2016 Fly Tying Retreat

We recently had our annual fly tying retreat at the lodge. We had a small group this year consisting of Spencer, Grant, Tim, Herb and Dave. We have a core group of guys that attend each year and are excellent tiers. Some of the flies we tied were for the upcoming guide season. Early spring at the lodge is mainly lake fishing so chironomids were on the menu to fill up a fly box.Grant Bench is an excellent fly tier and he ended up tying 100 flies and filled up a Tacky fly box. He tied some Spanish nymphs that looked really great and I'm sure the fish will love them too. Some other flies that were tied were: SOS, Candy Crane, Mysis Shrim and a few more to get ready for the upcoming hatches.Herb Patterson is a great fly tier as well. Herb specializes in lake flies and ties...

Video: Being 6 in 60 seconds

We love teaching youth how to fly fish at Falcon's Ledge and passing this beautiful sport onto the next generation.  I am starting to teach my own 5 year old son how to fly fish and love seeing the enthusiasm and excitement as he experiences the sport for the first time. This short video captures the excitement of catching a fish on a fly rod, especially for a young child experiencing it for the first time. Enjoy!...

Winter Fishing Tips

Winter fishing can be some of the best fishing of the year. Don't let the cold weather keep you from fishing some of you favorite places. Here are some tips for fishing during the colder months of the year. 1- Fish during the warmest time of the day. Usually the warmest time of the day is between 11-2. Waking up early in the am can be good but you will get cold and might not last very long. If you hit the water during the warmest time you will get 3-4 hours of good fishing and still be able to feel your toes and fingers.2- Take the gloves off. I see this often when fishing with friends. They'll catch a fish and reach into the net with their gloves on. Take the gloves off. If you get your gloves wet it's almost impossible to get them dry. Take them off when...

Tim’s Candy Crane

Hook: Gamakatsu "Split Shot/Drop Shot" 1/0 Thread: Olive UTC 70 denier Tail: Small Cream Spanflex Core: Krystal Flash (bonefish tan) Body: UV Cure resin Dorsal lines: Peacock Herl Skin: Lt Olive Swiss Straw Rib: Olive Ultra Wire (sz: brassie) Coating: Sally Hansen'sOnce upon a time a fly fishing entomologist blew my mind by telling me that the most undefished type of fly in the world was the cranefly larva. He had just finished showing me a grundle of giant cranefly larva that he had pulled out of the North Platte in Casper, WY. They were huge, plump, delicious looking. Obviously segmented. But the thing that made these live larva look different than any fly pattern I'd ever seen to represent them was that they were shockingly translucent. They almost seemed to glow in the sunlight. I spent the next couple years figuring out how to replicate that glowing look, and the Tim's Candy Crane is the result. I first...

Brook Trout and Mountain Streams

Flowing out of the Uintah Mountains in northeastern Utah are dozens of beautiful mountain streams full of wild brook trout.  Falcon's Ledge is located at the base of this beautiful mountain range and within a short drive guests can fish a handful of spectacular mountain streams for these colorful brook trout.These free-flowing mountain streams get very little fishing pressure and the wild trout eagerly take dry flies that are presented to them.  Most of them have never been caught before and fight hard, running up and down the stream and diving toward undercut banks.  The beautiful, wild trout are unmatched in beauty and will have you in awe as you admire the patterns and colors.Take a moment before you release a beautiful, wild brook trout and inspect the colors and the patterns they contain on their bodies and their fins.  They are truly one of natures great works of art.As...