San Juan River, New Mexico
Target species: Trout
January avg. temps: 38 high, 16 low
Round-trip airfare to Albuquerque: $230
Accommodations: Camping at $8 per night

Okay, this may not be what you’d call a “warm” getaway, but the San Juan tailwater is one of America’s best winter trout fisheries. You might even pray for a light snowfall—that’s the sort of cloudy weather that brings on intense bluewing olive hatches and rising trout. It’s a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Albuquerque to where the river flows from Navajo Dam. Hardy souls can pitch a tent in one of the Navajo Lake State Park campgrounds ( If you don’t own a down sleeping bag, get an inexpensive room at Abe’s Motel and Fly Shop ( right next to the fishing. Bring small nymphs, fine leaders, and warm neoprene waders—the water temperature will be about 45 degrees.

–John Merwin