Outdoor Writers Visit Falcon's Ledge

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Dan with a nice brown.

Fly fishing guides should always remember that it can be intimidating for a novice to ply his craft under the nose of a professional.  Most of us have noticed that some clients, or even just new fishing buddies, will begin the day feeling a little nervous about fishing with a so-called “pro” guide.  On the other hand, when a trout bum sits at his laptop preparing to write a blog post about guiding professional outdoor writers, the roles are suddenly reversed.

In August, it was my pleasure, along with head guide Spencer Higa, to introduce two such professional writers, Dan Nelson and Kelly Bastone to a couple of our best rivers in Eastern Utah.  The pair, was joined by Donna Meshke and Tom Rosenbauer, Orvis’ in-house legend who edited The Orvis News for a decade and has more than 10 fly fishing books in print or in the works.  Even as I type, I’m scared to think how bad my literary back cast is looking.

Trout Hunting with Bill, Doug and Doug

[caption id="attachment_2524" align="aligncenter" width="717"] Doug Bear catches a nice Utah brown[/caption]Fishing with Bill Reed, Doug Best and Doug Bear was a real treat. Guides meet people of all kinds of skill and ability, but rarely do you get a chance to spend the day with three anglers as talented these guys. I love teaching novice anglers, but it was sure fun to watch this group just take a river apart. Even better, we got to play with some great new gear, too. Bill brought out one of the new Orvis fiberglass rods in an 8’ 5-weight for dry flies and paired it with a Helios 2 in a 9’ 6-weight and a Mirage reel loaded with a Bank Shot line to throw streamers. A great combination on our low-elevation rivers with big fish.[caption id="attachment_2532" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Bill Reed patiently waits for rising fish.[/caption]While Bill brought two rods along, he was...

Big Dries, Laughs and Hungry Fish

It all started out with a text message from fellow guide Bryan Eldredge asking me if I wanted to go check out a nearby stream the next day to see if the bugs were hatching. I looked at my schedule and saw that I had a morning full of things I needed to get done before I could even think about leaving to check rivers. But we had a group of fisherman coming in, so I needed to get the most current fishing report first hand. I woke up early the next morning and hurried to get my to-do list done, so I could make my way to the river. As soon as I sent my last e-mail, I texted Bryan to let him know I would be meeting him on the river. His text back to me said "I'm already here and the bugs are out!!!" I drove the short...

Fly Fishing for Carp

With fly fishing for carp growing rapidly in popularity, many fly fishermen and women, from the die-hards to the weekend warriors, are coming to appreciate the difficulty and tremendous enjoyment this prolific specie can provide.  While some find success in enticing carp with a prince nymph under a strike indicator, or by stripping a bugger blindly, I have grown to love the challenge and thrill of sight casting to feeding carp, watching the take and enjoying the long, powerful runs these fish are known for. Joe Ferber of Orvis in Leawood, Kansas introduced me to the guerrilla tactics he had developed to sight cast to both common carp and grass carp that inhabit the creeks that flow through the hairy, overgrown hardwood forests of  Kansas and Missouri.  The first common I landed was a bow-and-arrow flick through an arc of vines and branches; a twitch of my leader as the carp...