1. 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

  2. The Winter Blues

    The winter blahs are real. Offices all over the country, the world even, are stuffed full of cubicles housing the common office worker. The common office worker is teased with ample “natural light” and maybe donuts a few times a week. There is a disorder called S.A.D and it stands for seasonal affective disorder and let me tell you my friends—it is real. Winter, for those of us that are all …Read More

  3. Rocky Mountain Runoff

    The most beautiful time of year has yet to come to the high country of Colorado, unless you like massive drifts of seriously decadent powder. We are in the midst of an epic mountain snow storm right now, so much so, that even some of the local ski areas have been forced to close due to avalanche danger. What a fabulous time to be alive! The runoff is going to be epic and now is the time to get rea…Read More

  4. Open House! Saturday December 10th! Be there!

    It is that time of year again, time for our 8th annual open house! The best in Colorado fly fishing is right here in beautiful downtown Estes Park, and the weather could not be better. Ok well, you will need insulated waders to go after the rainbows in the Big Thompson but you probably will not see another fisherman all day! On the occasion of our 8th annual open house, we have put together an inc…Read More

  5. 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

  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