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,

 So are all of you getting your rods and reels dusted off? Well we have had some good winter storms recently, and the snow pack up north is looking good! This should be a great year of fishing in my opinion. As for the current fishing report weather is looking great this week! March is one of our favorite tmes of year to get out on the water. Air temps are increasing, days are getting longer, and the trout are waking up! We are still guiding on the Rio Chama and the Rio Grande, and the trips have been going really good. Flows out of the Q are still low and the best fishing is on the weekdays where the crowds are not existent. Blue wings should start making more appearances especially on cloudy days. Flies we have been using are crane fly larva, bwo emergers sz 18-20, red and white annalids, and midge emergers. Usually the best fishing is from 10-4, but that will get longer as the days get longer. The Rio Grande is also doing well! Crane fly larva, mayfly nymphs sz 14-18, and little red and white annalids have been working well for us. Since the Rio is a freestone be sure to get on the sections of water that has sunshine hitting it. We are still offering our winter guide rate through March 15th, buy a haf day trip and get a full day out of it with one of our guides. The fly shop is also getting in a bunch of gear this March! Come by the shop to check it all out! If you have any questions feel free to give us a shout. 


Tight lines,