Fly Fishing in the Desert?

Pecos River Rainbow

(Rainbow Trout from the Pecos River)

When guests ask us about things to do around Santa Fe and I suggest fly fishing for trout I frequently see surprise and disbelief. There are actually multiple fishing opportunities within an hour or two of Santa Fe and many more options throughout northern New Mexico. While the Rio Grande is a meandering muddy river along the Texas – Mexico border it is a cold clear mountain river in northern New Mexico and home to lunker brown and rainbow trout. My favorite place to fish is the Pecos River, which is an easy 40 minute drive from the Inn. The Pecos is a classic tumbling mountain stream with headwaters high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Pecos Wilderness. The Pecos offers amazing dry fly fishing and is easily waded. The Rio Chama is only an hour away and offers year round fishing in the midst of Georgia O’Keefe country. For fly fishers looking to test their skills the many small streams in and around the Valles Caldera National Preserve is just two hours away and can be combined with a visit to Bandolier and the Bradbury Museum in Los Alamos. There are even more mountain streams to explore in the Taos area. You might even get a shot at a Rio Grande cutthroat trout, which is native to the Rio Grande drainage and southern Rocky Mountains.

If you have questions or need suggestions give us a call at (505) 984-8200. Inn on the Paseo’s Innkeeper, Terry, is always willing to talk trout and fly fishing in Northern, New Mexico. So the next time you are planning a trip to Santa Fe, think about packing your fly fishing gear. No space in your luggage? No worries we can connect you with our favorite fly shops where you can rent gear, hire a guide, or pick up the hottest flies for the water you’re fishing. And we’d be happy to help you arrange a guided trip with our preferred partners.