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Address: 526 N Guadalupe St, De Vargas Mall, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1454
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+1 505-995-8114
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 08:00 - 18:00

Welcome to Santa Fe’s premier Fly Shop and Guide Service! We specialize in...

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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Great Day of Fly Fishing

Looking for a perfect day on the river? Book a trip with Ricardo! Personable, knowledgable, patient, experienced- everything you could ask for in a fishing guide. We had all... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2016
Sedona, Arizona
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Sedona, Arizona
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Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Looking for a perfect day on the river? Book a trip with Ricardo! Personable, knowledgable, patient, experienced- everything you could ask for in a fishing guide. We had all levels of anglers in our group and we all caught many fish- browns and rainbows, big and average size, but all worth the fight!

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

If you have questions about fly fishing in New Mexico, this is the place to go. Equipment, fishing locations, practical knowledge and enthusiasm can be found at The Reel Life. Fly fishing is what these folks are about. Good customer service and great products make this store a pleasure to visit and do business with. Peter Mosey is one of... More 

Thank looseasagoose
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

I had an amazing 30+ fish day on the Pecos with Nik. We could have caught 100 if we had that as a goal. Instead, we explored lots of different spots and styles of fishing, from small stream Bow and Arrow casting to Czech nymphing in very fast, deep water. I'm 2 for 2 in my guided trips booked by... More 

3 Thank Sean E
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Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Our family, including our 15-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son, loved our first fly fishing experience! Ivan and Jeremy were patient and very nice, and took us to a beautiful location to fish. This was definitely our favorite part of our trip to Santa Fe!

Thank Sean L
Bellville, Texas
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Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

We visited Santa Fe in June for a family reunion. I selected Reel Life because of the positive reviews....I was not disappointed! I was planning for 11 of my family members that had no experience fly fishing. They were so accommodating when I called every few days to add more guides! They were helpful and very patient with our novice... More 

Thank SusieMacha
Littleton, Colorado
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

We made last minute plans to visit Santa Fe and Ivan was there to help us pull together a spectacular fishing trip for my husband and son. He was terrific at organizing all that we needed to make the trip a success from packing list to directions to final confirmations. When the rest of the family decided we wanted to... More 

Thank Susan H
Wimberley, Texas
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

We chose The Reel Life after talking to most of the guide shops in the area. Peter was super helpful with trip planning and made us excited to get out on the water. We booked a day at Cow Creek with The Reel Life for our group of friends - two of us had fly fished before but the other... More 

Thank CreekIzzy
Santa Fe, New Mexico
1 review
Reviewed 20 May 2016

Having recently moved to Santa Fe from the driftless region of the upper midwest, Reel Life has become my home base for instruction, insights, gear, and occasional guides. Ivan, Peter, and the team are attentive, knowledgable, and ready to assist. Learning local waters is always a challenge for newbies such as myself. The Reel Life staff willingly share their experience... More 

Thank Driftlesstroutguy
1 review
Reviewed 17 May 2016

I took a chance with The Reel Life Fly Fishing shop in Santa Fe and was not disappointed at all. The personnel at the shop were courteous and extreme knowledgeable. Reel Life Fly Fishing guide, "Peter Mosey" guided a friend and I on a Winter Special Fly Fishing trip in March. Peter is a rare gem with a passion for... More 

Thank Ronald S
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Reviewed 17 May 2016

Ivan did a great job--an excellent guide and host. He picked me up at the hotel and drove over the mountain to Pecos. the fishing at Cow Creek was terrific with opportunities for the novice and expert. Ivan served an excellent stream side lunch.

Thank james h

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