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“Tom O” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Reel Life

The Reel Life
526 North Guadalupe, De Vargas Mall, Santa Fe, NM 87501
+1 505-995-8114
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Owner description: 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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“Tom O”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

My wife has never fished and had no ambition or desire to go fishing but finally I talked her into trying fly fishing with a guide. So last December she allowed me to book a fly fishing trip with the Reel Life which turned out to be alot of fun, so much, she wanted to go again.
So here we are in Santa Fe again in April and we she wanted to fish again, at my slight suggestion. Last December we had a guide by the name of Jesse Lee, who has an outstanding personality and works to make his guests enjoy fishing, especially if they have never fished before. I in turn, have fished all over the world from the South Pacific, Mexico, US continent to Alaska for Salmon.This includes catching big fish (250# Marlin), Salmon, Tuna(240#) to small fish as I learned to fish in the Lake of the Woods (Boundry Waters) in northern Minnesota.
Last December we fished the Chama river and this time we fished the Pecos river, of course that means catch and release. The trip, full or 1/2 day will require you to obtain a state license but everything else is provided. Waders, boots, flys (wet and dry), poles and of course the excellent guided services if you desire. Just driving up the valley along side the Pecos River to the fishing area outside of Pecos, NM, 40 minutes from Santa Fe, we impressed how beautiful the landscape was. Mountains and trees with the river flowing through the valley. This is a place you would not normally see unless you camp up the valley or come here to fish as the road eventually is a dead end so you have to go back the way you come, The trip was worth the scenery alone without the fishing. However, fishing we did. In a half day trip, with the help of selecting the places to fish, I caught 6 Rainbow and 5 wild Brown trout. My wife herself caught 9 mixed trout and had a great time. Yes, we snagged a few branches or rocks but the guide was always there to unsnag you line and help you with the fishing. If like me, you have done this many times before, he lets you alone or makes suggestions in types of casting to reach certain pools where the fish hide which makes the fishing part of the trip great. Did my wife have a great time? You bet, so much she again want to contine to fish here again when we return to Santa Fe.
It may be difficult for smaller children to do this type of guided fishing on a small river or a rushing river like the Rio Grande but I'm sure, as I have been told, there are places that you can take the kids. If you want to do something fun while in town, definitely sign up with the Reel Life to do a trip. If you are capable and have all your own gear or even need to rent gear, the staff is well qualifed and they know the area. Remember, Jesse, he's a great guide.

Visited April 2013
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