Category Archives: Fishing Report

Murray’s Fly Shop Fishing Report and stream conditions for the Shenandoah River and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.

Fly Fishing Podcast Report–November 2016

Olive Mayfly Hatch in this Fly Fishing Podcast
The wild browns and rainbows feed heavily on the olive mayflies when they are this thick on the stream.

This Fly Fishing Podcast Report will cover the trout and bass fishing that we can expect in Virginia  for the month of November.

In the trout portion of this podcast Harry Murray discusses the wonderful dry fly that can be found during the Olive Mayfly hatches and the great Pennsylvania streams where you can catch wild natural reproducing browns and rainbows and the most productive flies.  Need flies to match this hatch?  The Beatis Parachute size 18, CDC Blue Wing Olive size 18 and Mr. Rapidan Parachute size 18 are wonderful to match this hatch.

The second portion of this fly fishing podcast, Harry goes into detail on where to catch large bass in November, the areas the bass are holding in, and the best tactics.  He also explains why he uses a Sinking Line with Fluorocarbon 6ft Leaders.

Magnum Bass Streamer Fly Special with 2 free leaders for $26.00

Spring Creek Fishing on the Letort Fly Fishing Podcast
The Letort is Harry Murray’s favorite stream on the east coast and he gets great dry fly fishing on the Blue Wing Olive mayfly hatch here.

Fly Fishing Workshops from 10a.m. to noon

November 5, 2016–Learning to Fly Fish
November 12, 2016–Fly Casting and Rigging
November 19, 2016–Basic Fly Tying
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Harry Murray’s Fly Shop
121 S. Main St., Edinburg VA 22824
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Fly Fishing Stream Report May 2016

Taking a guided trip in the Shenandoah National Park and fishing for native brook trout can be very gratifying.
Taking a guided trip in the Shenandoah National Park and fishing for native brook trout can be very gratifying.

Fly Fishing Stream Report for May.  In the first part of this podcast Harry Murray discusses the wonderful dry fly fishing that you can find in May by covering the aquatic insect hatch throughout May, the best fly patterns to match each one and the effective tactics. In the second part Harry discusses the specific sections of the rivers which gives us good smallmouth action in May. He discusses the flies, leaders, and fly lines that help us in the different feeding stations as well as the most effective tactics in the different sections of the river.

Trout Flies discussed:  Professor Dry, Light Cahill, Murray’s Little Yellow Stonefly Dry, Murray’s Yellow Drake Dry Fly, Murray’s Sulphur Dry, Shenk’s Sulphur

Bass Flies discussed: Murray’s Marauder, Shenk’s White Streamer, Murray’s Magnum HogSucker, Magnum Creek Chub, and Magnum Darter

Trout & Bass Fly Fishing Report–April 2016

Native Brook Trout Fishing in Virginia
April is a prime month for fishing for native brook trout in the Shenandoah National Park.

FlyFishing Report for Virginia including native brook trout and smallmouth bass fishing.

April is the favorite month for trout fishing by many serious mountain trout fishermen.  With the ideal stream levels and water temperatures, the trout are feeding and the hatches continue. In this podcast I will be discussing these specific hatches, the order in which to expect them, and what flies to use to match these hatches.  The number one selling fly to match these hatches–Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14.  I fish these on our Murray’s Classic 7 1/2ft 5X Leaders.    Also, check out our new Foam Leader Keepers. These are very handy for those that hate complicated knots and changing tippet material while on the stream.

WHAT FLIES ARE IN MY FLY BOX?

Flyfishing Report -Smallmouth Bass Fishing on the Shenandoah River
Larry enjoying a day out on the Shenandoah River.

The smallmouth bass fishing on the Shenandoah River will start to take off in April as the water warms and the bass start to feed. I like to use streamers which match the natural foods the bass are seeing in the river such as Murray’s Heavy Streamers in Chub, Sunfish or Shiner all in size 6. These are fast sinking streamers which will help get through the spring currents.  I use a Sink Tip III Fly Line with a Sinking 6ft. 2X Leader in fast currents and water over 4 feet deep.  In moderate currents I use a Scientific Anglers Frequency Boost Fly Line with a Murray’s Bright Butt 9ft 2X Leader.  The second part of this podcast includes the areas I like to fish (bank bays) at this time of the year and the productive tactics and gear including rods.

