Taos Fly Shop
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Taos Fly Shop can work with clients of limited mobility to provide a great expirience.
Taylor Streit has been guiding fly fishers in Northern New Mexico for 30 years and is a "Legendary Guide" in the Freshwater Fishing Hall 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. They provide instruction for beginners and advice for more experienced anglers. You'll be learning to fly-cast while you're catching fish!
Areas of Service and Expertise
Taos, New Mexico is an excellent headquarters for the fly fisher who is vacationing with the family. You can fish all day confidant that the rest of those crew will have an interesting day. Taos is a town with endless things to see and do; there's Taos Pueblo, shops, galleries, museums, the Gorge Bridge, horseback riding, rafting, and hiking. After the day is done, relax over a spicy New Mexican dish in one of Taos' fine restaurants while you tell the family about your big fish.
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 can be world class, but due to the harshness of the area it is reserved for the skilled and fit fly fisher.
We also guide out of the town of Chama, New Mexico. (Chama and Taos are both about 2 hours from Albuquerque, New Mexico). The Chama area is one of the least populated-and lightly fished regions in the southern Rockies. Quoting from Taylor's 2007 book of stories Man vs Fish The Fly Fisherman's Eternal Struggle "Its a naturalist dream, and when driving through the middle of town an animal crossing the road is as likely to be wild as it is to be domestic."
Taos Fly Shop promotes Catch and Release fishing on all of it's guided trips. We have been very involved in local conservation groups such as Trout Unlimited, Amigos Bravos and the R3 Group- which overseas the reclamation of the Red River damaged by mining.
Pet Friendly Notes
Though dogs tend to like to swim where the fish are supposed to be- we welcome any pets.
Types of Experiences and Trips Provided
Backcoutry Fishing (FULL DAY)
Backcountry fishing—if you prefer being alone in the wilds we have several places to fish that are rarely visited. Accessing these spots requires an hour or mores car ride and then a hike, so plan on a long day. The fish are usually small cutthroat, brook, brown and/or rainbow trout that rise to dry flies. The scenery runs from big and lonely, to gentle beaver ponds lined with wildflowers. Spotting elk, deer, bear, turkey and coyotes is always an element of visiting the backcountry. This is a great trip for all skill levels—if you have appreciation of nature at it finest.
FULL DAY (8 hrs.+) GUIDED TRIP: Taos Area
Taos is located at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and streams like the Rio Costilla, Cimarron, Red River, and Rio Hondo drain the high peaks. These waters offer something for every level of angler and some are especially suited for the first timer because of their abundance of fish. The Rio Grande is ideal for the experienced and fit angler after big fish and solitude. We pride ourselves at customizing each trip and your guide will discuss your options with you before you set out, matching your skills, experience, and expectations to the areas waters.
1/2 DAY (~4hrs.) GUIDED TRIP: Taos Area
HALF DAY public water—Want to stand in the rush of the stream and have a trout tugging on your line? If you have never fly fished a ½ day is a great way to start. Our main emphases is in having you catch fish, but if you are serious about learning be sure and tell your guide that you want as much schooling as possible. Because of the driving distances to various waters a full day trip offers more options and is a better choice for more experienced anglers (Fishing the lower and middle sections of the Rio Grande are possible for a half-day--conditions prevailing). Trips start at 8:30 am or 2 pm and are 4 1/2 hours from your starting time and do not include lunch. Arrive 15 minutes early if you need gear and license.