Van Beacham, owner of the Solitary Angler, and his staff of certified instructors, are conducting free “quick start” fly-fishing classes every Saturday from 10:30-11:30 am. Sipapu is located just 20 miles southeast of Taos on Highway 518. The Río Pueblo flowing through the heart of the resort contains “some of the best small pocket water fishing in the state.” The resort also offers a private, stocked fishing pond for all visitors to enjoy for free. The state Department of Game and Fish typically stock the pond every other week.
“Over the years I have have developed a unique technique that makes learning to fly cast fast, fun and easy,” Beacham says. “Students will learn how to read water, make fly selections, use the right casting techniques and to fly fish small streams like we have in New Mexico.”
Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment although fly rods and reels will be available to borrow at no charge. However, a New Mexico fishing license is required.
After the free fly-fishing class, the Solitary Angler will offer an afternoon Small Stream Clinic, and Beacham expects to offer private tours throughout the summer as well.
Reservations for the free class and to borrow equipment, or additional tours may be made by calling (800) 587-2240 or at http://thesolitaryangler.com/