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.
Hi Reel Lifers,
Water levels are great in a lot of places right now! We have been super busy with guided trips and they have been awesome! Call us to get your reservation for the date and guide that you prefer. The fly shop is fully loaded and we are here to get you dialed in with the gear and flies that you need.
Chama River- The fishing has been a little hit or miss on the Freestone section. Keep an eye on the flows before you go or give us a call at the shop and we can give you our best recommendation. We have had some luck on Caddis larva sz 14-16, San Juan worms, smaller stonefly sz14-18 nymphs, and jig mayfly patterns in sizes 14-16. Don't expect much though.