Fly Fishing New Mexico's Rio Grande
Nick Streit was born into somewhat of a fly fishing dynasty. His father, Taylor, started guiding anglers in Northern New Mexico in the late 70’s and literally wrote the book on fly fishing New Mexico. His Uncle Jackson, likewise, owns and operates The Mountain Angler in Breckenridge, Co and has authored the book Fly Fishing Colorado.
Getting into the family business at an early age, Nick was guiding fisherman before he was old enough to drive them to the river. And by the age of 17 Nick was a member of the U.S. Fly Fishing team that took second place in the World Championships in Wales. After college Nick followed his father’s footsteps to such fly fishing destinations as the Bahamas and Argentina. He also ventured out on his own for a brief stint guiding in Alaska. But the call of his home-waters could not be denied and in 2004 Nick, along with his wife Chrissy, opened the Taos Fly Shop (in the same location his father had the store in the 80’s). The shop has grown from its humble beginnings and is now Northern NM’s premier fly shop. In 2012, Nick, along with longtime friend and fellow guide Ivan Valdez, purchased The Reel Life, a fly shop and guide service in Santa Fe.
Nick now spends the majority of his time running his two businesses, guiding, and instructing classes. In the winter, he hosts group trips to Argentina. Nick also enjoys photography and his work has been featured in publications such as Southwest Fly Fishing and New Mexico Magazine.
Nick has also done considerable volunteer work for conservation groups like Trout Unlimited and the Wildlife Federation. In recent years, Nick was the driving force behind the Red River Habitat improvement project, which raised nearly 1 million dollars for habitat restoration on the Lower Red River.
If not at work, Nick is usually camping, hunting, or fishing in the woods somewhere with his wife Chrissy and their two children, Taylor and Christian.