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.   

Latest News
Fishing Reports




We are in winter mode right now, however the fishing has been good if you are willing to get out for 40 degree weather this week. I have been getting good reports from my guides on the Chama below El Vado and Abiquiu, also the Rio is moving a couple of pike here and there. We are now offering a winter rate starting today thru March 15th. This is a really cool idea for a Christmas gift or treat yourself for a day of guided fishing. 


Pecos River (32 cfs) Mora River (11 cfs)

Fishing up in the canyon has really slowed down with the cold weather we have been having. If you must go fish up there I would wait util 11am and throw some zebra midges and tiny beatis nymphs subsurface. Fishing down at the state park is a much better option at this point. Same flies and mentioned above along with an egg pattern.


Conejos River (143 cfs MOgote)

It is pretty cold up there right now! Better to look elsewhere


Brazos river



Rio Chama (194 cfs below Abiquiu, (202 cfs below El Vado), (37 cfs near La Puente)

Fishing has been good below both dams right now. We have been picking up some very nice browns below El Vado. Nymphing with Cranefly larva, beatis emergers, and some red annalids have been catching fish. It is a very fun time to be out on either section at this point.


Rio Grande: 269@ Cerro, 431 @ TJB

The rio is fishing fair for trout and fair for Pike right now. Wait til the river warms up midday and then get after it. Remember pike hunt by feel so get a big streamer and move some water around by varying your stripping. 

San Juan River 400 cfs

Lot of midges and beatis coming off midday. The river is in excellent shape right now after the high flows and the fish are fat and healthy! Red annalids, rs2s, chocholate foam backs, and ju ju beatis are great choices for flies on 6X. Hopper patterns and griffiths knats for the dries

Jemez streams- 13 cfs

DOne for the year


Area Lakes

My best bets would be to try Monastary and Santa Cruz lakes in the Santa Fe Area. Smaller streamers and stones 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.

Guided Trips
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