Fishing Hacks You Wish You Already Knew

Fishing Hacks


Before you pack your gear and head our way for a little R&R and fishing, be sure to pack a few necessary items.

One advantage of fishing around Red River is that most fishing can be done from the bank. But if you do venture into the water, remember, all waterways in this area are melted snow. First timer waders in the streams might find the water temperature a bit cold. However, it’s only cold when you first get in – after a while you won’t be able to feel your legs anyway without proper gear.  Star Trading has some great gear to protect your from teeth chattering. That kind of noise will scare the fish away.

There are plenty of opportunities whether you are on the banks, river fishing, fly fishing or fishing on the lakes. Pick your spot and prepare to do some serious catching.

Fishing on the Fly

Being stealthy and speedy are important in fly fishing. Cast upstream – usually the fish are waiting for something to float downstream and will have their backs to you – so to speak. It’s also important to keep your shadow away from places they may be hiding. They didn’t get to be this big without being very cautious of big shadows.

The trout will generally bite at the first sign of food coming over the rocks. They “lay in wait” for food. Try the Ant Fly lure. If they don’t strike immediately, move to a different spot and come back later. The Elk Hair Caddis is another great lure that will become your best friend. Remember, certain streams and locations require barbless hooks; so be sure to check out the rules by visiting the state’s website New Mexico Rules and Regulations regarding fishing.

Another great spot in the stream is where the water “funnels” on its descent downstream. With the funneling of water also comes the funneling of food…..and fish know that.

The center of the main current is good as well – for all the same reasons.

Now that we have picked our favorite fly, we recommend the Cabela’s Bighorn Fly Combo. This unit will let beginners “get their feet wet” on a budget. Those offer medium to fast action for the short to midrange casting – is generally where beginners feel more comfortable.

On the Ice

A young fisherman, Landon Faust, age 13, from Loranger, La, has taught us a few things recently about ice fishing on Eagle Nest Lake. O.K., we know there is no ice in Louisiana but he knows a thing or two about the subject and this lake. “No fish is worth dying for…..Make sure the ice is thick.” he says, adding, “Tip up fishing can keep you from constantly tugging on the line to see if anything is there. The flag will raise on the ‘tip up’ when there is a fish on the line. This let’s you fish several holes at once.” Oh to be so smart at 13. Yes, we do start our fishermen young. When fishing Eagle Nest Lake, keep all the Northern Pikes you can catch – no restrictions on quantity or size.

After a day in, on, or near the water, head on back into Red River to Brett’s Bistro for Prime Rib, Ribeye, or Fried Catfish that makes my mouth water just thinking about it.  Settle in to a cabin, throw that gear on the floor, and enjoy a hot shower to warm your toes and anything else that may have gotten a bit chilly.

5 Best-Kept Secret Fishing Spots in Red River

Fishing Spots


Wherever you choose to fish in the rivers, streams or closed waters around Red River, N.M. you will be catching, not just fishing. The streams are stocked with mostly Rainbow Trout. However, there are Brook and Brown Trout just taunting you to try them. Red River Angler and Sport can guide you to where you need to be for your best catch. We suspect there will be a few fish-tales being told.  New Mexico Department of Game and Fish promote conservation of certain native species: the Gila Trout and the Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout. Those must be released back. For a weekly updated report, visit Weekly Fishing and Stocking Report.

Red River Fishing Tip #5

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish govern what, where and how many fish you can bag. Our Game Wardens get bored from time to time with nothing to do…..we like to keep it that way. So it’s always advisable to follow the rules. That’s just another way you can enjoy your catch! As always, please remember to carry out what you carry in. Fishing Permits can be purchased right here in Red River at Williams Trading Post and Hardware. Children under the age of 12 do not require a license. We like to get our kids “hooked” on fishing early in life.

Red River Fishing Tip #4

Red River from its confluence with Goose Creek 1.1. miles upstream to the Carson National Forest boundary is the “Green Chile Water”  It means that there are certain tackle restrictions: only artificial fly or lure with a single, barbless hook can be used. You can catch cutthroat, rainbow, brown trout in that area.

Bitter Creek, Goose Creek, and Pioneer Creek are small tributaries that feed into the Red River. Cutthroat, and Rainbow Trout can be found here.  A little farther downstream is the Columbine Creek, a “Red Chile Water” (meaning catch and release),  Red River below Fawn Lakes, and Goose Lake offer an abundance of great fishing of Rainbow, Cutthroat, and Brown Trout.  Under the bridges and around bushes in the river through town is another great place to have some serious fun catching fish. All fishing is open in town unless otherwise marked.

Red River Fishing Tip #3

If stream fishing is not to your liking, the Town Ponds are stocked with Rainbow trout. Goose Lake up river from Goose Creek has Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout. Fawn Lakes, just 2 miles downstream from town, has Rainbow and Brown Trout. There’s plenty of fish and good eatin’ to be had here!

Red River Fishing Trip #2

Less than 20 miles down the road is Eagle Nest Lake. It is stocked and open for year round fishing. The Kokanee Salmon, a land-locked Sockeye Salmon, love the colder deep waters of the lake. Eagles Nest Lake’s 2400 acres and is open for boating and fishing (catching) and is home to, not only the Kokanee Salmon, but to several species of trout, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, common carp, white sucker, channel catfish, sunfish and the northern pike. In the winter, many love to come to Eagle Nest for a little bit of ice fishing. Ice fishing isn’t just reserved to Alaska seekers, but to us in the Enchanted Circle as well.

Once you are ready to enjoy your catch, head on down to Der Markt Food Store. They have all you need to prepare that feast. For the record, we at Reservations Unlimited can eat trout three times a day, just in case you needed to know or have leftovers.

Red River Fishing Trip #1

No. 1 on our list of The Best Way to Enjoy your Red River Catch is simply by being here. You will have spent your time with us in Red River enjoying the mountains, streams, lakes, restaurants and accommodations in our little mountain town. You can take home fishing stories as big as you want to tell and you won’t have to make them up.

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