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....

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...