Abe's Motel and Fly Shop

Abe and Patsy Chavez opened the doors to their $5-a-day fishing shop on August 18, 1958, only to see the construction of the Navajo Dam push them into the motel business. Fifty years later, they are selling flies and float trips to anglers on the San Juan — now a tailwater with a world-wide reputation. Writer Cornelia De Bruin suggests a possible secret to the longevity of their marriage and their fly shop: a sign in the dining room that reads “We interrupt this marriage to bring you fishing season.” In the Las Cruces, New Mexico Sun-News.

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