Fall Mornings on the Water

Very few things can beat a fall morning.  The crisp, clean air combined with vibrant fall colors on all of the trees is beautiful and refreshing.  The only way to make fall mornings any better is to spend it out on the water catching fish.This week I got out on a nearby lake one morning.  The weather was beautiful, the air was crisp, and the water was a looking glass reflecting the brilliant fall-colored leaves.  I strung up my rod and tied on a foam hopper pattern deciding that was a good choice for a fall day.  I could see the shadows of a few big fish cruising weed beds looking for a meal.  After a handful of rejections I decided it was time to switch up what I was throwing.  I tied on a parachute callibaetis hoping that the fish would be more interested in something a bit smaller...

Annual Fly Tying Retreat

Every January Falcon's Ledge holds a fly tying retreat where talented tiers from all over Utah gather for a couple of nights of fun. Some of the talented fly tiers include Grant Bench, also known as "The Fly Ninja". Grant is a guide at Falcon's Ledge and also ties flies commercially all year round. His stillwater flies are amazing. If you ever need a handful of chironomids, Grant is your man. Other tiers that attend are Bryan Eldredge, Tim Johnson, Herb Patterson, Jed Steward and many more.We gather around the main living area at Falcon's Ledge and share ideas, patterns and tying techniques. Every tyier has their own style of tying which allows others to pick up new tricks. We always have a few beginner tiers attend too. This gives them the opportunity to ask questions and learn the basics of tying along with basic patterns.There's no itinerary for the...

Video – Corporate Pheasant Hunting

Every fall Falcon's Ledge has the pleasure of having a dozen or more corporations come out and do corporate events and retreats at the lodge.  These events are a great way to have a lot of fun and build business relationships and teamwork.  Each event can be catered to your companies needs and wants, but with 8 private lakes, 3,000 acres of hunting habitat, 5 nearby rivers, and a spa and game room you will never run out of things to do.Here is a short clip of a corporate group having a great time hunting some hard-flying pheasants:Corporate HuntVideo by Grant Bench...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Targeting Structure

Trout are notorious for hiding in structure.  Anything that provides them protection from predators and also gives them the ability to ambush prey.  Trout species that are especially predatory such as: browns, cutthroats, brook, and tiger trout are especially prone to hang out in and around structure in both rivers and lakes.  Areas around structure make great spots to target and you will often be rewarded with some of the biggest fish if you focus your efforts on these areas.Any structure in the water can provide a good hiding spot for trout, so look for anything in the water or overhanging the water to target.  Rocks, woody debris, bushes, bridge concrete, or overhanging tree branches are just a few of the possible pieces of structure that trout can hide under.  Undercut banks or vegetation hanging off the bank can provide great structure for fish to hide under.  Don't overlook small...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Fishing Terrestrials

As the summer turns into fall and the leaves change colors the weather is cool and crisp and it is a great time to be out fishing.  With the cool nights the water temperature in lakes cools and the trout move up into shallower water and bays to find food.  They often find grasshoppers, ants, beetles as they swim the shallow bays and weed lines.  Trout in rivers also look for ants and grasshoppers as the hatches of mayflies, stoneflies, and caddis taper off.  Your most successful option this time of year is often a terrestrial pattern such as a ant or grasshopper.Casting terrestrial patterns along weed lines, cattails, or in shallow bays in lakes in the fall can often trigger cruising trout in shallow water to strike.  In rivers browns and cutthroats are often hiding under logs and undercut banks.  Casting terrestrial patterns along logs in the water or...

Learn to Explore

Often times we get too comfortable fishing the same old spots because we know exactly where to go and what flies work. Earlier this summer fellow guide, Derek Olthuis, and myself had a few days off and decided to go and fish a river that we guide on regularly. Part of this river is on the Indian reservation which requires a permit. We stopped by the local store and purchased our permits. As we paid for the permits we were asked where were going to go fish. We told the cashier and she said "You need to go fish White Top reservoir" I hadn't ever heard of this place so I didn't give it a second thought. We finished purchasing our permits and headed out. We decided to stop at the last convenient store for some snacks before heading up the canyon. We walked in and the lady working the...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Bamboo Fly Rods

Bamboo fly rods are perhaps the piece of sporting equipment that evokes the greatest feeling of classic tradition and outdoor art.  The beautiful artistry that goes into each rod is breathtaking, and the tradition and history of these rods is nearly unparalleled in the outdoor sporting world.Split-cane bamboo fly rods are not only beautiful works of art, but are also great rods to fish with.  They have a great feel and flex to them and enough strength to handle hard-fighting trout.Check out the beautiful split-cane bamboo fly rods at http://www.orvis.com/bamboo-fly-rods. ...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Fiberglass Rods

Fiberglass rods are fun to fish.  They provide a delicate feel, accurate casting, and a classic big bend in the rod.  If you haven't taken a fiberglass rod out on a creek or small river and caught some trout or panfish you need to give it a try.  They are the perfect rod for the situations you encounter on these small waters.  The accurate casting these rods provide is perfect for the short, accurate casts you need to make on these waters due to stream-side vegetation and small pockets.  The delicate feel and big bend in these rods is great when you hook into the smaller fish found in these waters, and provide you with a fun fight you won't soon forget.Orvis has an award-winning line up of small stream fiberglass rods that will provide endless fun on creeks and small rivers.  You can see their line up of beautiful...

Video – Falcon's Ledge Guide At Work

This is a great short video showing one of our fantastic guides helping a guest catch a beautiful cutthroat.https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1543888359164924&set=vb.1459453400941754&type=2&theater ...