Since the weather is so cold at this time of the year, this is the best time to design and tie better flies for the upcoming season.
In this fly fishing podcast I will be discussing a sound approach which has helped me in designing flies I personally use and the 68 custom flies I have designed and sell in my fly shop in Edinburg, Virginia.
My approach to design flies consists of:
discerning the need for a new fly
evaluate existing patterns
evaluate many tying materials
tie several test flies
try these test flies on the fish
incorporate the most effective materials and tying styles into your final master fly
I have learned many tips and techniques from great fly tyers such as Ed Shenk, Charlie Brooks, and Vince Marino. Many of my patterns have originated by catching a natural fly and looking at the color and matching it. Then looking to see how the natural fly acts and drifts on the trout stream so that I can get my artificial to act the same way. The same thing applies for streamers in matching the natural shiners on the bass rivers.
Fly Fishing Podcast for December 2017 by Harry Murray
This months fly fishing podcast includes a detailed discussion on the trout fishing in December. Since the brook trout are still spawning in December I like to fish the stocked trout streams instead.
Many of the stocked trout streams such as the Jackson (near Covington), Bullpasture (near Williamsville) and Big Stoney Creek in Edinburg have natural springs that the trout love. You can find these springs on the steams by looking for the rich aquatic growth they provide. The trout will hold near these springs and feed on cress bug and shrimp patterns.
Many of my customers will come into the fly shop and ask, “can I go bass fishing in December?” Yes, you can. Are you going to catch a lot of bass? No–but you might catch a big one. I have some friends that are die hard bass fishermen that will go out in any kind of weather and they have been catching some big bass. They will float the river to find the deepest pools they can find and fish with big bugs such as a Madtom/Sculpin size 4, Magnum Darter size 4 and Creek Chub size 4.
Fly fishing in September can be tricky due to the low and clear water conditions. This months podcast I discuss how to improve your success when fishing dry flies for trout all across the country by using slack line casts so you don’t have drag. Which casts am I using?
Lazy S Cast
If you are interested in learning more about fly casting, then check out our Fly Casting 101 Classes .
Saturday, September 9 from 10a.m. to noon
Saturday, September 23 from 10a.m. to noon
Bass Fly Fishing
I always get great smallmouth dry fly fishing in September during the Hexagenia Mayfly Hatch. This month I discuss the tactics and fly patterns I use to take advantage of this hatch.
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.
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.
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)
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 flyfish them in this part of Virginia. 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, Blue Ridge Parkway and George Washington National Forest along with the best flies to use in your flyfishing the unusual late summer conditions we are experiencing this year (2014).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 984-4212.
Harry Murray’s Fly Fishing Report for Smallmouth Bass & Trout–May-June 2014.
In this fly fishing report podcast Harry Murray discusses the streams conditions plus the techniques to use at this time of the year on our smallmouth bass rivers in the first part. The second part includes the conditions of the trout streams and what flies and techniques to use. Interested in learning to fly fishing? Consider our Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Schools or our 1/2 day Fly Fishing Lessons. Have questions on where to go? Stop by the fly shop and we’ll be happy to go over the maps with you for the best areas to fish.
Spring Fly Fishing Report for Smallmouth Bass and Trout – Virginia with Harry Murray and Murray’s Fly Shop.
It’s time to find your fly fishing gear and check your flies!
In the first part of this Fly Fishing Podcast Harry Murray discusses the Trout fishing along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah National Park and George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. He discusses the long winter and how it is affecting the trout fishing on the streams throughout the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
In the second part of this Fly Fishing Podcast Harry Murray discusses the Smallmouth Bass fishing in the rivers of Virginia and how the winter chill is affecting the fishing on the river in and around the Shenandoah Valley.
Trout and Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report Podcast August 2013 for the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia: 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
Fly Fishing Report for Trout and Smallmouth Bass for July 2013.
Listen to Harry Murray’s fishing report on spotting trout tactics for the mountain trout streams at this time of the year. He also discusses the large trout streams and how to fish hoppers and crickets along the undercut banks. The smallmouth bass fishing has been great with the Floating Minnows and Magnum Hog Sucker.
May 2013 Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Podcast Report
May 2013 Shenandoah Valley Podcast Fly Fishing Report
Listen as Harry Murray, owner of Murray’s Fly Shop, discusses the current stream conditions and short term fishing forecast for the Shenandoah National Park, George Washington National Forest and Shenandoah Valley stocked trout streams. Harry also covers the Shenandoah River and it’s warm water tributaries as they relate to Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing through the month of May and early June. Check out our Fishing Reports for up to the minute detailed reports on both the Trout and Smallmouth Bass fly fishing in the Shenandoah Valley.
In this Podcast Harry Murray discusses Fly Fishing Tactics for Trout in the streams of the Shenandoah Valley including the Shenandoah National Park and George Washington / Jefferson National Forests in late spring and early summer (May – June).
How has the warm winter affected the stream and rivers in the Shenandoah Valley? Listen to Harry’s Podcast Fly Fishing Report for Smallmouth Bass and Trout in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. This report cover the time period we would normally consider early season or March 2012.
Winterize your Fly Fishing Equipment Podcast – Listen in as Harry Murray discusses winterizing fly fishing tackle to ensure it is in good shape for your Spring fishing. Your fly fishing gear will work better and last longer when you take the time to follow these simple steps both prior to storing and after heavy use through the season.
Listen to Harry’s discussion on Fishing Shrimp and Cress Bugs for Trout – These insects are available to trout on many streams but this podcast focuses on Spring Creek fly fishing. The Spring Creeks, with their high PH and consistent temperatures, are an ideal environment for the production of abundant numbers of both freshwater shrimp and cress bugs. The selective feeding habits unique to spring creek trout is a direct result of the abundance of food availability throughout the year. Much of this food is in the form of shrimp and cress bugs. Listen as Harry discusses the techniques and tactics to turn a tough day of spring creek fishing into an outstanding day by using a few simple methods he has honed to perfection since the early 1960’s.
Selecting a Fly Line. Do you know the difference between the hundreds of different fly lines on the market? Why are there so many choices? Do I really need to have dozens of fly lines at my disposal to take up fly fishing? Does the flyfishing world try to make it difficult to understand fly lines? No, I don’t know, No and yes (it’s confusing to me as well!!!!).
Every day I have folks asking for help in selecting the right fly line for their flyfishing. The decisions are mind boggling! It confuses the majority of us and I have even upon asking the manufacturers, had some long moments of silence and blank stares. The choices don’t have to be confusing. In this article I have tried to simplify the selection process, regardless of the manufacturer, for the beginner or the advanced fly fishing angler. I have compiled a list of the fly lines typically used and summarized them by the tapers (shape and weight) which I use for the various types of fly fishing conditions. Check it out….