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 summer is officially over! The monsoon season has not been that great here in Northern NM. We are grateful that we have had some showers as they have cooled things off a bit. The fishing has gotten better and it will continue to improve as the fall progresses! This is my favorite time of year to fish as the water starts cooling off and the fish start putting on some weight for the spawn and the upcoming winter. We have been guiding the Rio Grande, Rio Chama, and the Pecos for the majority of our trips. We have also been out to Santa Cruz a couple of times and that has been productive too. Fishing on the Rio Grande has been best in the mornings til about 2-3pm. Then the water starts getting a bit warm. During the cloudy days the fishing is good all day. Little beatis patterns like Yodas, Master Windus, and Master Vaders have been fuego (fire)! I usually trail them behind a P Tail or Hares ear. The Rio Chama has also been good below El Vado although the flows get raised on the weekends. Crane fly larva, wolly buggers and Master Skywalkers are what we are tossing to these guys and it has been good. The Pecos is still crowded as all heck. We are not really guiding to much up there due to the crowds, especially on the weekends! 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. 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