Category Archives: Educational

Quick Fly Fishing Tip: Tying the Double Surgeon’s Knot

Quick Flyfishing Tip: Double Surgeon Knot from Murray’s Fly Shop on Vimeo.
Quick Fly Fishing Tip: Tying the Double Surgeon’s Knot – Learn how to tie the Double Surgeon’s Knot with the first video in our series “Learn to Fly Fish – Quick Tips”.  Tying the Double Surgeon’s Knot involves five steps and creates a consistent and strong connection between pieces of monofilament.  In a day of fly fishing you will likely change your tippet once, twice or maybe more depending on conditions, this knot will make that change easier.

2014 – Learn to Fly Fish

Murray's Fly Shop 2014 Catalog - Learn to FlyFish in 2014! 2014!! – Make it the year you Learn to Fly Fish!!

Our 2014 Catalogs just arrived at the Fly Shop and if you’re on the mailing list you should be receiving yours in the next week.
Our theme this year is “Learn to Fly Fish!!”  The great outdoors is full of opportunities that don’t include the – “enter your chosen obsession with the techno world”.  The fishing world is a great way to experience the great outdoors; alone or with companions.  Have you already mastered flyfishing?  Teach someone to fly fish!  Need equipment? Give us a call and we probably have some loaner gear you can use to teach a friend or child or spouse or parent.
Fishable water can be found within 10 minutes of 90% of the population of the U.S.A.  –  To help you Learn to Fly Fish we have many opportunities from fly fishing articles to fly fishing classes which are available throughout the year.
Bring your Student ID or Military ID to any of our Winter Workshops and it’s FREE!  Don’t have one of these ID’s?  Bring a friend and it’s FREE for one of you!

Selecting a Fly Line

Fly fishing fly line selection 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….

Wading Boot Sole Repair – Goop or Barge Cement?

Repairing Wading Boots with Goop or Barge Cement

Wading boot sole repair – Goop or Barge Cement?

Wading boot sole repair – Goop or Barge Cement? Worn out wading boots are hopefully the sign of good things.  The best “good thing” of course is that you wore out your boots with lots of fishing!  If your boots failed shortly after purchasing them, that’s not such a good thing (and you should contact your local fly shop regarding repair under warranty).  In this day and age many of us like the idea or repairing, reusing and recycling our gear.  This falls in the repairing category.  Repairing a loose, floppy sole on your well worn (or not) wading boots is a relatively easy repair with either of these two products.  Barge Cement – Felt Sole Replacement Kit works very well on felt soles while both Barge Cement and Goop products work on rubber soled wading boots.
I typically stretch somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 days of fishing out of a pair of mid to top end wading boots with several “maintenance” repairs along the way.  This picture is of one of those repairs (the second for this boot) after the sole pulled loose on the South Fork of the Shenandoah last week.  These repairs usually run something less than $12.00 – This repair: One tube of Barge Cement $7.00, six days of drying the boot, 15 minutes smearing Barge Cement on the sole and clamping it all together.
Here’s the process I typically use to repair a loose sole on my wading boots.
Step 1 – Clean & Dry the wading boot to be repaired. I let this wading boot dry inside the house for almost a week.
Step 2 – Following the manufacturers recommendations, gather up the supplies needed to apply either Goop or Barge Cement – Felt Sole Replacement Kit. This usually includes some type of applicator like a popsicle stick or disposable brush and clamps, ropes, boards or whatever you plan to use to maintain constant even pressure while the glue dries (up to 72 hours).
Step 3 – Apply a liberal amount of glue to your loose wading boot sole.
Step 4 – Place a clamp (or whatever you plan to use) on the boot to maintain constant, even pressure on the repair. Place the boot where it can dry with adequate ventilation.
Step 5 – Go Fishing and try out your repair!
If you are reading this and you find that you have wading boots or wading gear that is in usable condition and you are no longer using, please give us a call.  We regularly take in unused/ unwanted wading gear and give it to local school kids or charities who typically put it to prompt use and use it until it literally falls apart.  (540-984-4212)

Which Dry Fly to Use??

Mr Rapidan Parachute Dry Fly Fishing

Which dry fly to use?  It’s a question often asked by many even experienced anglers.  Many mountain trout streams have good hatches of stenonema vicarium mayflies at this time and the trout feed heavily on both the duns and the spinners. Fish a Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry 14 both to the rising trout and as a searching pattern and you’ll get great action.

Learn to fly fish – Fly Fishing 101 – FREE!!!

Learn to fly fish Learn to fly fish – Fly Fishing 101 – FREE!!!
Spring is here! Are you anyone you know interested in learning about Fly Fishing?
Do you or someone you know want to learn about fly fishing? Do you already fish and just  want to know more about fly fishing? Are you just curious about fly fishing?

     Murray’s Fly Shop in conjunction with the Orvis Company will offer five separate free classes on basic Fly Fishing.  These classes are designed to help anyone with little or no experience in fly fishing learn how to enjoy this great sport and the great outdoors.
We will cover the following in these classes:

  • How to cast a fly rod
  • Basic Trout, Bass and Saltwater fly fishing techniques and equipment
  • Hands on demonstration of fly fishing tackle including; fly rods, fly reels, fly lines, vests, waders, tools and flies
  • Where and when to fish the local fisheries both warmwater and coldwater

You will receive a free Federation of Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited one year membership when you attend one of these classes.
These classes will meet at Murray’s Fly Shop, 121 South Main Street, Edinburg, VA 22824 at 10:00am on the following dates:

  • April 20
  • April 27
  • May 4
  • May 18
  • May 25

Give us a call to sign up for any of these classes (540-984-4212).
These classes are conducted in the fly shop and on our casting lawn.  We will not go to the river or stream to fish.  If you are ready for more than this overview of the great sport of fly fishing, check out our On-the-Stream Fly Fishing Schools which are available for both Smallmouth Bass and Trout.

Brook Trout Fly Fishing Season IS HERE!

Brook Trout March 29 2013 Fly Fishing for Brook Trout in the Shenandoah National Park today found plenty of 39 degree water in the streams.  There is still plenty of snow to melt off of the North facing slopes.  Neither the cool temperatures or extra water deterred the Brook Trout from jumping on a Mr. Rapidan Parachute #14!
We still have a few spots open in our Mountain Trout Fly Fishing Schools if you are interested in learning to catch these guys in their native habitat!