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.
Boy the rain keeps coming! The water levels in our reservoirs are getting to respectable levels and that bodes well for many of our fisheries. Many people ask me where the best fishing is right now. My reply has been pretty simple, "just about everything is fishing great! Water levels have been awesome in our streams and rivers and the fish have been very happy! This has been one of the best and most productive seasons I have seen! Come by the shop and we will be more than happy to set you up with one of our professional guides, or if you would like to do it yourself we will certainly get you pointed in the right direction.
Pecos River (151 cfs) Mora River (85 cfs)
The pecos has been spiking daily from all of the afternoon thunder showers. Please use caution. Fishing remains pretty darn good unless the river blows out completly. Dry dropper and nymph rigs are working the best. Be sure you are using enough weight and getting your rigs down in these kind of flows. Prince nymphs, soft hackles, yodas, SJ worms, and eggs have bee getting the job done for me.
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.
Rio Chama (424 cfs below Abiquiu, (724 cfs below El Vado), (54 cfs near La Puente)
I have not seen great flows on the upper Chama like the way it has been this summer. We have been mostly in the Chama area lately with many nice browns being taken recently. Get out early to avoid the PM thundershowers. Lots of fish being taken on beatis patterns especially when it gets cloudy. Other popular patters have been poundmeisters, anato mays, jigged hares ears, and pats rubber leggs.
Rio Grande: 136@ Cerro, 312 @ TJB
Flows on the Rio have dropped big time! Clarity is not the best but willo continue to clear up daily. The fishing has been fantastic and we have been receiving reports of bug fish being caught. Caddis, Pats Rubberlegs, Poundmeisters and eggs
Jemez Area 27cfs
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 622cfs
Flows have remained steady on the Juan. Fishing has been great using midge and beatis imitations. Lots of people especially on the weekends
Cimmaron river- 4 cfs
The Cim has a little release out of the dam. I would fish it below the feeder creek. Hopper droppers with either a worm, beatis pattern or montana stones
The rabbit is fishing great!!! Super flows throughout and the fish are looking up.BWO's are the hot ticket as well as Drakes, salmonflies, and pmds. Super option right now!
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.