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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





Just wanted to update you on the fishing up here in the Norte. Fishing continues to be really good below Abiquiu, the thing is everybody else knows it too. Get out there early to claim your area! Midges, poundmeisters, 18-20 beatis patterns, and eggs are whats working. There has been some serious poaching down there. Please help protect this awesome fishery. If you see a violation please call New Mexico Game and Fish.

A couple of other options might be The Rio Grande for pike and trout. The pike fishing has been hit and miss. Somedays they take and some days all you get is a follow. Vary the colors of your flies and your retrieves. Trout fishing has been fair. G&F stocked a bunch of fish recently, however the water temps are still pretty cold. Worth a shot.

Nothing has changed much on the Red, fishing remains fair to good. Beatis, buggers,and eggs are catching fish. Please be aware that the bows will be moving into the water system to spawn, so keep an eye out for spawning beds(redds).

The Juan is fishing fair at the moment. Millions of little fish were stocked. Flows are low and the visibility is about a foot due to the lake turning over. Eggs, worms, red larva, and orange larva. 



Pecos River (36 cfs) Mora River (8 cfs)

Winter mode on the upper Pecos! Unless it is a really warm day I would fish over at Villanueva. G&F has been stocking and the fishing has been good over there.


Brazos river

To Cold!


Rio Chama (77 cfs below Abiquiu, (104 cfs below El Vado), (43 cfs near La Puente)


The Chama is still fishing pretty good. Although it has slowed as of late. We are at the winter releases from both dams. We are getting good bwo hatches after 11am, especially on the cloudy days. The best fishing by far has been closer to the dams.


Jemez Area 

Its is gettin cold. Fish the streams in the middle of the day for your best chance of sucess. Dry dropper rigs are the ticket.


San Juan River

We have had good reports from the San Juan! The Lake has turned over. So, don't be afraid to use a little bigger flies and tippet. Chocolate midges, UV midges, and tiny red annelids have been productive in the higher stretches, and there is always a chance of seeing a good baetis hatch down lower. We have been catching some really nice fish in the upper section of the river. 


Cimmaron river 

Done for the year. 


Red River (53 cfs)

The Red has been good to great the last few days. Nice browns and cutbows are in the water system right now. The beatis should be hatching especially on cloudy days. The farther you get away from the hatchery the bigger fish you will find. Beatis nymphs and dries, buggers, and eggs have been my go to bugs.



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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