Rio Brazos River Brown Trout
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing the Rio Brazos River New
The  Rio Brazos River is a 42 mile long tributary of the
Chama River in Northern New Mexico. The river's
headwaters start at an elevation of about 10,700 feet in
the Tusas Mountains near the Colorado border southeast
of Chama, New Mexico. The headwaters has two
branches, the West Fork and the East Fork. They join at
the Brazos Meadows outside of Carson National Forest.
The lower end of the stream near its confluence with the
Chama River lies at about 7500 feet.

The main stem of the river in the headwaters, Brazos
Meadows, slowly meanders for a few miles. It's a very
large meadow stream that flows into the Brazos Box, a
deep canyon near the Brazos Cliffs. Gavilan and
Encinado Creeks add to the flow just before reaching the
Brazos Falls, a 2400 foot high waterfall. Below the falls it
picks up another tributary streams, Chevez Creek and
flows through Ensenada, Brazos and Los Ojos before
reaching the Chama River.

You can fish the Brazos River from May through October
but the best opportunities are probably in the late summer
and early fall. Runoff usually takes place in April and early
May. The only disadvantage to this river is the large
amount of private water. The Brazos River Ranch is one
of the largest ones and provides fly fishing arrangements
for their guest. There is about four or five miles of public
access to the river.

The Brazos's rainbows are stocked but there is a good
population of brown trout along with brook trout in some

The section of the river near its confluence with the
Chama River features views of the Brazos Cliffs. The
giant volcanoes formed rock cliffs rise up to 2000 feet
from their base. The close proximity to the Chama, makes
it easy to fish both river during a trip.

The season is open year-round.
Early, before runoff in April can be good.
Summer is okay provided the water is cool enough. .
September through October is considered the best
time to fish the Rio Brazos.

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Type of Stream
Freestone Stream

Rainbow Trout
Brown Trout
Brook Trout


Northern New Mexico

Nearest Towns
Los Ojos


Limited, mostly private

Non-Resident License
State of New Mexico

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