Falcon's Ledge, UT

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Altamont, Utah.

Falcon's Ledge, UT


Located in a private and secluded 600-acre canyon at the foothills of Utah's highest peaks, the Uinta Mountains, Falcon's Ledge is truly one of the great western fly-fishing lodges. Recently awarded the Orvis 2012 Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year Award, Falcon's Ledge is the perfect location for your next fly fishing trip or company retreat.

Guests will sight-cast to trophy browns and rainbows on clear, trophy tail-waters and high mountain freestone streams for native cutthroats, rainbows, and brookies. Many guests also enjoy casting to hard-fighting fish on any of the eight trophy stillwaters surrounding the lodge, and floating a day on the world-famous Green River located within driving distance of the lodge. It is not rare to fish five to six different rivers all on the same trip. Our professional, friendly, and award-winning guides are excited and passionate about making sure you have a fly-fishing adventure you will always remember. The exciting fishing is only part of your adventure; you will stay in one of eight private guest rooms in the modern lodge and soak in our large spa in the evening. Share the comfortable elegance of the lodge and our country gourmet dining with a non-fishing spouse at no additional cost. We were honored as the 2001 & 2012 Orvis Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year. If you haven't stayed with us yet, come find out what fly fishing in Utah is all about.

Date Range

Falcon's Ledge is open year-round. Fishing is ideal from April through November, with the peak river season being June thru October. From September thru November we do Cast & Blast packages at our Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Grounds, the largest hunting grounds in all of Utah. Wingshooting continues all fall and winter.

What is Provided to Customer

All equipment will be furnished by us, including flies. You are welcome to bring your favorite rods, reels, flies, and waders. 8½ - or 9-foot five-weight rods are our favorites for their versatility; however, many of the smaller streams may be fished with shorter three and four-weights. You may also try out any of the many new Orvis rods available in the Pro-Shop. We carry primarily 4-, 5-, and 6- weight rods and reels. We have a selection of weight forward and double taper floating lines as well as clear intermediate and slow sinking lines for the stillwaters. If you bring your own waders we suggest that they be breathable for your overall comfort and ease. We provide Orvis breathable waders in most sizes. Please advise us if a special size will be required. We stock a large selection of our favorite flies as well as two fly-tying stations to produce any special fly pattern on your own.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

A single fly-fishing trip to Falcon's can be filled with many different angling experiences. One day you might sight cast to big wary browns and rainbows on a clear cold tailwater or toss attractors to wild cutthroats and brookies in forested freestone streams above 8000 feet. The next day of your fly-fishing vacation you might hit undercut banks with hoppers on secluded water at the Lake Fork River Ranch or cast to huge cruisers in our private stillwaters. You can also choose to spend a day drifting on the world-famous Green River or wade with one of our guides on the Provo River. With many stream and river fishing options within easy driving distance and access to sixteen trophy stillwaters you'll never run out of things to try, or simply find your favorite and stick with it. With advice from our guides where the best hatches and conditions are, you decide what unpressured water you want to fish each day. Whether you're a beginning fly fisher, an expert, or somewhere in between, you're sure to be provided an enjoyable angling experience.

Typical Weather by Season

Our prime fishing season runs from April to November. April and May are generally cool, with a chance for cool rain. Typically 35-40 degree for lows and 60-70 degree highs. Spring season is time for trophy trout on the 15 stillwater lakes we fish. Our summer season from June through August is typically mild, with lows in the 50's and highs in the 80's and 90's. This season is highlighted by hatch after hatch and great fishing on all our rivers. The fall season from September to November is just spectacular. With lows in the 40's and highs in the 70's and 80's, the fall season is just delightful for fishing and wingshooting. All the rivers and the stillwaters are fishing excellent, and this is the time to catch a lot of big fish, on big bugs.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

Some guided fly fishing trips can be run more like a bus tour than a fly fishing vacation. You start each day at a specific time. You stop at your assigned "beat" for an exact amount of time, lunch is served at a predetermined time and then back on the bus to the next "beat".

Not at Falcon’s Ledge. This is your fly fishing vacation and we are here to assist you and make it enjoyable for you at your pace. Our guides are Orvis- trained professionals who have decades of experience fishing the waters of Falcon’s Ledge. They have fished all over the west and fish year round. Let our guides show you the secrets of our rivers and streams and the unique character of each stillwater. They enjoy sharing their knowledge of the area’s history, geology, flora and fauna. Our guides are staunch stewards of nature, and active conservationists. Your guide will help you improve your casting and presentation skills, and help new anglers with knots, reading the water, stream entomology and how to match the hatch. All needed fly fishing equipment is included, including flies. We have the newest Orvis rods and reels for you to use.

Three memorable meals are included with each day of fly fishing; our culinary staff prepares their legendary country gourmet fare from the freshest and highest quality ingredients available. After a day of fishing and a great meal, relax in the great room, TV room, or shoot pool in the game room. Sit out on the deck under the Milky Way and get ready for another great day of fishing or soak in our large, new spa. Wireless internet access can keep you connected to the real world if you must.

