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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




 Fishing is picking up around here!!! Places like the Rio Grande, Pecos, Jemez, and the Conejos are where I would be if I were out. Some places are still high in flows but there is plenty of great water right now! We have been guiding alot on The Rio Grande and it has been terrific. The majority of the caddis hatch is in the Gorge, but the river as a whole is awesome.

We would like to invite all ladies interested in fly fishing over to our seminar this Saturday at The Reel Life. It will be taking place after the womans health fair here at DeVargas Mall. The health fair runs from 9-3 and our seminar will take place from 3-5. Hors D'oeuvres and refreshments will be served, so come on by and have a good time.  





Pecos River (110 cfs) Mora River (28 cfs)

Fishing on the Pecos has been picking up. The flows are a bit high, but the waters visibility is fine. Try larger stoneflies, eggs, worms, or streamers. Fishing is also pretty good up on the Rio Mora as well.


Brazos river

High with runoff


Rio Chama (468 cfs below Abiquiu, (424 cfs below El Vado), (680 cfs near La Puente)


Fishing below the dams is tough right now. I prefer the flows to be around 250-350 when I fish there. Flows are high on the Heron stretch as well. I drove over the bridge in Chama and the river looked great up there. Flows are fluctuating so give us a call before you go.


Rio Grande:170 @ Cerro, 390 @ TJB

Freakin great! Fish are eating very consistently throughout the day. Poundmeisters, eggs, prince nymphs, hares ears, cased caddis, and caddis pupas are what I have using. The dry fly fishing is up in the box right now.


Jemez Area 83 cfs

Fishing continues to improve as the flows continue to drop. I have had some good reports from the Cebolla. Dry droppers are the ticket here


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


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.

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