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High and Muddy Shenandoah River

High and muddy Shenandoah River Recent rains have left the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River high and muddy  (6/5/16).  We’re hopeful the upper North Fork of the Shenandoah will be fishable by mid-week.

Virginia Winter 2015/16 Fly Fishing Report Podcast – Murray’s Fly Shop

Fly Fishing in Virginia in December - Fly Fishing Podcast - Harry Murray - Trout Fly Fishing

In this Virginia Fly Fishing Stream Report Podcast, Harry Murray discusses the tactics and flies which are effective in fishing the large stream with nymphs for trout.  Flies discussed include: Murray’s Adams Nymph, Murray’s Professor Nymph, and Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph

Learn How to Fly Fish with our two hour workshops,  1-day Mountain Trout Schools, and our 1-day Smallmouth Bass Schools.

Fly Fishing Report Podcast – Early Fall 2015

Jeff Murray with a smallmouth bass
We catch many large smallmouth bass in the early fall with our Murray’s Crayfish and Magnum Streamers.

In this Fly Fishing Report Podcast we discuss Early Fall Fishing Conditions you will encounter in Virginia and around the mid-Atlantic region.  In this podcast Harry Murray discusses the fly fishing tactics to use in order to get your best fishing on the stocked trout streams and delayed harvest trout areas for the months of October and November.   Effective flies: Pearl Marauder size 10, Black Marauder size 10, Shenandoah Silver Ghost size 10.

The second section of this podcast covers the smallmouth bass fly fishing on the Shenandoah River  with the best tactics, the best sections of the river, and the best flies to catch the large bass as the rivers cool through the fall.  Effective flies: Murray’s Crayfish size 6, Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker size 4 and Murray’s Magnum Darter size 4

Fly Fishing Report Podcast – Late Summer 2015

Fly Fishing Stream Report Podcast - Murray's Fly Shop
Many large trout feed heavily on natural cress bugs below the springs during the summer.

Fly Fishing Stream Report Podcast for late Summer 2015

In this Fly Fishing Stream Report Podcast for late Summer 2015 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).

Fly Fishing Podcast – July 2015 – Murray’s Fly Shop

MFS Fly Fishing Report July - Murray's Fly Shop Podcast Fishing Report Shenandoah River Virginia, Shenandoah National Park, George Washington National Forest

Harry Murray discusses how to find the trout in the stocked trout streams and the best tactics and flies to use to catch them.
Flies that are working: Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph size 12, Murray’s Yellow Stonefly Nymph size 16, and Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Brown size 12

The second part includes the “change of pace” trout flies that are working well for us that match the natural foods in the mountain trout streams.  Check out our “change of pace” trout fly assortment!

The last segment includes Harry’s new “Escaping Minnow” Streamer Technique as well as fishing hellgrammites and surface bugs on the Shenandoah River for smallmouth bass.  Flies that are working include: Shenk’s White Streamer size 6, Murray’s Olive Marauder size 6, Heavy Black Hellgrammite size 4, Blue or Damsel/Black Popper size 6 and Shenandoah Chartreuse Popper size 6

MFS Fly Fishing Podcast for July

MFS Fly Fishing Report July

Harry Murray discusses how to find the trout in the stocked trout streams and the best tactics and flies to use to catch them.
Flies that are working: Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph size 12, Murray’s Yellow Stonefly Nymph size 16, and Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Brown size 12

The second part includes the “change of pace” trout flies that are working well for us that match the natural foods in the mountain trout streams.  Check out our “change of pace” trout fly assortment!

The last segment includes Harry’s new “Escaping Minnow” Streamer Technique as well as fishing hellgrammites and surface bugs on the Shenandoah River for smallmouth bass.  Flies that are working include: Shenk’s White Streamer size 6, Murray’s Olive Marauder size 6, Heavy Black Hellgrammite size 4, Blue or Damsel/Black Popper size 6 and Shenandoah Chartreuse Popper size 6

Virginia Fly Fishing Stream Report – March 2015 – Murray’s Fly Shop

Virginia Fly Fishing Stream Report
March 2015 – Murray’s Fly Shop

William Downey (102 years old) has enjoyed the trout fishing in the Shenandoah National Park since before WWII.
William Downey (102 years old) has enjoyed the native brook trout fishing in the Shenandoah National Park, since “before the war” in his words. (That would be WWII)

In the first part of this Virginia fly fishing stream report 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)

The second part of this fly fishing report covers the sections of the streams and locations along with the best flies and tactics to use when fishing the Mountain Trout Streams in the Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest. (Hot Fly–Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14, Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Olive size 12)  For more information on the Shenandoah National Park Streams check out the book Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park.

