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What to Expect

Please note that due to COVID-19 new policies and procedures have been put into place for clients and guides in an attempt to provide the safest experience for everyone.  Click on the link above for details.

Although this describes "A Typical Day", we customize every trip and are happy to work with you to ensure that your needs and expectations are met. Please feel free to call, visit or e-mail with questions about what we can do for you.

A Typical Day

Meet the guide. Guides normally meet clients at 8 am. Introductions, outfitting with the proper rental equipment, including waders and boots, purchasing fishing licenses and getting an orientation for the day’s activities may take up to an hour. You also may wish to browse the store for items you may want for future trips or personal use.

Travel to the fishing destination. Destinations are chosen by the guide based on fishability and weather conditions, as well as on the client’s stream type preference. Travel time is 1–2 hours. Client transportation by client’s own vehicle is strongly encouraged. The guide will transport fishing equipment, supplies, spare outdoor clothing, first aid kit and lunch supplies.


Prepare to fish. The guide will get all the equipment ready for the day while clients put on their fishing gear. A casting lesson will follow if necessary.


Fish! Your guide will provide whatever fishing supplies and attention you should need to enjoy your fishing day. Beginners will learn basic skills and how to “read” water to locate fish, abilities necessary to become a successful fly fisher.


Eat lunch. Bottled water will be provided by your guide, you are responsible for your own lunch. A picnic lunch by the water is one of the most relaxing parts of a fly fishing excursion. Lunch breaks are not typically taken on half-day trips. 


Fish more! Your guide can provide more advanced fly fishing instruction if you wish, or simply direct you to the “fishy” spots. Your guide is an experienced outdoor professional who can point out other features of interest, giving you the opportunity for a personalized introduction to New Mexico’s diverse environments.


Return home tired, with some great experiences and stories to share. At the end of the day your guide will retrieve all of your borrowed gear and return it to the shop themselves so that you are free to return to town at your own pace or prepare for the evenings activities. 


Payment for the day is usually processed at High Desert Angler at the beginning of the day as soon as personnel are certain that your trip is underway.  We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express and personal checks.

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