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 9-7, Mon-Fri, 9-6 Sat, and 10-5 on Sunday.
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.
Hello fellow long rodders! I am sorry for the delay on the fishing report, we have been super busy guiding on our beautiful rivers. The fall fishing season is just getting started and the fishing has been stellar. Places like the Pecos, Rio Grande, Brazos, Rio Chama, and the Rio Pueblo have all been fishing great and with the changing of the leaves coming up what more can you ask for. Fall fishing is my favorite time of the year to fish. The browns are getting ready to get their groove on, and they start packing on weight getting ready for winter. Fall is also when we get into the biggest fish of the year. If you have never experienced it you don't know what you have been missing. Our guide trips are filling up fast so give us a call if you would like one of our experienced guides to get you on some fish.
Pecos River (66 cfs) Mora River (13 cfs)
The Pecos has been fishing great lately. Lots of fish and lot of people, especially on weekends. We have using dry dropper set ups with a pheasant tail, anato may, hares ear, yodas, and sj worms. If you are wanting to throw some dries elk hairs, para adams, and little yellow sallies are bringing them up!
No change here!!!! Fishing has been insane! Especially up in the box. Boy, fish have been crushing small stones and caddis drys! It takes a little effort but the farther up you go the better it gets. Been doing many guide trips up there with excellent results. The Reel Life has exclusive rights to guide the box stretch and you cant miss this right now! Give us a call for details. Fishing on the public has also been great. Worth a shot!
Rio Chama (417 cfs below Abiquiu, (500 cfs below El Vado), (35 cfs near La Puente)
Fishing on the upper Chama has slowed down with the drop in flows, I would fish the Seargent area if I chose to fish the Upper Chama. The tailwaters have been high and need to come down a bit. Flows dropped today below Abiquiqu, lets see if they stay that way!
Rio Grande: 129@ Cerro, 257 @ TJB
Flows on the Rio have dropped big time! Clarity has improved and so has the fishing! The forcast is for cloudy weather these next few days, and that means BEATIS!!!!!! This is my favorite time to fish the Rio, browns are starting their pre spawn routine and are feeding really good. Indicator rigs or dry droppers with small morish hoppers and size 18 anato mays as well as size 18 to 20 beatis emergers have been the ticket. This river has stumped many an angler over the years, and these fish can be picky. Let one of our guides show you what it is all about!
Jemez Area 20cfs
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 635cfs
Flows have remained steady on the Juan. Beatis have really started to hatch below Texas Hole. Rs2s and chocholate foam backs have been the bugs of choice. Seeing a better midge hatch in the upper section especially after noon.
Cimmaron river- 15 cfs
What do you know, there is finally water to cover the fishes backs! It has been tough most of the summer with little to no release out of the dam. Tricos, montana princes, and beatis are what the fish are eating.
The rabbit is fishing great!!! The low flows are making things a little more technical but the fish are still looking up.BWO's are the hot ticket as well as Drakes, and pmds. fishing with floss worms and size 18 and 20 purple jujus are also working well
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.