1. Make This The Best Summer Ever

    It is that time of year again. Hold up… if you are an angler you had better know what time of year it is. And isn't announcing the time of year sort of dipping in to the realm of scrapbooking and knitting? (Of course we do know some incredible fly fishing knitters out there.) If you are still snowblind from the gnarly winter that steamrolled its way through the eastern half of the country, it ma…Read More

  2. Want Better Odds Than Vegas? Come Fishing With Kirks!

    Even though there is still snow clinging to the side of Long’s Peak, the runoff has generally subsided. The persistent patches of white may never fully disappear, at least not this year. Coincidentally with the end of July and the beginning of August only a stone’s throw away, this is the best time to hit the high country. The oppressive heat is pounding down on a majority of the country, it i…Read More

  3. Be Prepared for Fly Fishing Estes Park at Night!

    While most people hit the rivers and lakes around Estes Park during the day, fishing at night offers a different set of challenges for anglers looking to try something different. Techniques, gear requirements, location can all be different when you’re fishing at night. Here are a few tips to help you have your first successful night outing. Start Somewhere You Know Anytime you’re fishing at ni…Read More

  4. Don’t Forget the Leader and Tippet!

    When you book a guided fly fishing trip in Estes Park with Kirk’s Fly Shop, we’ll provide all the necessary gear and tools to get you fishing. However, if you’ve decided to take the plunge and buy your own gear, you may be wondering about some of the terminology used in setting up your rod. Today, we’ll take a look at two of the most important, yet least discussed, parts of your fly fishin…Read More

  5. Dry Fly Techniques: Dead Drifting for Trout

    Fall often brings lower water levels in the Big Thompson and changing your fishing technique to fit the season can really help transform your fishing success. Today, we’ll take a look at the dead drift technique, so you can be better prepared to hit the water in times of slow current and low water levels. What is Dead Drift? This technique is used to make nymphs and dry flies look as natural as …Read More

  6. Enjoy Your Day on the River

    For many anglers, both new and experienced, it can be a challenge to shift focus from the number of fish they catch each time out on the river to simply enjoying their experience. With the fall weather on its way, we wanted to take a moment to remind those anglers that there’s more to fishing than simply catching fish - it’s about the experience.   Enjoy the Scenery If you’re a weekly fishe…Read More

  7. Tips for Your Overnight Fly Fishing Trip

    With fall on the way, it’s the perfect time to make use of the cooler weather by heading out to Rocky Mountain National Park on an overnight fly fishing trip. While the nights are crisp and cool, the days are pleasant and the water temperatures are still warm enough to let you spend hours in the rivers and lakes of the Park comfortably. When preparing for your camping trip, there are a few thing…Read More

  8. Catch More Trout with Streamers

    If you’ve been fly fishing for any amount of time, you’re likely to be familiar with the nymphs and dry flies that work so well on our Colorado rivers. While these flies are the quintessential tools in fly fishing, it’s perfectly acceptable to branch out and try new patterns and methods of fishing. Experimenting with flies not only improves your fly fishing technique, but also deepens your k…Read More

  9. Take the Kids to Dream Lake

    Before school starts back up in a few weeks, take your kids out on the water a few more times. Since they’ll be spending so much time sitting at a desk, it’s important to get them outside and enjoying nature as much as possible in the remaining portion of summer vacation. While you could take them to the easy-to-access Lake Estes, let them fully enjoy the experience fishing in the backcountry.…Read More

  10. 5 Tips for Float Tube Fishing

    In Estes Park, we fish for a lot of trout. Our rivers and lakes are stocked full of different species, and many fishermen appreciate the simple beauty of these fish. If you’re heading into the backcountry and want to try a new fly fishing method, rent one of our float tubes. Fishing from a float tube presents a different set of challenges than other methods. Here are a few tips to help you be m…Read More