All posts by Jeff

Wintertime Fish Consideration

Fishing and fish in cold weather Wintertime scene in the Shenandoah Valley on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River near Mt. Jackson, VA
North Fork Shenandoah River 1/7/2018 near Mt. Jackson, VA

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.

Happy New Year!

Horseplay - Happy New Year
Happy New Year from all of us at Murray’s Fly Shop – Photo courtesy of Tyler Bushong.

Thankful for the opportunity

Rainbow Trout in the net Thankful and grateful for the opportunity.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from all of us.
May Peace and Joy be with you and yours this Christmas. Merry Christmas from all of us

Tranquil Montana Sunset

Tranquil Sunset A tranquil Rocky Mountain river during the last minutes of daylight.

Shenandoah Valley Blue Ridge Mountains

Fall Sunset Tranquility The last rays of sunshine on the oak trees of a non descript Shenandoah Valley ridge.

Tranquil Kenai River

Tranquility on the Kenai River - Sterling, Alaska Tranquil view of the Kenai Mountains and the Kenai River near Sterling, Alaska

Tranquil Spring in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Springtime Brook Trout Stream in the Blue Ridge Mountains Tranquility – Take a break from the hustle of the holidays and enjoy.

September Sunset – Bristol Bay Alaska

September Sunset - Alaska Tranquil September Sunset – Bristol Bay Alaska

Tranquil Summer Morning on the Shenandoah River

South Fork Shenandoah River Morning

The holidays are upon us.  Enjoy our series of “Tranquil” scenes over the next few weeks.  Here, a beautiful Summer morning on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

Fly Fishing Articles – Learn to Fly Fish or Brush up on your Skills

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.

Choosing a Fly Rod – What, When, Where, How and Why

Choosing a Fly Rod

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 info@murraysflyshop.com

Memorial Day – Never Forget

Thank you to all who served - Memorial Day Arlington

Freedom isn’t free.  Remembering all who gave the supreme sacrifice for our freedom. Thank you from all of us at Murray’s Fly Shop.

Fly Fishing Question and Answer Podcast with Harry Murray

Fly Fishing Question and Answer Podcast with Harry Murray and Murray's Fly Shop
“Reading the Water” for Jeff Murray is a 3 step process. 1) Where do I suspect the trout will hold? 2)Where do I present my fly? 3) Where do I position myself?

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:

  • The value of satellite beacons.
  • Tying Streamers that sink properly
  • Good rod length for small mountain trout streams
  • Choosing the best leader
  • Catching a trout that refuses your first draft
  • Hiking into remote sections of the streams
  • Reading the water
  • Delicate fly presentations

Also be sure to check out our Fall Fly Fishing Guide before heading out on your next fishing trip.

Fly Fishing Question and Answer with Harry Murray

Fly Fishing Questions and Answers Podcast with Murray's Fly Shop and Harry Murray
“Swing Nymphing” will enable you to fish your nymph deeper than any method you can use with a floating line. Even beginning angles in our schools quickly master this technique.

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.

Looking for that perfect gift for your family member, friend, or best fishing buddy….get a Murray’s Fly Shop Gift Certificate!

Fly Fishing Question & Answer October 2016

Harry Murray's Question and Answer Fly Fishing Podcast
The Murray’s Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry Fly from size 14 to size 20 is my favorite dry fly because it seldom lets me down.

Learn to catch Smallmouth Bass on Popping Bugs

Smallmouth Bass on Popping Bugs Fly Fishing Lesson It’s prime time for catching Smallmouth Bass on Poppers!  Learn the three most productive tactics for catching Bass on Popping Bugs in our Half Day On-the-Stream Class – July 1, 2016 from 4-6pm.

High and Muddy Shenandoah River

High and muddy Shenandoah River 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 a Safe and Happy Memorial Day

Thank you and God Bless.
Thank you. God Bless.

Today, and every day, take a moment to remember all of those who made the sacrifice to make our country great.  We wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day.

Fly Fishing Nuts & Bolts Video – Fly Rod Repair

Fly Fishing Rod Repair Tip-Top from Murray’s Fly Shop on Vimeo.

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.

Choosing a Fly Rod – Fly Fishing Article

Choosing a Fly Rod

Drain, Clean, Dry – Your Gear! Prevent AIS Spread

Preventing the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species is everyone’s responsibility… It’s easy for each of us to be part of the solution.

Drain Clean Dry Video on Vimeo.

Fly Tying Video – Tying the Shenk’s White Streamer

Fly Tying Video – Tying the Shenk’s White Streamer

In this Fly Tying Video Jordan demonstrates how to tie the Shenk’s White Streamer.

Materials used to tie the Shenk’s White Streamer:
White Marabou
White Rabbit Fur (dubbed on with dubbing loop)
Mustad 9672 #6 (also great in sizes 2, 4, 8, 10)
Lead Wire or non-Toxic Wire (Medium or Large depending on weight needed)
3/0 Thread

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 changing flies on the water easy!

MFS Foam Leader Keeper
Make organizing dropper rigs easy!
Make organizing flies and pre-tied tippet easy!

Murray's Fly Shop Leader Board

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.

Fly Tying – Deluxe Dubbing Twister Set Review

Fly Tying – Deluxe Dubbing Twister Set Review

Terra Fly Tying Deluxe Dubbing Twister Tool Set Murray's Fly Shop
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).
Dubbing Twister Handle -Hair Packer - Murray's Fly Shop
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.

Dubbing Twister – Deluxe Dubbing Set – Murrays Fly Shop Fly Tying from Murray’s Fly Shop on Vimeo.

Terra Dubbing Twister - Dubbing Loop Tool - Murrays Fly Shop Edinburg Virginia

Virginia Fly Fishing Report Podcast – March 2016 – Murray’s Fly Shop

Matching the Hatch
Harry gets his best trout fishing by matching his flies to the natural insects.

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.

Recommended Fly: Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry
Recommended Leader: Classic 7 1/2ft 5X Knotted leader or Trout Nymph Leader

In the second portion Harry discusses the specific locations in the rivers where you can expect to find bass in March along with the best tactics and flies that are effective.

Recommended Fly Line for Bass Fishing: Scientific Anglers Sonar Sink Head 30 Warm  with a Murray’s 6ft 2X Fluorocarbon Leader

Fly Fishing Tip – Loop to Loop Tippet and Fly

Fly Fishing Tip – Loop to Loop Tippet/ Fly

An easy method of changing out tippet/ flies is by switching to a loop to loop system at your leader/tippet connection.

Loop to Loop Connection for Tippet and Fly – Fly Fishing Tips from Murray’s Fly Shop on Vimeo.

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.

Fly Fishing Tip: Selecting a Fly Line

Choosing a Fly Fishing Line

Happy New Year!

Sunrise on Great North Mountain 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.

Virginia Winter 2015/16 Fly Fishing Report Podcast – Murray’s Fly Shop

Fly Fishing in Virginia in December - Fly Fishing Podcast - Harry Murray - Trout Fly Fishing

In this Virginia Fly Fishing Stream Report Podcast, Harry Murray discusses the tactics and flies which are effective in fishing the large stream with nymphs for trout.  Flies discussed include: Murray’s Adams Nymph, Murray’s Professor Nymph, and Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph

Learn How to Fly Fish with our two hour workshops,  1-day Mountain Trout Schools, and our 1-day Smallmouth Bass Schools.

FREE Shipping on Everything!!!!

Black Friday – Don’t spend all day inside! #GoOutside! For the fly fishing related outside things on your list, we’re offering Free Shipping on everything for Black Friday!

FREE SHIPPING on Fly Fishing items from Murray's Fly Shop

 

Happy Thanksgiving

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.

Fly Fishing FREE SHIPPING Black Friday Sale Murray's Fly Shop

 

Every Kid in a Park!

Every Kid in a Park - Go Outside - Murray's Fly Shop
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

FREE Casting Analysis

Are you working on your casting and need a few pointers? Email us (info@murraysflyshop.com) your short casting video and we will give you a Free Casting Analysis through 1/1/2016.

SALE- Winston Boron III X 9′ 6 Weight ON SALE

New 2015 Winston
Boron III X (BIIIX)
9′ 6 Weight 4 Piece Fly Rod ON SALE

 


Winston Boron III X – 9′ 5 Weight ON SALE – Murray’s Fly Shop

ON SALENew (2015 Model) Winston Boron III X – 9′ 5 Weight 4 Piece Only one left

Fly Fishing Report Podcast – Early Fall 2015

Jeff Murray with a smallmouth bass
We catch many large smallmouth bass in the early fall with our Murray’s Crayfish and Magnum Streamers.

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.

The second section of this podcast covers the smallmouth bass fly fishing on the Shenandoah River  with the best tactics, the best sections of the river, and the best flies to catch the large bass as the rivers cool through the fall.  Effective flies: Murray’s Crayfish size 6, Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker size 4 and Murray’s Magnum Darter size 4

Fly Fishing Report Podcast – Late Summer 2015

Fly Fishing Stream Report Podcast - Murray's Fly Shop
Many large trout feed heavily on natural cress bugs below the springs during the summer.

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).

Fly Fishing Podcast – July 2015 – Murray’s Fly Shop

MFS Fly Fishing Report July - Murray's Fly Shop Podcast Fishing Report Shenandoah River Virginia, Shenandoah National Park, George Washington National Forest

Harry Murray discusses how to find the trout in the stocked trout streams and the best tactics and flies to use to catch them.
Flies that are working: Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph size 12, Murray’s Yellow Stonefly Nymph size 16, and Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Brown size 12

The second part includes the “change of pace” trout flies that are working well for us that match the natural foods in the mountain trout streams.  Check out our “change of pace” trout fly assortment!

The last segment includes Harry’s new “Escaping Minnow” Streamer Technique as well as fishing hellgrammites and surface bugs on the Shenandoah River for smallmouth bass.  Flies that are working include: Shenk’s White Streamer size 6, Murray’s Olive Marauder size 6, Heavy Black Hellgrammite size 4, Blue or Damsel/Black Popper size 6 and Shenandoah Chartreuse Popper size 6

April – May 2015 Fly Fishing Report Podcast

Jeff Murray with a smallmouth bass on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River
Jeff Murray with a smallmouth bass on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River

In this fly fishing report podcast Harry Murray discusses in three parts the stocked trout fishing, mountain trout fishing, and smallmouth fishing along with what flies and techniques are working.
Part 1–Stocked Trout Streams and Delayed Harvest Streams–Harry explains how to fish nymphs effectively for the large trout which are stocked in our trout streams.  Effective flies include: Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph size 12, Murray’s Yellow Stonefly nymph size 14, and Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Nymph, Brown size 10
Part 2–Mountain Trout Streams–Harry explains the wonderful fishing which can be found in the mountain trout streams with the tactics and important feeding stations. Effective flies include: Blue Quill Dry size 16, Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14, Mr. Rapidan Emerger size 12, Murray’s Little Yellow Stonefly Dry size 16

Part 3–Smallmouth Bass–You can catch many large bass now by using the tactics and flies Harry discusses today to fish the protected feeding stations in our rivers. Effective flies include: Shenk’s White Streamer size 4, Murray’s Olive Marauder size 6, Murray’s Pearl Marauder size 6

Virginia Fly Fishing Stream Report – March 2015 – Murray’s Fly Shop

Virginia Fly Fishing Stream Report
March 2015 – Murray’s Fly Shop

William Downey (102 years old) has enjoyed the trout fishing in the Shenandoah National Park since before WWII.
William Downey (102 years old) has enjoyed the native brook trout fishing in the Shenandoah National Park, since “before the war” in his words. (That would be WWII)

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 second part of this fly fishing report covers the sections of the streams and locations along with the best flies and tactics to use when fishing the Mountain Trout Streams in the Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest. (Hot Fly–Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14, Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Olive size 12)  For more information on the Shenandoah National Park Streams check out the book Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park.

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)

Spring Brook Trout Fly Fishing in the mid-Atlantic

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.)

Are you interested in learning to catch native Brook Trout? Check out our On-the-Stream Fly Fishing Schools or book one of our avid fly fishing guides for a day of Guided Fly Fishing in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Ready to go on your own? Give us a call (540-984-4212) or check the Mountain Trout Fly Fishing Report.

Fly Fishing Podcasts on Stitcher – Murray’s Fly Shop

Fly Fishing Podcasts on Stitcher.com - Murray's Fly Shop - Harry Murray Podcast

Murray’s Fly Shop Fly Fishing Podcasts with Harry Murray and staff are now available on Stitcher.

Thank you to all of the Veterans! God Bless.

Thank you Veterans God Bless Thank you to all of the Veterans from all of us here at Murray’s Fly Shop.  God Bless you and your families.