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,



Well, we hope that you all are having a great 2021 so far! 2020 is in the rearview mirror and we are off to a great start!  Here is a quick fishing report and fly shop update. First of all, we are indeed open for business and our hours are 9-5 every day. We have a bunch of sales going on over here that include Patagonia, Simms, Columbia, and Orvis. We also have our winter guide rate that will last until the middle of March. You book a trip and will take you out for a full day at the half-day rate. We have mainly been guiding the Rio Chama and the Rio Grande lately and the fishing has been good. The flows below the Q have been pretty up and down lately, but when they are stable the fish have been eating and you should get into them. Always check the flows before you go or give us a call and we can update you on them. El Vado has been holding at a much steadier flow and the fishing has been decent up there. Remember that it is a lot colder up there and those fish are a lot more stressed than below the Q. For both places, I would be fishing with Cranefly larva, beatis patterns sz18-20, red annelids, midge pupa, and midge emergers. As for the RIo Grande air temps this winter has been a lot milder and the river has been pretty active after 10 am. Fish in places that the sun is getting on the water and not so much in the shaded areas. I would fish from Pilar up through the Gorge past Taos. Fish have been holding in the slower deeper water mostly. Using Crane fly larva, jigged p tails, yodas, and midge larva has been our go-to flies. Give us a call anytime for up to the minute reports and fishing conditions, or come on by! 

Tight lines,