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.
Hello all, fishing has been fairly decent lately despite the higher waters. I get so many people coming into the shop saying they are bummed out that ALL the water is high! There are many places to fish that have good flows to it. If you have any questions please give us a call here at the shop so that we can help point you in the right direction. Stonflies are just around the corner so come by and get your season kicked off with some new gear. Tight lines!
Pecos River (221 cfs) Mora River (98 cfs)
Pecos is staring to come down in flows and the stoneflies are just around the corner! I would get above the Mora confluence and fish on up as the flows will be considerably lower. Fish some dry dropper rigs with a stonefly or a hopper for your dry and a stonfly nymph like a prince or a san juan worm. Fish the edges and keep looking for fish, they are feeding!
Conejos River (674 cfs Mogote)
Water levels are dropping here as well! This level is very fishable you just need to get your flies down to where they are feeding. Salvations, gummy worms, prince nymphs, and pats rubber legs are fishing good at this time. It is worth a shot to go up there.
While flows are dropping a little here it would be woth a shot in some of the rivers pocket water areas. Most all of your fish will be caught nymphing and you just need to make sure you are getting your flies down to the fish. There should be some big fish in there right now.
Rio Chama (1450 cfs below Abiquiu, 1500 cfs below El Vado, 1500 cfs near La Puente)
Looks like irrigators are starting to draw water off of the river and the flows are coming down on the freestone stretch. Keep an eye on the flows or stay in touch with us to get the latest scoop. It is still to high to fish at the moment.
Rio Grande: 1350 at Cerro, 2200 at TJB
River is better for rafting that fishing at the moment!
San Juan River 4084 cfs
Big flows on the Juan right now! This does not stop us though as some of the best fishing is done during these flows. You will need a boat as wading at these flows is very dangerous. If you have never floated the Juan at these flows give us a call and we will get you all set up! San Juan Ron is a master at these flows!
Jemez streams- 210 cfs
Fishing in the Jemez is very good right now on the East Fork and San Antonio. However these are some of the only fishable waters that we have to offer at this moment so it has been geting a little crowded. Fishing hopper droppers has been the ticket. Stoneflies should be here any day now!
My best bets would be to try Monastary and Santa Cruz lakes in the Santa Fe Area. Smaller streamers imitating minnows, damsels, and leeches 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.