The Joy of Fly Fishing

The Start of a Fly Fishing Legacy I had the wonderful opportunity to take my two sons fishing this morning. My wife was working and the lake fishing is really getting good as the weather warms up, so I decided to sneak out and hook a few fish and teach my boys a little about the joy of fishing.The morning was beautiful, the sun was bright and with the warm sun hitting the water there were a few midges on the lake. I rigged up my Helios 2 and tied on a chironomid, dropping it off of a strike indicator about 10 feet. I figured that this would be an easy set up for my boys to get the feel for fly fishing and give them the opportunity to hook and reel in a few trout. At 1 and 3 years old Chase and Miles are still a bit too young...

Preparing for Ice Off

Ice Off Fly Fishing, So Cold, Yet So Hot!As it is easy to dream of balmy, wet-wading summer days that I associate with the incredible hatches and dry fly opportunities the west in renowned for, you cannot overlook the ice-off and early spring fishing opportunities of still waters, an appropriate segue into the stream fishing our area is known for.As the days grow longer and warmer and the ice recedes, the surface water undergoes an aeration process, growing rich in dissolved oxygen due to its exposure to the atmosphere and wind for the first time in months.  Simultaneously, this surface water warms and mixes with nutrient-rich subsurface water levels, in the turnover process that lakes can experience multiple times in a season. Why is this important to the fisherman?  While this topic may cause  drowsiness with some (reminiscent of high school biology lectures), knowledge of this process is another step towards...

Orvis Guide Rendezvous

Possibly The Largest Gathering of Fly Fishing Guides on Earth Every April we guides get to attend the annual Orvis Guide Rendezvous (OGR).  This is where Orvis endorsed fly fishing guides and the Orvis company get together for three days of meetings and activities.  The meetings have been in various locations over the years, including Cody WY., Casper WY., Bozeman MT., and this year will be the third year in a row in Missoula MT.The rendezvous includes information to help us improve our guiding skills.  We learn about habitat projects Orvis is assisting with and updates about endangered fish.  There is a guide best practices panel where key people in the industry, including the Orvis guides and outfitters of the year, answer questions about guiding, hospitality, how to handle certain situations, etc..  Orvis presents its latest products and gear, which we get to practice with, and they welcome any feedback about improving existing...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Spring Lake Fishing

Tips on Early Spring Fly Fishing in Lakes Spring officially arrived this week and as the weather warms the ice recedes on trout lakes across the country.  This can be a very productive time of year on many lakes and we wanted to offer a few tips on fly fishing lakes in the spring.1- Target deeper water.  Just after the ice recedes off of a lake the water near the surface is 35 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit, but the deeper sections of the lake, still insulated by water above is 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  Trout are most comfortable in water temperatures in this range, so you will find them sitting mainly in deeper sections of the lake.  The frequency of storms in the early spring also tends to drive fish into deeper water due to changing barometric pressure.2- Fish streamer patterns with a slow retrieve.  Nights below freezing and very...

Massive Midges

Big Midges Turn into TroutRecently fellow guide, Jeff Lindstrom and myself decided to go check out the Provo river and see if the rumors we had been hearing were true. We heard the midges were out and the fish were going nuts for them. Usually at the beginning of the hatch the midge are big. I had a couple of hours to fish before a meeting for work. I met Jeff at the mouth of Provo Canyon where we had heard of these massive midge hatches. Before I strung up my rod I wandered over to the rivers edge to see what was happening. Sure enough, I saw fish suspended below the surface waiting for a meal to float by.A few minutes went by but didn't see any rises on midges. All of a sudden four fish rose at the exact same time. Jeff and I got excited and knew this...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Approaching Fish

Fly Fishing Tip - Approach with Caution Approaching fish properly is a critical part of fly fishing that we often don't think about.  It is important because if a fish gets spooked it will not feed for some time and a fisherman will probably lose the opportunity to catch that fish.1- Approach from Downstream. The first thing to keep in mind when approaching fish is to approach them from downstream.  A fishes anatomy is designed to face upstream for feeding, breathing, and to hold their position in a stream.  Because fish face upstream they cannot see well downstream and if you approach fish from downstream they will be much less likely to see you and spook.2- Use Stealth. Try to approach each fish with as much stealth as possible.  When you are fishing a small stream or water is low and clear, fish can spook even if you are approaching from...

Lucky No. 13

The Tireless Pursuit of an Elusive Trout Grand Slam Seven anglers from New York met at Falcon’s Ledge for a three day fly fishing trip. They were brought together by Adam Cook, the fishing manager of the Buffalo, NY Orvis store. It was my privilege to guide Adam the year prior during his visit to the lodge, and he wanted to come back for more. This year, I was fortunate to guide Bill and Mike, two clients of his that were retired educators...

Women Are Hooked On Fly Fishing

 Women Fly Fishers on the Rise   After more than a decade of being a fly fishing guide in Utah, I have noticed an increase in one exciting, passionate population of anglers...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Nymph Presentation

Tips on Fly Fishing with Nymphs Nymph fishing is an occasionally scoffed at by purists, but it's here to stay and is one of, if not the best ways to catch trout on a fly. Entire books can and have been written on nymphing.  For a great reference on fly fishing with nymphs we highly recommend George Daniels' Dynamic Nymphing.  George's book is a great detailed text, however, we wanted to also give a quick and easy guide to presenting nymphs properly.1- Try Fishing Upstream. Some nymph fishers only seem to fish across, but a great way to present nymphs without drag is by casting directly upstream.  This will usually allow a nymph to dead drift and, if it is weighted properly, bounce along the bottom into feeding fish.  This is a great presentation technique, but does take a good amount of effort stripping in slack line each drift and recasting the...

IF4 Coming to Utah

Join Falcon's Ledge at the International Fly Fishing Film Festival The International Fly Fishing Film Festival (If4) will be making its way to Utah again. It's a time for fellow anglers to get together and just have a fun night watching killer films about fly fishing. It's also a great time to come and meet some of the guys in the industry. We'll have shop owners, lodge owners, bloggers and fly fishing company reps in attendance. Tickets can be purchased at Eddie Robinsons fly fishing and Fishwest.The If4 consists of short and feature length films produced by professional filmmakers from all over the world. These films will capture the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly fishing. There will be a variety of films that will for sure get you excited to go fish. Below is the IF4 trailer giving you a sneak peek into what you can expect to see on March...