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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




Holy rain Batman! This last week we have had a great soaking here in the Norte. Many of our streams and rivers are high and proving difficult to fish. However if you are wanting to get out there is still some good fishing to be had. I feel your best bets will be the Rio Chama below either dam, the Conejos River, the upper Pecos, also Cow Creek Ranch has been giving up some monsters lately. Just be sure to give us call before you head out to your destination.





Pecos River (205 cfs) Mora River (104 cfs)

The rains have brought the Pecos up in flows a bit. I would fish it above the Rio Mora. Be sure to fish the edges abit more than usual. Nymph rigs sould have a stone fly like a Prince trailed by either a beatis patters like a micro may, egg patterns, or SJ worms.


Brazos river

High with runoff


Rio Chama (300 cfs below Abiquiu, (105 cfs below El Vado), (1200 cfs near La Puente)


I would give either stretch below the dams a try. Flows have come down a bit and the fishing should be decent. Streamers, cranefly larva, larger stoneflies, and sj worms should be in your arsenal. Fishing the Heron stretch is too tough right now. This stretch will be picking up in early to mid June. During that time frame is some of the best fly fishing the state has to offer.


Rio Grande:328 @ Cerro, 852 @ TJB

high and muddy. Will clear soon.


Jemez Area 83 cfs

A little high. Give it a few days.


San Juan River

Fished the Juan last weekend and it was very good. Lots of wind! Fish were eating chocholate foambacks, rs2's, red larva, and uv midges. There is alot of fish in Texas Hole right now. Lots of fishermen as well. Worth the trip.


Cimmaron river- 4 cfs

The Cim has a little release out of the dam. I would fish it below the feeder creek. Hopper droppers with either a worm, beatis pattern or montana stones

Red River 

The Red is high right now. It has to come down a bit. Under 40 cfs is what I prefer.



Area Lakes:

No recent reports


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