Harry Murray’s Fly Shop’s fly fishing report in the form of a podcast. This report covers the streams in the Shenandoah Valley, both the North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River, Shenandoah National Park Trout Streams and the George Washington/Jefferson National Forest Streams in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Fly Fishing Podcast for November 2017 by Harry Murray
In my fly fishing podcast for November I discuss the trout fishing you can expect for this month in our large trout streams with sculpin imitations. The natural sculpin minnows are bottom hugging minnows living under cobblestones in and immediately downstream of heavy riffles. This is where I like to fish my Spuddler. Many of the tails of the pools give me some large trout by fanning the Murray’s Black Marauder size 8 over the last 100 feet. The gentle riffles along the far banks often attract large trout that feed on the slim silver minnows that live here. By casting a Murray’s Silver Ghost Streamer size 6 in tight against these undercut banks you can catch many large trout. For more details on the areas and techniques to use listen to my entire Fly Fishing Podcast for November.
The smallmouth bass rivers are cold but we can still catch some large bass by choosing the correct flies and fishing the correct feeding stations which the bass choose at this time of the year. They want to choose foods that give them the greatest food value for the least effort to capture it. Large minnows are a prime target. Therefore I like to fish the Murray’s Tungsten Cone Head Marauders in black, pearl or olive. In my personal fishing at this time of the year the back eddies that form below the riffles on the side of the river with the slow current are some of their favorite feeding stations. These provide an abundance of minnow life and protection from the powerful currents of the river.
Since the brook trout are spawning in October, November, and December we feel it is not good to stress them by fishing for them even though we return them to the stream.
So let’s look at the nymph fishing tactics we use in large streams both in the Rockies and in the East.
I learned to fish nymphs from Charlie Brooks in the 1970’s and 1980’s in the streams around West Yellowstone, Montana. So in this months fly fishing podcast I want to discuss in detail the two tactics of Charlie’s that I use often.
Swing Nymphing– This technique is used on deeper runs where upstream dead drift nymphing is not possible. Many beginners quickly master this method because the strikes are detected by feeling the strike rather than seeing it.
Fly Fishing for Bass in October
Many of the old timers around Edinburg where I grew up in the 1950’s caught many of their largest bass of the year in October by using live bait such as Hog Suckers, Bluegills, and Darter Minnows. Several years ago I designed my Magnum Streamer Series which both look and fish like a real minnow. Today I will be discussing the Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker, Magnum Darter, and Magnum Bluegill and the best way to fish each.
If you need help finding the access places on the North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River, then stop by the fly shop and we can show you the best areas on our stores master map.
In September Harry will be conducting two Fly Casting & Rigging 101 Classes that will help you learn or improve your casting techniques. On our casting lawn, he will teach you how to perform all of the standard casts as well as roll casts, curve casts, and shooting line. After the casting class you will then proceed back to the fly shop where he will show you how to rig your tackle including the knots to use when putting your line and backing on a fly reel. We provide the rod and reel outfits for you to use for the class or if you prefer you can bring your own.
This podcast, Harry discusses the fly fishing in August for both bass and trout, techniques, and flies to use.
Trout Fishing in August
In August I like to fish with flies that match the natural foods the trout are seeing….terrestrials. In addition to the normal beetle, ant, and hopper patterns I like to use what I call my “change of pace” flies.
Oakworms–You can see many natural oakworms around the stream banks.
Yellow Jackets–These are normally found around the sod banks near the stream.
Wasp–There are many wasps around standing bush and brush piles.
Moths–You will find moths in the evenings around back eddys.
Horseflies–These are always around pasture fields with horses and cows.
Houseflies–These little things can be found everywhere and I consider this fly very effective to fish with.
Bass Fishing in August
The other evening while I was bass fishing on the Shenandoah River I noticed a great amount of little baby bass swimming around. That tells me the bass fishing will continue to be good next year.
For this months fly fishing podcast I want to discuss some of the hatches that we are seeing on our trout streams and the best tactics and flies to fish them. There are some good Green Sedge Caddis hatches on the streams now. When you spot these feeders go one on one with each trout with a Mr. Rapidan Olive Delta Wing Dry Caddis size 16. At times it can be difficult to tell if a feeding trout is taking the adult or the pupa so I use a two fly rig (which I explain in detail in this podcast) using the above fly and a Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa size 14.
The bass rivers are at a level where many large smallmouth bass move onto the shallow tails of the pools at dusk to feed on the chub minnows and dace minnows which live here. The most productive way I’ve found to fish the tails of the pools is to wade into the upper part of the riffle below them and wade upstream to just below the lip of the pool above that I plan to fish. From here I fan my casts up and across stream at a slight angle to cover all of the water I can reach. I use a line hand strip-pause-strip retrieve that swims my Floating Minnow just slightly faster than the current is pushing it. (For more techniques listen to the second part of the podcast.)
