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...

Tandem Streamer Rigs

Here is some great tips from our friends over at Orvisnews.com on streamer fishing in the fall.When the nights start to cool and leaves start to change colors, the thoughts of brown trout turn to procreation. To build up energy for the spawning ritual and to put on weight before the lean winter ahead, even big trout start to feed more aggressively, abandoning their notorious wariness in the process. Because spawning can be extremely competitive—as the fish battle for prime beds and mates—browns also become more territorial, attacking anything that invades their staked-out home turf. The combination of these behaviors makes fall the prime time to cast big streamers, which the trout see as both high-calorie meals and alien invaders. And, as many streamer fanatics have discovered, throwing two streamers together not only catches more fish, but the tandem rig will often draw strikes when a single fly won’t.Twice as Nice When I...

Fall Fly Fishing

The lakes at Falcon's Ledge are starting to cool off which means the fish will become active again. After a long warm summer the fish feed early in the morning and late into the evening when the water is cool. Now that the daytime temps are dropping it will soon be fast fishing again. Lake fishing is great because you can target larger fish and they will be trying to bulk up for the long harsh winter. They will cruise the shorelines looking for bigger meals to put on some weight. They love minnows, crayfish, mice and other large meals.Fishing areas where the water turns from shallow to deep are good areas to focus on. The fish will be looking for anything in that area that will be coming off the shoreline or trying to get to the shoreline away from any danger. In order to imitate a panicked minnow...

Video: Presentation to Stillwater Trout

Here’s another great set of videos from the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center, which explains the best ways to present flies to stillwater trout.Presentation requirements for lakes differ from those of rivers or streams. First of all, the fish moves, and the water doesn’t. Stillwater fish are almost constantly cruising. Your rod tip must be low to ensure a straight line connection between you and your fly, so you don’t miss takes. The success in your presentation typically does not rest in the fly you choose, but the depth you present it at, and the manner in which you move or retrieve your fly through the water.Check out these great videos by Orvis on proper stillwater presentation.http://howtoflyfish.orvis.com/video-lessons/chapter-nine-stillwater-trout/382-the-importance-of-presentationhttp://howtoflyfish.orvis.com/video-lessons/chapter-nine-stillwater-trout/383-stillwater-retrievesSee All Orvis Learning Center Fly Fishing Video Lessons...

Utah Stream Fishing

The stream fishing at Falcon's Ledge has been excellent. The end of summer is near and the transition into fall will be exciting. Some of our streams will start to see more hoppers on the water which means even better dry fly fishing is ahead.Our fish are starting to feel the cold nights and they are eating as much as they can to bulk up for the winter. The trout know that they have a short window to feed before the bugs disappear and the frigid temps start to set in.September and October are excellent times to fish our streams. The leaves will be changing soon and the temperature will be dropping which makes for a very comfortable fishing experience.Most of our streams have good populations of brook trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout and brown trout. The high elevation streams are fished with 2wt-4wt rods depending on where we're fishing....