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




6/20/2020 Hola Reel LIfers! 

I hope this new report finds all of you healthy and safe! The Reel Life along with DeVargas Mall are OPEN! The mall and the fly shop require that all patrons wear a mask when doing their shopping. I know it sucks, but we are doing this for the safety of both the shoppers and the staff at the Reel Life. We are getting new inventory in daily and we can meet your fishing needs here at the shop. Now for the fishing! We are having outstanding days on the water with our guided trips! All of the water in Northern NM and Southern CO are fishing great! Flows are coming down fast on the freestone section of the Chama River and it will not fish anywhere near as well as it did 3 weeks ago. The Brazos is fishing great along with the El Vado stretch section of the Chama. The stones are out on the lower section of the Conejos and the fishing has been excellent if you can avoid the winds up there. Most all of the streams are fishing fantastic right now especially the Pecos River. I would just stay away from the weekends out on the Pecos. Lots of people out there, but if you must go up there simply put a little distance between you and the parking lot and that should help alleviate the crowding. I really want to address the littering situation on our rivers and streams. Never in my life have I seen such destruction by people. We need to pick up after ourselves out there. I am also encouraging others to help pick up trash when you are out and about. Yes, I know it is not your mess, but if we are not doing it who the heck will? A little goes a long way. FOr up to the minute reports or if you would like to book a trip please feel free to give us a call or come by the fly shop!

Tight lines,