1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Don’t Forget the Necessities for Your Colorado Fly Fishing Trip!

    When you’re setting out on a summer Colorado fly fishing adventure, there are a few things you should remember to pack with you. On our guided trips, we’ll provide you with all the necessary gear, but if you’re heading out on your own, you’ll want to make sure you have all the necessities. Kirk’s Fly Shop has all you need for a successful fly fishing excursion. Here are a few of the item…Read More

  4. The 5 Different Types of Water

    “Reading the water” refers to when fly anglers find places in the stream to cast their line. This requires you to analyze the type of water to which you have access. There are five major types of water in river systems. These are created depending on three characteristics of rivers: the gradient of the river bed (which determines the speed of the water), the bottom structure (which determines …Read More

  5. 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

  6. Improving Your Nymph Fishing

    Nymph fishing can be challenging if you are not a skilled fly fisherman. At Kirk’s Fly Shop, we can help instruct you in a variety of Colorado fly fishing techniques. In the meantime, here are some tips for how to improve your nymph fishing: Do not look away, even for a moment   A trout can take your nymph at any moment, and somehow, they always seem to know when you look away. Never assume tha…Read More

  7. 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

  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 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