Welcome to Santa Fe’s premier Fly Shop and Guide Service! We specialize in guiding public and private waters throughout northern New Mexico. Our full service fly shop is conveniently located inside the De Vargas Mall and stocks everything you need to make your next fishing trip a success.

Our staff of patient and professional instructors can help you maximize your time on the water, all the while improving your Fly Fishing skills. We guide full and half day trips on the Pecos, Chama, Rio Grande, Brazos, Jemez and more!

In March of 2014 The Reel Life was purchased d by Nick Streit and Ivan Valdez and the store was moved to its current location inside the De Vargas Mall at 526 North Guadalupe. Both native New Mexican's, Nick and Ivan have extensive expireince fly fishing and guiding in the Santa Fe area.

Nick also owns the Taos Fly Shop and has built a reputation as one of New Mexico's top guides. When he was 17 he was on the Junior US Fly Fishing team that placed 2nd in Europe. Nick has guided and fished all over the world, cutting his teeth on rivers from Alaska to Argentina, not to mention the salt flats of the Caribbean.

Fishing Reports



Hi Reel Lifers,

Wow! I can't believe I haven't updated this in quite a while! We are constantly giving up-to-the-minute reports on our social media pages Facebook and Instagram. We also provide a lot of information in our newsletters, which you can sign up for on our website. Fall fishing is here! Fishing is really picking up on all of our streams and rivers. Browns are starting to feed aggressively to put on some weight in anticipation of the annual spawn. Places like Rio Grande, Rio Chama, Conejos, Pecos, and the San Juan are all fishing good. Not to mention that the fall colors are just around the corner. If you go below El Vado always give Coopers a call up there to check and see if there will be any flow fluctuations for the day. For up to the minute reports please give us a call to the fly shop and we can get any questions answered for you. 5059958114

Tight lines!