Avoiding the Crowds

Recently I went fishing with fellow guide, Bryan Eldredge. Originally we had planned on fishing for a few hours nearby. We both hadn't fished in quite some time so we just needed to get out. It was around Thanksgiving so we weren't sure if the river was going to be crawling with anglers. As we approached the area we wanted to fish we saw 7 cars in the parking area. Bryan suggested we driver a little further up the canyon to another spot. Again, we were greeted by a parking lot full of cars. A little frustrated we decided to drive to a whole different section 12 miles away. Same result. Lots of cars.I looked at Bryan and suggested we drive to a completely different river to avoid the crowds. The river was another 70 miles away. We agreed to keep driving and get away from the crowds. To us...

Brook Trout

Brook trout are some of the most beautiful fish in the world and they are found in spectacular natural areas.  The colors and patterns of brook trout are breathtaking and fly fisherman travel far and wide to catch these beautiful trout.At Falcon's Ledge we fish five streams in the beautiful national forest above the lodge.  All of these high mountain streams are teaming with wild brook trout.  The gorgeous surroundings combined with the beautiful wild brook trout hitting your dry fly make it tough to beat the experience, and there is plenty of water to explore for an entire week.Until you can make it out to Falcon's Ledge to catch some beautiful brook trout, check out this great video of brook trout footage:...

Winter Fly Fishing Techniques

Winter has arrived, but that doesn't mean you need to hang up your rod and boots for the season.  With the right gear and a few winter fishing techniques you can have comfortable and successful days on the water even in the middle of winter.  Tom Rosenbauer has some great tips and techniques for fly fishing in the winter.  Check out this article by Tom that gives a number of great tips on how to catch fish in the winter.http://www.orvis.com/intro.aspx?subject=4416...

Winter Flies

 The cold weather is here but that doesn't mean you have to put away your rod and reel. Some of the best fishing happens in the colder months of the year. No crowds and good bug activity make it a great time to hit the river.I met up with a couple of friends last week to fish a local river. I dug around in my pack and realized that I didn't have my winter fly box with me. I usually have a box full of flies that I have found very effective when the temps dip below freezing. I'm usually fishing some kind of tailwater so small flies are on the menu.Here are some of my most effective winter patterns:- Zebra Midge (Black)- Egg pattern (Peach)- Matt's Midge- Higa's SOS- Krystal Bugger (Black)- Rainbow Warrior- Phlamin Pheasant- Tim's Candy Crane   ...

Sportsman's Warehouse Comes to Falcon's Ledge

In September Sportsman's Warehouse News came to experience the world-class pheasant hunting and fly fishing at Falcon's Ledge Lodge.  The first two days of their stay they hunted pheasant at Falcon's Ledge's 3000 acre pheasant hunting preserve.  It was beautiful, warm weather and the hunting was excellent.  The last day of their trip they fished beautiful Rock Creek Canyon just behind Falcon's Ledge.  They caught a lot of nice rainbows and browns and experienced the world-class fly fishing that eastern Utah has to offer.  After three days of wingshooting and fly fishing they put together this great video about their adventure at Falcon's Ledge....

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Small Streams

Here at Falcon's Ledge we have lots of beautiful, small streams.  Falcon's Ledge guests come year after year to explore the small streams of Utah.  Small streams offer beautiful scenery, challenging fishing, and gorgeous, native fish.  All of these make fishing small streams one of our favorite activities here at Falcon's Ledge.  Here are a few pointers on fishing small streams in this great video from our friends at Orvis....

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Water Haul Cast

A water haul cast is a great cast to use when you need to make one quick cast to get the quickly where you want it or if you have on a rig that you are afraid might tangle.  It is a great cast to have in your tool box and can save you a lot of headaches undoing tangled rigs.  It can also help you catch more fish if you can get your fly to a fish quickly that is moving away from you.Here is a great instructional video featuring our friend, the Orvis fly fishing instructor, Peter Kutzer....

Tenkara USA in the Uintas

I had the opportunity to take a good friend, Jen Kugler Hansen and her parents fishing this summer. We had been planning this trip for a couple of years and it finally came together. While we were planning the trip Jen mentioned on several occasions that she wanted to catch a grand slam (rainbow, brown, brook and cutthroat). What she didn't tell me was that she wanted to do using her Tenkara USA rod.The first morning we decided to go catch the Colorado Cutthroat on a tiny little stream 40 miles north of Falcon's Ledge. We got rigged up with dry flies since these fish were looking up and active. Jen pulled out her Tenkara USA rod and I was a little skeptical on how well it would do on this technical stream. This stream has lots of obstacles with log jams, overhanging trees, some wide open areas and really...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Steelhead and Salmon Flies

Steelhead and salmon fishing can be some of the hardest fighting freshwater fish and have become very popular species to target with a fly rod.  Both in the Pacific Northwest and in the Great Lakes region steelhead and salmon fishing is very popular.  If you live close to these regions you should give it a try.  If you live far away it is well worth the trip to hook into one of these aggressive hard-fighting fish.  Here is a short video by Orvis that introduces the common fly patterns for steelhead and salmon fishing.See All Orvis Learning Center Fly Fishing Video Lessons...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Photographing Fish

Getting a great picture of a fish is not always easy.  Fish are wet and are often flopping around making them hard to hold onto.  This can make it difficult to get a good picture of you with your catch.  Here are a few tips to make it easier to get a good picture without harming the fish.1- Always net the fish before attempting to take a picture.  If you net the fish then the fish can sit securely and safely underwater in the net while you prepare to take the picture.  This will keep the fish safe and healthy in the water and give you the time you need to get ready for the picture.[caption id="attachment_1646" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Brown trout[/caption]2- Get your hands wet before touching the fish and handle the fish as little as possible.  When you wet your hands before handling a fish it will help protect...