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 fellow long rodders! Well winter time is upon us and the weather has definitly cooled off. The fishing remains pretty solid up here in the Norte. The high flows has alot of folks shying away from the fishing at the moment. I am here to say that the fishing remains pretty good considering the conditions. Word is from the BOR that the flows will remain high below both Abiquiu and El Vado at least until the beginning of the new year. Abiquiu lake has turned over and the water is that Chama River green. Even though the flow aqre high below both resevoirs get out and fish!!! No pressure and the fish have gotta eat que no? We have had some solid guide trips below both dams just concentrat your efforts closer to the edges. A few other places we have been out to and that are fishing well are the lower Pecos, Red River, The Juan and The Rio Grande for Pike. Currently we are offering a special winter rate for all of our clients. Rates are $100 off of the full day rate, with this you will get approximately 5-6 hours of fishing for the day. Also we have a bunch of amazing sales for the holiday season, so come by the shop and see all of the exciting new things that we have to offer.
Pecos River (46 cfs) Mora River (11.5 cfs)
The upper Pecos is COLD!!!! If you do fish it try between the hours of 11-3 pm. You will have a much better experience down at Villanueva State Park. Try dry dropper rigs set up with a high floating dry and suspending beatis patterns, eggs, and worms below it. Using an indicator will bring sucess as well.
Cold. Done for the year.
Rio Chama (800 cfs below Abiquiu, (500 cfs below El Vado), (99 cfs near La Puente)
The BOR continues to work on the dam at Abiquiu so flows have been fluctuating but the water has cleared up. Dont let the high flow intimidate you, these fish are eating! We have been sucessful using Crane fly nymphs, Eggs, red larva, Jigged pheasent tails have been working. Just remember to use alot of weight to get your flies down
Rio Grande:400@ Cerro, 650 @ TJB
The Rio is a little high and has gotten cold! If it were me I would mainly fish for pike. Unless you get an unbseasonably warm day the trout fishing is going to be slow.
San Juan River 450 cfs
Flows have remained steady on the Juan. Fishing has been good out there with many rising fish to be caught. Midge fishng above Texas hole and a combination of midges and beatis below T hole. When you see the noses eating on top switch up to a fore and aft dry and a small comparadun. Lots of moss in the water so make sure your flies are clean!
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.