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Old 04-16-2021, 08:21 PM   #1
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Thinking about taking a road trip with my brother in June. Wanting to fish the rivers, streams and lakes in the area. Anybody TBHer have an air bnb or Vrbo property?
Any info on fishing, things to do/see would be appreciated. We arenít fly fisherman, weíd be using spinning tackle.
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Old 04-16-2021, 08:47 PM   #2
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Taos sits on the enchanted circle and has easy access to Angle Fire, Eagle Nest, Red River and Questa.

For a first timer- the Red River near Questa is a good place for stocker rainbows. Access at the fish hatchery. Eagle Nest reservoir is really good. Trout, yellow perch and northern pike. Plenty of bank access in normal years-but its a state park and may not allow non-residents with the Covid restrictions. Eagle nest marina rents boat- beautiful mountain backdrop. The Cimarron River below eagle nest is good, better for fly fishing. The Red River in the town of RR has plenty of spots to fish and it regularly stocked with Rainbows.
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Old 04-16-2021, 09:03 PM   #3
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Head up to the Valle Vidal from Taos and fish the Rio Castillo.
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Old 04-16-2021, 09:38 PM   #4
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Good question OP, in for the info. Hope you and your brother have a great fishing trip in June. Haven’t been up that way in too long and need to plan a trip back. Thanks to those posting info about this really cool area.
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Old 04-16-2021, 09:45 PM   #5
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Buy some Taos Lighting Whiskey, good stuff.
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Old 04-16-2021, 10:57 PM   #6
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Don’t waste your time on the Costilla, the killed it last fall from the dam down to the lower portion of the Valle Vidal, and the lower parts of Comanche creek. It sucks, but hopefully it will be even better in a few years.... You might try around the town of Red River starting around Memorial Day they keep it pretty stocked with rainbows. If your up for a little adventure, y’all should hike down the the lower Red or the Rio Grande.
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If I drive near Taos - "5 Star Burger" even if it is not good for me.
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Red River is much nicer than Taos. Stay there.

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Old 04-17-2021, 01:28 PM   #10
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Old 04-17-2021, 02:24 PM   #11
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Have a margarita at Taos Inn.

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Old 04-17-2021, 03:46 PM   #12
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Last time I went I fished in the Cimarron Canyon State Park
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Old 04-17-2021, 05:53 PM   #14
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If you are in Taos, the Kit Carson Museum is worth a look. It is near the square. If you have read Blood and Thunder first, it will be more interesting to you.
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Well ****. Hopefully I never get to the point where I can't have a drink or two. That would suck.

It's a cool place with good food too.

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Old 04-17-2021, 11:00 PM   #18
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Well ****. Hopefully I never get to the point where I can't have a drink or two. That would suck.

It's a cool place with good food too.

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That was my problem. I couldnít have a drink or two.
Off switch didnít exist.
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Mante's Chow Cart, was the go to for breakfast
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Old 04-18-2021, 07:32 AM   #20
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Nothing that really stands out. In Red River the grill at the Lifehouse is good. The food at Taos Inn is good.

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Old 04-18-2021, 08:21 AM   #22
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I used to live in Taos.

Taos Outback Pizza is good.
Pizanos is hard to beat as well.
Guadalajara Grill for Mexican.
Abeís for breakfast burritos.
Michaelís Kitchen for upscale.
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Old 04-18-2021, 08:35 AM   #23
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We've been to the Mexican restaurant there on the main road cross from Walmart several times and its really good. Can't think of the name of it right now.
We love Taos, NM!
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Old 04-18-2021, 11:34 AM   #24
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Any more fishing tips/places?


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Old 04-18-2021, 11:45 AM   #25
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My buddies and I had a pretty good steak at Texas Reds in Red River back in March. Red River Brewing company has pretty good food.
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Maybe check and see if the Picurus Pueblo has its fishing pond open.
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Old 04-18-2021, 09:12 PM   #27
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Old 04-18-2021, 11:50 PM   #28
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I usually just strike out and explore and fish on my own when I go trout fishing but about two years ago my brother in law and nephew wanted to go. My son went as well. So we had 3 people who have very, very limited to no fly fishing experience and wanted them to have a good first experience with trout fishing. We booked Doc Thompson and Shane from High Country Anglers and had a super trip fishing several of their private waters. Fantastic fishing, decent quality fish and they are really good guys. Even the first timers caught lots of fish.

I have also fished that area on my own and have done OK. Lots of good options. Stop by the fly shop and visit with them. They will give you some good options. I have fished Valle Vidal and it was awesome but doesn't open until the first part of July. And like said above it may not be an option. But there are plenty of other areas. I've done pretty well on the Cimarron between Eagle Nest and Ute Park. Also have caught some fish between Red River and Questa on the Red River but it was only so-so for me.

