Jemez River Rainbow Trout
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing The Jemez River New
Mexico
The Jemez River drainage is made up of several small
streams. The Rio San Antonio and Rio Guadalupe are
two that are covered under separate sections of
this website. The Jemez River is formed by the Rio
San Antonio and the East Fork of the Jemez River at
Battleship Rock. The stream runs through a steep
canyon.

The first stretch of water below Battleship Rock has
little public access. It begins and Battleship Rock and
extends for only a mile downstream. There's also a
section that lies between Soda Dam and Jemez
Springs. The longest section of approximately four
miles lies from Jemez Springs downstream to State
Highway #485.  

This small river averages about 20 to 25 feet in width.
Most of the water is shallow but there are a few pools
with deep water. The banks are lined almost
continuously with alders cottonwoods, and willow trees.
There are undercut banks, runs and riffles. Some
sections could be described as pocket water.

Access to the Jemez River if from State Highway #3
which follows along the river. The river is stocked with
rainbows during the Winter. The brown trout are wild.

The East Fork of the Jemez River runs through the
Valles Caldera National Preserve. There are miles of
water open to the public to fish and the fishing is great.
The only problem is the stream runs through some
deep canyons and many places are tough to reach.
The East Fork does cross State Highway #4 a few
times. Access is easy at the crossing but it's also the
most popular places to fish the stream. The best fishing
comes by putting forth the effort to hike into the
canyons.

Fly fishing the Jemez River can vary from easy to tough
depending on the time of year. When the water gets
low and clear, the fish are tougher to catch. Longer,
lighter leaders are usually required to catch the wild
browns. The stocked rainbows are rarely picky.

Seasons:
The season is year round.
Spring:
Springtime is the best time for fly fishing the Jemez
River as long as the water isn't too high..
Summer:
There can be some fish caught but the water usually
gets too warm for good fishing opportunities.
Fall:
Fall can be the best time to fish. The brown trout spawn
during the Fall.
Winter:
Some of the better fishing is during the Winter. The
water rarely freezes.

Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies
Type of Stream
Freestone

Species
Rainbow Trout (Stocked)
Brown Trout (Wild)

Size
Small

Location
Northern New Mexico

Nearest Towns
Jemez Springs

Season
Year-round

Access:
Good

Non-Resident License
State of New Mexico

Weather
National Weather Service Link

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