Pheasant Hunting In Eastern Utah

Pheasant hunting in Utah can be amazing. Our season at Pleasant Valley Hunting Preserve goes from Sept through March. Typically it gets really cold in December and January with a fair amount of snow. This year has been different. The temps have been great for hunting. Morning hunts will be a bit more chilly but spending an afternoon in the field with sunshine can make for a great day.If you've been meaning to book a trip now is the time to do it. Birds are limited because of the good weather. Grab a friend or a group of friends and make your way out and experience a hunt of a lifetime.435-454-3737...

Story and Photos: Discovering Utah Through the Cutthroat Slam

After fishing the Arizona Wild Trout challenge, I was eager to find similar programs that could teach me about native trout species. One that stuck out to me was the Utah Cutthroat Slam because I had never fished for any cutthroat species before. The goal of the Utah Slam is to catch the state’s four native subspecies of cutthroat in their historic range. It took a while for things to come together, but when a good friend invited me to come out and fish Utah with him, I jumped on the opportunity. Anthony Guerrero is a Las Vegas local who is just as addicted to chasing native trout species as I am. He had read my Arizona Wild Trout Challenge posts, and we became social-media friends who talked a lot about our love for these fish. He linked up with a few of my friends from Arizona, and we began planning...

Tuesdays Tip: Keep the Line Tight

[caption id="attachment_52628" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Keeping the tip up while fighting a fish.[/caption]As guides we see a lot of clients from a wide range of skill levels. We try to teach them as much as we can or to give them pointers so they can become better and take away something they can use when they're not with a guide. We will talk about one simple tip today that we see from the first time fisherman to the seasoned angler.Keep the line tight!!!When a client hooks up on a fish it seems pretty chaotic for the first few critical seconds of fighting the fish. This is where most people will lose the fish. Once the hook is set it seems as though they forget to keep the line tight. This puts slack in the line and the hook is more likely to come unbuttoned from the fish when this happens. One...

Classic Winter Pattern: Josh’s Reaper Midge

Winter fishing in tailwaters can be both very fun and very frustrating. Although the absence of fair-weather fishermen means less angling pressure, you still have to deal with cold weather and its biological effects. For instance, the swarms of mayfly hatches are but a dream and your fingers struggle for dexterity as you try to tie on that small fly on light tippet. However, because tailwater trout live in a relatively constant temperature environment, they don’t become as lethargic as non-tailwater trout during winter. Keep in mind, though, that tailwater trout do become more easily spooked and less apt to move out of feeder lanes in winter. That’s why you need a smaller tippet, slower tempo, and accurate casts that present flies directly over feeding fish. Although most of a trout’s diet in winter consists of subsurface insects, a good midge population will cause the fish to focus on these tiny...

Utah Wingshooting

Utah offers some of the best pheasant hunting in the west. Here at Falcon's Ledge we feel that our cover, birds and dogs are second to none. We host many groups from all over the country that are looking for a quality hunt and share memories with friends and loved ones.One such group of friends get together every fall at Falcon's Ledge for good food and a lot of story telling. They all arrive and begin with a game of cards while enjoying each others company. Sometimes there's a big football game on and they all gather in the tv room and cheer on their favorite teams. The lodge has a lot of thing for everyone while you're enjoying your stay. Some will request a massage after a long day in the field to relax and rest those muscles for the next days hunt.Our birds fly hard and fast. It...

Classic Pro Tip: 8 Must-Have Flies for Winter Fishing

We are very fortunate in Colorado that we have the opportunity to fish 365 days a year. And though we are now in December and it’s probably time to put away that hopper box until next summer, don’t think that there aren’t plenty of fishing opportunities throughout the state. In particular, tailwaters—or sections of river below a dam or reservoir—offer your best chance during these winter months. Oftentimes, these sections do offer some specific technical challenges, but their relatively consistent water temperatures and food sources lend themselves to fish that are hungry, big, and willing to eat your fly! Notable winter tailwaters in Colorado include the South Platte—below Spinney Mountain Reservoir, below Cheesman Reservoir, and in the Deckers area—the Big Thompson River, the Blue River, the Frying Pan River, the Yampa River, and the Taylor River. When Trouts Fly Fishing Outfitting Manager, Dave Lovell, was asked about his favorite winter flies,...

Brown Friday

This winter has been unusually warm. This time last year we were fishing in heavy blizzard snow storms but the fishing was incredible. Our last outing we were in light jackets and t shirts. It's nice not having to worry about numb fingers and ice in the guides but we are hoping we get some snow so we have enough water next year.Every year the day after Thanksgiving we get together and fish. We call this day "Brown Friday". It's a nice day to hit the river when everyone else is out trying to get the best deals on toaster ovens and electronics. It's not only a day of fishing but a time to hang out with great friends and share a few laughs.The fish usually hold in the same areas year after year but this year we've had to branch out and find new areas where they are feeding....

Pro Tips: 5 Ways to Get More Hook-Ups When You’re Using Tiny Flies

In winter, most anglers fish some of the smallest patterns of the year: midges, tiny olives, and downsized nymphs. A small fly must be tied on a small hook, which often means you lose more fish right off the bar because you don’t get a good hook set. You’ll also have a lower hook-up rate than you would with a size 12 fly, but here are a few things you can do to swing the odds a bit more in your favor. 1. Use a hook with a wide gap. The small gap on some hooks means that the body materials can get in the way. If the hook point never gets to the fish’s mouth, your chances of success are near zero. When you’re choosing hooks for patterns smaller than size 16, and especially for those 22s and 24s, consider the gap size. 2. Use a slightly longer hook shank. If...

Fall Hunting in Utah

Our pheasant season has been excellent this year. The weather has been incredible and the birds are flying hard. We get a lot of people asking us what a typical hunt consists of. Here's what you can expect on a day with us out in the field.Each day hunting starts early with a hearty breakfast at the lodge. On the first day of your hunt you will spend some time on “the bird walk” a seven station clay range designed to simulate shooting scenarios encountered in upland bird hunting, to sharpen and refresh your shooting skills. The rest of that day and all other days are spent hunting on the Hunting Grounds at Pleasant Valley. With an expert guide and world class gun dogs you are sure to get in a lot of great shooting.Hunts at Falcon’s Ledge are conducted in the traditional western walk-up style over pointing or flushing...

How To Tie Steve Cobb’s Thanksgiving Turkey Fly

All photos by Steve CobbSteve Cobb’s Santa Fly has been a favorite on this blog for a few years now, and he was kind enough to show us how to tie it a couple years ago. That post was such a big hit that I asked Steve to come back this year and walk us through his Thanksgiving Turkey Fly. Whip up a few of these over the next week, and you’ll be the star of your holiday gathering! Steve Cobb lives and fishes in Upstate New York, on the northern edge of Adirondack Park. You can follow him on his blog at QuietRaquette.com. He also sells these Turkey Flies on the site. Turkey Fly Hook: Stainless steel hook, size 1/0. Thread #1: Brown, 6/0. Body: Natural brown deer hair. Wings: Brown or tan soft hackle saddle feathers. Legs: Tan round-rubber legs. Adhesive #1: UV-cure resin. Tails: Brown or tan soft hackle saddle feathers, glued at bases. Adhesive #2: UV-cure...