Fishing and fish in cold weather: Do you fish all year in areas where the thermometer drops below freezing? If you answered yes, you are most likely familiar with freezing fly line, ice forming in your guides and frozen fingers. If you’re like us getting outside and experiencing the outdoors just feels good.
When the air is cold enough to freeze your fly line or guides, it’s cold enough to harm a fish. The fish gills, eyes and other soft tissues are extremely susceptible to damage when exposed to freezing air.
When you catch a fish, please limit the amount of air you expose it to before releasing it.
The “#keepemwet” philosophy is the best choice for fish survival, especially when it’s below freezing.
Want to learn more about fly fishing? Check out our “Fly Fishing Articles” where we have compiled many articles over the years on a variety of topics from fly line weight to choosing the appropriate fly rod for the fish you’re trying to catch.
Making sense of all things fly fishing can be complicated. In this article we show you how we select a fly rod for everything from Brook Trout to Tarpon. This easy to understand article will hopefully shed some light on one of the most commonly asked questions we receive here at the fly shop.
If you still have questions, give us a call or drop us an email.
540-984-4212 or email@example.com
In this fly fishing podcast, Harry Murray discusses a broad variety of questions ranging from fishing small mountain trout streams to large western trout streams to river fishing for smallmouth bass. Some of the topics covered include:
This months fly fishing question and answers podcast includes Harry Murray discussing the swing nymphing technique used with Scientific Angler Indicators, hook sharpening files, barbless vs. barbed hooks, landing nets, and what insect repellent can do to your favorite fly rod.
Recent rains have left the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River high and muddy (6/5/16). We’re hopeful the upper North Fork of the Shenandoah will be fishable by mid-week.
Have questions? Give us a call (540-984-4212) or drop us an email info@ murraysflyshop.com. We are here to help.
Contents of my “Rod Repair Kit“: Ferrule Cement, Emory Board or 320+ grit sandpaper, Lighter or Matches, Variety of sizes of Tip Top Guides and a Razor Blade.
Having trouble with your dubbing loop? The Dubbing Twister Set used in this video is the easiest way to master dubbing loops for any of your fly tying needs. It works great for natural and synthetic materials. You will find it works well with standard thread from 3/0 – 6/0 or kevlar.
Do you have questions or comments? Need help with tying this fly? Give us a call (540-984-4212) or drop us an email.
MFS Foam Leader Keeper
Make organizing dropper rigs easy!
Make organizing flies and pre-tied tippet easy!
Organize your dropper rigs, tandem nymph rigs or your pre-tied fly/tippet rigs with this lightweight foam leader keeper.
Dimensions: 2.5″ X 5.5″ with pre-cut grooves to securely hold your leader material.
This will easily fit into the pocket of a vest or a pouch to keep your flies organized and readily accessible. All while keeping your tippet and flies from creating one of those all too familiar bird nests that create those wonderful cuss-able moments!
Check out our video on how to make changing flies easier on the stream with the loop to loop system.
Both beginner and advanced fly tiers in our classes often have difficulty with the “spinning” or “dubbing loop”. There are many tools available to fly tiers to assist with tying a functional and effective dubbing loop. This dubbing twister set is easy to use, functional and with about 15 minutes of practice, easy to master.
The Deluxe Dubbing Twister Set comes with three interchangeable heads to meet your fly tying needs and personal tying style. In addition, it has a built in hair packing tool in the lightweight handle (perfect for tightly packing deer or elk hair for bass bugs).
We use this in our personal fly tying anytime a dubbing loop is preferred. The Shenk’s White Streamer or the Murray’s Madtom Sculpin Streamer are two great examples where a dubbing loop works very well.
In this Virginia Fly Fishing Stream Report, Harry Murray discusses the trout fishing in March including the natural nymphs that are active early in the month and what flies to use to match the hatch. He also discusses the importance of the water temperature and how this prompts the nymphs to emerge into the adult flies.
1. The tippet is part of the leader. Leaders are manufactured with the tippet attached. Often marked at 2x, 3x, 4x, etc – this is the size of the tippet (not the entire leader).
2. The tippet (end of leader which attaches to the fly): 24 inches long on a new leader. For knotless leader you will need to measure and place a mark at 24 inches to keep track of where the tippet ends and the mid-sections start (or you can use a micrometer for an exact measurement).
3. I place a Double Surgeon Loop in the end of my tippet and the end of the mid-sections of my leader (section of leader which attaches to tippet).
4. I like to go a step further and pre-attach several flies to individual pieces of tippet which I have already tied a loop into the end of while I am at home.
I find this especially helpful when it’s cold out or I plan to fish into the late evening. We also teach this technique in our schools to aid anyone who is having difficulty tying knots.
Happy New Year! We wish everyone a safe, healthy 2016 with at least one memorable #flyfishing experience!
Thank you for a great 2015! We’re looking forward to our 54 year in business in downtown Edinburg, Virginia.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Murray’s Fly Shop.
We have so much to be thankful for on this day of thanks giving. A special Thank You to all of those protecting our great country who could not be home for the holiday.
Beat the shopping crowds, GO OUTSIDE!! Take a fourth grader to one of our wonderful National Parks and spend some quality time outside. Entry is FREE! Check out this link for details: https://www.everykidinapark.gov
In this Fly Fishing Report Podcast we discuss Early Fall Fishing Conditions you will encounter in Virginia and around the mid-Atlantic region. In this podcast Harry Murray discusses the fly fishing tactics to use in order to get your best fishing on the stocked trout streams and delayed harvest trout areas for the months of October and November. Effective flies: Pearl Marauder size 10, Black Marauder size 10, Shenandoah Silver Ghost size 10.
Fly Fishing Stream Report Podcast for late Summer 2015
In this Fly Fishing Stream Report Podcast for late Summer 2015 Harry Murray discusses the best areas to find the trout in the stocked trout streams and the most productive flies and techniques including Ed Shenk’s Cress Bug. Also with the water levels dropping for the end of the summer he touches on the best flies (Murray’s Moth, Housefly, Oakworm, & Yellow Jacket) to use to catch those brook trout in the mountain trout streams in the Shenandoah National Park using the hands and knees approach.
The last section of this podcast covers the smallmouth bass fishing on the Shenandoah River. He discusses when, where and how to catch the bass feeding on the Hexagenia Mayflies along with a new technique and flies (Mr. Rapidan Skater, Shad Streamer) for catching bass with a riffle hitch.
See our video on the riffle hitch (click here).
Virginia Fly Fishing Stream Report
March 2015 – Murray’s Fly Shop
In the first part of this Virginia fly fishing stream report Harry Murray discusses the effective flies and tactics for fishing streamers below the riffles on our stocked trout streams. (Hot Fly–Murray’s Marauder in Black or Pearl size 10)
The last segment of this podcast fly fishing stream report covers the locations in the local rivers where the bass feed under the present conditions along with the best flies and effective tactics. (Hot Fly–Magnum Creek Chub size 4 and Magnum HogSucker size 4)
Check out our flip book “Spring Brook Trout Fly Fishing in the mid-Atlantic“. Brook Trout Fly Fishing from March to May; We cover the anticipated fishing conditions, aquatic insect hatches, flies and gear to use and effective techniques for catching native Brook Trout in the mountain streams. Springtime on the mountain trout streams can be extremely rewarding as we watch the changing seasons while trying our best to out-think these native Brookies.
The mid-Atlantic area is comprised of several states; this flip book focuses particularly on the conditions found in the Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway and George Washington/ Jefferson National Forests of Virginia. (The areas to the North of Virginia will find the dates in this handbook to be early. Those fishing areas to the South of Virginia will find the dates in this handbook to be late.)