"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...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Choosing a Fly Rod

When people first learn to fly fish they are often confused by different rod sizes and are not sure what rod to buy and what rod is best in different situations.  Here is a quick guide to help those that are just learning about fly fishing or those that are thinking about buying a new rod and want a recommendation on what they should buy.1- 2 and 3 weight rods are used for very small streams where fish are small.  These rods are light weight and sensitive making them perfect for small streams.  They usually are sold in 7' 6" to 9' length.  If the streams you fish are overgrown with lots of vegetation you will want to buy a 7' 6" rod, if the streams you fish are more open you can go with a longer length rod.2- 4 weight rods are great for large streams and small rivers.  These...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Fishing Small Water

Small water can be some of the most exciting water to fish, because it can test your skills, fish are typically willing to hit dry flies, and small creeks are usually in beautiful high mountain areas that provide scenic, wild backdrops to your fishing.  However, small water can provide different, special challenges and if you keep a few things in mind while fishing small water you will catch many more fish.1- Fish are spooky in small water.  Whether you are fishing a small creek or fishing a lake and fish are holding in shallow water, fish in small water are almost always spooky.  When I fish small streams or shallow water I often hide behind boulders, bushes, or crouch down low.  Keeping a low profile or hiding behind structure will help you spook less fish.2- Always be focused and ready to set the hook.  Fish in small water, especially fast-moving...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Dry Flies

This time of year hatches and dry flies are on everyone's mind.  Big bugs are hatching off in swarms that bring large trout up near the surface feeding on adult insects.  This is many fisherman's favorite time of year and can provide some of the most exciting fishing of the year.  Here are a few tips to help you catch more fish during this exciting time of year.1- Always keep a variety of dry fly patterns and sizes in your box.  In the summer the hatches are fairly predictable and fisherman typically know what hatches are possible and what trout will be feeding on, especially on their favorite rivers.  However, even if you think you know what you are going to find on the river you should still take a wide variety of patterns and sizes or take a vise with you to the river.  Fish may be feeding on...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Mountain Streams

Mountain streams are beautiful and often hold populations of brook, brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout that eagerly take dry flies.  They can be some of the most enjoyable days fishing due to the breathtaking scenery, pretty, wild fish, and the non-stop action on dry flies.  Here are a few tips to help make your next trip to a high mountain stream even more successful.1- Be careful not to spook fish.  Mountain streams are small and often shallow, this makes fish in these streams easy to spook.  Try to always fish against the current so that fish are facing away from you.  This will help you avoid spooking fish.  Also, use bushes and rocks to hide yourself when casting to fish in shallow areas.2- Use flies that imitate insects that are common in mountain areas.  Ants, beetles, grasshoppers, caddis, stoneflies, mosquitoes, midges, and mayflies are all common insects in mountainous areas...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Carp On The Fly

Fly fishing for any species of fish can be exhilarating and rewarding.  There are so many great trout fisheries in eastern Utah that I have fished mainly for trout most of my life.  Many of the reservoirs and canals in Utah and throughout the United States are also full of carp.  These big fish can be a good challenge to catch and put a serious tug on the end of your line.  Many anglers have found the last five years that catching carp can be a rewarding challenge and an exhilarating fight.Carp are omnivores and eat berries, seeds, fish, crayfish, and just about anything eatable that falls in the water.  A variety of flies can be used to fish for carp depending on what the fish feed on in your area: woolly buggers, trout nymphs, bonefish flies, or carp flies.  Carp feed in shallow, clear water along shorelines and in...

Reel Recovery Retreat 2014

We recently hosted another Reel Recovery retreat here at Falcon's Ledge. We look forward to this retreat every year because we get to meet some amazing men who are battling cancer. The retreat gives these courageous men an opportunity to talk with others who can relate to what they are going through. They have courageous conversations which allows them to open up and speak freely about their individual experiences and feelings at the time they found out they had cancer.While dealing with everyday issues and frequent visits to the doctors office, this retreat gives them a chance, for a moment, to forget about any of that. They are out in nature doing something they love. The fly fishing is a great escape for many of them. The moment they catch a fish many of them said they totally forgot about their cancer. Fishing buddies are volunteers that come out to help...