1. Walk Among the Ancients

    Early in the history of humans on this planet, a group of people made their way across a bridge of ice; the sabercat and the woolly mammoth following closely behind. Think about that for a minute. A bridge... across the ocean... made of ice. Ok, sure. Regardless of how humans came to populate the Rocky Mountain region, the real story is, and will always remain, unknown. Not that there's anything w…Read More

  2. 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

  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. 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

  5. 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

  6. What To Avoid During Fly Fishing Trips

    Men and women take up fly fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park as a way to get away from their busy lives. Heading out into nature and spending time on a beautiful river can be relaxing and incredibly rewarding. Unfortunately, many anglers make errors during their trips that can cost them fish and make their trips less rewarding. No angler wants to head home without a single fish! To ensure tha…Read More

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Cost of Fly Fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park

    We have been asked many times how much money it takes to get into fly fishing. Let’s just start by saying that it can be very expensive. For those who have never participated in fly fishing of any sort, buying gear is a ludacris decision. What happens if you do not enjoy the sport? First figure out if fly fishing is an activity that you will enjoy before you buy equipment. Rent Quality Gear From…Read More