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.
The weather has started to cool and the leaves have finally started to change. The Browns should finally be making thier way up the rivers. This is the time of year that our Brown trout are spawning, so please watch for their REDDS and try not to wade in them. Drop by the shop if you get a chance and we will be more than happy to get you set up and pointed in the right direction.
Pecos River (46 cfs) Mora River (7.5 cfs)
The Pecos has been fishing great lately. The crowds have definitley thinned out and the fish are feeding heavily. We have using dry dropper set ups with a pheasant tail, anato may, hares ear, yodas, and sj worms. If you are wanting to throw some dries elk hairs, para adams, and little yellow sallies are bringing them up!
No change here!!!! Fishing has been insane! Especially up in the box. Boy, fish have been crushing small stones and caddis drys! It takes a little effort but the farther up you go the better it gets. Been doing many guide trips up there with excellent results. The Reel Life has exclusive rights to guide the box stretch and you cant miss this right now! Give us a call for details. Fishing on the public has also been great. Worth a shot!
Rio Chama (270 cfs below Abiquiu, (306 cfs below El Vado), (35 cfs near La Puente)
The BOR continues to work on the dam at Abiquiu so flows have been fluctuating and the water remains dirty. Flows are jumping all over the place and it needs to maintain a steady flow for it to clear up. Dont let the dirty water fool you; these fish will eat in that stuff, however the flows need to be steady. Try some streamers or big craneflies. Flows up at Coops just dropped. Fishing has been great!
Rio Grande: 101@ Cerro, 247 @ TJB
NO CHANGE, the Rio is still fishing very good! Despite the jump from our recent rains. ! This is my favorite time to fish the Rio, browns are starting their pre spawn routine and are feeding really good. Indicator rigs or dry droppers with small morish hoppers and size 18 anato mays as well as size 18 to 20 beatis emergers have been the ticket. This river has stumped many an angler over the years, and these fish can be picky. Let one of our guides show you what it is all about!
Jemez Area 20cfs
All of the Jemez has been fishing great! Try getting out on the Caldera for a little elbow room. Para adams for a dry and little mayfly bead trailer
San Juan River 501cfs
Flows have remained steady on the Juan. Beatis have really started to hatch below Texas Hole. Rs2s and chocholate foam backs have been the bugs of choice. Seeing a better midge hatch in the upper section especially after noon.
Cimmaron river- 13cfs
What do you know, there is finally water to cover the fishes backs! It has been tough most of the summer with little to no release out of the dam. Tricos, montana princes, and beatis are what the fish are eating.
The rabbit is fishing great!!! The low flows are making things a little more technical but the fish are still looking up.BWO's are the hot ticket as well as ehhs and pmds. fishing with floss worms and size 18 and 20 purple jujus are also working well
Fenton, Santa Cruz and Monastary have all been fishing great. Worth a trip!
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.