Fishing Season: Year Round

Pecos River - NM

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Nick Streit's Tip of the Week

The water has begun to freeze in the Pecos canyon. Look to start fishing the Villanueva State Park.

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Map of Pecos River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

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The Reel Lifet

5-Day Outlook as of 1/11/23

Fishing in the canyon can only be done in sunny spots with breaks in the ice. Villanueva State Park has been stocked and the weather looks good.

Techniques & Tips as of 1/11/23

Midges, worms, and tight line nymphing deeper pools.

Local Species Available Year Round

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    Brown Trout

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    Rainbow Trout

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    Rio Grande Cutthroat

Nick Streit's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Rojo Midge red 18-22
Micro Egg red 16-18
Sparkle Dun grey 18-20
Adams grey 18-20
yoda grey 20
master windu purple 20
Flashback Baetis Nymph olive 18
Flashback Baetis Nymph grey 18
master skywalker chartruse 20
Micro May Olive 16-20

Rojo Midge

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Nick Streit's Recommended Gear

Description: About Pecos River

The Pecos River is a medium size freestone in the heart of NM. It is the perfect place for families with busy vacation schedule; due to its proximity to Santa Fe, good fishing can be had with plenty of time to get back to town for evening activities. For the backpacking angler, the Pecos Wilderness offers endless opportunities to catch streamborn trout from alpine lakes and creeks. Some of these fish won't see five anglers in a year.

Nearest Airport:

Santa Fe


Midges, Baetis, Eggs,

Best Time to Fish:

all day

Best Stretch:

Terrero area

Best Access:

Plenty of access throughout the river. Public fishing starts at Dalton Day use area.