Taylor Streit has been guiding anglers in Northern New Mexico for 30 years and is a "Legendary Guide" in the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. He has written three acclaimed fly fishing books. His son Nick runs Taos Fly Shop and was on the U.S. Junior Fly fishing team that placed second in the world competition of 1998. They employ several experienced guides who have been hand-picked and trained by Taylor on fishing NM waters. Get more informationt about our Fly Fishing and Guide Schools.
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.