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 ...

"Hot Potato" Fish

One of the first instructions I was given when I became a fly fishing guide is "don't fish while guiding". This rule is common sense as we guides are in the service business and should be spending all our time putting guests on fish. I have heard stories from guests about guides in other places that fished while guiding and caught more fish than their clients. Not cool.I recall a time when a guest of Falcon's Ledge required a ride to the Green River where she would float and fish the river with another guide. When I dropped her off, she insisted I take the other spot in the boat and fish with her. I accepted and though I wasn't her guide that day, I made sure I did not catch as many fish as she did. I recall leaving my line out with moss on my fly so it...

Cutthroat Video

This is a great short video produced by Falcon's Ledge Head Guide Spencer Higa. This fish is a good representation of the beautiful native cutthroats we catch here at Falcon's Ledge.  Enjoy!https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=829676100376411&set=vb.118388394838522&type=2&theater...

Fall Fishing for Big Trout

As the fall approaches the mornings and evenings are beginning to cool and the air is getting crisp.  In just one month the leaves will be changing colors and falling from the trees.  The fish instinctively seem to sense this change in the season and feed heavily preparing for the lean winter months.Fish move into shallower water along shorelines looking for grasshoppers, ants, and other terrestrials to fall into the water.  Big fish are looking for a big meal to sustain them through the winter and hopper patterns drifted along undercut banks, log jams, and in back eddies get smashed by big, hungry trout.  In stillwaters trout cruise shorelines and weedbeds in shallow bays looking for an easy meal and leading these cruising trout with a hopper, ant, or beetle pattern will often trigger these fish to strike.  Fishing these big dry flies in sizes 6 to 12 will produce...

Olympic Marathon Runner Visits Falcon's Ledge

I first met Ryan Hall on a bus ride to the starting line of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.  That day he ran away from one of the most talented field of marathon runners ever to assemble in the United States.  He ran a blistering 2:09:02 on a tough course beating former world-record holder Khalid Khannouchi and silver-medalist Meb Keflezighi on his way to making his first U.S. Olympic team.  Before that day I had known of Ryan Hall as the U.S. half marathon record holder and raced against him several times in college, but had never personally met him.  After I witnessed first-hand his speed and endurance that day I was a fan.  I followed his racing career including his two Olympic marathons and read his autobiography, “Running with Joy”.  Through reading his book I gained even more respect for Ryan as I learned of the good work he and...