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.
Hola Reel LIfers!
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic the Fly Shop along with DeVargas Mall are closed. However we are doing phone orders, curbside pickup and online sales to keep everyone's fishing needs dialed in. I have somebody here at the fly shop daily from 10-4. If somebody doesn't pickup the phone leave us a voicemail and we will get back to you asap. We hope that all of you are safe and healthy! Fishing is one of the few things that you can do that is very safe because you are so far away from other anglers. It is so nice to get out and clear your head from all that is going on in the world. Please let us know how we can fulfill your needs. We appreciate your continued support during these difficult times. Now for the fishing! The rivers are starting to come up with the warm weather coming in. So get out now before everything will be high water. Most all of the lakes are closed. Places like Monastary, Santa Cruz, El Vado, Heron and Navajo are closed. All of the rivers are open to fishing except the quality waters of the San Juan (don't get me started on that one man). Just know that just about every campground and parking lots are roped off, so you will need to park off of the roads. Places like the Brazos, Pecos, Rio Grande and Rio Chama have all been producing fish. Rio Grande Caddis hatch is still fishing pretty good, but the hatch is moving up into the canyon and the better fishing is found there at the moment. I would check the flows of the rivers before heading out or simply give us a call. A couple of good options at the moment are the Conejos River, the Chama River below El Vado and the San Juan River below the Quality Waters section. Also a lot of area stream are coming out of hibernation. I have had good reports on the Jemez area streams as well with some good dry fly fishing! I hope all of you are safe and healthy!