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.
As the run off is starting to subside the fishing has picked BIG TIME! Giant stones are flying around and the fish are starting to really key in on them. Places like the Pecos and the Jemez stream are seeing them buzzing around and fishing a dry dropper set up will get you hooked up. This week is the week to be on the Chama River!!! I just guided it yesterday and the stoneflies were hatching up there as well as beatis, caddis, and some mohoganies. This is THE best fishing the state has to offerin my opinion and it only lasts for about 3 weeks. So get it while its hot! If you are not familiar with this river let one of our guides show you what it is all about. We still have a few openings so give us a call to get you all set up.
Pecos River (198 cfs) Mora River (69 cfs)
The Pecos is very BUGGY right now. The flows are a bit high, but very fishable. Stoneflies, caddis, and a few different mayflies are out and about. Using a dry dropper set up with either a Hopper, stimulator, or caddis as your dry and a dropper with a prince, caddis poopah, psycho may, and a pheasent tail.
Conejos River (1500 cfs MOgote)
Conejos is high right now. Stoneflies and drakes will be coming soon. Fishing up in the meadows hsa been good with floss worms and beatis patterns
Water is perfect!!!! Fishing has been great! Dry droppers with stones and beatis patterns. Caddis dries in the evening. If you have never experienced the Brazos Box let us guide you there! We have the exclusive guiding rights to this gem. Fishing at the base of the cliffs is breathtaking!!
Rio Chama (1800 cfs below Abiquiu, (648 cfs below El Vado), (495 cfs near La Puente)
Two words! GET OUT! The fishing is going to be really good this week in my opinion. This is my favorite time and place to fish in New Mexico for this time period with nothing else coming a close second! Stones, caddis, mayflies you name it they are hatching. River is very buggy! Flows are a tad on the high side so be sure your bugs are getting down in the fishes zone.
Rio Grande:1400@ Cerro, 2300 @ TJB
High and rippin! Dont think about it until the flows drop!
San Juan River 4300 cfs
I cant believe that a few folks come into the shop and say that they can wade this river at this flow. I for one wouldn't try it. Its not worth your life. Fishing is really good right now from a boat with a guide. Worms, eggs, leeches and red annalids will be working. Call us Ron has been having some excellent days up there in these high flows.
Jemez streams- 25 cfs
Stonflies all over the place over there. Great dry fly fishing. I would go to the San Antonio or the Guadalupe right now!
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.