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...

Winter Fly Fishing

Bryan Eldredge called me on a snowy winter morning and asked if I wanted to spend a few hours on the river. I reluctantly said yes and met him near the mouth of Provo canyon. It had been very cold recently with highs in the teens. This particular day was a little warmer with the high being 22 degrees.We made it to the middle Provo river and rigged up some nymphs to start off. The fishing was slow and after about an hour we started to see little noses breaking the surface. With no luck nymphing we immediately switched over to dries and began seeing some action. Although the fish were active, getting them to eat our flies was a little frustrating. They would eat naturals inches away from our imitations. We switched out flies regularly trying figure our which bug would work.Bryan finally hooked into the first fish. He...

Sportman's Warehouse Visits Falcon's Ledge

Falcon's Ledge is a Platinum Approved Outfitter of Sportman's Warehouse.  This September we had the pleasure of hosting a group of visitors from Sportman's Warehouse at Falcon's Ledge.  They enjoyed the great pheasant hunting and fishing for a few days and we had a great time with them.  Here is an article they wrote in the Sportman's News about their visit. Falcon’s Ledge Lodge and Pleasant Valley Hunting Preserve By Collin Dalley  Eastern Utah is home to one of our favorite outdoor playgrounds, offering unmatched fly-fishing and exceptional upland bird hunting.  While isolated, this property is easily accessible and located just over 2-hours from the Salt Lake International Airport. The drive will take you through some of the most scenic country Utah has to offer.Their hunting preserve offers guided pheasant and chukar hunting adventures. Now, this isn’t your ordinary hunting preserve consisting of flat ground and food plots. Pleasant Valley Hunting Preserve has...

Winter Fly Tying

As the cold winter weather sets in and the fishing slows down many of us find ourselves spending more time in the warm comfort tying flies and less out in the cold and snow fishing.  Every January at Falcon's Ledge we have a fly-tying retreat and some of the great fly-tyers from around Utah meet at the beautiful Falcon's Ledge Lodge and spend a couple of days tying flies, learning new patterns, and having fun.This time of year we like to tie up flies that we can use on warm afternoons in January and February, and patterns that we can use pre-runoff in March and April.  We focus our tying on midge patterns, gnats, tricos, BWOs, and other small nymphs.  Here are a few instructional videos on how to tie some of our favorite patterns to tie and fish with this time of year.Griffiths Gnat:http://67.210.97.227/fly-tying-videos/dry-flies/730-griffiths-gnatParachute Adams:http://67.210.97.227/fly-tying-videos/dry-flies/715-parachute-adams-size-22-with-a-twistZebra Midge:http://howtoflyfish.orvis.com/fly-tying-videos/nymph-flies/659-zebra-midgeRS2:http://howtoflyfish.orvis.com/fly-tying-videos/dry-flies/710-rs2-fly...

"Distracted" Adventure

Cortney Boice, Derek Olthuis, Phil Tuttle and myself (Spencer Higa) set out this year to film a feature film for the International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4). We had several ideas on what we wanted to do but it all came back to fishing for cutthroat trout. We decided to make things interesting we would try to catch several subspecies of cutthroat throughout the west. We decided on Colorado, Westslope, Snake river fine spotted and Bonneville cutthroat.This wasn't a simple one day adventure. Because we were targeting several subspecies of cutthroat we spent all spring, summer and fall fishing/filming. It was difficult to get all of us together at once with our crazy work and family schedules. Luckily we were able to all find time on a few occasions to get together and film. The nice thing about cutthroat trout is that they live in some of the most beautiful locations in...

Video – "Distracted"

Utah's native fish, the cutthroat trout, is one of the most beautiful fish you can catch on a fly rod and live in some of the most spectacular locales in the world.  There are several subspecies of cutthroat trout in Utah, each with their own unique character and beauty.  Some of Falcon's Ledge's guides and friends spent their free time in 2014 chasing cutthroat subspecies around Utah and caught beautiful, big fish, saw gorgeous country, and had great adventures."Distracted" is the film they made documenting their adventures and the beautiful cutthroat trout that can be found in Utah and the surrounding states.  Below is the link to the trailer of the film, the full length film will be featured in the IF4 Film Festival across the country this winter.  If you can make it to one of the IF4 events it is a lot of fun with lots of great...

The Little Things That Make Fly Fishing/Life Great.

On many occasions as I have pulled on my waders, laced up my boots, and put my fly rod together I have viewed a spectacular sunrise or watched trout feed on hatching insects and enjoyed the special beauty of those moments.  I have often thought of those moments as the little things that make life great.It almost goes without saying among fly fishermen that the quick moment when you see a fish rise on your fly and when you hold a beautiful fish in your hand after a good fight are also those beautiful little things that make fly fishing and life in general wonderful.  It is those small moments, I believe, that keeps us coming back day after day to the river to experience those beautiful, small moments in life that make it all worth it.Here is a great short film that I found on the Orvis website that beautifully expresses...