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...

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....