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.
Flows on our local waters have continued to be consistent the last month or so. With that in mind, fish are looking for smaller flies and proper presentations. Mayflies and baetis patterns have been producing very well below Abiquiu Lake just up road from Bode's General Store. The flow there is right at 75cfs. Most productive times are mid morning through mid afternoon when outside temps are the highest. PLEASE BE AWARE that you cannot access the section closer to the dam due to river improvements. Fishing below El Vado Lake on the Chama River has been good as well. The flow is at 100cfs which makes for easy wading and better water clarity. Wooly buggers, craneflies, baetis, and pheasant tail patterns have all been doing the job. Best times to be out there are mid morning through mid afternoon as well. The Rio Grande has been very consistent for this time of year. It is staying a little cooler in the canyon near Pilar during the day but makes for some good fishing. Smaller jig head pheasant tails as well as mayflys have been putting fish in the net. Flow below Taos Junction Bridge is at 447cfs.
The Pecos is mostly frozen in the canyon so the Villanueva State Park stretch is recommended.
The Rio Grande is fishing great! It's being stocked and is especially hot on warmer days. It's seeing a bit more traffic than usual because of the Abiquiu closure so go find those holes you haven't fished in awhile
The Rio Chama is fishing great below the El Vado Dam. Unfortunately, but fortunately, the Abiquiu Dam road is closed for river improvements. However, the lower section near Bode's should be fishing well.
Area streams: Things are starting to get a bit cold for that skinny water this time of year! The warmest days will produce some fish, but there are much better options above.