A Day on the Yellowstone

December 13, 2012

Fly Fishing Utah

 Posted by Spencer Higa   from Falcons ledge

Utah fly fishing

Yellowstone River Utah

With the extreme runoff conditions we had in 2011, naturally we took a big sigh of relief when the conditions in the summer of 2012 were looking ideal. It seemed like fishing was excellent all over the west and our streams and rivers at Falcon’s Ledge were no exception.

What I love most at Falcon’s Ledge are the many fishing options within a short drive from

Utah fly fishing

Yellowstone River Utah

the lodge. Many of our guests like to fish dry fliesexclusively and we are more than happy to cater to that! One day last summer, Spencer Higa and I had a rare day off and decided to go check on the stonefly hatch on the Yellowstone River. Not the Yellowstone river that flows through Yellowstone Park, but the Yellowstone River that flows off of the south slope of the Uinta mtns near Falcon’s Ledge. This river is a freestone river that holds abundant populations of brook,rainbow, cutthroat, and a few brown trout and it’s our go to stream for anglers after the Grand Slam (4 species in one day)

Spencer and I pulled up and we were immediately greeted with Yellow Sallies. We enjoyed a few laughs and rigged up our superfine fly rods which were perfectly matched to the flies and fish we were fishing for. The fish on this river aren’t particularly picky because their growing season isn’t as long as our lower elevation rivers. When a fly is placed in their window, they usually eat. When stoneflies are present and active, it’s like every fish in the river is standing at attention in wait for an easy meal.

If nirvana is to be defined as liberation of the soul, Spencer and I were in dryfly nirvana ALL afternoon.( We have streamer nirvana and nymph nirvana options too!) It really is something you have to experience. A mix of small, medium sized, and a few larger fish that will surprise you are all possible and it’s only a short drive from Falcon’s Ledge.

Ps: The record for Grand Slam (4 species caught) on the Yellowstone river is 12 minutes :)

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