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,


It looks like a big break in the weather this week with some cool days in front of us! This should start on Tuesday and remain throughout the week. These cooler air temps will lower the water temps and fishing will be much better throughout the day. I was out on the Rio yesterday and the fishing was good! I started seeing some beatis in the faster water and the trout were keying on them after 9 am. This is my favorite time of year to fish the Rio Grande and it will continue to be good through mid-November. The Chama below Abiquiu is tough, but the flows continue to drop and we should start seeing some god fishing here in October. The El Vado stretch has been good, but the water is high, use caution when wading out there. We have been catching fish below El Vado with Wolly Buggers, Crane Fly Larva, and streamers. Flows will drop down there in October as well.  Alot of the area streams are low but the fish well in the early am and late evenings.  Now for the COVID up here in NM. Our Governor has finally lifted the quarantine for out of staters with some stipulations. Please keep updated on this situation by either calling us or checking the governor's website. The shop is open everyday 9-5, with the only stipulations being that a mask or face covering are required and 5 people are allowed in the store at a time. We are also doing our guided fly fishing trips. We are taking every precaution necessary during our trips. We are not serving lunches and drinks for our trips due to COVID. If you are feeling ill or you are having any symptoms of COVID please let us know. We can still do curbside delivery or we can mail items to you as well. If you have any questions please let us know. 5059958114


Tight lines,