Fishing Season: Prime is September - early November. April depending on runoff

Rio Grande - NM

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

48

Doc Thompson's Tip of the Week

The Rio is still low for the Rio with steady flows. Better fishing is late morning through the afternoon. Look for Baetis late morning and afternoon.

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Map of Rio Grande

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Doc Thompson

5-Day Outlook as of 4/21/21

The Rio Grande should continue to fish as long as the pleasant weather holds before winter sets in. Still a few baetis hatching.

Techniques & Tips as of 4/21/21

Nymph fish the deeper water with double nymphs. Fish dry-droppers along the edges and riffles.

Current Conditions as of 4/21/21

The Rio Grande should continue to fish as long as the pleasant weather holds before winter sets in. Still a few baetis hatching.

Local Species Available Prime is September - early November. April depending on runoff

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Doc Thompson's Recommended Fly Patterns

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

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Bead Head Stonefly black or brown 10-12
Cliff's Crazy Cranefly brown olive 10-12
TH Bloody Mary N/A 12
Flashback Baetis Nymph N/A 16-20
Copper Johns red black 16-20
Adams Parachute Dry Fly N/A 16-20
CDC Mayfly Emerger grayish olivish 16-20
Hot spot nymphs N/A 12-16
Streamers balck, olive 10

Bead Head Stonefly

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Doc Thompson's Recommended Gear

Description: About Rio Grande

Northern New Mexico-Taos Area

Nearest Airport:

Albuquerque International Sunport

Hatches:

Baeits

Best Time to Fish:

morning-afternoon

Best Stretch:

Pilar area, John Dunn Bridge area, Rio Grande Wild and Scenic area

Best Access:

Pilar, John Dunn Bridge, hike in waters of Rio Grande Wild and Scenic area