WE ARE NOW REGISTERING FOR OUR BASS FLY FISHING SCHOOLS  (JUNE TO AUGUST)

 

Fly Fishing Stream 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.

Fly Fishing In Early Fall in Virginia.  In this podcast Harry discusses the tactics to use in order to get your best fishing on the stocked trout streams and delayed harvest 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 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 in the fall months.  Effective flies: Murray’s Crayfish size 6, Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker size 4 and Murray’s Magnum Darter size 4

MFS Fly Fishing Podcast for July

MFS Fly Fishing Report July

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

June 2015 Virginia Trout and Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Reports

Smallmouth Bass caught on the Shenandoah River
Smallmouth Bass caught on the Shenandoah River

 

These fly fishing reports for Virginia covers 3 different areas of fishing: stocked trout streams, mountain trout streams and smallmouth bass in the Shenandoah River.  Harry discusses the tactics to use for each stream and the best flies to use for the water levels and conditions that we have right now.
Best Flies: Murray’s Flying Beetle #14, Murray’s Inchworm #14, Shenk’s Sulphur Dry #16, Murray’s Yellow Drake #16, Shenk’s Cress Bug, Betsy Streamer, Magnum Streamers, Shenandoah Poppers

Trout and Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report for April 2015

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

Smallmouth Bass & Trout Stream Report for September 2014

Shenandoah-Chuggar,-Gray

As fall is approaching Harry Murray gives you an update on the streams conditions when fishing for smallmouth bass and trout. The first part of this podcast is about the smallmouth fishing on the Shenandoah River and includes some of the flies that are working well for him.    Shenandoah Gray Scaled Chugger–pictured here.

The second part of the podcast includes the trout fishing in the Shenandoah National Park for September along with the current hot flies including the Murray’s Flying Beetle.  He also discusses what to expect on the stocked trout streams in October.

Smallmouth Bass and Trout Fly Fishing Report Podcast

August-Podcast

Smallmouth Bass and Trout Fly Fishing Report Podcast – Stream Report for Smallmouth Bass and Trout Fly Fishing in the Shenandoah Valley -August 2014
Harry Murray discusses the river conditions for the North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River along with the best smallmouth flies to use and how to fish them.  We have been fishing well the last two hours of daylight with the Shenandoah Blue Popper size 6.   In the second part of this podcast he discusses the trout fishing in the mountain trout streams in the Shenandoah National Park along with the best flies to use, including the Mr. Rapidan Ant size 16.

If you are interested in learning to fly fish, we are currently conducting our half day fly fishing lessons in August and September.  These are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9a.m. to 1p.m. These are great for those just starting, those that want to brush up on their skills, or for those that just want to enjoy a few hours on the river.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at info@murraysflyshop.com or (540) 984-4212.

Shenandoah River Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report Update

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Shenandoah River Virginia Shenandoah River Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report Update:
The North and South Fork of the Shenandoah are both in great shape and running in the mid 50’s.  Check the Fishing Report for current fishing conditions for both Smallmouth Bass and Trout.

Fly Fishing Stream Report

Fly Fishing Stream Report

Harry Murray discusses the best trout fishing in the Blue Ridge Parkway at this time of the year and what flies to use in the first part of this fly fishing podcast episode.
In the second part of this fly fishing podcast episode Harry covers how to catch those large bass that are feeding heavily in the back eddies on the sides of the river.

Products discussed include:
Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah Park Book by Harry Murray
Virginia Blue Ribbon Streams Book by Harry Murray
Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker #4
Murray’s Black Madtom/Sculpin #4

Smallmouth Bass and Trout Fly Fishing Report Podcast – October 2013

October Fly Fishing -Report

Smallmouth Bass and Trout Fly Fishing Report Podcast – October 2013 with Harry Murray.  In this fly fishing report Harry Murray discusses how to fish deeply for smallmouth bass and the best flies to use in late fall and winter. Smallmouth Bass Flies discussed in this fly fishing report podcast include the Murray’s Magnum Bluegill #4, Murray’s Magnum Creek Chub #4, and Shenk’s White Streamer #4.

The second part of the discussion includes how to fly fish two nymph rigs and single streamer systems on delayed harvest Trout Streams and large Trout Streams in the fall and winter. Trout Flies covered in this fly fishing report podcast include the Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph #12, Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa #14, Pearl Marauder #10, #12 and Black Marauder #10, #12.

Trout and Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report Podcast

Trout and Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report August 2013

Trout and Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report Podcast August 2013:  Listen in as the first part of this report Harry Murray discusses his “change of pace flies” for the mountain trout streams and the tactics to use with these wary trout.  In the second part the fly fishing podcast we continue with the large stocked trout streams on where to fish and what flies to use.  The third part consists of the best tactics to use for smallmouth bass during this unusually cooler weather and the Hexagenia hatch.
Flies discussed included: Murray’s Housefly, Shenk’s Cress Bug, Shrimp, Magnum Creek Chub, Poppers, Mr. Rapidan Skater

Virginia Fly Fishing Report for Trout and Smallmouth Bass June 2013

virginia smallmouth bass fly fishing report Virginia Fly Fishing Report for Trout and Smallmouth Bass June 2013.  In the first part of this fly fishing report Harry Murray discusses the fishing on the remote head water streams in the Shenandoah National Park and the best flies to use such as Murray’s Fly Beetle, Mr. Rapidan Parachute, and Professor Dry.
The second part Harry discusses the large stocked trout streams such as Big Stoney Creek along with the flies he recommends: Murray’s Flying Beetle, Mr. Rapidan Delta Wing Caddis, Olive, and Shenk’s Cricket.

In the last part of Harry’s discussion he covers the underwater flies and topwater flies along with the tactics we are using to catch some of our largest bass of the season. These flies include the Olive Marauder, Magnum Hog Sucker and Creek Chub, Shenandoah Blue Popper, and Shenandoah Chuggar Chartreuse.

Murray’s Fly Shop May 2013 Fly Fishing Report for Trout and Smallmouth Bass

sulphur-mayfly

Murray’s Fly Shop May 2013 Fly Fishing Report for Trout and Smallmouth Bass.  This podcast covers the Mountain Trout fishing which is effective with the hatches now. The Murray’s Sulphur Dry #16 & #18 and Shenk’s Sulphur #16 & #18 are great on these hatches.  The Stock Trout Streams are discussed covering the methods for fishing the Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa #14 and Pearl Marauder #12. I also cover the smallmouth fishing on how to fish streamers such as the Shenk’s White Streamer #6 and Murray’s Madtom/Sculpin, Black size 6. For smallmouth nymph fishing I’m covering the dead drifting and swing nymphing with Murray’s Black Hellgrammite #4 below the riffles.  The 17 year cicadas are coming.  Are you ready?  We have a new Cicada Popper and Foam Cicada Bug to cover your needs.

Quill Gordon Mayfly Dun today in the Shenandoah National Park

Quill Gordon Mayfly Dun Shenandoah National Park April 4 2013 Quill Gordon Mayfly Dun today in the Shenandoah National Park.  It came off around 2:00 this afternoon during our first Mountain Trout Fly Fishing School of 2013.  The Epeorus Pleuralis – Quill Gordon Mayfly is the first mayfly to hatch in the Shenandoah National Park.  These mayflies are roughly a size #14 and are imitated very well by a Mr. Rapidan Parachute #14.

Murray’s Fly Shop March 2013 Fly Fishing Report for Trout And Smallmouth Bass

Listen to Harry Murray’s advice and predictions for trout fishing in Virginia’s Mountains and smallmouth bass fishing in the rivers for early spring.
Spring Fishing Shenandoah

Smallmouth Bass & Trout Fly Fishing Report

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing in Virginia
In this podcast Harry Murray covers tactics which work well for him as the smallmouth bass rivers get low. These include: 1) Fishing the tails of the pools with the Murray’s Floating Chub Minnows at dusk and dawn. 2) Fishing aquatic grass beds 3) Fishing river crossing ledges.

In the second part of the podcast Harry Murray discusses trout fishing the spring creeks and rich freestone streams with trico mayflies and terrestrial patterns late in the summer. He also covers the tactics and flies which are productive in the low clear mountain streams late in the summer.

North and South Fork Shenandoah River Fly Fishing Report

North Fork Shenandoah River Muddy and High

The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is currently in great shape at Strasburg, VA but upstream from Edinburg, VA to Fulks Run, VA there is a lot of water. The USGS Streamflow Gauges show that the river has reached it’s crest on both the Mt. Jackson Streamflow Gauge and the Cootes Store Streamflow Gauge. This is what we call “quick water”. Quick water leaves the area quickly because it fell in a short time frame and was not able to soak in. This doesn’t help the water table, it is mostly just a speed bump in the Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing. Fortunately you can usually get ahead of or behind the extra water as it moves through the Shenandoah Valley.

The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is currently in great shape from Luray, VA downstream to the Potomac River. The USGS Streamflow Gauges show the river has reached it’s crest on the Lynnwood, VA Streamflow Gauge. This water will move through quickly as well but there is a lot of it.

The North Fork of the Shenandoah River and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River will both have “fishable” areas through the weekend. Give us a call if you need help determining where the extra water is or track it on the USGS Streamflow Gauges.

Fly Fishing Special Report for the Shenandoah Valley

High and muddy Big Stony Creek in Edinburg, VA 1.98″ of rain in downtown Edinburg has the North Fork and South Fork of the Shenandoah River high, muddy and un-fishable as of right now.  Big Stony Creek, Mill Creek, Passage Creek and the rest of the Shenandoah Valley stocked trout streams are high and un-fishable right now. If you have to get on the water, your only option is likely kayaking, rafting or whitewater canoeing the North Fork or South Fork of the Shenandoah.  Floating over the low water bridges shouldn’t pose much of a problem as many are 3-4 feet underwater as I write this.  The good news is many streams and rivers have reached their crest and for you hoping to cast to a few trout, Passage Creek is dropping back quickly and will be fishable by Saturday (12-10-2011) afternoon unless we receive unpredicted rain.  Until then, stop by the fly shop at 10:00am Saturday for our Workshop: Fly Fishing for Trout.

 

River Conditions: High Muddy Water!!

The North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River are both high and discolored from heavy rain which fell in the early morning hours of 6/20/2011. Both of these rivers will be dropping back soon if they have not already reached their crest. The upstream stretches of the North Fork of the Shenandoah will be one of the first areas to become fishable. The North Fork should be fishable upstream from Edinburg, VA by Thursday (6/23) and throughout the drainage by Saturday. The South Fork should be fishable upstream from Luray, VA by Friday (6/24) and downstream to Front Royal, VA by Sunday (6/26). These rough predictions are based on the premise that we receive no more heavy rain this week.

Trout Fly Fishing Outlook Podcast for Late Spring 2011

Little Yellow Stonefly on a Shenandoah National Park Brook Trout Stream

Stream Report March 4, 2011

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report
Smallmouth Bass Fishing North Fork Shenandoah River No smallmouth yet but I did pick up some very large fall fish 2 days ago on a Murray’s Heavy Hellgrammite. Fish these deeply with a Sink Tip III Line. Other flies that can be productive early in the season are Murray’s Black Madtom 4 and Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker 4.


Trout Fishing Report

Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph for Trout Fly Fishing The streams are still cold but many large rainbows have been stocked in some of our best large streams. Two of my favorites are the Bullpasture upstream of Williamsville and Big Stoney Creek below the springs west of Edinburg. Be versitle in your fly selection to match the whims of the trout.

The trout in the mountain streams will start feeding shortly as the Epeorus pleuralis mayfly nymphs become active. You will find these in the lower parts of the riffles and just below the riffles. I designed the Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph to match these so fish this in size 14 upstream dead drift on a 5X Classic Leader with two SA Indicators spaced along it. The lower reaches of the streams will give you the best fishing because there may still be some ice in the upper reaches. Other flies that are effective in these streams early in the season are the Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph 12 and the Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa 12.