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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...more
Hours Today: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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526 N Guadalupe St, De Vargas Mall, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1454
We found Reel Life on Trip Advisor, but our guide Wes was over the top.
My wife and I are not great anglers, but we do love beautiful places, great fishing, and good folks.
We experienced all of that on our day with Wes at...More
While on a road trip, my husband and I contacted Reel Life to arrange for a half-day fly fishing in the Santa Fe area ... and are we glad we did! Our guide, Nick, put us on lots of fish and taught us lots of...More
Just got back from a wonderful weekend in Santa Fe, NM! It was the first time there for my family and me. We enjoyed a fabulous half day of fishing with Ivan and Lucas. They were both extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Because there were 5...More
My wife and I fished the Rio Grande near Taos with Ivan, and had a wonderful time! Beautiful scenery, beautiful river, great weather, and good fishing. We're not total novices, but this was our first time wade fly fishing, and Ivan was a fantastic guide...More
I took my husband and my dad on a fly fishing adventure, thanks to Wes and The Reel Life. Varying skill levels among all three of us, and Wes did a great job helping us all get what we needed out of the adventure. We...More
Took a friend fishing the Brazos. It was her first experience fly fishing. We are not youngsters. Wes was a patient teacher and kept us both safe, all the time changing our flies to try to find the hot ticket.
Ivan was patient and taught my wife everything she needed to know about fly fishing. She's never gone before and had one of the best experiences of her life. WE ALSO CAUGHT 43 TROUT IN 4 HOURS. If you want to go with someone...More
My wife and I were in Santa Fe on business. We decided to extend our trip an extra day to go fly fishing together. I can't recommend Wes highly enough. He was so patient and helpful with my wife, who is a novice angler. Despite...More
I had a great day with Wes fishing at Cow Creek Ranch. The weather was still hot and the water was low, but Wes helped me catch some amazing fish. He's good company, too! I'll be back with The Reel Life on my next trip!
I've fished in NM for 25+ years and two of my most enjoyable and epic experiences have been with Wes Dyer at the Reel Life! The reservations were easy to make and Reel Life and Wes had excellent access to prime private water. I caught...More
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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
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 eventually get too high at some part of the year to sustain them, I will consider taking the trout. Second, the trout has been injured in a way that it will die. Or third, the trout are needed for streamside lunch or dinner, and removing the trout do not endanger existing trout populations (I avoid this if at all possible except in remote regions). None of these conditions existed during my guided trip in March. To me, there is nothing more beautiful than hooking a trout, and after gently landing and removing the hook, seeing it swim off to fight another day in habitat that sustains its life year round.