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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




The rain keeps coming and coming!!! So thankful for all of the water, we need it. Fishing is soooo freakin great in so many areas right now! Our guides have been on the water every day and the reports just keep getting better and better. People are asking which rivers or streams to go to. Really with the exception of the Rio Grande (blown out) everthing else is prime. My personal advice to somebody seeking a great experience is to centrally locate near the town of Chama and fish the upper Chama, Brazos, and the Conejos. You will not be dissapointed. Stoneflies, caddis, hoppers, and beatis are out and about. Come by the shop and we can either point you in the right direction or we can set you up with one of our experienced guides. Please be safe this holiday weekend!

Tight lines, 



Pecos River (151 cfs) Mora River (38 cfs)

The pecos has been spiking daily from all of the afternoon thunder showers. Please use caution. Salmonflies are still flying around and the fishing has been great. Try a dry dropper rig. I have been having alot of luck with yodas, anato mays and prince nymphs as your droppers. 


Brazos river

Fishing has been insane! Especially up in the box. Pete has been guiding it alot and the reports of alot of fish looking up is positive. Stoneflies and caddis have been the ticket. River is in great shape with excellent flows.


Rio Chama (890 cfs below Abiquiu, (624 cfs below El Vado), (200 cfs near La Puente)(330 below abiquiu)

The Chama is where I have been at and it has been awesome! Lots of big bows and browns have been caught and I have had lots of happy clients! I tell people year after year that the upper Chama is the best fishing in New Mexico. However it is only for a 2-3 week period. We have aquired some new private property on the upper Chama and the only peoblem is that I dont have time to fish it MYSELF!!!LOL Get out on this stretch before it gets to low.



Rio Grande: 655@ Cerro, 1300 @ TJB

No dice! Blown out


Jemez Area  65cfs

All of the Jemez has been fishing great! Try getting out on the Caldera for a little elbow room. Ants and hoppers with a little mayfly bead trailer

San Juan River 350cfs

Flows have remained steady on the Juan. Fishing has been great using midge and beatis imitations. Lots of people especially on the weekends


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

Conejos River:

The rabbit is fishing great!!! Super flows throughout and the fish are looking up. Drakes, salmonflies, and pmds are whats best. Super option right now!



Area Lakes:

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.

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