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Old 12-19-2012, 01:47 PM
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+1 more for the San Juan. No crowds and lots of fish.

Buy lots of the charcoal/iron air activated toe and hand warmers. And use open fingered fishing gloves.
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This is great guys, thanks a ton!
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I'm biased - the Juan is one of my favorite places. So I vote for it, too.

February will be warmer than now, for sure. A co-worker friend of mine who's an expert (at least in my estimation) on the river says that if the temperature's above 40 and the sun's out, he's comfortable there. Lower temps and/or no sun, not so much. But he also says that he's a fair-weather fisherman nowadays. You're likely to see that kind of weather, but there will be periodic storms rolling through with (hopefully) precipitation, usually snow or mixed snow/rain. See
for what the fishing's like in that sort of weather. The guy with the net, by the way, is Chip Hodlmair. He's a great guide and I highly recommend him; took me on my first float down the river. The first fish of that day is in my profile picture.

I'll second the opinion that there's not much to do in the closest cities in NM (Bloomfield, Aztec and Farmington). However, Durango is an easy hour drive away. Good restaurants (I've eaten at Ken and Sue's, The Cosmopolitan and Seasons and can recommend), nice assortment of hotels, some nightlife, etc. It's a tourist town for sure. 25 miles north of Durango there's skiing at Purgatory. Not the most challenging mountain in the area (go to Silverton Mountain, Telluride or Taos for that), but it's fun especially after big dumps. If you're into casinos, the Southern Ute tribe has a big one, with hotel etc., in Ignacio - that's less than 30 minutes away from the Juan in good weather.

If you're interested in the river, I'd recommend the San Juan River Forum. Lots of experience and good advice.

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I'll second the opinion that there's not much to do in the closest cities in NM (Bloomfield, Aztec and Farmington). However, Durango is an easy hour drive away. Good restaurants (I've eaten at Ken and Sue's, The Cosmopolitan and Seasons and can recommend), nice assortment of hotels, some nightlife, etc. It's a tourist town for sure. 25 miles north of Durango there's skiing at Purgatory. Not the most challenging mountain in the area (go to Telluride or Taos for that), but it's fun especially after big dumps. If you're into casinos, the Southern Ute tribe has a big one, with hotel etc., in Ignacio - that's less than 30 minutes away from the Juan in good weather.
As a matter of fact, if this is a vacation and not a fishing trip and there are females involved, Durango is definitely the place to stay. My wife loved it and I fished the Animas (it was October) right in town while she shopped.
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The Guadalupe River in Texas is great during the winter. No it will not beat the fishing on the San Juan. However as I write this it is 20 degrees at noon on the San Juan with snow on the ground and 55 degrees on the Guadalupe. The Guad is a winter tailwater with the state stocking every Friday. The Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited has done two stockings in the past month with fish approaching 5 lbs. You can approach the daily catch numbers of the San Juan but with the warm temps.

If wife is with you she will enjoy the shopping in New Braunfels and Gruene(Green) home of the oldest dance hall in Texas. So maybe you can find some time for the two-step or a little polka.

Local fly shops in Gruene, Sattler, and New Braunfels. I prefer the Sattler shop Reel Fly(free beer on tap while you visit), and I don't drink. Come on down to Texas and enjoy the sites, fishing, food and entertainment. If you come let me know and I'll meet you for a day and show you the river. Or try one of the local guiding services.

Most Fly Fishers and Rainbow Trout are not from Texas but they got here as soon as they could.
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