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 02/15/19

Hey there Reel Lifers! Have been getting out on the rivers this winter? If you have not then you are missing out! The Chama, lower Pecos, and the San Juan have all been great lately. Think small flies and small tippets. I get alot of folks here at the fly shop saying that the weather is too cold. Yes it may be a little frio outside, but with the proper layering of clothes it is a very comfortable situation. I guided recently and all I had on was a fishing shirt and a Nano Puff vest on for most of the day. Correct you shouldn't book a trip when it is predicted to be 35 degrees and 25 mph winds. Here in Northern NM we have so many mild days out here and Abiquiu is such at a much lower elevation than Santa Fe and has warmer air temps. At the moment we are running our winter rate for guiding thru March 15th. Book a trip with us for the half day rate and get 6 hours of guided fishing instead of 4. If you have any questions regarding any of this please do not hesitate to give us a call. 5059958114!


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