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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