1. Fly Fishing Gear Checklist

    Fly fishing is a fun and unique form of fishing that requires more gear than the typical fishing trip. If you are a first-time fly fisher or you have been doing it for a while and finally want to invest in your own gear, having all of the right equipment can make the entire experience more enjoyable and easier. At Kirks Flyshop in Estes Park, we have a store full of all the fly fishing gear you wi…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. 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. What To Bring On Your Float Trip

    A Kirk’s Fly Shop float trip is one of the most fun things you can do during your trip to Estes Park. Not only will you be able to take in some of the most breathtaking views Colorado has to offer, you will also have the opportunity to fly fish in one of the best areas to do so. Each trip is fully customizable to your desires: whether you want to do a full day, overnight trip, a trip by yourself…Read More

  5. 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

  6. Advantages of Summer Fly Fishing

    Fly fishing can be fantastic at any time of the year but especially during the summer. After a long, cold winter, it is time to get out on the river without snow or the frigid temperatures. Insects have also returned in droves which makes Estes Park fly fishing adventures all the more fun! With natural and artificial insects, fly fishing during the summer is much more advantageous for the anglers!…Read More

  7. 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

  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

  10. Fun Facts About Fly Fishing

    Whether you are an avid fly-fisherman or just learning the sport, continuing to learn about your sport will help you master it. Estes Park fly fishing can be enjoyed at any time during the year. Colorado has some of the best winter fly fishing in the United States. You will have the opportunity to see the gorgeous landscapes while participating in your chosen sport. Here at Kirks Flyshop we love f…Read More