About the trip
Looking for a full day guided fishing trip from Santa Fe NM?
- Customized for all skill levels
- Handpicked waters for all seasons
- Extremely knowledgeable NM guides
- Explore the lesser known streams and rivers of NM
Is transportation provided?
No, you will be required to drive yourself to the venue for the day. Contact our trusted partners before your trip for more information
Are there meals provided?
No, you will need to bring your own snacks or lunch as well as plenty of water. Contact our trusted partners before your trip for more information
Is this trip operated by NMRA?
No, these trips are available through our partners at Red River Angler and Sport (575-754-1700) or High Desert Anglers in Santa Fe (505-988-7688). For further information and to reserve your trip, please contact them directly.
I highly recommend New Mexico River Adventures! We did a half day race course on a Monday afternoon in August. Although the water was low it was a great experience and wish we had done a full day. Our guide, Erin, was wonderful! She had a great sense of humor, taught us a lot and made the whole experience even better! We now have a new love, appreciation, and respect for the Rio Grande. Thanks to NM River Adventures we have found a hobby our whole family loves and will continue to pursue.Monica McCaslin
Just want to say thanks to the entire team at NMRA for an amazing half day adventure on the river on 9/7. John Michael, our guide, was knowledgeable and friendly and the front desk staff were accommodating and helpful. (Special shout out to the gal who emailed me my photos after I lost the thumb drive). From the moment we walked in the door, I knew we had picked the right place! Highly recommend if you're looking for something exciting to do.Rebecca N.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The professional guides of New Mexico River Adventures and our partners at High Desert Angler know the waters around Santa Fe like few others. Not only do they take you to where the fish are but are expert in helping you catch them. We can teach first timers of all ages in the basics and guide them to success. Seasoned anglers have the opportunity to fine tune skills and increase their knowledge. We have the finest and most professional guides in the region and you can be assured a great experience every time you fish with us.
New Mexico’s alpine desert environment has it all, majestic rivers, high mountain streams, tail-waters, alpine lakes, spring fed creeks and freestones. Don’t forget that we also have exclusive access to miles of privately leased waters inaccessible to the general public and only made available to clients.
Contact our partners at High Desert Anglers, 505-988-7688, today or, when in Santa Fe, just stop our Santa Fe Rafting and Fishing Headquarters to meet the staff. We are always happy to talk fishing.
Full Day Fishing Trip from Santa Fe – What To Expect
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 and first aid kit.
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.
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.
Lunch and drinks will be provided by your guide. A picnic lunch by the water is one of the most relaxing parts of a fly fishing excursion. Lunches are not provided on half-day trips. (If you have special dietary restrictions, please mention them when making your reservations.)
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.
What To Bring on Your Full Day Fishing Trip from Santa Fe
- Valid NM Fishing License with “Habitat” and “HMVA” Stamps (can be purchased online ahead of your trip)
- Sunscreen for high-altitude protection
- Hat with visor
- Polarized sunglasses for eye protection and to permit superior vision on the water
- Warm sweater and waterproof rain jacket (mountain temperatures are cooler and weather can change rapidly)
- Comfortable, warm clothing. Warm socks are essential as mountain water is always cold
- Non-absorbent nylon pants or polypropylene long johns if available, are best under waders
- Change of clothing, including socks, in case of getting wet
- Snacks (for half-day trips where lunch is not provided)