of the area it is reserved for the skilled and fit fly fisher.
The Rio Costilla (in the Valle Vidal) is a New Mexican jewel. Though, at 9,000 feet surrounded by open meadows, dark pine forests and high alpine peaks, you may forget you’re in New Mexico all together. The scenery is more alike to what anglers would expect in Montana... but the fishing is very New Mexican. That's in thanks to the trout that reside here- the Rio Grande Cutthroat, NM's state fish. These abundant, but often small trout are known for their agreeable nature when it comes to taking a fly. This, along with the abundance of easy stream access and wide open meadows make the Costilla a great destination for novice anglers.