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Fly Fishing Tip: Cleaning and Caring for your fishing flies – Murray’s Fly Shop

Fly Fishing Tip: Cleaning and Caring for your fishing flies - Murray's Fly Shop
By carefully steaming a dry fly that has been used you can easily restore the hackle

This is a good time of the year to go through your fly boxes and separate them into 3 grades.

1. Those which are fine the way they are.
2. Those which are in bad shape which need to be discarded and replaced.
3. Those that need help.
For example, dry flies which are matted and dirty can often be brought back to excellent shape by steaming very carefully over a tea kettle. Nymphs and streamers which are missing wings or tails can be dressed up by carefully tying in the missing parts with your fly tying kit. Flies which have tippet material knotted in the eye can be cleaned up with a needle and clippers. Flies on which the knot at the head of the fly is coming untied can be saved by applying a new whip finish to the eye of the fly. Parachute drys on which the hackle is coming unwrapped can be made fishable by removing the hackle completely and fishing them as no-hackle drys in flat water. Any flies that have been fished a great amount can last longer by applying a drop of cement to the head.

Listen to Harry’s Podcast Winterizing Your Fly Fishing Equipment for more information on the care of your tackle or check out our Videos.
UPDATE:  Harry just published the below video on Caring for your Fly Fishing Flies.

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New Flies for 2011

NEW for 2011
Murray’s Magnum Darter (size 4) $2.95

As a youngster I use to catch many darter minnows in Big Stoney Creek then take them to the North Fork of the Shenandoah River to use as live bait. The big bass took them quickly. Fish these in the tails of the pools and below the riffles with a slow stripping action.

New Flies for 2011

We’ve added nine new flies for smallmouth bass and two for carp. Several of these I designed at the request of our guides, but most of these patterns I designed after a great deal of experimenting by my son, Jeff and I. We’ve been fishing and redesigning some of these for over five years with a goal of consistently catching large smallmouth bass under a broad variety of stream conditions. Over the next several weeks I’ll discuss these on our blog.

Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker (size 4) $2.95
Last summer when a huge smallmouth bass chased an eight inch long hog sucker up on a gravel bar and then ate him when he flopped back into the river, all within 30 feet of me, I decided to develop a streamer to match the hog sucker. Fish these along the gravel bars and in the pockets below the riffles.