1. 4 Ways to Fish Responsibly

    Here at Kirks Flyshop, we are proud to fish responsibly, and we’re here to help you do the same. As fly fishing fanatics ourselves, we recognize the massive role we play in ensuring our fish population, especially trout, stays healthy and abundant in Estes Park. Few things compare to the thrill and enjoyment of fly fishing when done safely and sustainably.  In today’s post, we’ll give you f…Read More

  2. An Introduction to 3 Commons Types of Fly Fishing Flies

    For those just getting into the sport of fly fishing, it may seem like a daunting task. One of the most common things that beginning anglers struggle with is deciding which type of fly to use to give you the best chance of catching a fish. In today’s post, we’ll introduce you to the three most common categories of flies and how to use — dry flies, nymphs, and streamers. Regardless of your fl…Read More

  3. Guided Fly Fishing With Social Distance

    Here at Kirks Fly Shop in Estes Park, we understand that many of you are itching to get out and enjoy everything that Estes Park has to offer, particularly the fishing. This is why we have made changes to our guided fly fishing trips to stay up-to-date with current state and county regulations in regards to social distancing.  We are extremely excited for the upcoming season and all of the fishin…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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