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...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Get Out On The Water

Nearly everything I have learned about fly fishing and trout I have learned by being out on the water exploring and learning on the water.  Sometimes I have gone by myself and watched and learned, other times I have gone with family and friends and learned from them.Experience on the water is invaluable and there is no substitute for getting out and exploring, watching, and experiencing fly fishing on the water.  The best way to learn the basics of putting a rod outfit together, casting, tying knots, and mending line is to do it over and over again out on the river.  The only way to learn new casts for different situations and to drift a fly in different currents is to constantly fish new and different situations.  Learning to identify aquatic insects and match flies to those insects is best done by walking the river or lakeside and watching...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Be Observant

Whether you are a novice or an expert fly fisherman being observant is critical to catching fish.  Each time you go fishing it is very important to watch what it is going on both in and around the water.  Everything in the water and the environment around the water can influence where the fish are in the water column, what they are feeding on, and how to catch them.When I was first learning to fly fish I would often go down to the Provo River and watch the river and the fish for hours.  Many cloudy, cool days I would watch trout sip midges off the surface.  On warm days in late June and early July I would watch trout move into the shallows near the edge of the river and eat stoneflies that would fall off the bushes into the water.  As I observed the different times of the...

Uintah Canyon Fishing

There are 5 beautiful canyons above Falcon's Ledge Lodge where we often fish and explore.  We hear comments from guests that they are the most gorgeous canyons they have ever seen.  The canyons are in the Ashley National Forest on the south slope of the Uintah Mountains, the highest mountain range in Utah.  All of these canyons have beautiful rivers that run down them and these rivers are home to a wide variety of trout species, making the fishing options nearly endless right in the backyard of Falcon's Ledge.In the higher reaches of the canyons the canyon drops quickly and the canyon walls are steep making the water fast and cold.  The fish are small in these upper stretches, but they make up in beauty what they lack in size.  These upper section of the canyons provide beautiful forest scenery, great small stream fishing, and beautiful wild fish.This cold, fast...

Southern Hospitality

 Maybe it's just me, but most of the people I've met who fish, especially fly fish, are the salt of the earth. These are the people who genuinely care about nature, wildlife, the environment, and each other. Fishing to them is more than a hobby, it's an activity that strengthens mind, body, and spirit. It creates and solidifies relationships, especially families. And if you meet people like this from the South, especially Georgia, you are in for a real treat.Such was the case for me last week with a family from Georgia. Mom and Dad were treating their college-graduating son with a trip out west. And of course the fiancé and younger sister came too. Fly fishing was on the agenda, and there's no better place to learn than Falcon's Ledge fly fishing lodge in Eastern Utah. Fellow guides Bryan Eldredge and Spencer Higa helped guide this group and day...