Video: Heads and Tails

Few things can get a fly fisher’s blood pumping like seeing a large trout come to the surface. Check out this cool, mesmerizing video from Norway, featuring big browns eating bugs on top. That trout in an eddy is further proof that “foam is home,” and you should pay attention to such spots when you’re out on the river. Written By: Phil Monahan ...

Video Pro Tip: How to Fish Around Rocks and Logs

Written By: Phil Monahan In this excerpt from the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center, Tom Rosenbauer explains why fish are found in front of midstream rocks and logs as often as they are found behind such obstacles. So the next time you’re on the water casting to the slick behind a rock or tree, remind yourself to make some casts to the front side, as well. There’s usually a good cushion of deeper water there that makes a fine holding lie. See All Orvis Learning Center Fly Fishing Video Lessons...

Video: Weber River

We have many great trout rivers here in Utah.  The Weber River is one of them that we love to fish. Here is a great short video from Derek Philippon that is filmed on the beautiful Weber River. Enjoy! ...

Fly Fishing 101

[caption id="attachment_52203" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Processed with VSCO with g3 preset[/caption] We recently had a few clients that visited us for their first time fly fishing. They were excited and couldn't wait to get out on the water to catch fish. Before we got out on the water we had to go over a few things so that their experience on the water would be a good experience. Here are a few things to remember when you head out for the first time on the water. Learn from a professional. Go to your local fly shop or guide service and have them teach you the basics. Cast. Learn how to cast. Your time on the water will be much more enjoyable if you can get the fly to the fish. Go to a park and really practice some distance and accuracy. Learn the entomology basics. Learn what bugs are in your water so...

Floating Line or Sinking Tip for Streamers

Here is some great advice from some Orvis guides and experts on when to use floating line or sink tip line when fishing streamers.  I thought there were some great thoughts and ideas here and would help all of us when we are fishing streamers this fall.   Joe Demalderis, Cross Current Guide Service (Milford, Pennsylvania): With streamers, I’m often banging the banks from a drift boat when the water is higher than normal and/or dirtied up. If it’s significantly higher, I’ll use a sinking tip, if not too high, a floating line is fine. Either way, the Bank Shot line is made to order for this. There are also occasions when the water isn’t that high, but for softness of presentation I want a unweighted fly. Under those conditions, a sinking tip with fluorocarbon leader is the ticket. When swinging wet flies, I prefer to use one bigger/heavier fly and a dropper that is smaller...

Video: How to Tie the Bird of Prey Caddis

Here’s a killer caddis fly pattern that can imitate both the pupa and emerger stages, and you can tie it in whatever colors match the naturals you’re trying to imitate. (An orange version might be the ticket in October.) The Bird of Prey Caddis seems to be the brainchild of fly tier John Anderson. As usual, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions shows you exactly how to tie this pattern, and he offers a few tips for making things easier. Tim’s material-handling skills are well-honed, and he always offers tricks for ensuring that you get just the right material in the right place with almost no waste. So twist up a few of these for your next trip out on the river, and let us know how you do. Bird of Prey Caddis           Hook: 2X-short emerger hook hook (here, a Dai-Riki #125), sizes 14-18.           Bead: Gold, 7/64-inch.           Thread:...

How to Rig a Fly Rod To Move to New Spot

Here is a great tip from our friend Peter Kutzer at the Orvis Company on how to rig your fly rod.  In this short video he teaches you how to rig your rod when you are moving to a new spot.  This little trick will save you a lot of time and headaches and probably save a rod tip or two.  Good luck out on the water! https://youtu.be/HzVarj1GLRg...

Fishing Pocket Water in Utah

We love fishing pocket water in the rivers around Falcon's Ledge. This is a fantastic article by William G. Tapply on fishing pocket water that will increase your knowledge and give you some new ideas. Here the river surges over and around boulders the size of Volkswagens. The churning whitewater roars in your ears. It buckles your knees. It wants to knock you over. Around the bend, the water flattens into a long smooth glide. Here you can hear warblers chirp in the alders and see trout dimple the surface. Now this, you think, is classic. So does everyone else. Even a novice angler can “read” the quiet run and the flat pool. Almost anyone can locate feeding fish here. And there are plenty of fishermen capable of achieving long, drag-free floats on gentle, smooth-flowing currents. Of course, everyone who comes to the river finds this pool. Someone’s always fishing here, and its trout...

Phil Monahan completes Utah Cutthroat Slam

Our good friend Phil Monahan at Orvisnews.com has been in Utah this last week traveling our beautiful state and completing his Utah Cutthroat Slam, so we wanted to share his journey.  We are re-posting his blogs to share his journey in his own words. The Bear River cutthroats were both beautiful and feisty, like true natives should be. Photo by Phil Monahan Back in April, we posted about the new Utah Cutthroat Slam program, which requires anglers to catch the four subspecies of cutthroats native to the state. Having had a blast completing theWyoming Cutt Slam with my two brothers a decade ago, I knew that I wanted to try the Utah version. I called my friend Brett Prettyman—Intermountain Communications Director for Trout Unlimited—who is based in Salt Lake City, and he put together a great itinerary for me to get the job done in a week. I talked my high-school buddy Fred Hays (brother of Sandy,...

Terrestrials to Try This Fall

As summer is winding down and fall is soon approaching our thoughts turn to hoppers, beetles, and ants. All fly fisherman have their favorite terrestrial patterns that they go to in the fall.  Here are a handful of terrestrial patterns that are worth a try when you don't know what to use or want to try something new. 1. Foam Park Hopper—A foam-body pattern that is a pretty good imitation without a stereotypical foam-fly look. The Foam Park is a proven pattern on many Rocky Mountain trout waters. It will float all day when you’re pounding grassy bank lines and foam eddies, or if you’re casting a classic hopper-droppers setup. 2. Psycho Billy Beetle—A low-riding pattern that’s easy to see. The Psycho Billy presents an appetizing beetle footprint in the water when drifting along the bank, and in fast riffles with potholes and drop-offs. A proven terrestrial from New Mexico to Montana, it also works...