Video: How To Get a Good Turnover at the End of the Cast

Here is a short video from our friend Pete Kutzer at Orvis.  In this video he explains how to get good turnover at the end of your cast for maximum length and accuracy. The two keys are where you stop the rod tip on the presentation cast and maintaining a good rod angle. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/gfNzJSBqA6U...

Releasing and Photographing Fish

Check out this great video from the founder of the #Keepemwet movement–and our most recent Trout Bum of the Week–Bryan Huskey. Here, he lands a nice a rainbow and then offers several useful tips for how your net can make the photo-taking process easier for you and better for the fish. First, it’s simply a way to ensure that the fish can breathe and relax while you get your camera ready. Then, the net itself can be used to position the fish in some cool ways that produce great images. Think about these tricks the next time you’re on the water.This second short video gives 5 great tips for releasing fish safely....

Fly Fishing 101

[caption id="attachment_52203" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Processed with VSCO with g3 preset[/caption]We recently had a few clients that visited us for their first time fly fishing. They were excited and couldn't wait to get out on the water to catch fish. Before we got out on the water we had to go over a few things so that their experience on the water would be a good experience.Here are a few things to remember when you head out for the first time on the water.Learn from a professional. Go to your local fly shop or guide service and have them teach you the basics. Cast. Learn how to cast. Your time on the water will be much more enjoyable if you can get the fly to the fish. Go to a park and really practice some distance and accuracy. Learn the entomology basics. Learn what bugs are in your water so...

Floating Line or Sinking Tip for Streamers

Here is some great advice from some Orvis guides and experts on when to use floating line or sink tip line when fishing streamers.  I thought there were some great thoughts and ideas here and would help all of us when we are fishing streamers this fall. Joe Demalderis, Cross Current Guide Service (Milford, Pennsylvania): With streamers, I’m often banging the banks from a drift boat when the water is higher than normal and/or dirtied up. If it’s significantly higher, I’ll use a sinking tip, if not too high, a floating line is fine. Either way, the Bank Shot line is made to order for this. There are also occasions when the water isn’t that high, but for softness of presentation I want a unweighted fly. Under those conditions, a sinking tip with fluorocarbon leader is the ticket.When swinging wet flies, I prefer to use one bigger/heavier fly and a dropper that is smaller...

Late Season Trout

It's early October here in eastern Utah and the weather has been pretty sporadic. One day it will be nice and sunny with temps in the high sixties which makes fishing very pleasant. It can also be the opposite. It can be cold, windy, rainy and snowy. Just the other day we were fishing in a blizzard wearing our parkas to stay warm and dry.It'a a good idea to be prepared for anything this time of year. We try to bring a light jacket or rain jacket along with us in case the weather takes a turn on us without notice. It can be very miserable fishing in a blizzard or rainstorm without the proper clothing. Often the day starts out sunny and calm but can quickly change. If you plan on coming to Utah to fish in the fall, here are a few tips to help you have the...

How to Rig a Fly Rod To Move to New Spot

Here is a great tip from our friend Peter Kutzer at the Orvis Company on how to rig your fly rod.  In this short video he teaches you how to rig your rod when you are moving to a new spot.  This little trick will save you a lot of time and headaches and probably save a rod tip or two.  Good luck out on the water!https://youtu.be/HzVarj1GLRg...

Cast n Blast

[caption id="attachment_52199" align="aligncenter" width="540"] A little bit of snow capped the mountains in September[/caption]The season is here where we can enjoy the best of both worlds. Fly fishing has been our main focus from early spring until now. The pheasant hunt is under way and it has been incredible with the cool weather. Our guests can now enjoy a morning hunt and an afternoon of fly fishing all in the same day. It's a great way to break up a day and enjoy the field and mountain.[caption id="attachment_52203" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Learning to cast in preparation for the mountain streams[/caption]A recent group from New York enjoyed their time here with us in eastern Utah learning how to fly fish and hunt. For most, it was their first time doing both. They were a little nervous and intimidated at first but we got them casting and learning the basics. Once they had...

Fishing Pocket Water in Utah

We love fishing pocket water in the rivers around Falcon's Ledge. This is a fantastic article by William G. Tapply on fishing pocket water that will increase your knowledge and give you some new ideas.Here the river surges over and around boulders the size of Volkswagens. The churning whitewater roars in your ears. It buckles your knees. It wants to knock you over.Around the bend, the water flattens into a long smooth glide. Here you can hear warblers chirp in the alders and see trout dimple the surface. Now this, you think, is classic.So does everyone else. Even a novice angler can “read” the quiet run and the flat pool. Almost anyone can locate feeding fish here. And there are plenty of fishermen capable of achieving long, drag-free floats on gentle, smooth-flowing currents.Of course, everyone who comes to the river finds this pool. Someone’s always fishing here, and its trout...

Fall Fly Fishing

The fall is a great time to fish around Falcon's Ledge. The fish are getting ready for the long cold winter so they will be trying to beff up. The water is starting to cool down this time of year and the fish will become active looking for baitfish and aquatic insects.The best time to get some of your big fish in the lakes is in the fall. We use a lot of different flies during this time of year that seem to work fine for our fish. We strip lots of streamers throughout the day until we see some sort of hatch and the fish start keying in on them. So, along with streamers we'll keep parachute adams and other attractor dry flies in our box.The nice thing about the weather changing is that you can fish effectively throughout the day. Usually it gets too hot in the middle...

Casting In The Wind

This great blog about casting in the wind by our friend Phil Monahan at Orvis was too good not to share by our friend.  I learned a lot and I hope you do also. Enjoy!In the mid 1990s, I spent a summer guiding on Alaska’s Copper River, which drains into Lake Iliamna. It’s a region known for constant, strong wind, so I spent a lot of time helping clients deal with big gusts. In my view, there are three approaches to dealing with this problem: You can beat the wind, work to lessen its effects, or give in to it.The two ways to beat the wind (i.e. cast directly into it or across it) are to increase your line speedand to keep your line low, closer to the water. The only effective method for increasing your line speed is to double-haul. I know, I know: if you don’t already know how to...