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The Reel Life

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526 N Guadalupe St, De Vargas Mall, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1454
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Great fishing on Rio Chama

Had a great day of fishing on Rio Chama private waters with Lucas. Knowledgeable, patient, and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Michael M
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Best Fly Fishing Trips

I am just finishing up a set of fly fishing lessons with The Reel Life. The whole team is... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Gayle M
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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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526 N Guadalupe St, De Vargas Mall, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1454
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great day of fishing on Rio Chama private waters with Lucas. Knowledgeable, patient, and willing to work hard to get to the fish. Landed 3 rainbows in 24” range and many just over 20”. Reel Life was professional and highly recommend to anyone...More

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am just finishing up a set of fly fishing lessons with The Reel Life. The whole team is extremely knowledgeable, encouraging and most of all - fun to be with. They know everything one could ever want or need to know about fly fishing...More

Thank Gayle M
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Blustery blue wing olive sort of day, despite the conditions and the gusts from upstream, this young guide was sound and expert in his choices. i stopped counting fish after the first dozen or so fish, all taking nymphs, and a set of wild rainbows...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

I booked with The Reel Life in Santa Fe and had a wonderful experience. We were 3 gals with varied experiences in fly fishing, from a few years of experience to first time fishing. Wes Dyer was a fabulous guide and met all of our...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

I booked a half day trip online with the Reel Life which was super easy. I also received 2 phone calls beforehand to make sure all was well and to see if I had any questions. My guide was Wes, and he was excellent -...More

Thank Elizabeth Q
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

My wife and I always try to book a fishing trip when we travel so our trip to Santa Fe was no different. The Reel Life had good reviews so we gave them a try. I would say that the process to book the trip...More

Thank LoyeIFS
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Reviewed 31 July 2017

My son and boyfriend and I went fly fishing on the Pecos River with Jeremy Brooks as our guide. Jeremy was the most patient, knowledgeable and kind guide we could ever have had. He made sure we were all comfortable with our gear and in...More

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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Our guide Jeremy set up an EPIC day on the Pecos river with a morning of great teaching and warm up then a full afternoon on private water. His attention to your every need is absolutely insane - the guy is every where at once...More

2  Thank Carsten B
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Reviewed 28 July 2017

Took the family fly fishing while visiting Santa Fe, NM. None of us had every been before and these guys made it easy for us. We all caught fish and had a wonderful time! Both of them were very informative and patient with us. Thanks...More

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Reviewed 14 June 2017

I took 2 friends who had never fly fished before to the Trout Stocker Ranch where we were guided by Ivan Valdez, co-owner of The Reel Life. We caught so many fish and had a blast! Ivan was so knowledgeable and patient with us. He...More

1  Thank jvanderhider
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humphrey b
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Response from 49skeeter49 | Reviewed this property |
A simple phone call to the fly fishing shop can answer that question. For me, catch and release is the only way I trout fish with three exceptions. First, if the trout waters are stocked and the water temperatures... More
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