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....

Uinta River

The Uinta River is one of several rivers that we fish on the South Slope of the Uinta mountain range in eastern Utah. With many miles of fishable river it's hard to explore in the middle of guide season. We do love finding new places to take our clients where not many people fish. From Falcon's Ledge it's only a 30-40 min drive.The Uinta has good populations of brown trout. The browns are aggressive so any attractor patters will work well on this river. Our favorite flies on this river are Bugmeisters, PMX's and Stimulators. The fun part of fishing the Uinta is that you don't really know what you're going to catch.Brook trout are plentiful in this hight mountain stream. Finding lots of downfall and structure will help ensure finding brook trout. The brook trout are colorful and very active when they see a fly. Attractors work well on...

Small Stream Fishing

Falcon's Ledge Lodge sits in a picturesque canyon on the south slope of the Uinta Mountains.  There are dozens of small streams that flow out of these mountains and around the lodge.  These small streams are beautiful and hold native cutthroat, wild brooks, wild browns, and rainbows.  The small stream fishing is maybe some of the best in the world.  Let me tell you about some of the world-class small stream fishing in eastern Utah.Rock CreekRock creek is just west of the lodge.  It flows through a beautiful canyon with mountain goats and deer inhabiting the hill sides.  In the upper reaches of the canyon native cutthroat and wild brooks are abundant and catching dozens of these colorful, wild trout is common.  In the lower reaches of the canyon brown trout and rainbows live in the deep bends and pools.Yellowstone CreekYellowstone creek is just northeast of the lodge.  The Yellowstone...

Scouting/Fishing Day

[caption id="attachment_52108" align="aligncenter" width="720"] John Rock selecting the deadly fly pattern[/caption]As guides we try to fish as much as possible to better get our clients into fish. It's a good idea to scout out some water before a guided trip so you can giver your anglers the best possible chance to catch fish.While having a day off here and there between trips gives you the opportunity to check out water and see what is fishable and what is not. It's a constant battle trying get up to date reports on our several rivers. Sometimes the info that we get online is not accurate and can get you into trouble when planning out your day.John Rock and myself had a day off in between trips and decided to head to the river for some serious scouting for the next group.We decided to fish a stretch of river that hadn't been fished in...

Western Fly Fishing

The western United States has some of the best trout  streams and rivers in the world.  I was fortunate to be born in Utah and grew up exploring  the streams of Utah.  I fished every chance I got and started guiding as soon as I got into college.  I loved fishing from a young age and love sharing it with the world.Most fly fisherman dream about a fly fishing trip to the western United States for years.  They read the stories and see the pictures and finally get the chance to go.  The time comes that they finally get the opportunity to make a trip to explore and fish the western states and they anticipate the trip for months.  Some people choose to try to explore on their own.  Others hire a guide or stay at a lodge.  They use the experience and expertise of guides that know the area...

Top 10 Tips for Getting Into Fly Fishing

Here are 10 great tips for getting into the sport of fly fishing from Kip Vieth an Orvis Trout Bum of the Week in Monticello, Minnesota.Fly fishing companies, suppliers, clubs and shops are now doing more to get new people into the sport of fly fishing than ever before. Even if you just took the Orvis Fly Fishing 101 class, you might be asking yourself, “Now what?” Your head is probably spinning from all the information you tried to take in. Here are 10 easy tips you can do to make sure that you are successful. Even for the seasoned angler, there might be something to help improve your game. Keep in mind that not everyone has all of these resources close at hand. Here are 10 tips for learning the sport.  Take advantage of what you can, and most importantly, remember #10.1. Learn to Cast With regard to fly fishing, this...