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.
We've moved! Come see the new shop at 526 North Guadalupe (inside the De Vargas Mall).
The Reel Life will be open from 10-7, Mon-Fri, 10-6 Sat, and 12-5 on Sunday.
Our holiday hours are as follows: 9am-7pm M-Sat from December 13-24th. Sundays hours will be 10am-6pm December 13-24th.
We will be closed on Thanksgiving and open for some awesome specials on Black Friday!
Perserving our water is our geatest asset in New Mexico. Please help preserve our fishing heritage by reading and compleating this survey. Once compleated, please bring it by the shop. Survey can be found on our face book page.
We now have access to Cow Creek Ranch all season long! The ranch provides some of the best fishing in New Mexico, easily accessible from Santa Fe.
Free fly tying classes 6-8pm Thursdays. Learn the art or improve your skills. Limited vices and tools available.
LADIES! This coming month on October 15th The Reel Life is will be giving an introduction to fly fishing seminar. We will meet at The Reel Life and get you introduced to all the appropriate equipment that you will need to get started fly fishing. From there we will leave the shop and head up to the Pecos River where our experienced guides will show you all of the strategies and techniques that we use to catch fish. Please feel free to telephone the fly shop if you would like any additional information or would like to sign up. 505-995-8114. The cost of the seminar is only $99 per angler.
Here is the latest on what is happening here in Northern New Mexico. With all of these high temps we have been getting, the water sheds are starting to get alot of runoff. Think of fishing things that are big and bright, or pull a streamer if the situation presents itself. Fishing the tailwaters is a good bet right now. The Chama below Abiquiu is starting to rise, so its days are numbered. If I were going out I would try the San Juan, the Upper Pecos, the Red, or El Vado. Everything else is to high and murky. Be sure to call us before you plan a trip and we will give you up to the minute reports. Until then TIGHT LINES!
Pecos River (110 cfs) Mora River (28 cfs)
Some fish are being caught up on the Pecos. Try larger stoneflies, eggs, worms, or streamers. Fish are being caught up there. Worth a shot.
Rio Chama (240 cfs below Abiquiu, (57 cfs below El Vado), (380 cfs near La Puente)
The season below the Q is winding down. LOTS of people this last weekend. This is probably the last week that you will be able to fish it. Not many people fishing below ElVado. Midges, eggs, pats rubber leggs, san juan worms, and streamers are your best bet for flies.
Rio Grande: 1300 cfs
High and muddy!
Water is high
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.
No release yet out of the dam. Try below the feeder creeks there is water down there. No reports from there though.
Red River (53 cfs)
The Red has come down in flows and should be good. 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.
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.