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Doc Thompson, NM

Doc Thompson offers fly-fishing guide and instructional trips throughout northern New Mexico. Fish the small mountain rivers, streams, and wild canyon rivers in the Taos, Red River, Eagle Nest, Cimarron, and Angel Fire areas of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. Doc's calm and patient approach is one of his many trademarks for delivering a quality fly-fishing experience that you deserve regardless of your skill level. If you have never touched a fly rod, you can feel at ease with Doc's instruction and ability to explain the “whys” and “whats” of fly fishing. For more experienced fly fishers, Doc works with you on the needed techniques and information to make the most of your time on the water. Day, multi-day, and half-day trips are available on both public and unpressured private water. Lodging packages are available. Group trips are welcomed. Doc has been honored in the past as Orvis-Endorsed Guide of the Year and Fly Tyer of the Year.
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72 of 72(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Doc Thompson, NM
Review 1 for Doc Thompson, NM
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Browns and Aspens,
October 7, 2012
By: RayJ42
from Ute Park, NM, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Doc is a real pro !
"The Aspens were in full color and the browns were at their fall peak as well. The Cimarron was at its best and provided non stop action all day.A nice 20" rainbow in the last pool topped it all off."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Doc Thompson, NM
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Fishing with Doc Thompson,
June 10, 2014
By: JohnGrace
from Angel Fire, NM, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Great day!
"We had a great day on the Cimarron river. I Caught lots of fish and continued to learn about fly fishing-Doc taught me the bow and arrow cast and it will certainly be useful.
I go out with Doc once or twice every year and highly recommend him.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Doc Thompson, NM
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excellent experience,
June 9, 2014
By: brushhog
from Purcell, OK, USA
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"Two buddies and I fished with Shane as our guide on the Cimmaron River in Eagles Nest NM this last weekend and had a excellent time. Shane was very helpful for an advanced fly fisherman as well as being very patient with a couple of novices. Thanks again to Shane for a lasting memory."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Doc Thompson, NM
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Completing the Bucket List,
November 27, 2013
By: Arch1ILOVETOFISH
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Additional Thoughts:Great Human Being
"My wife and I took up fly fishing 8 years ago and identified 50 Colorado rivers and 50 rivers outside of Colorado where we wanted to fish and catch fish. Cancer will probably keep me from completing this bucket list, however at this moment, we have completed all 50 Colorado rivers and approximately 20 of the rivers outside of Colorado. This fall we concentrated on Northern NM and identified 6 rivers we wanted to fish, including the Cimarron River near Eagle's Nest, east of Taos, NM. This was a challenging task as (1) the flows had just been reduced for irrigation purposes days before our arrival, (b) the weather patterns change quickly this time of year and (c) my ability to access rivers and wade them because of my medical condition made "success" very difficult. We found an Orvis endorsed guide who lived in Ute Park by the name of Doc Thompson. We heard of him through another fishing couple who uses him exclusively when fishing the southwest and highly recommended him. We had an outstanding afternoon with Doc. He (a) identified a stretch of water that I could access and wade with his assistance, (b) located rising browns which we caught on the dry (in November!!!) and (c) when he heard I had recently purchased a bamboo rod that hadn't caught a fish, he assembled it and we proceeded to go after rising browns. Doc sees fish in the water like no one I've have seen. The sunlight was so that after casting, I couldn't not only see fish, I couldn't even see my fly. So Doc spotted a feeding trout, said to cast to a certain spot and emphasized "be ready". I cast, couldn't see a thing, Doc yelled "Set" and bingo, a nice 14" brown to initiate my bamboo rod. As you can tell by my earlier disclosure, my wife and I have been blessed to have fished a lot in the past 8 years, but we both remember a better experience than the afternoon with Doc on the Cimarron. He is a patient teacher, knows the habits of trout, reads water and sees fish as well as anyone we know and makes time on the river a positive experience whether you catch fish or not (in this case we did)."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Doc Thompson, NM
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Well-Respected Patient Instructor,
October 10, 2013
By: MOFlyfisher8009
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"Doc was a great patient instructor. He showed me how to read the water and the target areas for trout while moving upstream. We must have caught at least15 nice-sized trout during our outing. Utilizing his instruction, I was able to enjoy a better level of fly fishing for the remainder of my trip. I highly recommend him as a guide because he knows the area he fishes and is well-respected by his peers."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Doc Thompson, NM
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Fish and learn,
October 9, 2013
By: RayJ42
from Ute Park, NM, USA
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"I had a great trip and learned a lot of little tricks that I can put to use here in Texas. Doc is a very patient guide and obviously loves what he is doing.
October is a wonderful time of year to be up in the high country of New Mexico and the fishing was tops !!!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Doc Thompson, NM
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Fishing with the Master!,
October 7, 2013
By: TCTX
from Irving, Texas
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"Have been fishing with Doc for at least 10 years. Always have a great day on the water and never fail to learn something new."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Doc Thompson, NM
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Great day of fly fishing,
October 3, 2013
By: FlyFishinFanatic
from West Texas
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"I have fished with Doc several times now on the Cimarron. He has access to some great private water. His guiding skills, teaching ability, organization, personality, and patience are unsurpassed in my experience. You will not regret booking a trip with Doc Thompson."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Doc Thompson, NM
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Top Guide!,
September 19, 2013
By: Landrum
from Taos, NM, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Great communicator!
