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. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Colorado Fly Fishing Basics

    The casting basics between styles of fishing are very different. Spin casting uses the weight of the lures while fly casting uses the weight of the line. Learning the different casts can take some time and a lot of dedication. Basic understanding of how to cast a line has a lot to do with understanding how a fly rod works. No one should set out on a Colorado fly fishing adventure without practicin…Read More

  7. Fly Fishing After Dark

    For the first time, let’s chat about what it is like to fly fish at night. With terribly busy schedules and more social responsibilities that we can count, nighttime may be the only time in which we can get away. Fly fishing after dark can be a little frustrating if you don’t know what you are doing. Some people find it incredibly relaxing, but here at Kirk’s Fly Shop we think that fly fishi…Read More

  8. Choosing the Right Waders

    Like all pieces of fly fishing equipment, waders are important! Doing your homework on a rod, reel, and lures is only part of the puzzle. You have spent hundreds of dollars on the proper rod, vest, and flies and hat, do not cheap out on a pair of waders! Think about how long you will be spending IN the stream or river. Waders are quite important to the success of a fly fishing trip in Colorado. Wa…Read More

  9. Protect Yourself Against Sunburns

    Your weekend getaway is finally here! Time to get out of the busy city, the frustrating traffic, and the constant calls on the cellphone. The last thing on your mind may be protection against the sun. A weekend adventure can be derailed if your skin becomes sunburned. Colorado fly fishing adventures need the right level of sun protection to keep you participating. Protect Yourself Sunburns occur w…Read More