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On Hidden Waters

By December 5, 2013 No Comments

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It’s no secret that anglers, especially fly fishermen, hold tight to their secret spots; those hidden places, just around the bend, where magic seems to happen with every cast and drift. These are your little treasures, only known to you, your best fishing buddies, and the trout that live there. These hidden waters don’t always have the biggest fish (sometimes they do) but they are the places you know best, where the trout seem to be, for once, at a disadvantage due to your familiarity with the drifts, angles, and fly preferences. Given this fact, that we all love our secret fishing spots, I’m sometimes perplexed by the unwillingness of the travelling angler to explore the less publicized waterways. You find your secret spots near home, why not when you travel?

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Years ago when I began my first stint as GM at Falcon’s Ledge I discovered that one of the biggest challenges we faced in marketing our unique little lodge was that we didn’t have a famous river. No names like Madison, San Juan, Yellowstone (we do actually have one of these, but not that one), Bitterroot or Henry’s Fork to plaster all over brochures and the web. I would get this question all the time on the phone: “Which river are you near?” and “Well sir, we have some great water you’ve never heard of and are going to love…” never seemed to be a satisfactory answer. Being young and a bit naïve, the puzzling thing to me was that I’d fished most of the “famous” rivers, and I much preferred the ones I knew here. But ours were hidden waters, lying just outside of the reach of major populations and especially angling journalists. Thank goodness. These are places you have to see and experience first-hand to appreciate.

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So, Falcon’s Ledge as a business built slowly, one happy client after the next who fished small streams with names like Uinta, Current and Duchesne and loved their experience. Our guides became skilled at the art of understatement at breakfast and over delivering delightful experiences on secluded waters each day. And our guests returned, year after year, for big browns on dry flies, beautiful golden cutthroats in alpine settings, and the magic that you only get fishing our guides’ secret spots.

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Over the 20 or so years since opening, Falcon’s Ledge has grown steadily in reputation, we’ve won several awards, and we’ve been featured in print, online, and on TV. But, we don’t always love this stuff. We’re intentionally guarded. In keeping with time-honored traditions of the angler, we know it’s our hidden waters and our reluctance to share them with anyone but you, our guest, that make this place truly special. Written by Jake Ricks Photos by Spencer Higa]]>

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