"What a day!.. Doc had me on fish within the first five minutes of our trip. We caught beautiful browns and rainbows on dry flies in the morning and switched to nymphing in the afternoon. It was a great trip and I am booking him again in the spring with my father... He is a true professional and gentleman."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Doc Thompson, NM
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Great Mountain Fishing,
September 17, 2013
By: limbbream55
from North Little Rock, AR, USA
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"After fishing the San Juan for 8 days, what a change of pace to fish a small mountain river with tight cover and narrow channels. Doc did an outstanding job helping us read the water to understand where fish will hold. Doc also taught me some things about a fly rod I've owned for years and to better cast it. Want to have fun and learn to be a more successful fisherman? Call Doc!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Doc Thompson, NM
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Best Guide,
September 15, 2013
By: DairyDude
from Canyon, TX, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Great guide with huge business growth potential
"I have fished with Doc several years now and can honestly say he is awesome! I spend a lot of time fishing the western US and Doc's business is the best out there. Even after 23 years of fishing I learn something every time I have the privilege of fishing with High country anglers. I had Doc teach my wife to fish as he is the most professional guide I have ever had the privilege of working with as well as a blessed angler. He skill on small stream fishing is unmatched."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Doc Thompson, NM
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Expectations - Learning and Fun,
September 5, 2013
By: FireFGTER
from Wisconsin
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"I had never been on a fly fishing safari before in my life. All I can tell you is Doc is a real pro and a great teacher. I will fish with him again and again!! Very patient teacher - and a darn good fisherman!! Plan your next fly fishing experience with Doc! You will be happy you did."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Doc Thompson, NM
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Great Trip,
August 19, 2013
By: mel2
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"This was the second time I have fished with Doc. The trip was great and Doc helped me navigate waters and look for clues that I might not have otherwise known. My dad and I had a great time and hope to do it again soon."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Doc Thompson, NM
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always a great experience,
August 17, 2013
By: bigm
from Angel Fire, NM, USA
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Additional Thoughts:superb guide for people of all skill levels
"I an a senior and only recently started fishing Doc has brought me along in a patient and encouraging fashion. He has added another dimension to my activities and improved the quality of life for me"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Doc Thompson, NM
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Northern New Mexico,
August 15, 2013
By: suescher
from Northern New Mexico
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"Once again, fishing with Doc is an excellent experience. This time I spent four days with him on the beautiful waters of Northern New Mexico and beyond. His patience, skill and calm demeanor are a large part of what keeps me coming back. I can recommend Doc as a guide without any hesitation whatsoever."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Doc Thompson, NM
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Fishing Rio Costilla,
August 10, 2013
By: TexasFlyFishGal
from Austin, TX
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"Our third time with Doc Thompson was as excellent at the first two. He shares his knowledge and expertise willingly and helps us make the most of our fishing experience."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Doc Thompson, NM
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Great Day,
August 10, 2013
By: JohnGrace
from Angel Fire, NM, USA
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"I have been out with Doc many times and I always have a good day."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Doc Thompson, NM
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Trinchera Ranch,
August 3, 2013
By: WestTexasAnglers
from Post, TX
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"We fished with Doc for 2 days on the Trinchera Ranch in southern Colorado. In addition to wonderful accommodations & food, the ranch offered beautiful scenery & water. With Doc as our guide, we caught rainbows, cutthroats, & the occasional brown. As always, Doc provided a great fishing experience."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Doc Thompson, NM
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Two rivers in two days,
July 22, 2013
By: MikeEeeeee
from St Louis, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Best guide I have ever had the pleasure to fish with
"I have fished with Doc Thompson every summer since 2008 , and can only say each trip is always stellar and beyond my expectations. This summer we fished the Cimeron and the Rio Castillo back to back. Tis is like going to the Super Bowl two days in a row and sitting on the 50 yard line. Doc has taught me more on fly fishing than I could have learned in one lifetime by myself. He is the reason I decided to get into fly tying . This was my first time using flies that I tied myself and thanks to Doc my Elk Hair Caddis and Chocolate Emerger got real work outs on both rivers.Doc has become a fishing friend . Every minute you spend with him is a memory for life. I hope that I can return again next summer and have him with me. It's always a pleasure and never gets old.if you don't give him a chance to show you a Perfect day then you are missing out on one of fishing's best experiences. Thanks again Doc."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Doc Thompson, NM
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Costilla cutthroats,
July 21, 2013
By: Maxtex506
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"Great trip with Doc in the Valle Vidal and Rio Costilla for cutthroats on dry flies. As usual I learned some new things from Doc about the fish, the water, fishing technique, and of course about the bugs! As always a wonderful trip with a great guide."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes