Sunday, December 10, 2017

Recap of Kirks Fly Shop Open House

I had such a good day yesterday that I don't even know where to begin.  As I mentioned in the previous post, my buddy Mark and I took a drive to Estes Park yesterday to hang out at Kirks Flyshop for Kirk's annual open house. Mark is one of my favorite fishing partners and we hadn't seen each other for almost a year, so that in it'self was great.

As you might expect on a beautiful day our first stop was to check out the Big Thompson below the Lake Estes dam. The water looked great, the flyguys were out and we both regretted not bringing along a rod.

After watching the pictured fisherman catch a fish, we headed over to Kirks. The shop was packed, food and beer was being served and there were many familiar faces to catch up with.

Not to belabor the point, but I was there to see if I could win a door prize and buy a book called A Fly Rod of Your Own and get it autographed by my favorite fly fishing author. The answer is yes I did.

There really is nothing better than having the opportunity to talk about fishing with like-minded people and as usual, John was friendly and answered my many questions about fishing and writing.

Jerry Lehtimen
After getting that business out of the way, I found my two favorite people from Kirks.
Steve Jacob and Jerry Lehtinen. Jerry is a Facebook friend and it was really good to meet this funny guy.  I'm looking forward to booking a trip out with Jerry in the near future.  Steve helped me a year or so ago when I was looking for good flies for RMNP. Steve's picks were spot on and I wanted to thank him for helping me have a great little vacation with his choices.  He even gave up the location of one of his secret fishing places in the park!  If you are ever visiting the park, I can hardily recommend Jerry or Steve as guides just based on their great personalities and fishing knowledge.

Sloppy Joes and chips, brownies...oh my

I decided after eating, meeting John and Steve and Jerry that I'd calm down a bit and watch some fly tying. Phil Iwan and Rick Takehashi are both amazing tiers and it was well worth my time to watch they two professionals.

Rick's fly on the left and Phil's No Mercy Midge on the right.

I watched these two banter back and forth and was amazed by Phil's midge, his go to anywhere, anytime fly.

Hook:  TMC 2488 #22-26 
Abdomen:  Uni-Thread Camel 8/0
Head:  Veevus black thread 16/0
Gill:  CDC puff white
Ribbing:  UTC extra small silver wire
Coating:  UV Resin entire fly

I was so absorbed watching that I missed someone calling my name several times.  I finally heard my name being hollered and found out I had won a door prize.

I'll tell you, if you aren't out actually out fishing, there is no better way to spend a day.  Thanks Mark!