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.
Hello Reel Lifers,
Sorry for the delay in the fishing report, we have been getting our computer system revamped and now we are locked and loaded. Fishing has been exceelent as of late and it should continue thru October! The fall is my favorite time to fish as the crowds will be sparse and the fish will be feeding hard. Places like the Rio Grande and Rio Chama will be picking up and the chance to hook with a big brown is very possible. If you would like to book a guided fishing trip to one of these awesome rivers give us a call to the fly shop and we will get you dialed in!
Pecos River (65 cfs) Mora River (20 cfs)
The Pecos has been fantastic this last week or two! Fish have been eating hard and they are looking up. Alos the Rio Mora hass been excellent! Morrish hoppers, elk hairs, PMx's, anato mays, Master yodas, and fb pheasent tails have been what has been working for us! Get out up there before it gets too cold!
Conejos River (201 cfs Mogote)
Flows have stabalized and the Conejos is fishing great! The stoneflies are being seen here and again up in the meadows. However it is mostly a mayfly game right now! Having a worm on the line helps as well! The amazing fall colors are just around the corner!
Fishing has been picking up on the Brazos! Dry droppers with either a caddis or hopper dry and a mayfly nymphy such as am anato may trialing it. If you would like to fish the famed Brazos Box give us a call. One of our guides would love to show you this amazing water.
Rio Chama (1450 cfs below Abiquiu, 1500 cfs below El Vado, 1500 cfs near La Puente)
THe Rio Chama has dropped pretty good these last couple of days. Fishing up near the town of Chama has been great most any dry dropper rig will work as long as you drift the flies correctly. Fishing below Abiquiu continues to be slow. Fishing below El Vado has been very good as of late. Mostly nymphing and streamer fishing. Having black wolly buggers, cranefly larva, and a flashback hares ear will get fish biting.
Rio Grande: 234 at Cerro, 360 at TJB
The Rio is at a very fishable level right now. The fall beatis hatch is just around the corner and fishing will only be improving these next few days. I would get out as early as possible before the day gets hot. Fishing will be mainly nymphing with poundmeisters, hares ears, caddis larva, and prince nymphs. The fallis my favorite time to fish the Rio so get yourself out there!
San Juan River 598 cfs
Flows on the Juan are great right now and so is the fishing. Fish ants, hoppers, and midges for your dries. If you are needing to nymph I would have a red larva, discos, don kings, rs2's, and sj worms. We now offer guided fly fishing trips on the Juan. If you have some interest in this fishery give us a call and we can go over a trip in detail.
Jemez streams- 12 cfs
The San Antonio, the east fork and the Valles Caldera are the best bets in the Jemez at the moment. Not much need to run a dropper as the fish are looking up and feeding hard. Beetles, ants, and small stimis are what we have been using!
My best bets would be to try Monastary and Santa Cruz lakes in the Santa Fe Area. Smaller streamers imitating minnows, damsels, and leeches for your subsurface patterns, Beatis and caddis for your dries!
Stop by the shop on your way up north for anything you may need to make a memorible day on the water.We are open at 9am. We have some great new flies and current daily fishing reports.