Why We Love Fly Fishing and Nature

The sport of fly fishing is beautiful, natural, and exhilarating.  Standing in the middle of a river with the water and fish flowing around you and surrounded by beautiful natural scenery you feel part of the beauty of nature.  The sight and sounds of the river flowing and the animals and birds living around the river is mesmerizing and intoxicating.  It is easy to feel a part of the natural world when you are fly fishing and for me this is a part of why we love fly fishing.The fly fishing experience is enhanced further by the exhilaration and excitement of watching a fish come up out of the depths and strike ferociously at your fly.  The adrenaline rush that comes when the fish bolts toward the nearest log jam or overhanging bush as you try to muscle him away from the danger into a safe area of the river....

Fishing With Dad

Many of us grew up fishing with our fathers.  In some cases our dads taught us to fly fish and we fell in love with the sport and the lifestyle.  Other times our dads taught us to fish but never taught us to fly fish.  We picked up and fell in love with fly fishing later in life, but always remember those early days of fishing with dad.  Either way we loved fishing with dad as kids and those are memories we will cherish the rest of our lives.Growing up fishing and hiking with my dad are some of the best memories and most cherished times of my life.  He taught me to fish when I was young and I took to it from the start.  At around 12 years old my uncle taught me to fly fish and throughout throughout high school I spent every free moment finding streams,...

April Showers Bring May Flowers and Trout

It has been a rainy, wet spring here in Utah.  April and May were both full of rainy days and the total amount of rain in eastern Utah was nearly 400% of average rainfall for these two months.  Fortunately, rainstorms in eastern Utah pass through the area quickly and don't stick around for very long, so the rain didn't cause us too many problems or keep us off of the water.  It did create great trout fishing and beautiful wildflowers.The cloudy, rainy days the last two months has made for spectacular fishing.  The cool, cloudy weather has been ideal for fish and they have been feeding actively and aggressively nearly everyday this spring.  The large midge hatches on cloudy days have brought the fish to the surface and dry fly fishing has been exceptional.The wet weather has not only brought amazing fishing the last two months, but it has also brought green,...

Not Beginners Luck

[caption id="attachment_52023" align="aligncenter" width="648"] Utah's Falcon's Ledge[/caption]At Falcon's Ledge we like to pride ourselves on teaching newcomers and beginners how to fly fish. We have some of the best instructors in the country that are patient and know how to explain things in a very non intimidating way.[caption id="attachment_52024" align="aligncenter" width="648"] Learning how to fly cast[/caption]Recently we had a couple of newcomers that wanted to come out and learn the basics of fly fishing so they could go home and be able to get out on their own with a good foundation to get them going. We started the day off by giving a beginner fly casting course on the lawn where we could get them casting good enough to get the flies where they needed in order to catch fish. Dave and Jared caught on very quickly and began getting comfortable with the timing and technique.In no time we...

Summer Dry Fly Action

Every year as June approaches I begin to get excited as I think of the summer dry fly fishing that is fast approaching on the rivers and streams around Falcon's Ledge.  The midges and blue-winged olives start things off in the spring and can produce some dry fly action, but the the real dry fly action gets going in June as the drakes start hatching in large numbers and continues throughout the summer until the nights begin to drop below freezing in October.In June the green and brown drakes hatch in huge numbers on several of the rivers and streams around Falcon's Ledge and bring the big browns to the surface to feast.  Some of the biggest fish we catch on the rivers in eastern Utah are caught during the drake hatches in June.  In late June the stoneflies begin to hatch on many of our rivers and throwing large...

Beautiful Brown Trout

Here at Falcon's Ledge we love brown trout.  They are big, aggressive fish that are also beautiful.  Browns are hearty fish that adapt to most water conditions and nearly all of the rivers and lakes that we fish around Falcon's Ledge have brown trout living in them giving us plenty of opportunities to hunt for them.  We fish for them in mountain streams, tailwaters, large rivers, beaver ponds, lakes, and medium-sized canyon streams.  The habitats that brown trout live in are as beautiful and diverse as they are.We love to fish for brown trout year round.  In the early spring we enjoy targeting these beautiful, buttery fish with midges and nymphs.  In the late spring and through the summer and fall the hatches of mayflies, stoneflies, and caddis and the fall terrestrials bring these and other trout to the surface for months of dry fly action.  In the late fall...

A Great Start to Spring Fishing

[caption id="attachment_51981" align="aligncenter" width="648"] Spencer's first fish of the season.[/caption]The spring in Utah has been very unusual. The weather has been so unpredictable with sun one day and snow the next. Checking the weather forecast closely we chose a day with the least chance of snow or rain. We knew that the nice weather wasn't a guarantee but decided to head none the less. Fellow guide, Bryan Eldredge and I set out to fish a river that we had neglected all winter. We were excited and were hoping the water levels were fishable and that the fish were happy and feeding. We pulled up to one of our go-to spots and there were a few cars in the parking lot. We had to make a decision based on what we thought the other cars did. We decided to take our chances head upstream.Bryan was in guide mode immediately. He spotted the...

Spring Fishing in Utah

Spring fishing in Utah can be an amazing experience.  The valleys are lush and green with wildflowers everywhere and the mountain tops are still dusted with snow making the scenery unforgettable.  The cool mornings and warm afternoons make for some of the most comfortable weather of the year.  Fish are actively feeding and most days there are afternoon midge hatches and on a few rivers large blue-winged olive hatches.  A handful of the rivers fish great in the spring and most lakes in Utah fish better in the spring than any other time of the year.When April and May roll around every year I get excited as the ice recedes from the lake edges.  I get out the midges I tied during the winter and I get ready for some fast and furious fishing in the evenings.  Simple midge patterns such as zebra midges and disco midges can produce fish...

Evening Rainbows

A few nights ago as I finished work the weather was cloudy and cool.  I figured the weather was perfect for midges to be hatching on the local lakes and I decided to rush over to fish a lake near Falcon's Ledge and try to catch a few rainbows before it got too dark.  As I drove up to the lake I could see a few fish surfacing and I quickly rigged my rod.I first tied on a disco midge and tried a handful of casts, but the fish didn't seem interested.  I next tried a sno-cone chironomid, but no takers on that pattern either, so I switched to a size 18 zebra midge.  The zebra midge had on been sitting on the water a few minutes when a fish took it.  The rainbows that I caught that evening were fat, healthy and full of energy.  They ran me around...