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...

Bonus Brookies in the High Uintas Wilderness

It is always nice to remind yourself of the reasons that brought you to fly fishing.  Each person had a different introduction to the sport, but mine was that of a sort of secondary activity to the exploration of the pristine alpine streams and lakes of the rocky mountains that seemed to redirect my life the first time I laid eyes upon them.  Since then my interest in the sport has grown and transformed as it does with so many, from the pursuit of fish on the dry, the inevitable infatuation with big brown trout, streamer fishing in the fall, to the fickle carp.  Every now and then it does me well to step away from fishing as the focus of the adventure, but rather to seek out wild and beautiful places which may hold the added bonus of catching a fish or two...

A Great Day at Little Hole

The Green river is one of the most famous tailwaters in the west for several reasons. It has several thousand fish per mile, it's located in a beautiful steep canyon below Flaming Gorge Reservoir, it has a healthy population of insects and has plenty of wildlife along the rivers edge.We had a group we were guiding at the Falcon's Ledge that decided they wanted to fish the Green River for one of their days. We made the arrangements with Trout Creek Flies and all the boats were set. I had decided to take the group out to the Green to make sure they got there safely. I took fellow guide, Jeff Lindstrom, with me for some company.We decided that since we were going all the way out there we might as well fish ourselves. We dropped the guests off at the fly shop, met their guides and they were off....

On Hidden Waters

It’s no secret that anglers, especially fly fishermen, hold tight to their secret spots; those hidden places, just around the bend, where magic seems to happen with every cast and drift. These are your little treasures, only known to you, your best fishing buddies, and the trout that live there. These hidden waters don’t always have the biggest fish (sometimes they do) but they are the places you know best, where the trout seem to be, for once, at a disadvantage due to your familiarity with the drifts, angles, and fly preferences.Given this fact, that we all love our secret fishing spots, I’m sometimes perplexed by the unwillingness of the travelling angler to explore the less publicized waterways. You find your secret spots near home, why not when you travel?Years ago when I began my first stint as GM at Falcon’s Ledge I discovered that one of the biggest challenges...

Fly Fishing Slovenia

In September 2010 my wife and I had the rare opportunity to travel to Slovenia.  This was the culmination of many years of dreaming and researching about this country and the endemic marble trout.  I had learned about clear streams running out of the magnificent Julian Alps when I was in high school and had dreamed about fishing and hiking there since that day.  My wife, who shares my love of hiking and the outdoors, was just as eager as I to hike and explore this magnificent part of the world. Through extensive research I had found that Rok Lustrik is one of the foremost experts in Slovenia fly-fishing and got in contact with him.  He was on vacation with his family, but was kind enough to set me up with one of his best guides.  My luggage had been lost by the airline, so I had to borrow some old...

Fall Reminiscence: A Boundary Waters Tradition

As I wrote this post, I watched the transition of the Aspens that surround the lodge and crowd the trails into the Uinta’s as they yellowed brilliantly, their edges crisped by early frosts, then blackened as the nights grew consistently colder. They have since fallen, leaving the mountainside a stark, achromatic compilation of browns and deep greens now being blanketed with winter’s first snows.  With the changing seasons come some natural recollection of the past, fond memories and the recognition of the passing of time, perfectly coinciding with the reflections and gratitude that comes with the celebration of Thanksgiving.The boundary waters of northern Minnesota will forever remain a special place in my life and a catalyst of such nostalgia; the smell of rotting pines and birch leaves, the first crisp chill of fall, the solitary call of a loon that resonates across our glass lake, dissipating into a vast, wooded wilderness. As...