1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 5 Reasons To Fish In Turbulent Water

    Many fly fishing beginners find it difficult to decide what water will yield the best results for them when they are fishing for trout. It may surprise them to learn that going for the more turbulent water may actually offer them greater success. Here are five reasons why turbulent water can actually be to your advantage when fishing for trout: Trout are easier to catch in these conditions. When t…Read More

  8. Catch and Release Tips, Part One

    If you do not intend to eat the fish, it is wise to safely release your catch. Over the next two blogs, your favorite fly fishing shop in Estes Park will go over some tips to ensure that you catch and release your fish in such a way that helps the fish survive. Use barbless or crimped hooks It may seem obvious, but barbless hooks can be removed with much greater ease than barbed hooks. Using barbe…Read More

  9. Fly Fishing Glossary – Part 5

    In our final blog post chronicling the important fly fishing terms, we will go over the last of the lingo we believe you should know before going on a fly fishing trip in Estes Park with Kirk’s Fly Shop. Here are the last of the important terms you need to know: Fly Fishing Terms Undercurrent: The undercurrent, as the name implies, is the flow of water beneath the surface. Upstream: Going upstre…Read More

  10. Fly Fishing Lingo, Part 2

    As we highlighted in our previous blog, there are a lot of terms to learn when you first start fly fishing. At Kirk’s Fly Shop, we love introducing people to the wonder that is fly fishing in Estes Park, and we are happy to educate you on everything you need to know, including the sometimes strange lingo. Here, we continue to highlight some important terms for you to learn: Fly Fishing Terms Co…Read More