Many of the rivers in Virginia hold very large musky that offer exciting fishing with fly rods. For example, both the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River hold good numbers of musky that can be reached by either wading or floating.
A great deal of success one can experience in musky fishing relies on selecting the proper rods, reels, lines, leaders and flies.
In this podcast, Harry Murray, discusses the new selection of musky flies that are available in his fly shop and how to effectively fish them. He covers the proper leader and what fly rod and reel outfit he recommends for this type of fishing.
If you need help finding the areas of the Shenandoah River that offer musky fishing, stop by the fly shop in Edinburg, Virginia and he will show you the best areas on the map.
Since our fly casting workshops have been so popular I have formed two new dates. May 6 & May 20. These are two hour workshops that will help you get the basics of fly casting. More information…click here.
Murray’s Fly Shop
121 S. Main St.
P.O. Box 156
Edinburg VA 22824
In this fly fishing podcast, Harry Murray discusses the questions you have either emailed or phoned about within the last month. He goes into details on how to spot the trout in the stream. He discusses the importance of the hatch charts in predicting which aquatic insects will hatch at what times. He reveals his personal uses of the loop to loop line leader connection verses a needle knot connection.
Virginia Fly Fishing Podcast by Harry Murray for March Trout and Smallmouth Bass Fishing
In this fly fishing podcast, Harry Murray discusses the Epeorus pleuralis mayfly hatch which occurs in March on the trout streams around the mid-Atlantic. He will also discuss the best feeding stations in the pools, the most effective flies and the best tactics and leaders to use.
Flies: Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14, Blue Quill Dry size 16, and Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph size 14
Midge Fly Fishing–Many trout feed heavily on chironomid midges in our large trout streams throughout the winter. This month Harry Murray discusses the tactics and flies that are effective in fly fishing for trout with Chironomid midge flies both on the surface and underwater. These tactics and midge fly patterns will work well for you whether you are fishing on the Firehole in the Yellowstone National Park or on Big Stoney Creek in Edinburg, Virginia.
In the last part of my January Podcast I will cover how to clean your gear including your rods, reels, flies, fly lines, vests/raincoats, and waders. I have made several videos on caring for you gear–check them out. Rods VideoFly Lines
My fly fishing questions and answers podcast for December will cover several topics that I have been asked over the last several months. I will cover the benefits of designing and tying your own flies, especially since the weather will be so cold in the next few days and the streams will be to cold for good fishing.
Also covered in this fly fishing podcast is a technique I use for small streamers with the bounce retrieve. I will be covering my three favorite types of popper (hard head bugs) and the best types of fishing each style covers. Lastly, I will be discussing the smallmouth skaters.
Since the bass fishing has slowed down I want to discuss an effective approach for developing and tying your own bass flies that will help you catch more bass in your own waters. A logical starting point is to consider the areas you fish and look at the specific flies you fish in each situation and are these flies productive or not. I will be discussing my Murray’s Hellgrammite, Strymph, Magnum Streamer Series, and Floating Minnows.
My next fly tying class will be on Saturday, January 14 from 10a.m. to noon at Murray’s Fly Shop.
For more information visit our website or stop by my fly shop at
121 S. Main St, Edinburg VA 22824 Ph 540-984-4212
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.
Each month Harry Murray discusses some fly fishing questions that he is asked through emails and phone calls. This month he discusses the advantages to using a wading staff and snake bite kits, how to clean and waterproof your dry flies with Murray’s Dry Fly Floatant, and dressing your leaders. Also, how was the Mr. Rapidan Dry Fly and Murray’s Hellgrammite pattern developed?
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 today’s fly fishing podcast Harry Murray discusses the tactics and fly patterns which are effective for fishing for trout during the Brown Sedge Caddisfly hatch which is on during September. His discussion of fishing the emerging pupa as a dropper below the Mr. Rapidan Delta Wing Dry Fly will help you catch many large trout. Harry also discusses the special feeding stations in the pools where he is catching many trout on the Mr. Rapidan Ants and the special casts which help him.
Over the last three years Harry and his son, Jeff have been developing special Riffle Hitch Techniques and flies which are effective for smallmouth bass. Today Harry describes how to fish this riffle hitch and the new flies which are effective.
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:
In this fly fishing podcast, Harry Murray discusses the tactics which are effective for large trout using Shenk’s Letort Hoppers and Shenk’s Crickets in some of our best streams all across the country. He also covers the methods for fishing his “change of pace” flies for trout.
