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...

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...