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.
Hi Reel Lifers,
Well fall season is upon us and we are still in a heat wave! However, things are looking to cool down next Monday and the fishing will get better and better! The fall is one of the best times of year to be out on the water in Northern New Mexico. Once the air temperatures come down next week the Rio Grande will be great. The emergence of the fall beatis hatch will also start up when the temperatures drop too. I have been getting asked quite often when the Rio Chama below Abiquiu will start to fish well. I often say that when you see the trees starting to change colors get out! When the river is still pretty murky use bigger flies like crane fly larva, big stonefly nymphs, leeches, and streamers. When the water clears up more start using the smaller beatis and midge patterns. The El Vado stretch is still fishing really good so get out there! The Pecos has also been pretty fuego and it will only keep geting better throughout the fall season. Come by the shop and we would be more than happy to get you dialed in, or book a guided trip and let us show you what it is all about!
Chama River Freestone Section- Water levels have dropped pretty low and the water has been warm. I would suggest looking elsewhere.