Category Archives: Harry’s Videos

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.

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.

Fly Tying Tip: Finishing your Flies with a Whip Finish – Murray’s Fly Shop

Fly Tying Tip: Finishing your Flies with a Whip Finish – Murray’s Fly Shop
Learn to tie flies, give us a call to sign up for a fly tying class today!

Fly Tying Quick Tip: Tying the Whip Finish from Murray's Fly Shop on Vimeo.

MFS Quick Fly Fishing Tip: Tying the Blood Knot


MFS Quick Fly Fishing Tip: Tying the Blood Knot – Learning to tie the Blood Knot takes practice.  However, the Blood Knot provides one of the smoothest transitions between sections of leader material of any of the knot available.  The Murray’s Fly Shop Hand Tied Leaders, including the Bright Butt Leaders, Classic Leaders, Nymphing Leaders, Spey Leaders, Fluorocarbon Leaders, Big Game Leaders and Bass Bug Leaders are all tied with Blood Knots.  Are you still having trouble tying this knot after watching all the videos you can find? Stop by the Fly Shop in downtown Edinburg, Virginia for free one on one instruction about how to tie the Blood Knot.

Fishpond Nimbus Guide Pack – Murray’s Fly Shop

The Fishpond Nimbus Guide Pack has ample room for the things you need for a day of exploring a tiny stream or large river.  Cinch straps secure your load and a waist strap and sling strap provide options to suite your needs.

Murray’s Fly Shop Quick Fly Fishing Tip: Loop to Loop Connections

Quick Fly Fishing Tip: Loop to Loop Connections from Murray’s Fly Shop on Vimeo.

Murray’s Fly Shop Quick Fly Fishing Tip: Loop to Loop Connections – Loop to loop connections are a standard affair in today’s fly fishing arena.  Many fly lines come with loops pre made in the end to ease attaching your fly fishing leader.  Love loop to loop connections or hate loop to loop connections, there is a time and place for just about everything.  When that time arises in your fly fishing, you need to make sure you connect your loop to loop correctly.  Learn to tie the Double Surgeons Loop in this Quick Tip Video.

Folstaf Wading Staff Demo with Harry Murray – Murray’s Fly Shop


Folstaf Wading Staff with Harry Murray – Wading safety is paramount wether you fish small mountain trout streams, large freestone rivers or everything in between.
Wading Safety begins with proper wading technique.  The safest wading technique includes keeping two points in contact with the bottom of the stream or river at all times while you are wading through the water.  A Folstaf Wading Staff is an extremely useful and efficient wading staff which ensures you will always have two points in contact with the stream bottom.  The Folstaf Wading Staff we recommend is 3/4″ in diameter and extends out to a fixed 50″ in length.  The Folstaf Wading Staff breaks down to pieces nine inches long and fits into an included holster to store when you don’t need it.

Quick Fly Fishing Tip: Learn to tie the Improved Clinch Knot

This Quick Fly Fishing Tip: Learn to tie the Improved Clinch Knot and you will have mastered one of the strongest and most reliable knots to attach a fly to your tippet.  From heavy 50lb. fluorocarbon to 8x tippet material, the Improved Clinch Knot will provide a secure connection between your leader and your fly.

Wading Boot Sole Repair Part 2

Wading Boot Sole Repair Part 2 Wading Boot Sole Repair

Wading Boot Sole Repair Part 2 – This is the boot I was repairing in our post “Wading Boot Sole Repair – Goop or Barge Cement?”.  I now have the boot sitting on the workbench in the garage where it will air dry for 48 hours.

CARP on the Fly – Shenandoah River Style


Fly Fishing for Carp on the Shenandoah River throughout the late spring and summer months.

Selecting a Fly Fishing Rod by Action Part IV


Harry discusses a fast action 3 weight fly rod vs a medium action 3 weight fly rod and the benefits of each under various fly fishing situations. 3 Weight fly rods are one of our most popular and useful fly line sizes in the mountain trout stream fly fishing we have on the east coast.

Selecting a Fly Fishing Rod by Action Part III


The Six Weight: Harry and Jeff Murray cover the benefits of a fast action and medium action fly rod in the 6 weight fly line size in this video. The six weight is quite versatile and can be used in various fly fishing situations from casting streamers for bass and trout to presenting small dry flies to picky feeding trout in windy conditions or long distances on western streams and rivers.

