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Designing Flies Podcast

Designing Flies Podcast by Harry Murray

January 2018

Happy New Year!

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
designing flies
The Mr. Rapidan Dry Fly which Harry Murray is teaching his students to tie is only one of the more than five dozen flies which he has developed for both trout and bass that are very effective all across the country.

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.

I teach fly tying classes throughout the winter in my fly shop on Saturdays from 10a.m. to noon.  You can see the schedule of all of my fly fishing classes on our website.


Fly Fishing Tips

Fly Fishing Tips (Questions & Answers) Podcast by Harry Murray
September 2017

This months fly fishing tips podcast includes

  • tips on keeping your hands clean while out on the river all day
  • the benefits of using a Folstaff Wading Staff and when to use it
  • fly tying classes for beginners and also custom tying class for Harry Murray’s trout and bass patterns
  • fishing the Hexagenia hatch–when to fish it and what flies to use
    Mr. Rapidan SkaterMr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Olive
  • casting tips  (Fly Casting Class 101 this Saturday September 23 from 10a.m. to noon–outfits are provided)
  • designing flies for both bass and trout fishing
  •  importance of leaving the streams as you found it and not disturbing the rocks and natural habitat for the fish
Hexagenia Mayfly Hatch
The Hexagenia Mayfly hatch is the heaviest I’ve ever seen on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River this year and the fishing is great.