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. Give The Gift of Experiences

    With Christmas right around the corner, it is time to dust off the old checkbook and consider what you are going to get the fly fishing aficionado on your list. You may think that it is way too cold to go fly fishing but that could not be further from the truth. Cold water does not slow down the trout in Colorado, only the anglers and right now you better believe that it is cold. What better time …Read More

  3. The Autumn Fly Fishing Trip Of A Lifetime

    As anglers we are much more attuned to the subtle changes in weather and the seasons than someone who does not fish. Of course everyone is going to pay attention to the changing leaves and steam rising off of their coffee in the brisk morning air. These cool mornings and amazing afternoons are ideal for outdoor pursuits and many do not realize that the fishing is far from over up here in Estes Par…Read More

  4. Want Better Odds Than Vegas? Come Fishing With Kirks!

    Even though there is still snow clinging to the side of Long’s Peak, the runoff has generally subsided. The persistent patches of white may never fully disappear, at least not this year. Coincidentally with the end of July and the beginning of August only a stone’s throw away, this is the best time to hit the high country. The oppressive heat is pounding down on a majority of the country, it i…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. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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