How to Make the Most of Your Pecos River Fly Fishing Adventure

The City Different is full of history and culture, but did you know that there are plenty of incredible outdoor activities that please even the most intrepid explorer? Fly fishing on the Pecos River is an exciting and unforgettable experience. It’s the perfect opportunity to be one with nature in the Land of Enchantment.

If you want to make the most of your time in Santa Fe, our Vacation Guide is full of the best things to do and places to see in our area! 

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Your Guide to Fly Fishing on the Pecos River

Pecos National Historic Park in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is the top destination in the area to go fly fishing in the Pecos River. This scenic river offers some of the best fly fishing in the state during the summer months. Every year, the season starts in the first two weeks of June and extends through the beginning of August. The beautiful scenery and fresh mountain air provide a fantastic outdoor experience that’s only about 35 minutes outside of Santa Fe. 

You will need to make reservations prior to your arrival if you wish to fly fish in the Pecos River. There are three main beats in the park, and you may share one with others even after you make a reservation. The park does not allow fishing on Tuesday and Thursday. 

Tip: Be sure to attain your proper New Mexico fishing license before heading to Pecos National Historic Park. Any bait other than artificial lures is prohibited. Check the park’s website for more restrictions and notices regarding fly fishing.

Local Shops and Fly Fishing Lessons

Santa Fe Fly Fishing School

Do you want to learn or touch up your fly fishing skills before hitting the Pecos River? Then you need to visit Santa Fe Fly Fishing School! This local company teaches comprehensive lessons on the basics of river angling.

The Reel Life

The Reel Life provides Pecos River fly fishing classes and guided trips. These experiences are fantastic ways to spend your day in the great outdoors of Northern New Mexico. They also offer classes in the Rio Chama, Rio Grande, and Jemez area streams in addition to rental equipment.

High Desert Angler

High Desert Anglers offers an array of fly fishing opportunities in the Santa Fe area. Their guides have access to exclusive stretches of alpine creeks and rivers in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and surrounding areas. They also have a shop where you can grab any rental gear that you may need on your fly fishing escapades. 

Discover Your Northern New Mexico Adventurethe interior of the Acequia Madre room

Return to your room at the El Farolito Inn after a day of fly fishing. Our Inn features authentic Southwestern accommodations that are steps away from Santa Fe Plaza and the historic center of town. We also offer all our guests a gourmet breakfast every morning of their stay.   

Start planning your Santa Fe getaway today by booking one of our rooms. We look forward to welcoming you to our Northern New Mexico oasis.