1. Best Lakes for Fly Fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park

    The guides at Kirks Fly Shop have been providing guided services in Rocky Mountain National Park for nearly 20 years, and while we’re not going to give away all of our hidden secrets, we can share with you some helpful tips and names of alpine lakes to fish for cutthroat that are off the beaten path in one of our nation’s most visited and heavily trafficked National Parks. You’ll just have t…Read More

  2. Fly Fishing Gear Checklist

    Fly fishing is a fun and unique form of fishing that requires more gear than the typical fishing trip. If you are a first-time fly fisher or you have been doing it for a while and finally want to invest in your own gear, having all of the right equipment can make the entire experience more enjoyable and easier. At Kirks Flyshop in Estes Park, we have a store full of all the fly fishing gear you wi…Read More

  3. Winter Fly Fishing? You Bet!

    Many of us simply hang up the waders when the first snow starts to fly. For some of us, this is the time of year to sit by the fire and whip finish some streamers for the spring bite. Not everyone is willing to wait until spring, however, and that includes the guides at Kirks Flyshop. We love being on the water and winter can't slow us down. Of course, even when it is cold, the weather in Colorado…Read More

  4. Cool Down When the Fishing is Hot

    The story on everyone’s lips right now is just how hot is has been. From L.A. to Laconia the miserable, suffocating, dog days of summer are upon us. You know it's hot when you take a dollar out of your wallet and find it is wet from perspiration, when you carry around a bandana to wipe your forehead so the sweat doesn't get in your latte, make no mistake, it is something that we deal with every …Read More

  5. Good Medicine

    If you have ever found yourself in the waiting room of a doctor’s office, anxiety creeping into the dark corners of your brain, you know the uneasy feeling. The yearly physical. A pivotal moment for many that may or may not signal a lifestyle change. Depending on the prognosis, whether it is high blood pressure, out of control triglycerides or even a mild case of sleep apnea, the yearly physica…Read More

  6. Find Your Piece Of The River

    The snow has stopped falling in glorious Estes Park and our Mother’s Day snowstorm is all but forgotten. The view of Longs Peak is spectacular right now, with a few slivers of snow still framing the epic big wall of “The Diamond” as it is known in the rock climbing community. Named for its distinct, playing card perfect, four-faceted diamond on the eastern facing side of the peak, Longs is t…Read More

  7. Rocky Mountain Fall Fishing

    We are now in the midst of a Colorado winter. The blowing snow, bone chilling cold and a feeling of despair permeate the gorgeous mountain vistas. Now, if you know anything about Colorado in the winter you know that the chances of the weather being as awful as described are about 50/50. This year however, if you are wishing for quiet nights by the fire while the snow gently drifts to the ground, y…Read More

  8. 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

  9. Catch and Release Tips, Part Two

    In our previous blog, we started to go over some tips on how to properly release fish after you catch them. Here, we will continue our tips for safely practicing catch and release in Rocky Mountain National Park: Avoid the shore Do not drag your fish onto the shore. This puts the fish in danger in several ways: it disturbs its protective slime, it keeps it out of the water for too long, and it cau…Read More

  10. Fly Fishing Glossary – Part 4

    At Kirk’s Fly Shop, we have been blogging about fly fishing lingo for the last few weeks in order to get you up to speed for fly fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park through one of our fly fishing trips! Here are more terms that you may want to know: Fly Fishing Terms Retrieve: This is the act of bringing the fly back towards you after casting it out. When retrieving, it is crucial to keep th…Read More