I spent a great afternoon last Tuesday, July 22nd, with guide Nic P. from Kirk's Flyshop in Estes Park.
I am a permanent beginner, having flyfished on an irregular basis for the past several years, mostly on lakes for bass and sunfish, and relatively unsuccessfully a number of times on streams for trout.
My goals for the afternoon were: First, to learn more, and second, if possible to catch some trout. Nic taught me quite a bit and worked on my roll casting technique. He never grimaced as I many times got my fly and tippet hung-up in the shrubbery. He just freed up the fly and we continued on.
We fished in the Rocky Mountain NP on one of the streams off of the main park road (which shall remain nameless to protect the trout). He worked on different techniques including nymphing and upstream and across-stream casting and had 2 rods rigged for the differing approaches.
The net result (yeah, pun-intended): approx. 8 plus trout brought to the net as well as a greater number not hooked due to my inability to recognize the strike or my inability to respond quickly enough to Nic's instruction to "set" the hook. The fish actually caught included brown, brook and rainbows. While all the trout were small, this did not diminish the experience.
All in all, a great afternoon for a very fair fee which included rod, wader and flies. This met my goals of good instruction and fish caught. Also, no flies lost and no falls into the streams, thanks to Nic's steady hand as this 70 year-old was crossing the streams. I'm only sorry I live on the East Coast and probably can't return soon to Estes Park. Thanks again, Nic for your patience, good humor and good instruction. This experience not only gave me helpful information, but also increased my confidence in fly fishing in the future.
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