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Author Archives: Karl Moffatt

A Visit to Tsankawi at Bandelier Takes One Back in Time

Tsankawi entrance sign

Sitting upon the edge of a cliff at Tsankawi, legs dangling in space, basking in the midwinter sun, one can look out over the snow dusted valley below and perhaps understand why the ancient Indians choose to live here hundreds of years ago. Continue reading »

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Fishing the Rio Grande Gorge with John Nichols & Taylor Streit & Fall is the Best Time to Do It!

flyfisherman posing on rock

For many anglers New Mexico’s Rio Grande gorge and its tumbling river is an intimidating and stingy place to fish.
Its reputation for skunking even seasoned anglers may cause some to pass it up for easier fare elsewhere.
But those who’ve managed to overcome this maddening river’s mysterious ways say the fishing can reach mystical proportions.
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Fall Fishing on the San Juan River is as Good as It Gets & Here’s How!

A San Juan Country Road basks in the sunshine of a gorgeous autumn day on the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico.

We were breaking ice that fall morning as we trudged through the marsh trail leading to the upper flats of the San Juan River. And we were hoping we’d get one of the more favored fishing spots to ourselves because the fall is when this trophy, trout stream really grows busy.

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Take a Drive & Enjoy New Mexico’s Fall Colors

U.S. 84 Red Rock Canyon Abiquiu Lake

There’s no better time than the fall to enjoy some of the best scenery in northern New Mexico and with the changing of the leaves there’s no better excuse for a road trip. Continue reading »

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Summer Fishing and Camping on the San Juan River

Summer on the San Juan river is great for anglers who know how to handle the heat as they will enjoy dynamite dry fly action, lots of sight fishing in incredibly clear water and a really memorable experience, especially in the weeks following the annual spring flush. Continue reading »

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New Mexico Winning War on Wild Hogs

Dry Cimarron River in northeastern New Mexico.

New Mexico appears to be winning its war against wild hogs with the feral swine now gone from half of infected counties in 2013, federal authorities report. Continue reading »

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Spring Fishing on the San Juan River – Tips and Tricks

san juan river

Spring fishing on the San Juan River means dry fly action and plenty of it so box up the nymphs, break out the flies and get after it. Continue reading »

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San Juan Sees Even More Improvements for Anglers and Wildlife

san juan river hammond tract

It’s the dead of winter and Mike Lee of Arizona is catching big beautiful trout on dry flies at the Lower Flats of the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico and state fisheries biologist Marc Wethington couldn’t be happier for him. Continue reading »

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Winter Trout Fishing on the Rio Chama Below El Vado Dam

Toner Mitchell poses with brown trout caught in the Chama River of northern New Mexico.

In the dead of winter when most anglers are yearning for a fight with a feisty trout there are only a few places one can try in northern New Mexico.

But for those seeking the solitude of a lonely stretch of river, incredible scenery and the possibility of catching a fat fish, then the Rio Chama below El Vado Dam is where it’s at. Continue reading »

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Great Winter Hikes Can Be Found in Los Alamos & White Rock Areas

Tsankawi Indian ruins near White Rock NM.

New Mexico’s mild winter weather makes for ideal hiking conditions and the White Rock and Los Alamos area boasts some of the best sunny and scenic strolls around. Continue reading »

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