Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides can match your fishing skill and desires with fantastic locations to create the best opportunity for a successful trip.

From sprawling private ranches with four-star accommodations to mountain lakes and streams and wild river canyons, Van Beacham’s Solitary Angler has the fishing opportunities and the guides to make your next fishing trip an unforgettable experience.


Van Beacham

A fourth generation native New Mexican, Van comes from over six generations of fly fishermen. Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he started fishing with his father and grandfather when he was four years old.

He has been fishing and/or guiding in northern New Mexico ever since. Van currently owns and operates The Solitary Angler in Taos.

Van has guided anglers of all levels from New Mexico to Wyoming since 1978 and he has a fine staff of guides anxious and willing to share their knowledge, skills and favorite locations with you.


Jon-Carl Heglund

Born and raised in Durango, Colorado, Jon-Carl spent his high school and college days working in one of the local fly shops or guiding, from the high mountain streams to the Animas to the San Juan tailwater.

He moved away from Durango after graduating from Fort Lewis College and after five years chasing smallmouth bass, musky and trout around Asheville, NC and two years fishing the bays and surf around San Diego, CA, Jon-Carl chose to call Red River, NM home.

He currently guides the Summer/Fall season across Wyoming, from the Green River to the Bighorn, and on many smaller waters in between, as well as Winter/Spring on his home waters in Northern NM and Southern CO.


David Shaha

David Shaha(shayhay) been guiding for Solitary Angler since 2006. He grew up on the lakes in Oklahoma with a Dad that shared the same passion for fishing that David has. After catching a plethora of blue-gill, monster bass, and mythical size catfish, he worked at Philmont Scout Ranch for several years where he got hooked on trout.

Having a love for northern New Mexico and southern Colorado it was a easy choice to make Taos his home. If you haven’t yet, come out and take a trip with him. His enthusiasm for fishing makes him fun to be around on the river anytime of the year.


Jim Peterson

Jim’s professional career began as a pilot in the Air Force, where he flew B-1Bs and taught pilot training as an instructor pilot in the mighty T-38C.  He fell in love with Taos on a ski vacation, and as a member of our club, eventually fished every piece of water managed by the Solitary Angler.

Jim joined the Solitary Angler in 2012, and has been guiding in Taos, Southern Colorado and Wyoming.  Jim brings a unique perspective to the Solitary Angler that allows him to teach and guide anglers of all ages and skill levels.

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