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The Reel Life

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526 N Guadalupe St, De Vargas Mall, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1454
+1 505-995-8114
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Fishing on the Rio Grande with Wes

I took my husband and my dad on a fly fishing adventure, thanks to Wes and The Reel Life. Varying... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
salbux1
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
fishing the Brazos with Wes

Took a friend fishing the Brazos. It was her first experience fly fishing. We are not youngsters... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
solopescador
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Dallas, Texas
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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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“pecos river” (4 reviews)
“cow creek” (3 reviews)
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526 N Guadalupe St, De Vargas Mall, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1454
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+1 505-995-8114
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

TL;DR 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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!

Thank Barry B
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Reviewed 17 June 2018

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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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

We had a blast fishing with Jeremy as our guide. He was a very patient teacher (we’re all beginners) and very encouraging to the 15 year old among us. The whole family had a great time, learned a lot, and got to spend time in...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018 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 25 April 2018 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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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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