Selecting a Fly Fishing Rod by Action – Part II


We have put this video together to help you understand the different fly rod actions and their fly fishing application. Harry Murray discusses why one eight weight fly rod action works better for bonefish while another action works better for bass, particularly smallmouth bass, fly fishing applications. Our goal with this four part series “Selecting a Fly Fishing Rod by Action” is to allow you to walk into your local fly shop, pick up and cast a few fly rods and be able to determine which one will perform optimally in your fly fishing situation.

Selecting a Fly Fishing Rod by Action – Part I


This video is the first in our multi part series on selecting a fly rod to suit the needs of the flyfishing YOU plan to do. Our goal with this series is to enable you to: walk into your local fly shop, pick up a fly rod and be able to tell if it will meet the demands of the fly fishing you plan to do based on it’s action.
For example: A 6 weight fly rod which is designed to cast large streamers should be expected to perform poorly when forced to cast size #18 dry flies. When you walk out of the fly shop excited about your new fly rod, we want that excitement to continue and not end the next time you go flyfishing when you find out it is too stiff or too soft to meet your needs.

Wading Stick and Wading Safety

When wading across a fast river that can cut your feet out from under you it is wise to use a wading staff. I personally use a Folstaff. Use your wading staff in your upstream hand. This wasy if you do fall quite possibly you will start falling by leaning upstream and the force of the current can help you regain your balance.  The wading staff is a valuable asset since it ensures that you have two points of contact with the bottom of the stream or river at all times.  This is particularly important when moving water approaches your waist and above.

Didymo: Jackson River, VA Tailwater

Educate yourself about invasive species.  It is every angler’s responsibility to know how to prevent the spread of invasive species and for those who fish in Virginia, this one strikes home.

Terrestrials for Smallmouth Bass – Cicada

Flies for the Year Club

Micro Poppers Video Review

Winston Boron IIIx Fly Rod Review

Dan Bailey Stocking Foot Hip Boot Review

Brook Trout Teaser

RL Winston GVX Fly Rod Review

Guide Fly Assortment Video Review

New Carp Flies Video Review

Scott F2 Fiberglass Fly Rod Review

RL Winston Passport Fly Rod Review

Magnum Streamer Video Review

SIMMS Dry Creek Waist Pack

Simms Dry Creek Hip Pack from Murray's Fly Shop on Vimeo.

SIMMS Headwaters Sling Pack Video Review

SIMMS Headwaters Sling Pack Review from Murray's Fly Shop on Vimeo.

SIMMS In Vest Rain Jacket Review

Simms In Vest Rain Jacket Review from Murray's Fly Shop on Vimeo.

SIMMS In Vest Rain Jacket is available from Murray’s Fly Shop.  Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL $99.95

February Rainbow Trout Fly Fishing Video

Wild Eastern Rainbows February 2011 from Murray's Fly Shop on Vimeo.

Smallmouth Bass and a Switch Rod January 2, 1011

Winter Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing with a Switch Rod from JW Murray on Vimeo.

We didn’t get skunked but the river is still too cold for even fair Smallmouth Bass fishing.  It was however a great way to welcome in 2011!

Video: Alaska Fly Fishing Hosted Trip to Bristol Bay

This video was shot during our trip to Alaska’s Bristol Bay in June 2009.

Aquatic Nuisance Species, Felt Soles and Our View

A short video on the issue of anglers transporting undesirable “Aquatic Nuisance Species” with felt soled wading boots and waders.

Strikes 2009…


Filmed throughout the 2009 fly fishing season from Virginia to Alaska and many parts in between. We were fortunate enough to find a few willing participants for this video.

Polarized Sunglasses vs. Non-Polarized Sunglasses

Polarization: (Definition) is a property of waves that describes the orientation of their oscillations. This article primarily covers the polarization of electormagntic (EM) waves such as light, although other types of wave also exhibit polarization. Â What does all that mean for fly fishermen and women? Polarized Sunglasses block much of the glare coming off the water’s surface so we (anglers) can see into the water better. This allows us better opportunities to read the water, locate fish and increases our safety because we can see the bottom much better when wading. The following video shows a brief example of polarized vs. non-polarized sunglasses on the water.

This video has been produced by Murray’s Fly Shop and Harry Murray.

Selecting a Fly Line Video with Harry

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Boat Loading Clip

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Graphite Fly Rods Need Ferrule Dressing

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I know we posted this some time ago but I have recently seen a rash of fly rods broken at the ferrules and after much discussion with several of the manufacturers’ rod builders, our conclusion is that the ferrules are slipping vs. a design flaw. A question I am going to pose to anglers in the future: Have you ever taken your rod apart at the end of the day and found that one of the ferrules was not snug? If you answer yes to this question then you need to apply ferrule dressing… Keep your rod out of the repair shop and on the water!