“Everyone should believe in something; I believe I’ll go fishing.” – Henry David Thoreau
Angling is the great quest of what is elusive but attainable. Truly, there is a therapeutic (some would say “spiritual”) result, even if you end up fishless. Ask any seasoned fisherman if he regrets the days he went out and caught nothing! Welcome to the Elysian waters of New Mexico, some of the most supreme in the world. And Santa Fe’s longest established fly fishing business, High Desert Angler, will take you there.
Open since 1985, High Desert Angler’s owner, Jarrett Sasser, began as a stock clerk in 1994. His fever for the rod grew, and so did his position in the business. Now he oversees a year-round schedule of guided standard and customized trips (he’s quick to brag about his staff of first-rate guides), equips an impressive storefront with top of the line gear and maintains an admirable list of angling and conservation credentials.
High Desert Angler’s website, is exceptional for the amount of information you can get. Not only are you able to make on-line reservations and check updated river reports and trip schedules, but the site also provides a forum to buy and sell the best in used equipment. And, to get you warmed up in advance, you can watch an array of instructional videos starring their fishing glamour boys. But, Jarrett emphasizes that this is not just a man’s fly fishing world. Indeed, he will tell you the delicate and elegant touch of a woman makes her often the finer angler, frequently out-catching the gentlemen (of course, being “gentlemen,” they do this on purpose).
High Desert Angler is here to prove that if people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles. High Desert Angler, 460 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe. Phone them at 505-988-7688. Find their website.