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

Fishing Report 05/03/2019

Hello Reel Lifers,

Well the high water is now among us and fly fishing the rivers and streams is VERY challenging at the moment. We are getting constant calls and people coming in asking two main questions. Where is the fishing good and when is the fishing going to be good again in the local areas rivers and streams. Well, I personally feel that it is going to start getting better in late June, especially on the Pecos. Waters like the Upper Chama should start fishing better in early July. My suggestion would be to stay in contact with us at the shop and we can give you up to the minute fishing reports and tell you where the best conditions exist. For the meantime we have been guiding our clients on some of our nearby stillwaters. Places like Nambe, Santa Cruz, and Monastary Lakes have all been fishing very good for us. If you are looking for moving water I would recommend the San Juan. The Juan has cleared up and is now fishing great! We have landed some very nice specimens from there over 20 inches on numerous occasions on our guide trips. When we guide the Juan it is a two day minimum, but it is so worth it! Please give us a call and we can set up your next adventure in NM!!


Tight Lines,