Photo of the Day: Perfect Timing

Utahn Doug Roberts–who runs Old Moe Guide Service, based in the town of Dutch John, sent in this killer photo of a big brown getting ready to send a blue-winged olive down the hatch. Huge emergences of these olives occur during April and May on the Green River, bringing big trout to the surface to gorge after the long winter. Looks like a great place to kick off the spring!The Green River is a world-famous trout fishery and a beautiful canyon. It fishes well just about any time of year. We are happy to set you up with a day floating the Green River with our friends at Old Moe Guide Service.  It makes a great day of fishing as part of your trip to Falcon's Ledge Lodge to see the spectacular trout rivers Utah has to offer. Another day of your trip we can take you to fish the...

Video: Fishing the Green River in Utah

Here is a nicely done video about the beautiful Green River here in Utah. The Green River is one of the most beautiful and well-known tailwater trout fisheries in the United States. Many fishermen from all over the world come to Utah to fish the Green River. It is a spectacular fishery with nearly 10,000 fish per mile. The scenery is breathtaking and the guides are fantastic. We have many guests that stay at Falcon's Ledge that want to fish the Green. We set them up with a guide for the day and they drive out in the morning, enjoy a beautiful day of fishing, and return to the lodge in the evening to a nice dinner. It is a great way to spend a day in Utah.  Many of these fishermen stay to fish the other spectacular rivers and streams in northern Utah. We have five streams just above...

Pro Tip: The ONE Thing You Can Do to Become a Better Fly Fisherman

A year has ended and a new one begins. Like most people, I look back and reflect on what the previous year has taught me or what insights I might have gleaned from all my time guiding. I am always wondering how to do it better or give my clients a more rewarding experience. Recently, the tables were turned on me a bit. One of my longtime clients asked what they could do to make the coming season more productive and enjoyable. We’ve all read the articles and stories on how to improve your fishing, and perhaps they all seem to really be saying the same things rehashed in a different way. I was looking at some past publications and thinking about the question posed to me. One thing jumped out at me. The answer wasn’t learn to mend, fly selection, knots, or even equipment that could improve your fishing this...

Video: Getting Started in Fly Fishing, Parts I-III

If you or someone you know is taking up fly fishing for the first time–or returning after a long absence–check out this great new video series from Brian Flechsig of Mad River Outiffters in Columbus, Ohio. In the first three episodes, Flechsig describes the six things you need to start fly fishing, how to understand fly-rod sizes (weights), and how to choose the right rod for the kind of fishing you want to do.Yes, this is very basic stuff, but it’s vital information for folks who are new to the sport. The biggest barrier to entry for anyone taking up a new activity is lack of information. Stay tuned to learn more!...

Video: Contrasts

The contrast between the frenzy of everyday life and the beauty of fly fishing is portrayed in this great short film. Enjoy!...

Video: One Simple Tip to Catch More Fish in Winter

 Here’s a smart and simple tip from the folks at Fly Fishing and Dreams that will help you catch more fish in the cold, clear water of winter, when you’re probably chucking very small flies. By dropping down a single tippet size, you make a stealthier approach, the fly sinks more quickly, and the fly moves more naturally in the water. Of course, light tippets require the angler to exercise good judgment during the hook set and fight, so it’s not all fun and games. Below are tying instruction for the fly used in the video above, a pattern that seems pretty effective. Here’s a smart and simple tip from the folks at Fly Fishing and Dreams that will help you catch more fish in the cold, clear water of winter, when you’re probably chucking very small flies. By dropping down a single tippet size, you make a stealthier approach, the...

Video: Potrait of A Fisherman

Here is a great short film about fly fishing. There is no talking just a little bit of fishing. It does a great job of conveying the feeling of simplicity and solitude that we all love about the sport of fly fishing. Enjoy! ...

Video Pro Tips: How to Set Up a Fly Reel

</Setting up a fly reel is not difficult, but you may run into problems if you don’t do it correctly. Here’s a great, three-part series of videos from Fly Fishing & Dreams that walks you through the process. The first video shows you how to connect the backing to the reel, the second is about how to connect the fly line to the backing, and the third completes the process by connecting the leader to the fly line. All that’s left for you to do is string up a rod and then tie on a fly. You’ll note that in the second video, the presenter explains that he doesn’t like a welded loop at the rear end of his line. While there are plenty of anglers who feel this way, I have never had a problem with one of these loops, not to mention the fact that most trout anglers never...

Video Pro Tips: How to Use Floatant Properly

There’s a new fly-fishing “expert” on the Youtube scene, goes by the sobriquet Huge Fly Fisherman. The man behind the Buff is actually Ben Sittig, a guide from Colorado, whom we’ve seen before, in Unicorn Valley.In this video, he offers some valuable advice about how to use floatant and dry shake in a two-part system to keep your flies high and dry on the water for as long as possible. Use one, then the other until your fly sinks. Then tie on a new fly and repeat. Like Ben, I know how painful it can be to watch someone smear gel all over a waterlogged fly. There’s a lot of other tomfoolery going on, but the real lesson comes in the clip from :34 to 1:15. The rest of the video is pretty fun, but his advice is dead-on: “If you’re gonna be a dry-fly snob, please do it right.”...

Pheasant Hunting Season

It's November and the pheasant season is well under way. The weather is perfect and the birds are flying hard. A day in the field with us is an experience you don't want to miss. We get a lot of people that ask us what they can expect on a pheasant hunt with us. Here's how the day usually plays out.Meet guide at the clubhouse where you will discuss what kind of hunt you can expect. The pro shop is stocked with whatever you need in case you have forgotten something Your guide will go over safety procedures and how to hunt your particular field. Our guides have amazing dogs that will work hard all day. You can bring your own dogs too. Meet up for lunch at the clubhouse after a good morning in the field. Continue to hunt after lunchThe great thing about hunting with us is...