In the second portion of this fly fishing podcast Harry discusses the methods he is using in August for smallmouth bass with great success using his Floating Chub Minnow and Floating Dace Minnow in specific sections of the rivers. He also covers the areas and tactics which are effective with the Murray’s Crayfish.
In this Fly Fishing Question and Answer Podcast, Harry Murray discusses questions that he has been asked over the last month through phone calls and emails at his fly shop in Edinburg, Virginia.
What type of fly rod should I be using when nymph fishing? How can I enjoy fly fishing when I have hurt my casting arm? How can I improve my fishing in low, clear water when the fish are easily spooked? How many reels should I carry with me when on a fishing trip?
As I am doing this fly fishing podcast I am realizing that many of you are going to be enjoying the outdoors this July 4th weekend by the phone calls, emails, and orders the fly shop has been receiving. Please be safe and considerate of the land owners and others as you take in natures beauty. I plan to enjoy it myself!
In this podcast I want to discuss the how, when, and where to fish my new “change of pace” dry flies for trout that feed selectively. I thought that if I could develop a different fly which showed the trout a new silhouette and light pattern that matched a natural food they feed upon, I might be able to catch these trout. By experimenting I developed the Murray’s Housefly Dry, Oakworm Dry, Yellow Jacket Dry, Moth Dry, Wasp Dry, and Horsefly Dry. I fish all of these with a Classic 9ft 6X Leader.
The smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent due to the great food load and the rains keeping the water levels up. Hence, in a recent school one of our instructors stuck a smallmouth bass that was over 5 pounds on our Murray’s Crayfish pattern while showing the class the swing nymph technique. Our topwater action is picking up and we have been doing very well with our famous Shenandoah Blue Popper. I fish these on a Bright Butt 9ft. 2X Leader.
This months fly fishing questions and answers podcast includes techniques to use for the trico hatch that is coming very soon, a simple and easy method to untwist those bass lines and leaders, a technique to fish the hellgrammites and the best way to handle thunderstorms during a float trip on the river.
The second portion of the podcast is dedicated to the smallmouth fishing we are getting now and what we can expect throughout June. He covers the natural hellgrammite’s actions and the best flies and tactics to catch the bass which are feeding upon them. He also discusses the great fishing we are getting the Shenandoah Blue Popper by fishing these along the shaded banks.
Effective flies include: Murray’s Heavy Black Hellgrammite size 4 and 6, Shenandoah Blue Popper size 4 and 6
This segment of our fly fishing questions and answers podcast includes Harry Murray discussing 1) the importance of recording stream notes on a calendar to help plan future trips, 2) mentally marking previous hot spots on the streams in order to return to fish these areas later, 3) the pros and cons of attaching the leader to the fly line with loops vs. needle knots, and 4) camping at the upper forks on mountain trout streams to get great fishing.
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.
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.
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.
Harry Murray’s discussion includes fly fishing questions he has been asked recently. He will be presenting these discussions periodically to help you find good fishing. This podcast includes the topic “How to Choose the Proper Tippet Size” for the specific fly you will be fishing along with other fly fishing terms that we have all heard but didn’t know what they meant.
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.
Learn to Fly Fish with our Fly Fishing Workshop–This November we will be starting our fly fishing workshops on Saturdays in the fly shop from 10a.m. to noon. I will be covering various topics throughout the winter into the spring including fly casting, fly tying, trout fishing in the Shenandoah National Park, smallmouth bass fishing in the Shenandoah River and NEW this year Selecting the Proper Fly Rod Outfits.
For more information or to register for a fly fishing workshop …click here or call 540-984-4212
Fly Fishing Stream Report Podcast – Late Summer 2015 with Harry Murray
In this fly fishing stream report 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).
In the first part of this fly fishing report podcast 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)
Bass Fly Fishing in the latter part of the season Podcast with Harry Murray discusses which flies to use and the techniques to use on the smallmouth bass rivers in the latter part of the fishing season. The popular fly for this time of the year is a Madtom Sculpin fly fished deeply with a sink tip fly line.
Learn to tie your own flies! Tying flies is a great way save money and to keep active during the cold winter months. We will be offering Fly Tying Classes in December and February that will teach you to tie trout and bass flies. We will be covering deer hair bass bugs, streamers, dry flies and wet flies. We do not supply the materials. You can purchase one of our basic fly tying kits, bring your own materials, or just watch as Harry Murray ties sample flies. Cost $20/pp
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 – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 984-4212.
Fly Fishing Report for Smallmouth Bass & Trout–May 2014
In this fly fishing 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.
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.
Catching carp on a fly rod is an extra bonus for smallmouth anglers around Edinburg, Virginia. Stalking, hooking and fighting the 15 to 20 pound carp is a very gratifying game. The Shenandoah River provides many opportunities to fly fish for feeding carp.
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
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.