The Rio Grande River flows out of Southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley into the 70 mile long Rio Grande Gorge, a sheer canyon running parallel to and slightly west of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Taos. The Rio Grande Gorge is the epitome of wild freestone river fishing. Uncontrolled by dams, the river is influenced almost completely by nature. As a result the trout, like the fishing, are unpredictable. For the adventurous angler who likes a chance at catching large wild trout and northern pike that have rarely if ever been hooked or seen a fly, the Rio Grande Gorge is just what the doctor ordered.