Category Archives: Educational

Quick Fly Fishing Tip: De-barbing your Fly

Quick Tip: De-barbing a Fly from Murray’s Fly Shop on Vimeo.
Quick Fly Fishing Tip: De-barbing your Fly – Learn to De-barb your flies.  Many streams and regions throughout fishing country require the use of Barbless Flies.  This is a simple process and when done correctly will aid in reducing the mortality of released fish.  Barbless flies decrease the amount of time a fish needs to be handled before being returned to the water.  Along with shorter return to water times, the amount of trauma caused by properly or foul hooked fish is greatly diminished with Barbless Flies.  And alas, when you accidentally drop your backcast in the wind, that impaled object (aka. “your fly”) comes out of your fishing buddy, or you, much easier.  An often asked question: Why don’t we just tie flies on barbless hooks?  Many of the barbless hooks available on the market today are a bit on the weak side.  We, along with much of the industry, tie our flies on strong hooks which tend to come barbed.

MFS Fly Fishing Podcast on iTunes

Murray's Fly Shop Fly Fishing Podcast on iTunes
Murray’s Fly Shop Fly Fishing Podcast on iTunes
- Learn to fly fish or brush up on your tactics by listening to our Fly Fishing Podcast on iTunes.  These Fly Fishing Podcasts cover many topics related to the fly fishing world.
We have over 25 episodes on a variety of fly fishing topics. Smallmouth Bass fly fishing? We have a dozen episodes on it.  Trout fly fishing? We have 15 episodes on it.  Scott Radian Fly Rod review?  We have an episode on it.  Carp fishing? We have an episode or two on carping with a fly rod.  Gear Reviews? We beat up gear and give it a review afterwards.
Is there a topic we haven’t covered that you would like to hear? Drop us an email or give us a call and we will see what we can come up with.  We will reward original ideas!
Listen to the MFS Fly Fishing Podcasts at or Subscribe and Listen to our Fly Fishing Podcast on iTunes

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

Quick Tip: Tying a Double Surgeon Loop Fly Fishing Knot from Murray’s Fly Shop on Vimeo.
Quick Fly Fishing Tip: Learn how to tie the Double Surgeon Loop to connect your leader to your fly line loop.  The Double Surgeon’s Loop is also great for loop to loop connections in other parts of your leader.  Many fly fishermen and women prefer to attach the tippet with a loop to loop connection, an application in which this knot excels.  Stronger than a Perfection Loop, this is an important knot in the fly fisherman’s tool box.

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.