If you stay in Taos there are tons of great places to eat. Michael's was a favorite for breakfast. Lambert's was really good, a little more upscale. La Cueva is a pretty good lunch spot. I can't remember all the places we have eaten in Taos but I don't think I found a bad meal there yet. Lots of good places to eat. Red River, not so much. Eagle Nest, not so much. Red River has a newish micro brewery/restaurant that looked good but was packed when we went through. Last time we stayed in RR the food options were not what I would call great. But it's a cool place to stay.

There are several good micro breweries that have tasting rooms. There is one just outside of Eagle Nest that is a great place to grab a couple beers after you come off the water. We watched elk in the meadows off in the distance from there as we sat outside and drank a beer. It was a nice way to wrap up a day of fishing. I think that is the Comanche Creek Brewery. There was another good one north of Taos towards the Rio Grande Gorge bridge. Taos Mesa Brewing or something like that.
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I used to live in Taos.

Taos Outback Pizza is good.
Pizanos is hard to beat as well.
Guadalajara Grill for Mexican.
Abeís for breakfast burritos.
Michaelís Kitchen for upscale.
Thanks for posting, will file this away until I can get back to check some of these out.
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Old 04-19-2021, 10:59 AM   #30
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Talk to Ryan at Taos Fly Shop. We are going to do some fishing with them in the Rio Grande Gorge in June. It is a hike in trip to the bottom of the gorge, not a lot of folks hit that area. It is north of Taos a bit.

Was in Taos this last week for a day-cation (it's only 4 hours from me). They are still working on coming out of COVID, lots of shops open. Best breakfast in town (and best service) is Michaels.
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All kinds of places to fish on the Rio Grande. Lots of turnouts off HWY 68 South of town toward Pilar and Embudo where you can park and get to the River. Also North of town around the John Dunn bridge. Definitely stop and eat at Orlando's if you head North of town. You can also drive up 518 toward Las Vegas and fish the Rio Pueblo near Sipapu Ski Resort. Smaller fish up there, but very scenic.
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Old 04-19-2021, 12:22 PM   #32
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Can't wait to get up there. Best part on the drive is no cities to go thru.
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Old 04-20-2021, 06:33 AM   #33
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Can't wait to get up there. Best part on the drive is no cities to go thru.
Miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles.
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Miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles.
Exactly as I want it.
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I usually just strike out and explore and fish on my own when I go trout fishing but about two years ago my brother in law and nephew wanted to go. My son went as well. So we had 3 people who have very, very limited to no fly fishing experience and wanted them to have a good first experience with trout fishing. We booked Doc Thompson and Shane from High Country Anglers and had a super trip fishing several of their private waters. Fantastic fishing, decent quality fish and they are really good guys. Even the first timers caught lots of fish.

I have also fished that area on my own and have done OK. Lots of good options. Stop by the fly shop and visit with them. They will give you some good options. I have fished Valle Vidal and it was awesome but doesn't open until the first part of July. And like said above it may not be an option. But there are plenty of other areas. I've done pretty well on the Cimarron between Eagle Nest and Ute Park. Also have caught some fish between Red River and Questa on the Red River but it was only so-so for me.

If you stay in Taos there are tons of great places to eat. Michael's was a favorite for breakfast. Lambert's was really good, a little more upscale. La Cueva is a pretty good lunch spot. I can't remember all the places we have eaten in Taos but I don't think I found a bad meal there yet. Lots of good places to eat. Red River, not so much. Eagle Nest, not so much. Red River has a newish micro brewery/restaurant that looked good but was packed when we went through. Last time we stayed in RR the food options were not what I would call great. But it's a cool place to stay.

There are several good micro breweries that have tasting rooms. There is one just outside of Eagle Nest that is a great place to grab a couple beers after you come off the water. We watched elk in the meadows off in the distance from there as we sat outside and drank a beer. It was a nice way to wrap up a day of fishing. I think that is the Comanche Creek Brewery. There was another good one north of Taos towards the Rio Grande Gorge bridge. Taos Mesa Brewing or something like that.
Got a trip booked with Doc for our second day up there.
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Old 04-20-2021, 02:35 PM   #37
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Tagged, I will be there in August
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Got a trip booked with Doc for our second day up there.
Good deal, you'll have fun.
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Old 04-21-2021, 09:55 AM   #40
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Horse Shoe and Lost Lake are great lakes to fish but you'll need to take your hiking boots to get there.

Also try Shotgun Willie's in Red River for breakfast.
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You could fish Hopewell lake off Hwy 64 as well.
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