Beautiful Trout

Trout are beautiful animals that live in beautiful rivers.  They have amazing patterns and vibrant colors and when you catch one and pull it out of a crystal clear river running through spectacular scenery it is tough to beat the beauty and majesty of the species and the moment.These moments are our favorites at Falcon's Ledge and we love to see these beautiful fish each and everyday we get the chance to catch them with our friends we fish with.  Here are a few of our favorite beauties that we have had the pleasure of admiring so far this year.     ...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Entomology

One of the first steps to catch fish fly-fishing is to identify what they are eating so you can imitate it.  Trout in rivers eat a variety of food, but three general classifications of aquatic insects that trout generally eat are Caddisflies, Mayflies, and Stoneflies.  Being able to identify these three common aquatic-born insects will help you know what the fish are eating and know how to imitate it.1- Caddisflies - Most caddisfly larvae are underwater architects and use silk, excreted from salivary glands near their mouths, for building protective cases.  Adult caddisflies are small moth-like insects having two pairs of hairy membranous wing.  They live in a variety of aquatic habitats such as: rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and canals.  Caddisfly LarvaeCaddisfly Adult2- Mayflies - Mayflies are aquatic insects whose larval stage usually lasts one year in fresh water. The adults are short-lived, from a few minutes to a few days, depending on the species.  The larval stage lives...

Saturday Morning Brown Trout

On a Saturday morning about two weeks ago with my two boys in tow I ran a few errands and checked on a few guests we had fishing with us.  As we drove past the trout lakes my boys asked if they could throw rocks in the lake.  I pulled up to one of the lakes that didn't have anyone on it and let the boys out to throw a few rocks.  I strung up my Helios 2 and watched the water for a few minutes.  As I scanned the water I saw some fish taking emerging midges along the south shoreline of the lake.  I put on a midge pattern and walked down the shoreline a little ways looking for a fish working the weed line.  After just a few minutes I saw one cruising the edge of the weeds and I cast just in front of him.  He sipped...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Playing Fish

When you hook a fish and the fight is on it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of the moment and not think clearly, but if you keep calm and remember a few simple techniques you will be able to get most fish into your net.  Here a few things to keep in mind when fighting a fish that will help you play a fish properly.1- Keep tension on the fish - Keeping constant pressure on the fish will help keep the hook set in the fishes mouth and not allow the hook to come free.  This is a balance between keeping constant tension and not putting too much pressure and breaking the line.  Setting the drag on your reel properly and getting the fish on the reel as quickly as possible will help balance the pressure on the line.2- Fight the fish from downstream - Fighting...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Setting The Hook

Setting the hook can be difficult for people just learning to fly fish, but with a few simple steps you can become proficient at setting the hook when a fish strikes.1- Keep slack out of the line.  When fishing always keep a fairly straight line by pulling line in as the fly on the water drifts back to you and mend your line to keep loops out of your line.  When you have a straight line between your rod and fly you can set the hook quickly.2- Raise your rod quickly when a fish strikes.  If you pay close attention to your fly and set the hook the moment you see a fish strike, you will be much more successful at hooking fish.  Raising the rod quickly will quickly set the hook into the fishes mouth.3- Gently raise the rod.  When you have a fish strike raise the rod quickly,...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Midges

Trout Snacks - Fly Fishing with Midges Spring time in the Rockies means midges. Of all fly fishing flies, these are the smallest and most prolific when they hatch. Midges hatch on rivers and lakes in swarms throughout the spring and trout feed heavily on them.  If you have the right midge patterns in your box you can do very well most days in the spring.  Here are 5 of our favorite midge patterns for the spring:Zebra Midge -  We mostly fish the zebra midge in black or red with silver ribbing and a silver bead.  We commonly fish the zebra midge in sizes 16-22. It is a great representation for many common midges and works great in both rivers and lakes fished under a strike indicator or dry fly.Disco Midge - The disco midge comes in several variations, all of them flashy. We mainly fish it with a silver tinsel body,...

2014 Orvis Guide Rendezvous

The 2014 Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Rendezvous Every year the Falcon's Ledge fly fishing guides get ready for the upcoming season by attending the annual Orvis guide rendezvous. This year the rendezvous was held in the heart of fly fishing country, Missoula, MT. Garrett, Spencer, Derek and Eric left a day early to fish the Beaverhead on the way up. It has become a tradition to fish the Beaverhead on the way up and back from Missoula. The fishing was fantastic as usual. We began seeing sporadic rises and then the clouds came over and the snow began to fall. The BWO's began hatching and the fish went nuts. Spencer and Garret stayed down low from the parking lot and Derek and Eric headed upstream.  Despite the nasty weather we  all caught plenty of fish in a short amount of time. Next stop, Missoula!!!!The first day of meetings started off with...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Pike and Muskie

Fly Fishing for Tiger Muskies and Pike Muskie and pike are some of the largest and most aggressive freshwater fish.  Fly fishing for these large, predatory fish can be one of the best adventures and greatest thrills you can have with a fly rod.  Utah already has some great tiger muskie and pike lakes and Falcon's Ledge has recently developed two of our own private lakes as tiger muskie fisheries, making the lodge a great destination for muskie and pike fishing.Pike and muskie live in lakes with forage fish for a food base.  Lakes with a large population of perch, bluegill, minnows, and frogs are great habitats for these predatory fish and can sustain a population of pike or muskie.  Pike and muskie are ambush predators, so they can often be found hiding near rock outcroppings, under overhanging trees and bushes, and under submerged trees and logs.Large streamers made of rabbit or...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Casting Heavy Flies

Tips for Fly Casting with Heavy Flies Heavy flies and fly fishing rigs like nymphs and streamers can sometimes be difficult to cast, especially when you are fishing with a strike indicator or more than one fly.  Nymphs or streamers can easily tangle leaders or even break a rod if they hit the rod on the forward cast.  Here a couple of tips from our expert fly fishing guides to help you avoid problems when casting a heavy fly or more than one fly at a time.1- Open Up Your Casting Loop:  Most of the time when casting you try to keep the line going straight forward and back to keep as much power and distance in your cast.  By casting straight forward and back you create a tight loop.  With heavy flies if you do not have just enough power in your cast or the correct timing a tight loop...

No Pain No Gain

Fly Fishing Cures All Pain, Especially Cankles I had injured my ankle in a soccer game and was in a quite a bit of pain when I got a text from fellow guide, Tim Jenkins. He said he was thinking about going fishing and invited me to come along. I had been on my couch icing my ankle being tortured by all the fishporn on Facebook. I told Tim that I was injured and couldn't wade any river for a while. He suggested we fish a lake and even offered to bring a chair for me. How could I turn down that offer?We had decided to meet up early in the morning to make the two hour trek. With our busy schedules we don't get to fish much together so this was fun to be able to get away for a day and forget about work and other stresses of life....