Land of Enchantment Guides, NM
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter in Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Sample of Typical Itinerary
A full-day trip is usually 8 to 10 hours from pick-up to drop-off. For a full-day trip, anglers are usually picked up/leave for the fishing spot somewhere between 7 and 8 in the morning, have lunch on the river and get back by 5 or 6 in the evening. A half-day trip is usually 5 to 6 hours from pick-up to drop-off. Departure time for a half-day trip is usually between 7 and 8 in the morning and return by 1 or 2 in the afternoon. Land of Enchantment Guides can also do half-day trips in the middle of the day or in the afternoon, to suit your schedule.
Fishing Packages and Multi-Day Trips
Typically fishing packages and multi-day trips are done out of one of the fly fishing ranches or lodges that Land of Enchantment Guides works with. Usually anglers are always going to be fishing for a full day. You will leave the ranch or lodge after breakfast and go to the fishing spot, have lunch on the river and be back in time for a cocktail or two and dinner.
These are general descriptions of how the guided trips go. The times can all be adjusted a bit to suit the time of year, specific fishing locations and your personal preferences. On any trip, if the fishing is really good and the anglers would like to stay, trips may end up being a bit longer. For more information and pricing, please go to the Trips & Rates page on the Land of Enchantment Guides website.
Species You Fish for by Season
There are four main species of trout to be caught while fly fishing in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado's rivers, lakes and streams. These are rainbow, brown, brook, and Rio Grande cutthroat. In some locations you can catch the odd cut-bow (a rainbow/cutthroat hybrid), Kokanee salmon, lake trout, smallmouth bass, carp and/or a pike.
Not all species are found in every area. If you are interested in fishing for a particular type of trout, Land of Enchantment Guides can take you to a spot where you will have the best chance of catching the one you are looking for. If you check the descriptions of the spots listed on their website's Rivers & Streams page, you will get a good idea of what species of trout are found in the various waters. In most of the locations, an angler will be able to catch more than one type of trout during a typical fishing day. If you go to the correct spot and you are very lucky, there is the chance of catching three or possibly all four of the main species of trout in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado - a "grand slam"! For more detailed information and pictures, please go to the New Mexico Trout page on the Land of the Enchantment Guides website.
The best dry-fly fishing is typically in the summer and early fall seasons. Nymphs, midges and streamers work well throughout the year. All of the trout species are generally available to be caught throughout the year, depending on the fishing location. Typically pike fishing tends to be better in the winter months and Kokanee salmon only run up the rivers in the fall. Carp are easier to target in the summer and the fall.
Frequently Asked Questions
The questions and answers below are excerpted from the Land of Enchantment Guides website. For more information and answers to many other questions, please check out their FAQs page.
What level of skill is required to go on a guided fly-fishing trip?
None. We guide novices as well as experienced anglers alike. All of our guides are great teachers and enjoy helping clients to learn about fly fishing. All of our trips are set up taking each client's skill level into consideration. We also offer individual and group classes covering all aspects of fly fishing and fly casting.
How do we get to the fishing spot?
Depending on where you are staying or located, we usually can pick you up and drop you off for no extra charge. Transportation is included in the price of the trip, within reason, depending on the location of your fishing trip. We often arrange to meet clients along the way to the fishing spots. This can work out very well for the clients, giving them more time fishing.
Are your guides certified in CPR and First Aid?
Yes, all of our guides are certified in both CPR and basic First Aid.
Is Land of Enchantment Guides permitted and insured?
Yes, we are permitted for guided fishing trips by the Santa Fe National Forest, the Carson National Forest, the New Mexico State Parks, the Federal Bureau of Land Management and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. We are also a permitted Colorado outfitter/guide service (permit #: OUT-2808).We carry full liability insurance and are bonded. As well as being ORVIS endorsed, Land of Enchantment Guides is a Trout Unlimited endorsed business.
What Should Customers Bring?
At a minimum it is a good idea to bring a hat, polarized sunglasses and proper clothing on any guided fly fishing trip. You will need a fishing license which you can buy online or over the counter at many locations. More detailed information and links to purchase New Mexico and/or Colorado fishing licenses can be found in this section of the Land of Enchantment Guides website: After You Book a Trip.
Land of Enchantment Guides will provide all the fishing gear you will need (rods and reels, leaders, tippet, custom tied flies, waders and wading shoes, etc.) at no additional cost. If you want to use your own fishing gear, it is recommended that you at least bring either a 4 or 5 weight rod in the 9' to 10' length range. The most versatile fly line will be a high quality, weight-forward floating line. Good waders and wading shoes are also in order. Note: It is legal to use felt soles in both New Mexico and Colorado waters.
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