Winter Fly Fishing Fun

Guides Jeff Lindstrom and Bryan Eldredge have a great day fly fishing on this beautiful winter day.  Jeff and Bryan show that fly fishing can be enjoyed at any time of the year, and not just during the warm summer months.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYBQNCJkwXk...

Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Mending Line

This week’s fly fishing quick tip is on mending line. In a river or stream there are many different currents with differing speeds and directions. Ideally when fishing an angler should cast upstream and let the current bring their fly back to them this allows the line and fly to be in the same current and move at the same speed preventing drag on the fly. However, this is often not possible and an angler in many circumstances must cast across the river to get his fly to a fish. This will often cause the fly line to lay on a different current then the fly. The line will either be moving downstream faster or slower than the fly and cause the fly to drag across the water making it look unnatural to the fish.Mending can prevent your fly from dragging across the water and help you catch more fish....

Why We Trust the Helios 2

Here in Eastern Utah we have a longstanding association with the picturesque small, mountain streams that hold endless opportunities, particularly for the dry-fly fanatic in catching abundant brown trout, rainbows, cutthroat and brooke trout.[caption id="attachment_2502" align="aligncenter" width="502"] Alex played this bruiser like a champ on his 10' 5 weight H2 during his trip to Falcon's Ledge[/caption]But as many guests have been fortunate enough to experience, these fishing opportunities are not limited to the light tackle quarry, with the opportunity to catch large, powerful fish (both in still water and stream scenarios) that will put a serious bend in your rod.  These are the fish that test both your gear, as well as your ability to play them to the net, and when I'm on the water with clients I prefer to leave as little room for error as possible. [caption id="attachment_3074" align="aligncenter" width="498"] A healthy still water rainbow fills the net,...

Guide Flies

Innovative trout flies by Falcon's Ledge Guides and Orvis Guides everywhere know their stuff when it comes to choosing and tying the right guide flies for their home waters. But it's not every guide fly that gets chosen to appear in the Orvis fly fishing catalog. Here at Falcon's Ledge we are extremely lucky to have some of the best guides and fly tying pros anywhere, and confirmation of this fact is the confidence Orvis and anglers everywhere have in these incredible flies.CDC Loopwing Quill Emerger Just one of many entries from our resident fly-tying guru, Grant Bench, The CDC Loopwing Quill Emerger is an incredible hatch matcher for picky fish. The Loop-wing Emerger is offered in 3 colors to match blue winged olives, sulphers and PMDs, and Hendricksons. These can also be adapted to work for nearly any hatching mayfly. We use this guide fly for picky fish in the early...

Fishing at an Early Age

As a kid growing up in Provo, Utah, fishing was an important part of my life. My father taught me to fish at a very young age on the shores of lakes in central and southern Utah. In those days, the fishing season started on the saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend. So every year my family would pack the camp trailer and head for beautiful Panquitch Lake. On opening morning, we were the first ones on the lake, arriving even before it was light enough to see. I would often stay wrapped in a blanket in the station wagon waiting for the temps to warm up while my parents and older siblings were out fishing. When I couldn't  wait any longer, I would bundle up and hurry down to the waters edge, pole in hand, to find my father running up and down the untangling lines and netting fish....

Utah Ice-fishing

My first love will always be fly fishing, but once the lakes freeze over in December the only way to get to the big trout found in Utah lakes is through the ice.  In the winter months I spend a good amount of time with an ice rod and ice jigs catching these beautiful trout through the ice and enjoying the peace and quiet of the snow-covered landscape and a lake to myself.  It is a great way to see some beautiful country and catch a lot of nice fish.On a beautiful evening this month I drilled a few holes in a local lake hoping to get a bend in my rod.  Within minutes I saw my rod tip twitch and reeled up a nice 18-inch rainbow trout.  I dropped my line back down to the bottom and after a few more minutes the rod tip began to dip again. ...

7 Winter Fly Fishing Tips from Tom Rosenbauer

[caption id="attachment_2962" align="alignnone" width="717"] Andrew Thompson with a nice winter Rainbow. Photo by Mike Mazzoni[/caption]As we get into the heart of winter we wanted to share some insight on winter fishing from a fly fishing master and Falcon's Ledge patron, Tom Rosenbauer as found in his article "Tips for Winter Trout", many of which apply to our favorite streams out here at Falcon's Ledge Lodge. 1. In winter, trout won’t move more than a few inches for your fly and they’ll be close to the bottom. So, fish your flies deep and slowly. Your best bet is a nymph fished dead-drift.2. Winter streams are typically very low and clear, so keep your tippet as long and light as possible. You often need to go to 6X or 7X with small nymphs. Mirage Fluorocarbon can really give you an advantage because of its transparency.3. In tailwaters and spring creeks with stable water...

Fly-Fishing Quick Tip – Roll Casting

Each week we will be posting useful fly-fishing tips to help everyone keep their skills honed and ready for the upcoming season. Keep an eye on our blog posts for helpful hints and ideas on fly-fishing techniques and tips. This week we wanted to post on roll casting. Often when fishing a stream or lake you will find trees, hillsides, or bushes behind you and cannot make a proper overhead cast. The roll cast is a great alternative cast to use in this situation. With some line on the water raise your rod to approximately the 2 o’clock position, so your rod is nearly straight up, but the rod tip is slightly behind you. You reel and hand should be next to your ear like you are talking on the phone. Bringing your rod up like this will pull some line off of the water and create an anchor point...

Streams in Winter

Winter is here in the Uintah basin of Eastern Utah and the December low temps have dropped below zero.  The days are the shortest they will be all year.  Fog has engulfed the valleys and the ponds and lakes have iced over.  But what is happening on the rivers near Falcons Ledge and how are the fish faring?  Fellow guide Bryan Eldredge and I set out to answer this question. After loading way more gear than we would need (like we always do), we headed for one of our favorite rivers in the Uintah basin.  This river is very productive in the spring and summer and the dry-fly fishing is second to none.  Many of our repeat guests at Falcons Ledge love to return to this river and we have lots of pictures of big fish and big smiles.  And even though we have been fishing and guiding on this river...

Adventure on the Uinta

[caption id="attachment_2910" align="aligncenter" width="608"] Spencer fishing skinny water[/caption]I had the opportunity to fish a stretch of river that rarely sees anglers. Fellow guide and all around good dude, Bryan Eldredge and I decided to try a stretch of the Uinta River that was new to us. It required a little bit of hiking and bush whacking. After about a 30 minute adventure to the river we finally stumbled upon a side channel of the Uinta that was loaded with brook trout. We fished big dries with little success. Not because the fish weren't crushing the flies but because the flies were too big for the fish to eat. The largest fish we caught in the skinny water was about 9 inches. Not big fish but very pretty and very wild.[caption id="attachment_2912" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Bryan with a beautiful brook trout[/caption]We then made our way to the main channel which opened up...