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 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Improving Your Nymph Fishing

    Nymph fishing can be challenging if you are not a skilled fly fisherman. At Kirk’s Fly Shop, we can help instruct you in a variety of Colorado fly fishing techniques. In the meantime, here are some tips for how to improve your nymph fishing: Do not look away, even for a moment   A trout can take your nymph at any moment, and somehow, they always seem to know when you look away. Never assume tha…Read More

  8. Fly Fishing Glossary – Part 3

    In our previous blogs, we went over common fly fishing lingo with which you may want to be familiar. Here, we continue our overview of some of the most important fly fishing terms that may help you on one of Kirks Fly Shop Colorado fly fishing trips in Estes Park: Fly Fishing Terms Haul: A haul refers to when you use your non-casting hand to pull on the line in order to gain more distance. Hook: T…Read More

  9. Fly Fishing Glossary

    If you are new to fly fishing, it may feel like you are learning a new language. There are many new terms to learn, and while it may seem overwhelming now, in time, it will become second nature for you to discuss whether you prefer to go barbless or not. Over the next couple of blogs, we are going to review some of the most important terms for you to know, so when you go on one of our fly fishing …Read More

  10. Fly Fishing Etiquette

    At Kirks Fly Shop, fly fishing is our passion and way of life. Our fly fishing trips take you to the most beautiful views Colorado has to offer in order to participate in the relaxing and rewarding pastime of fly fishing. On our fly fishing trips, you will have an expert guide to show you the ropes if you are a beginner. However, there are certain rules of etiquette to keep in mind, whether you ar…Read More