Brown Trout in Small Water

At Falcon's Ledge we fish a lot of small water for big browns.  This great video represents the waters we fish around the lodge and the brown trout our guests catch in these waters.  It is one of life's great pleasures to watch these beautiful fish feed in small rivers.  This footage felt so close to home that we had to share.  Enjoy!...

Change of Pace

In 2014 the International Fly Fishing Film Festival made its rounds throughout the country showing some very entertaining fly fishing films. Falcon's Ledge was a proud sponsor of a short film called Change of Pace. Spencer and Derek are both guides and spend a lot of time on the water helping others catch fish and learn this wonderful sport. After a long season they wanted to get away and do some fishing on their own.Change of Pace follows three guides to a beautiful location to fish on their own after a long guide season. They encounter lots of west slope cutthroat trout but also the powerful bull trout. Spencer, Derek and Nate spend several days fishing and finding new water to fish in some of the most breathtaking areas in the world.The first few days were tough and the fish weren't cooperating. We threw dozens of different patterns to see...

The Fly Fishing Show

This past winter we have been traveling around the country attending some fly fishing shows to promote Falcon's Ledge and to get avid anglers to visit our trout filled state of Utah. The two fly fishing show we attended this year were Somerset, New Jersey and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.[caption id="attachment_3910" align="alignright" width="300"] Lefty Kreh[/caption]The Somerset show is the largest of all the fly fishing shows. It attracts many well known fly fisherman such as, Lefty Kreh, Gary Borger, Joe Brooks, John Gierach, George Daniel, Jeff Currier and many many more. These shows are a great way to learn more about the sport. There are several workshops throughout each of the days. You can learn about anything from small stream fishing out west to Tarpon fishing in the Keys. There's also several beginning to advanced casting demonstrations throughout the days.[caption id="attachment_3909" align="alignleft" width="300"] George Daniel[/caption]The last and most recent show we attended...

Tiger Trout

When you cross a brook and a brown trout a beautiful hybrid is produced called a tiger trout.  This species has incredible colors and patterns and grow quickly as they spend their time and energy feeding instead of reproducing.  They inhabit the lakes around Falcon's Ledge and can also be found in several of the rivers.  These prized beauties can be difficult to catch, but are a true prize for those willing to put in the time and effort to catching one.Tiger trout can reach up to 30 inches in the lakes around Falcon's Ledge and grow quickly by feeding on crayfish, minnows species, and other trout.  Due to their aggressive nature and prey they key in on, streamers and woolly buggers are a great way to catch these beautiful monsters.  Midge patterns and chironomids can also be used effectively to catch tigers, especially in the spring when midges are...

Spring Fishing

It is getting close to spring again, and the nice, warm weather we have been having in Utah has me thinking about spring fishing.  In March there can be some great fly fishing as the ice recedes from the shorelines on lakes across Utah.  River fishing can also be good with afternoon midge hatches and even some blue wing olives hatching.  Here are a few ideas for March that will help you hook into some fish this spring.The water in march is still very cold in both lakes and rivers.  Fish are cold-blooded animals, so cold water slows down their metabolism.  In the early spring fish are still going to be fairly docile and not actively chasing food.  If you are fishing a lake fish slow.  Streamers should be crept very slowly along the bottom and midges should be hung below a strike indicator.  Be patient and let fish cruise...

Streamer Fishing for Big Trout

Streamer fishing is a great way to catch big fish anytime of the year.  In the wintertime it is an especially effective way to fish when there are not many insects around and fish are keying in on other food sources.  Other aquatic vertebrates such as sculpin, crayfish, minnow species, and even juvenile trout make a great winter food source for adult trout.Streamer patterns are a perfect way to imitate the food that big trout eat in the late fall and winter time.  There are hundreds of streamer patterns out there and it can be a bit intimidating at first to try to pick a pattern to use.  The important things to remember is to try to match the type of streamer pattern to the food source in the water you are fishing.  Rivers and streams are often full of sculpin and juvenile trout, and lakes and ponds often harbor...

Textured Fly Line

Textured fly line is one the great new technologies in fly fishing.  Here are some of the great things that textured fly line does.Textured lines have risen to an entirely new level. Created with features to improve your cast and presentation, the Hydros HD Trout line gives you incredible frictionless casting for most trout fishing situations. HD texturing teamed with IS, our most versatile trout taper, a Hy-Flote Tip, and the new and improved welded loop, combine to offer the finest trout line we've ever offered. The microreplicated pattern provides increased line durability, while allowing for easier pick-ups, less drag, easier mending, and greater shootability. 1. HD Texturing—Aggressive dual texturing for minimal false casts, ultimate shootability, and less drag.2. Orvis Line ID — Quickly and easily identify your line, no more guessing. All of our lines will be printed with the taper, weight, and functionality.3. IS (Integrated Slickness) additive is integrated...

Uinta Mountain Fishing

Falcon's Ledge Lodge sits on the south slope of the Uinta Mountains in Utah.  The Uinta Mountain range is the highest range in Utah and has hundreds of lakes and streams throughout the range that hold native cutthroat and wild brook trout.  This Uinta wilderness area is a spectacularly beautiful forest, and is some of the most gorgeous country in the western United States.  The native and wild trout that thrive in this wilderness area are eager to take dry flies, fight hard, and are incredibly beautiful.Here is a great video showing the great country and beautiful fish in the Uinta Mountain range:...

High Mountain Fishing

There is something magical about beautiful, native fish in gorgeous, high mountain locations.  I don't know if it is the brilliantly-colored fish, the spectacular scenery, the challenge of getting to these fish, or the combination of all three, but the effort is well worth it. With the highest mountain range in Utah just out our backdoor we have endless opportunities to fish for high mountain fish here at Falcon's Ledge.  There are dozens of small streams and hundreds of lakes just a short drive  from the lodge.  These beautiful, high mountain fisheries hold native cutthroat and wild brook trout that rival any work of art. The time and effort to get to these remote places in Utah reward anglers with some of the most spectacular scenery and beautifully-colored fish that you can find anywhere in the world.  Because these fisheries are just out our backdoor you can see this great country and...