When: July 5, August 5 & September 13
Location: The Downs at Santa Fe
Taught by professional fly fishing instructor and guide Dan Holden. These FREE hands-on lessons cover fly fishing fundamentals including how to cast and how to use the equipment. Students will learn the skills they need to be able to go fly fishing and enjoy it.... GUARANTEED! Meet at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort’s fishing pond every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. A New Mexico fishing license is required to participate and can be purchased in Sipapu’s gift shop. For more information, call 575-587-2240 or visit www.SipapuNM.com.
Led by Van Beacham, owner of the Solitary Angler, and his staff of certified instructors, the “quick start” fly casting class will take place at Sipapu every Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and will cover the basics of fly fishing.
“Over the years I have have developed a unique technique that makes learning to fly cast fast, fun and easy,” Beacham said. “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, and fly rods and reels will be available to borrow at no charge (they may be reserved in advance by calling 800-587-2240). A New Mexico fishing license is required and may be purchased at Sipapu’s general store.
Following 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 or additional tours may be made by calling 800-587-2240.
Sipapu’s free fly fishing clinics resume just in time for National Free Fishing Day, happening Saturday, June 7. Sponsored by New Mexico Game and Commission, all anglers – including state residents and non-residents – will enjoy a day of free fishing; no licenses or stamps are required, although bag limits and all other fishing rules apply.
Located just 20 miles southeast of Taos on Highway 518, Sipapu offers free access to one of the finest trout fishing areas in New Mexico. The Rio Pueblo flows right through the heart of the resort and 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 New Mexico Department of Game and Fish typically stock the pond every other week.