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...

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...