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

Van Beacham

Van Beacham is a fourth generation native New Mexican and 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.


Tom Martin

Tom Martin

Tom Martin grew up fishing the trout waters of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. By the age of 10 Toms’ passion for fly fishing and fly tying we’re insatiable and he spent almost all his free time fishing and observing trout, tying flies and reading everything he could find on the subject (which also made his parents happy).

While in high school Tom made money by working as a commercial fly tier and also began teaching his friends how to cast and fish. Tom has been guiding in southern Colorado and northern NM since 2002 and for the Solitary Angler since 2008. “Guiding is a blast! I really enjoy teaching and sharing these special places and experiences, for me it’s a privilege to guide and super rewarding!”

Tom is a very patient guide and doesn’t make a big deal out of fly fishing; simplifying it for the beginner or advanced angler so they can relax and enjoy the fishing instead of worrying about everything they’re doing wrong. He’s at home in the bottom of the Rio Grande Gorge or wading ankle deep in a crystal clear mountain stream.

When Tom isn’t guiding he gallops racehorses, works construction and is an accomplished lithic artist. He and his wife of 17 years, Amber, live in Corrales, NM with two horses and two cats in the yard.

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