1. Going Fishing? Take Your Kids!

    At Kirk’s Fly Shop, we see a number of older fishermen coming in to stock up on new lures or to replace their lines or waders. When asked when they started fishing, many of them tell us they started as a child, and have pursued this hobby most of their lives. While fishing may not have the same attraction as the newest cell phone or game system, kids can often benefit from learning to fish at a …Read More

  2. Exercises for Anglers – Part 2

    In our last post, we discussed some simple core exercises you can do to strengthen your abdominal muscles. Today, we’ll talk about exercises you can do for your limbs to make standing and reeling in your catch that much easier. Upper Arm Exercises When reeling in your catch, you’ll use a number of upper arm muscles. Strengthening your biceps can go a long way towards helping make the catch ea…Read More

  3. Exercises for Anglers – Part 1

    Anyone who fishes can tell you it’s about a lot more than sitting in a boat with your feet propped up. While we all enjoy those relaxing days on the lake, sitting and rocking on the waves, many anglers are more comfortable with heading out into the steady current of the rivers, feeling the rush of water against their waders. Though many non-fishermen believe this to be an easy task, anglers know…Read More

  4. Three Reasons to Work with an Instructor

    Kirk’s Fly Shop is more than a fishing gear supply store. We offer classes and guided fly fishing trips for all experience levels. While we’re happy to help you find the right gear to get started, we highly recommend working with one of our experienced instructors to help you make the most of your new hobby. Here are three reasons we recommend working with an instructor to improve your fishing…Read More

  5. Common Mistakes in Fly Fishing

    Everyone makes mistakes, and even experienced anglers can have a few problems when heading out on the river. At Kirk’s Fly Shop, our instructors are well-versed in many of the common problems and will help you correct them before they become a habit. Here are a few of the mistakes we see: Slapping the water with the fishing line will send any fish at the surface swimming back for cover. Try to s…Read More

  6. Tips for Fly Fishing in Lakes

    Fly fishing conjures up images of people standing in babbling brooks and meandering rivers, battling the current with their casts. Contrary to popular belief, fly fishing is not only possible in lakes, it’s downright fun! There are a few differences between lake and stream fly fishing in Estes Park, but here are a few tips to help you succeed when you head out to the lake for your Colorado fly f…Read More

  7. The Trout of Rocky Mountain National Park

    Fishing in the Rocky Mountain National Park offers a chance to see the beautiful landscape while appreciating the wide array of wildlife in the park. Kirk’s Fly Shop has a number of guided trips that will let you experience fly fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park.The park’s lakes and streams are home to several species of trout, many of which we will help you catch. Here are four species o…Read More

  8. The Difference Between Wet and Dry Flies

    In the sport of fly fishing, there are about as many kinds of flies as there are fish. In our excursions, we can teach you the basics of fly fishing or help you improve your technique. Our instructors will teach you the ins and outs of Estes Park fly fishing. To give you a brief introduction to the sport, we’re going to discuss the two types of flies used to catch our Big Thompson River trout: W…Read More

  9. Don’t Forget the Necessities for Your Colorado Fly Fishing Trip!

    When you’re setting out on a summer Colorado fly fishing adventure, there are a few things you should remember to pack with you. On our guided trips, we’ll provide you with all the necessary gear, but if you’re heading out on your own, you’ll want to make sure you have all the necessities. Kirks Fly Shop has all you need for a successful fly fishing excursion. Here are a few of the items t…Read More

  10. The 5 Different Types of Water

    “Reading the water” refers to when fly anglers find places in the stream to cast their line. This requires you to analyze the type of water to which you have access. There are five major types of water in river systems. These are created depending on three characteristics of rivers: the gradient of the river bed (which determines the speed of the water), the bottom structure (which determines …Read More