New Mexico is a great state to fly fish and it has some great rivers. Whether you want to take a shot at the Red River or San Juan River you won’t be disappointed. Most of these rivers fish very well year round so you can plan a trip when it is best for you. Take a look at some of these great streams and some of the others listed below.


The Red River is one of the best fly-fishing rivers in the state. The river begins in the high mountains and drop over 6,000’ during the 20 mile stretch of the river. The river passes through Red River on its way to the Rio Grande River. There are portions of river that are spring fed with warm water. This makes this river one of the best streams to fish in the winter because of the warm water during this time period. Large Cuttbows leave the Rio Grande to come here to spawn during the winter months.

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The Gila River, near Silver City New Mexico is what wilderness fishing is all about. This river is in the middle of nowhere so there usually is not much traffic. The fish are average size with an occasional whopper over 15”, but there are lots of them. There are many streams in this area that feed the Gila, and it gives an angler a lot of opportunity to catch many fish.

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San Juan River

The San Juan River is located in the Northwestern part of the state. This water is known the world over as one of the best fly-fishing rivers in America. The most popular and productive stretch of this river is from the Navajo Dam downstream approximately 3 miles to the HWY 173 Bridge. There are special regulations for this stretch of water so be sure to read the regulations. This river is over 100 feet wide in most spots.

More about the San Juan River

Here are some places to fly fish in the state.

Pecos River

Cimarron River

Rio De Los Pinos

Costilla Creek

Brazos River

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