1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Fly Fishing Glossary – Part 3

    In our previous blogs, we went over common fly fishing lingo with which you may want to be familiar. Here, we continue our overview of some of the most important fly fishing terms that may help you on one of Kirks Fly Shop Colorado fly fishing trips in Estes Park: Fly Fishing Terms Haul: A haul refers to when you use your non-casting hand to pull on the line in order to gain more distance. Hook: T…Read More

  6. Fly Fishing Glossary

    If you are new to fly fishing, it may feel like you are learning a new language. There are many new terms to learn, and while it may seem overwhelming now, in time, it will become second nature for you to discuss whether you prefer to go barbless or not. Over the next couple of blogs, we are going to review some of the most important terms for you to know, so when you go on one of our fly fishing …Read More

  7. Fly Fishing Etiquette

    At Kirks Fly Shop, fly fishing is our passion and way of life. Our fly fishing trips take you to the most beautiful views Colorado has to offer in order to participate in the relaxing and rewarding pastime of fly fishing. On our fly fishing trips, you will have an expert guide to show you the ropes if you are a beginner. However, there are certain rules of etiquette to keep in mind, whether you ar…Read More

  8. Felt vs. Rubber Wading Boots

    Those that take up fly fishing in or around Estes Park, CO know what a challenge it can be to find the right pair of wading boots. Over the years the technology has improved, and wading boots have transformed. Aside from style, anglers have the most difficult time deciding whether to go for the rugged rubber sole or stick to the more traditional felt sole boot. It may be a tough decision but hopef…Read More

  9. Did You Bring Enough Fly Fishing Gear?

    Heading out for the day on the river comes with quite a bit of gear. It is important to plan our each Colorado fly fishing trip in detail before heading out. Those that plan last minute tend to forget gear that is necessary for the success and comfort of Colorado fly fishing trip. Aside from a rod and reel (these should always be the first thing you grab) there is a lot of other gear or accessorie…Read More

  10. Colorado Fly Fishing Basics: The Proper Cast

    Colorado fly fishing can be incredibly fun if the proper techniques are practiced before heading out to the river. As we talked about in the last blog, practice makes perfect. Fly fishing is a sport of timing and finesse so it is unnecessary to muscle through a cast. Just a reminder that the proper cast relies on the proper motion, the weight of the line, and proper release timing. Grass Casting T…Read More