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




Hello Reel Lifers!!!


Well after what has seemed as an eterinity the vision is finally in sight! Streams and rivers are starting to drop and I am thinking it will be about 10-14 days for them to be at an excellent fishing and wading level. This time is the best time of hte year to fish IMO. The fish have been untouched for quite some time and they will be feeding. We have been blessed by all of this snow and rain. After last years massive drought we are seeing the exact opposite. Well we need all of the H2O we can get, so keep it coming. Right now the streams in the Jemez are at a great level to fish. The big giant stones are out and the fishing has been FANTASTIC! So many sucessful guide trips in the books with some above average size fish for the area. There have been alot of folks asking me about fishing up on the Pecos. Well it is still tough and the water is still high. The river is starting to come down and there have been stonflys sighted on a couple of guide trips in the area. If you really want to fish the Pecos area I would concentrate on the tributaries. Now go get your waders and boots dusted off, the time for some really good fishing is near!

Jemez area streams: Every stream is fishing well with alot of dry fly action. Small stimis (orange) and hopper patters are bringing fish to the surface.

Fenton Lake: Really good dry fly fishing up at Fenton. Wes has taken many trips up there with all of the high water recently. He tells me the fishing has been excellent espacially if you can get away from the shore on a boat. Hoppers!

Pecos River: Still too high for good fishing. Flows are dropping and the great fishing is just around the corner. Fish the tribs for a better chance.

Conejos River: The Nejos is Ripping down low but is fishing good up in the Meadows and pocket water sections. Mayfly and Worm patterns are good choices now.

Chama River: Still to high to fish. Will be awesome in a couple of weeks when the flows come down. Fishing below El Vado is fair and below Abiquiu is slow

Rio Pueblo: Too high

Rio Grande: Don't even think about it!

San Juan River: EN FUEGO!!!!!!! Get out asap! The flows have come down and the fishing is awesome. San Juan Ron Sedall has been guiding up there and he tells me the clarity is nice. Some dry activity as well! Call us to book a trip



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