Fly Fishing New Mexico's Rio Costilla Tailwater

July 14, 2005 By: Marshall Cutchin

This tailwater in northern New Mexico is one of the best places to catch the Rio Grande cutthroat. “Caddis, mayflies, stoneflies and more inhabit the rich environment of this Sangre de Cristo Mountain stream, giving fly-fishing anglers a good selection of aquatic insects from which to choose. Grassy banks line the Rio Costilla, which are loaded with grasshoppers, ants and other terrestrials that also become prey to the trout, furthering the artificial-fly selection.” Thomas Pena on FreeNewMexican.com.