Many guests choose to add a day drifting the famous Green River or wading the Provo River during their stay. This can easily be added before or during your stay. Our guides will cater the trip to fit your desires, skill level, and type of fishing you most enjoy and want to experience.

Don't forget we have schools on both our stillwaters and rivers during the entire season. In May the focus in on the stillwaters and anglers of all levels will enjoy the schools, in the summer months the focus is more on the rivers. We see many parents and even grandparents bringing their children and grandchildren out to learn how to fly fish, or take it to the next level.

Our Pro-Shop offers ORVIS® gear as well as fly-tying tables to produce that special pattern your guide suggests, and a large selection of Falcon’s Ledge logo clothing and gifts.

Non-Fishing Spouses:
Spouses who are not fishing may accompany their fishing companions or pursue their own activities — the lodge includes a library of books and movies, a TV room, game room with card tables, ping pong table, pool table and board games. A large deck is available where you can relax and enjoy the view. Bring a camera and binoculars. Guests may hike and explore in several scenic directions from the lodge, including along the canyon rim. Bird watchers will enjoy the large variety of species seen in the canyon. Horseback riding at Hidden Springs Ranch or Lake Fork Canyon can be arranged as well as several scenic drives in the surrounding area.


On-site Activities

Of course, fly fishing is the main focus of activities in and around the lodge and Stillwater Canyon. With eight private stillwaters, the fishing opportunities right out the front door are limitless. However, with all the water comes a variety of birds and other wildlife as well. Many guests enjoy walking and hiking around the canyon, bird watching is a guest favorite. In recent years we have a nest pair of great horned owls, and we constantly have great blue heron, loons, osprey, eagles, and a variety of falcons in the canyon. The lodge has a comfortable game room, with pool and ping pong, exercise equipment, large spa for soaking tired muscles and large common areas for just relaxing and reading a book.

Off-site Activities

Lodge guests often stay extra days and enjoy the many area attractions. Step out the front door and discover the diverse flora, fauna and views of Stillwater Canyon. You can enjoy a picnic or boating on the shores of Moon Lake in the High Uinta Wilderness. Play 18 holes of golf in nearby Roosevelt. Visit nearby Dinosaur National Monument or explore the ancient petroglyphs in Nine Mile Canyon. Discover birding – learning to bird is like getting a lifetime ticket to the theater of nature. Many guests simply relax on the deck and read a good book or go on short hikes. Horseback riding in the high Uintah's is also a favorite past time.


Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

There are eight private guest rooms in the lodge at Falcon’s Ledge and one staff/family bunk room. This ensures your seclusion and privacy. The lodge was designed for comfort, peace, and security during your stay. Even with other guests in house, the lodge has a quite atmosphere and relaxing feel.

Each room is uniquely decorated in a comfortable yet elegant style. There are no phones or televisions in the rooms. No pets are allowed in the lodge. We do have some kennels for the hunting dogs right outside.

Every room has a million dollar view of spectacular canyon scenery and wildlife . Watch fish rise on the lake below and deer graze as you wake to the crisp mountain air.

All meals are prepared in our kitchen using the freshest and highest quality ingredients available. Our professional culinary staff bakes bread, rolls and creates soups from scratch to help make every meal at Falcon’s Ledge a dining experience not soon forgotten.

Each day begins with a hearty breakfast.

The typical menu includes:

  • Freshly ground full-roasted coffee
  • Hot chocolate, milk and juices
  • Fresh fruit
  • A hearty country breakfast of farm fresh eggs, apple wood smoked bacon, country ham or link sausage, and hash browns, pancakes or French toast
  • Hot and cold cereals

Lunches are a refreshing light meal.

The culinary staff serves a variety of entrees including; Chicken Caesar Salad, Citrus Ginger Beef, Grilled Shrimp Salad, Crab Cakes, and Teriyaki Grilled Chicken. Stream side box lunches are sandwiches, wraps or salads, served by your guide.

For the evening meal, guests enjoy a superb four-course country gourmet dinner:

  • Freshly tossed salad and dressings
  • House-made soup and fresh baked bread and honey
  • A unique and delicious entree from the freshest meats, game, poultry or seafood available.
  • Chef’s dessert choice

We can accommodate special dietary needs, please let us know before you arrive.

Alcoholic Beverages
Due to state liquor license restrictions, we do not provide alcoholic beverages. You are welcome to bring your favorite beverage. We have mixes for liquor and refrigeration is available for beer and wine. We will gladly serve your wine with dinner.


