Video: Falcon’s Ledge Cast N Blast

At Falcon's Ledge in the fall you can do it all… spend cool mornings hunting upland birds over fine dogs and spend the afternoons casting to huge rising trout in private stillwaters. Enjoy the best of both sports at Falcon’s Ledge. For only a few short weeks these two “seasons” overlap. Plan your trip early, the Cast and Blast season sells out fast. Morning Hunts Your morning hunts are spent on 3,000 acres of private cover with an expert guide and world class gun dogs. You are sure to get in a lot of great shooting. Hunts are conducted in traditional western style over pointing or flushing dogs. Typical hunts are two to four hunters with one guide and a team of dogs. At the end of the hunt, your pheasants and chukars will be cleaned and packaged for you to take home.Afternoon Fly Fishing Your afternoon fly fishing adventures feature catch and...

A Midsummer Trifecta of Fly Patterns

 Written by: Ted Fauceglia[Editor’s note: Ted Fauceglia is the country’s foremost photographer of aquatic insects, and he writes the “Natural Reflections” column in each issue of American Angler. Ted is also the author of Mayflies (2004), and he has provided the bug and fly-pattern photography for dozens of books. He has graciously allowed us to republish some of his columns, and we will be sharing Ted’s incredible images and fly-fishing knowledge every month.] If the fly fisher’s lexicon were ever available in written form, the unknowing reader would be amused, if not astounded, by the twisted definitions and associations fly fishers have ascribed to a certain group of words. Blue dun, blue quill, blue-winged olive, silver doctor blue, super-fine dubbing, stiff butt, supple tippet, green, brown, and yellow drakes, march brown, white-gloved howdy, woolly buggers, cowdung, cream variant, cocky variant, stimulator, freestone and limestone are but a few of the words...

Video: How to Tie the DPD Nymph

In this week’s video from Tightline Productions, Tim shares a great generalist nymph that’s designed to imitate a wide range of insects and to sink very quickly through the water column. The DPD Nymph is a productive early-season pattern that gets to where the fish are . . . quickly. As usual, the tying process includes a couple cool tricks, including the way that Tim rearranges the hook in the vise to make tying in the tail easier, as well as the way he finishes the fly without tying off the thread.DPD Nymph Hook: Partridge Czech Nymph hook, sizes 14-16. Bead: Black Nickel Cyclops bead, 7/64-inch. Weight: Lead-free round wire, .020. Adhesive #1: Fly Tyers Z-Ment. Thread: Brown, 70-denier or 8/0. Rib: Copper wire, small. Tail: Wood-duck or mallard flank-feather fibers. Abdomen/Wingcase: Rusty brown pheasant tail fibers, trimmed. Thorax: 2 peacock herls. Legs: Wood-duck or mallard flank-feather fibers. Adhesive #2: UV-cure resin. Tools: Plunger-style hackle pliers, sticky note pad....

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...

Video Pro Tips: How to Choose the Right Nymph

One of the first things that a fly fisher learns is that matching the hatch is important. But how, exactly, do you do that–especially when there are no insects on the water’s surface? Here’s a two-part video lesson that demonstrates four methods for sampling the water, which will show you what’s available to trout right now and what food items are generally available. After you’ve determined the most likely bug, the video offers a simple and effective way to choose a nymph that will accurately imitate the insects in your sample.Written By: Phil Monahan...

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...

Video Pro Tips: A Masterclass in How to Read Water

Here’s a great, full-length episode of “The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing,” in which Tom Rosenbauer discusses the importance of reading water to find fish in a river. Clear explanations and cool graphics help illusrtate Tom’s detailed discussions of where fish live in rivers and how anglers can present flies to them. The video is 22 minutes long, but it is chock-full of helpful information that will make you a better angler.Written By: Phil Monahan...

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 MonahanIn 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...