Costilla, New Mexico

by Terry Farmer
(Albuquerque)

My wife and I (and dog, Belle) have visited the Rio Costilla area in far northern New Mexico the last three years for a wonderful, serene 4-day getaway. This river happens to be the home of wild, native Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout (our state fish). This year I landed my first RGCT. I used my trusty TenkaraBum 36, 2.5 level line and an ant pattern. Here's some braggin' pics....

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Jul 23, 2016
Oh yes
by: Rob R. (FJ Guy)

Very nice. See many others fishing? Were you in the Valle Vidal or the public access stretch? I'll be there in a month and a half.

Jul 23, 2016
Hey Rob
by: Terry Farmer

Valle Vidal and the public access stretch weren't very crowded. I saw maybe a half dozen anglers in the three days I was there and they were all catching fish. I caught this one in a one mile stretch of Rio Costilla private water. As a guest at the Cottonwood Meadow Ranch (you can google it), I had permission to fish the stretch. There are two cabins right at the water's edge. It's incredibly peaceful and priced quite reasonably. It's a great place to stay if you plan on being in the area for more than one day. Good luck!

Jul 26, 2016
Viva Costilla
by: Alan Luecke

What great memories. I've only fished it once (so far). But will always be one of my favorites.

Aug 25, 2016
Trout Cabin
by: Rob R. (FJ Guy)

Got the cabin booked for two days in September. Looking forward to it.

Aug 25, 2016
Good Deal
by: Terry Farmer

You won't regret it. There are other great fisheries near Costilla, although I haven't tried them all yet. The Ute Mountain run on the Rio Grande and Red River come to mind. The Latir Lakes are gorgeous and full of cutthroat trout. It's a jeep trail or steep hike up to them but it's worth it. The place is breathtaking. I'd like to spend a whole month exploring the whole area! Good luck to you Rob.

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