Urban Fishing

We try to get out and fish anytime we can. Sometimes we take long road trips to that certain river or lake. Other times we have to choose a place depending on how much time we have.Bryan Eldredge called me and said he was finishing up lunch and had a few hours to fish. We decided to hit the river that runs through town. It literally runs through town. We got there and started at the bridge by one of our favorite restaurants. The fishing can be good but the smell of tacos makes you take that one last cast before moving upstream.We tied on some of our favorite patterns. Higa's sos, Princess nymph,midge larvae and eggs. Those bugs are a staple on this stretch of river.With only a couple of hours to spare we fished upstream as far as we could with only a few fish. It was just...

Video: How to Clean Your Fly Rod

During the winter months most of us don't fish as much as we do other times of the year. We spend much of the winter inside tying flies, organizing our fishing gear, cleaning our fly rod, and getting caught up on other projects. Cleaning your gear is one project that is great to do while it is cold outside and many lakes and rivers are frozen over.Here is a great short video on how to clean your fly rod....

High Mountain Streams

The Uintah River is a wonderful mountain stream flowing from the South Slope of the Uinta Mountain range and is home to native cutthroats, vividly colored brookies, hefty browns, and healthy rainbows. The river fishes best in mid to late summer and in the fall months. Trout will aggressively take dry flies throughout the season. The Uintah sees wonderful caddis and drake hatches, and a good terrestrial pattern always seems to do the trick. Some trout in the 20” range have been taken by clients and guides in this wonderful river.The Uintah River also gives the rare opportunity to complete a four species grand slam right on one river. With many braids and diversity of terrain, the river provides great fishing for all skills levels. The Uintah River also provides plenty of fly-fishing solitude as Falcons Ledge is the only permitted guiding outfit on the river. This is one river you...

Quick Tip: Spawning Beds

Recently while out on the water I witnessed two anglers wading upstream while fishing. Any other time of year this would be fun but I noticed something that they didn't. They were walking right through some spawning beds because they were focused more on fishing. If you're paying attention it's pretty obvious when you come up on a spawning bed.This time of year please be mindful of the spawning fish and avoid wading through their spawning beds. This will increase the survival of the future fish....

How Do You Know When It’s Time to Change Flies?

Sometimes it can be difficult to know when to switch flies and try something different.  You are not sure whether you need to stick with the fly or change it out because the fish are looking for something slightly different. Here is some great expert input from some of our friends and fellow Orvis-endorsed guides around the country.As you’ll see from our experts’ answers below, there are many different ways to look at the question, and opinions vary.Brown Hobson, Brown Trout Fly Fishing (Asheville, North Carolina): If fish density is high, I know fish are actively feeding, they are seeing my fly, and my drift is good, then I will only make three or four casts before changing flies. If the stream doesn’t have many fish, I don’t know where they are sitting, if I suspect they aren’t feeding super hard, or I’m having trouble getting a good drift, then I may leave it...

Video: Weber River

We have many great trout rivers here in Utah.  The Weber River is one of them that we love to fish. Here is a great short video from Derek Philippon that is filmed on the beautiful Weber River. Enjoy!...

First Snowfall

Well, We've finally received our first change in weather last week. We've been waiting for this change for a while in anticipation that the fishing would improve. The temperatures dropped and it seemed as though winter had finally come.On our last outing during the first cold spell proved to be very successful. We set out a little later than we normally depart because of the cold temps and that one of our buddies likes to sleep in. As we reached our destination it looked like the fishing was going to be a great day. The air was crisp and there was nobody in sight.The first fish was an incredible brown. It put up a good fight and finally made its way to the net. A nice healthy 24" brown. The next few fish were incredible as well and it didn't even matter that it was cold. We didn't have time...

Video: How to Teach Yourself To Double Haul

Even if you understand the concept and the mechanics behind double-hauling, teaching yourself to do it can be difficult because it’s difficult to watch yourself while you cast to see what you’re doing right or doing wrong.  This video featuring Peter Kutzer will help you learn how to double haul.The best solution I’ve seen for curing this problem came from my friend Macauley Lord—author of the “Casting” column for American Angler for many years—and I’ve used his method to teach several people to double haul. When I explain the process, the usual response is, “Why didn’t I think of that?” In my experience, this is the fastest way to learn to double haul, and I’ve had students who could virtually double their distance after a half hour of practice.So what’s the big secret? Cast sidearm, so the rod and line move parallel to the ground. This allows you to watch...

Video: How to Choose The Right Nymph

For many novice anglers, nymph-fishing can be a bit of a mystery, since all the action happens below the surface. In this short video from the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center, Tom Rosenbauer offers a few tips on how you can choose which nymph to fish in a given situation. Since hatch-matching isn’t always important–because there are sometimes a variety of nymphs available to trout at one time–you can often choose a local favorite pattern or something suggested by a guide or fly shop. For those times when you do want to imitate a specific insect, it’s time to turn over a few rocks. Check out the video at: http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/video-pro-tips-choose-right-nymph/...

Brown Trout

Fall is a fun time of year to fish for brown trout. They are aggressive, active and take on some amazing colors.One of our favorite methods to fish for browns this time of year is with streamers. With the fish being territorial they will attack anything that comes close to them which makes for some very jolting strikes. Make sure you hang on because the strike can come at any time and will usually catch you off guard. We also fish egg patterns. They work well not only on the browns but other fish feeding during the spawn.Here are a few tips on fishing for browns:1- Be careful where you wade. There will be reds in the rivers where the fish will spawn. Please be aware of your surroundings and watch where you step.2- Throw big and small streamers. Most fisherman pull their meet out of their box and some...