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.
Summertime fishing has been excellent lately! Much needed monsoons are keeping things a little on the cooler side and the fish are happier because of it. I would keep an eye on the forecast and try to fish early to avoid the pm showers. Fishing is going to get better and better as things cool down.
Pecos River (45 cfs) Mora River (5.8 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 (234 cfs MOgote)
The Conejos has been fishing great lately! Different sections have different hatches going on right now. I would have some anato mays, floss worms, various attractor patterns, and some caddis patterns. Call us and we can help in greater detail.
Water is a little skinny and the fish are a bit spooky, but the fishng is great! Especially up at Corkins! Lots of caddis!
Rio Chama (1070 cfs below Abiquiu, (944 cfs below El Vado), (50 cfs near La Puente)
Fishing below El Vado is your best bet at the moment. Nymphing and streamers are the way to go. Flows have been all over the place lately so be sure to check the flow before you go. The hot flies have been camo buggers, Hares ears, P tails, and craneflies!
Rio Grande:133@ Cerro, 282 @ TJB
Fishing has been decent in the am until the water warms up. Smaller stones, caddis larva, and hares ears were what was working for me this week. When the water warms up in the afternoon switch up to streamers and go after the smallies.
San Juan River 811 cfs
Lot of mmidges and beatis coming off midday. The river is in excellent shape right now after the high flows and the fish are fat and healthy! Red annalids, rs2s, chocholate foam backs, and ju ju beatis are great choices for flies on 6X. Hopper patterns for the dries
Jemez streams- 13 cfs
Fishing has been great in the am with smaller stimis and caddis. Rio San Antonio and the East fork are really good 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.