Species You Fish for by Season

At Falcon's Ledge we fish for a large variety of trout. Although you must work hard and get lucky, it is not uncommon to accomplish a "Grand Slam" of rainbow, brown, brook, and cutthroat on a single trip. Many guests will also add a tiger trout to their haul. If you are lucky enough to catch four species, you will get our coveted "Grand Slam" pin. Each season brings different specialties, but most of the species can be targeted all year long. The prized pure-strain Colorado River cutthroat is a favorite of many of our guests.


What Should Customers Bring?

Our altitude ranges between 5,500 feet and 8,000 feet above sea level in a high mountain range. Weather can be very unpredictable, from cool mornings and evenings to warm afternoons. Rain is possible in spring and late summer into fall. Dress in layers for the most comfortable fishing. Include in your fishing clothes, rain gear, long sleeve shirts, sunscreen, a brimmed hat, and polarized sunglasses (a must). An extra pair of socks and long underwear is helpful in keeping warm while in a float tube or waders. We have these items and layering pieces available in our Pro-Shop or shop on-line at orvis.com from the link on this page.

Personal Items:
Insect repellent, sun screen, liquor, digital or film camera, prescriptions and toiletries should be included in your packing. Our guides carry many of these items, but never hurt to have a back-up.

Due to Utah state liquor license restrictions, we do not provide alcoholic beverages. You are welcome to bring your favorite beverage. We have mixes for liquor and refrigeration available for beer and wine. We will gladly serve your wine with dinner. We can help you pick these up before you arrive or during your stay, please contact us with questions.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When is Check-in and Check-out?
A. Check-in is at 4:00 PM, if your room is available, early check-in is possible, check-out is at 11:00 AM.

Q. Can I reserve a specific guide?
A. When a guest books a trip with us and requests a particular guide, we will make every attempt to have that guide available for them. However, we do not guarantee any particular guide.

Q. What activities other than fishing are available?
A. Besides your guided fly fishing or wingshooting adventure, you may choose to take a horseback ride at Moon Lake, hike, take photos, watch wildlife, shoot clay targets, play Bocce ball on the lawn, or just relax and enjoy the solitude. Let your assigned guide know what you would like to do; they will gladly do their best to accommodate your wishes.

Q. Can we purchase alcoholic beverages at the lodge?
A. Due to state liquor license restrictions, we are unable to provide alcoholic beverages. However, please feel free to bring your own and we’ll provide the mixers, glasses, corkscrews, etc. We have refrigeration available for your beer and wine. We will gladly serve your wine with dinner. No alcohol may be consumed before or during any hunt.

Q. Can we bring children with us our trip?
A. All kids are different, but those who are able to participate in the many adventures at the Lodge are generally 12 years and older. Hunters must be 12 years or older, and must have passed a Hunter’s Safety Course. There are no day-care services or children's only activities.

Q. What if I have dietary restrictions?
A. Let us know of any special dietary restrictions or preferences in advance of your arrival so our culinary staff can plan your meals accordingly.

Q. Are there any addition charges I should know about?
A. Rates do not include shotgun shells, sales and lodging taxes, transportation to and from the lodge, guide & staff gratuities, and Pro-Shop purchases.

Q. What if I have any additional medical needs?
A. Please notify us of any personal medical needs. Specifically, we need to know about heart conditions, diabetes, asthma, food or insect allergies, and any physical activity limitations.

Q. Are there any addition charges I should know about?
A. Rates do not include shotgun shells, sales and lodging taxes, transportation to and from the lodge, guide & staff gratuities, and Pro-Shop purchases.

Q. Do you allow pets?
A. For the safety of your pets and the courtesy of our guests, pets are not allowed in the lodge. Dogs are not to be left unattended in the canyon and no pets are allowed to accompany guests while fishing. We have four outdoor kennels available for hunting dogs.

Q. Do you have a place to buy equipment?
A. Our Pro-Shop at the lodge stocks fly-fishing equipment, flies, fishing shirts, sweatshirts, caps, and other logo apparel. Most guests choose to place their store purchases on account and pay at the close of their stay. We also stock basic convenience and sundry items.

Q. Do you have phone and internet connections in rooms?
A. Rooms do not have telephones, there are phones available in the library and entryway, these phones require collect calls or phone cards. A wireless internet connection is available throughout the lodge. Cell phones work in the canyon, but not really well.

Q. Do you recommend purchasing travel insurance?
A. We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect you in case of cancellation, payments are non-refundable. The cost for travel insurance is generally quite reasonable.

Q. Are there ever schedule changes?
A. We reserve the right to change the day-to-day itinerary due to bad weather, guest’s ability and unforeseen circumstances beyond our control.

Q. What is the typical weather like?
A. Average high temperatures during the summer months are in the mid 80's and overnight lows in the upper 50's. Precipitation is always a possibility; we suggest guests carry a waterproof rain jacket. Be prepared with clothing layers for varying temperatures and cool evenings. The elevation at the lodge is 6500 feet.


Falcon's Ledge
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge
Darlene or David
Hwy 87, Stillwater Canyon
Altamont, UT 84001
2012 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year

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