1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Does Line and Rod Weight Matter?

    Fly fishing gear is distinctly different than the spinning rod and reel used on still water like lakes and ponds. Picking the right line and rod for the type of fishing you plan to do can be a bit confusing, especially if you’re transitioning from traditional spin fishing to fly fishing. Today, we’ll discuss the differences between the weights of line and rod. One through Three Weights Fly ro…Read More

  6. Going Fishing? Take Your Kids!

    At Kirk’s Fly Shop, we see a number of older fishermen coming in to stock up on new lures or to replace their lines or waders. When asked when they started fishing, many of them tell us they started as a child, and have pursued this hobby most of their lives. While fishing may not have the same attraction as the newest cell phone or game system, kids can often benefit from learning to fish at a …Read More

  7. Exercises for Anglers – Part 1

    Anyone who fishes can tell you it’s about a lot more than sitting in a boat with your feet propped up. While we all enjoy those relaxing days on the lake, sitting and rocking on the waves, many anglers are more comfortable with heading out into the steady current of the rivers, feeling the rush of water against their waders. Though many non-fishermen believe this to be an easy task, anglers know…Read More

  8. Three Reasons to Work with an Instructor

    Kirk’s Fly Shop is more than a fishing gear supply store. We offer classes and guided fly fishing trips for all experience levels. While we’re happy to help you find the right gear to get started, we highly recommend working with one of our experienced instructors to help you make the most of your new hobby. Here are three reasons we recommend working with an instructor to improve your fishing…Read More

  9. Common Mistakes in Fly Fishing

    Everyone makes mistakes, and even experienced anglers can have a few problems when heading out on the river. At Kirk’s Fly Shop, our instructors are well-versed in many of the common problems and will help you correct them before they become a habit. Here are a few of the mistakes we see: Slapping the water with the fishing line will send any fish at the surface swimming back for cover. Try to s…Read More

  10. 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