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...

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...