Guide Trip FAQ

This page will provide answers to some frequently asked questions we receive about our guided fishing trips. Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions you may have. 

Do I Need to Purchase a Fishing License?

Yes. You will need to purchase a New Mexico Fishing License before your guide trip begins. Licenses can be purchased online through New Mexico Game & Fish or In person at our shop. Fishing Licenses are NOT included in the guide trip cost 

Where Will I Meet My Guide?

For lake trips on Eagle Nest Lake you will meet your guide at the lake at the pinned location sent to you in your confirmation email. For river trips you will me your guide at our fly shop Eagle Nest Fly Shack & Lodge. Directions to the shop will be sent in your confirmation email.  

Do I Need to Take Anything Additional on my Trip?

We recommend you bring a hat and sunglasses on your fishing adventure. Sunscreen is also recommend. You are welcome to bring any special snacks and drinks along on your trip if you like but your guide will have a small selection of snacks and waters provided for you. 

What is the Cancellation Policy For Guide Trips?

You will not be charged a fee if cancelation or reschedule occurs at least 72 hours before current booking and a full refund will be issued if prepay. No show for a booking will be charged the full amount of the services booked. Any cancelation or reschedule that occurs within 72 hours of the original booking will be charged a $100 cancelation fee and refunded the rest if prepaid. We ask that you please reschedule or cancel at least 3 days before the beginning of your appointment.

Is Catching Fish Guaranteed on the Trip? 

No. Unfortunately, the #1 rule of fishing applies here as well, fishing is fishing! Any angler knows this rule of thumb. Even though we consider ourselves experts on fishing on Eagle Nest Lake & the surrounding waters and will always give 100%, the fish are somewhat picky sometimes and getting them to bite is harder than expected!

How Much Should I Tip My Guide?

You should plan to tip your guide between 15% and 25% of the booked day rate. Base your tip on your guide’s diligence, friendliness, skill, willingness to teach and go the extra mile. Since your guide cannot guarantee how many fish you catch, this should not be a primary tipping factor.

Are Snacks & Drinks Provided?

Your guide will provide a small selection of snacks as well as waters. If you have anything special you would like to bring on your trip feel free to bring it along!

How Much Time Will Be Spent On the Water?

The advertised length of time for your guide trip is the amount of time that will be spent on the water. Your trip length does not include time to travel to fishing destination. 

What Kind of Boat Will We be Fishing Off in Eagle Nest Lake?

You will be fishing off of an 18' Pontoon equipped with a fishing setup, Fish finder and live sonar. 

What is the Max Amount of Anglers Per Guide?

For boat trips the maximum amount of anglers per guide is 4. On our river trips the max amount of anglers per guide is 3. Tag-a-longs are free and not included in the per guide max. Keep in mind the more anglers on the trip the less 1 on 1 time with the guide. Larger groups can be accommodated with additional guides. 

We recommend you bring a hat and sunglasses on your fishing adventure. Sunscreen is also recommend. You are welcome to bring any special snacks and drinks along on your trip if you like but your guide will have a small selection of snacks and waters provided for you.