Years Fly-fishing: 38 Years Guiding: 17
Other Occupations/interests: Hunting, family, school, and The Broncos.
Favorite Waters: Rio Chama for its diversity of big fish, The Conejos for its wild scenery, and the Rio Grande for all of its well-kept secrets.
Favorite Species: Big native Browns.
Most Exotic Trip: The Brazos Box, in my opinion, one of the most scenic spots in Northern New Mexico.
Likes Most About Guiding: Teaching and sharing my passion for the outdoors and creating an exciting experience for fishermen of all skill levels.
Likes Most About Fly-fishing: Every fly-fishing experience is different and one has the ability to truly live in the moment.
Ivan's vast experience and knowledge of the streams in Northern New Mexico makes him not only a great teacher, but a client favorite.
Nick Streit owns Taos Fly Shop and The Reel Life has been guiding since he was a teenager. 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. He continues to guide his home waters of Northern New Mexico and teach fly fishing through courses at the University of NM. When not fishing or running his shop, Nick is usually wandering around the woods trying to shoot critters, either with his bow or his camera.
Years Fly Fishing- 15
Years Guiding- 7
Other interests: Family, Hunting, Conservation, anything outdoors!
Favorite Waters: First would be the Pecos River, I grew up learning to fly fish this river and I love all of the hatches and plentiful fish that inhabit it. Second would be the San Juan Wilderness, the views that are in this watershed are amazing and it is one of the few places that I can pursue a monster cuttthroat trout.
Favorite species: Big brown trout! These elusive fish are hard to come by but worth all of the effort when you finally land one!
Most exotic trip: I love hiking into Lake Katherine and sight fishing to the giant Snake River Cutts that live there.
What I like most about guiding:I like being able to teach somebody somthing from personal experience, and seeing them be successful at it. There is no feeling like it in the world!
What I like most about fly fishing: I enjoy bein able to go outdoors and be in touch with natureand experiencing some of the adrenaline packed opportunities it has to offer. I love hooking a wild native species in an amazing landscape
Favorite waters: Fly Fishing Backountry in Colorados San Juan wilderness is my favorite place to fish because it is so wild and unspoiled. Knowing you are fishing in a place so deep in the backcountry it is relatively untouched by humans is quite a humbling experience
Favorite Species: There are very few things that can get my adrenaline going like watching a monster northern pike rise from the depths to eat a fly that is the size of the fish we are used to catching but the best feeling in the world is catching a big brown trout. Why? Big brown trout are the most elusive living things in New Mexico almost to the point that they seem non existant. We know that monster browns lurk the depths of our rivers but it remains a mystery on how to catch them but when the conditions are just right and it all comes together there is no better feeling than being able to admire one of these trout as they catch their breathe inside of your net.
Most Exotic Trip: Hiking 14 miles in search of an untouched meadow stream with big beautiful browns in the backcountry.
Likes Most About Guiding: Its so incredible to be able to share this passion with other people and to be able to stand back and watch the spark turn into an unrelenting fire of happiness and knowing that I was able to help them find something they will love and enjoy forever.
Likes Most About Fishing: Fly Fishing is not something I do on the weekends or something I plan to do on my next day off. I am a passionate fly fisherman and I anticipate every free minute I have to make time to allow it to be a part of my life every single day whether it is fishing or tying flies. I can fish when I end a guide trip and I can fish when I leave the fly shop and although its not for as long as I would like I can still do it untill it is to dark to see my fly and when I say last cast ill always be sure to make 10 more.
Years Fly Fishing: 37
Years guiding: 6
Other Occupation/Interests: Family, Fly Tying, Snow Skiing, Golf, Information Technology, Mathematics
Favorite Water: For private ranches I love Cow Creek Ranch for its quality fish and well manicured grounds. Corkins Lodge is also a treat.
On public waters I love the Jemez area streams during the stonefly hatch, the Rio Chama when the flows are good and of the San Juan for its catch and release waters.
Favorite species: Rio Grande cutthroat trout. You don't catch too many of these guys but they are a treat to see.
Most Exotic Trip: Floating on a pontoon boat in a high alpine lake looking for big cutthroat trout during a full moon.
Likes most about guiding: Watching other people fly fish. I have learned a lot about fly fishing by not fishing.
Likes most about fly fishing: The journey. Fly fishing trips are an adventure and each day has a trophy worthy of a good story. Figuring out what the fish are feeding on is very rewarding once you've got it.
Chris has been fishing the lakes and streams of northern New Mexico since 1976.