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.   

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Well good morning fellow long rodders! Fishing has tapered off a bit lately with high flows making their presence known here in Northern New Mexico. I would expect more of the same for at least another month and a half. There is still some good fishing to be had, I would concentrate on some of the tailwaters and stillwaters. Places like the Conejos, San Juan, and Chama rivers are a fishing pretty decent still. Of course flows can change below dams in a moments notice so I advise calling the shop or coming by before you head out.


Pecos River (285 cfs) Mora River (145 cfs)

The Pecos is high. Use extreme caution when wading. Fishing is a little tough right now on the Pecos. If I was going out to fish it I would concentrate my efforts on the side using a dry dropper set up. Fishing will be best above the confluence with the Mora river.


Conejos River (60 cfs below platoro)

The Conejos has been fishing really good lately. Flows have come up quite a bit on the lower sections because the tributaries have started their runoff cycle. I would fish the Pinnacles on up. Salvations and worm patterns have been the ticket up there.



Brazos river

Water is high and rippin


Rio Chama (216 cfs below Abiquiu, (95 cfs below El Vado), (1000 cfs near La Puente)

The freestone section is in early runoff. Concentrate your efforts to fishing below the tailwater sections. Streamer fishing has been doing well recently below El Vado and Crane flies, Stonflies and worms below Abiquiu. Flows are still good under the Q, but the Abiquiu section is getting ready to blow out any day now so check the flows before you go!



Rio Grande:607@ Cerro, 1020 @ TJB

High and rippin!


San Juan River 479 cfs

Flows have remained steady on the Juan. Fishing has been good out there with many rising fish to be caught. Midge fishing 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. Water is still a little off color so vary your flourocarbon diameter and use brighter flies.


Area Lakes

My best bets would be to try Monastary and Santa Cruz lakes in the Santa Fe Area. Smaller streamers and stones 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.

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