The last segment of this podcast fly fishing stream report covers the locations in the local rivers where the bass feed under the present conditions along with the best flies and effective tactics.  (Hot Fly–Magnum Creek Chub size 4 and Magnum HogSucker size 4)

Smallmouth Bass and Trout Fly Fishing Report Podcast

August-Podcast


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 flyfish them in this part of Virginia.  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, Blue Ridge Parkway and George Washington National Forest along with the best flies to use in your flyfishing the unusual late summer conditions we are experiencing this year (2014).

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 info@murraysflyshop.com or (540) 984-4212.

Smallmouth Bass and Trout Fly Fishing Report Podcast

August-Podcast

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 info@murraysflyshop.com or (540) 984-4212.

Shenandoah River Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report Update

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Shenandoah River Virginia Shenandoah River Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report Update:
The North and South Fork of the Shenandoah are both in great shape and running in the mid 50’s.  Check the Fishing Report for current fishing conditions for both Smallmouth Bass and Trout.

Spring Fly Fishing Report for Smallmouth Bass and Trout – Virginia

Spring Fly Fishing Report for Smallmouth Bass and Trout Virginia Spring Fly Fishing Report for Smallmouth Bass and Trout – Virginia with Harry Murray and Murray’s Fly Shop.
It’s time to find your fly fishing gear and check your flies!
In the first part of this Fly Fishing Podcast Harry Murray discusses the Trout fishing along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah National Park and George Washington and Jefferson National Forest.  He discusses the long winter and how it is affecting the trout fishing on the streams throughout the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
In the second part of this Fly Fishing Podcast Harry Murray discusses the Smallmouth Bass fishing in the rivers of Virginia and how the winter chill is affecting the fishing on the river in and around the Shenandoah Valley.

Products discussed in this Fly Fishing Podcast include:
Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah Park Book by Harry Murray
Virginia Blue Ribbon Streams Book by Harry Murray
Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker #4
Murray’s Black Madtom/Sculpin #4

Fly Fishing Stream Report

Fly Fishing Stream Report

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.

Products discussed include:
Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah Park Book by Harry Murray
Virginia Blue Ribbon Streams Book by Harry Murray
Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker #4
Murray’s Black Madtom/Sculpin #4

Smallmouth Bass and Trout Fly Fishing Report Podcast – October

Smallmouth Bass and Trout Fly Fishing Report Podcast - October

Smallmouth Bass and Trout Fly Fishing Report Podcast – October 2013 with Harry Murray.  In this fly fishing report Harry Murray discusses how to fish deeply for smallmouth bass and the best flies to use in late fall and winter. Smallmouth Bass Flies discussed in this fly fishing report podcast include the Murray’s Magnum Bluegill #4, Murray’s Magnum Creek Chub #4, and Shenk’s White Streamer #4.

The second part of the discussion includes how to fly fish two nymph rigs and single streamer systems on delayed harvest Trout Streams and large Trout Streams in the fall and winter. Trout Flies covered in this fly fishing report podcast include the Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph #12, Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa #14, Pearl Marauder #10, #12 and Black Marauder #10, #12.

Fly Fishing Report for Trout and Smallmouth Bass for July 2013

TROUT AND SMALLMOUTH  BASS FISHING REPORT JULY 2013

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.

 

You can learn these techniques by attending our 1/2 day fly fishing lessons.
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Virginia Fly Fishing Report for Trout and Smallmouth Bass June 2013

virginia smallmouth bass fly fishing report Virginia Fly Fishing Report for Trout and Smallmouth Bass June 2013.  In the first part of this fly fishing report Harry Murray discusses the fishing on the remote head water streams in the Shenandoah National Park and the best flies to use such as Murray’s Fly Beetle, Mr. Rapidan Parachute, and Professor Dry.
The second part Harry discusses the large stocked trout streams such as Big Stoney Creek along with the flies he recommends: Murray’s Flying Beetle, Mr. Rapidan Delta Wing Caddis, Olive, and Shenk’s Cricket.

In the last part of Harry’s discussion he covers the underwater flies and topwater flies along with the tactics we are using to catch some of our largest bass of the season. These flies include the Olive Marauder, Magnum Hog Sucker and Creek Chub, Shenandoah Blue Popper, and Shenandoah Chuggar Chartreuse.

Mountain Trout Fly Fishing Tactics May 2012 Podcast

Brook Trout Fly Fishing Podcast In this Podcast Harry Murray discusses Mountain Trout Fly Fishing Tactics and the effective flies from early May until early summer for 2012.

Preseason 2012 Fly Fishing Podcast Report for the Shenandoah Valley

How has the warm winter affected the stream and rivers in the Shenandoah Valley?  Listen to Harry’s Podcast Fly Fishing Report for Smallmouth Bass and Trout in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  This report cover the time period we would normally consider early season or March 2012.

Preseason Fly Fishing Report for 2012 in the Shenandoah Valley

Listen to Harry’s preseason fly fishing report for smallmouth bass and trout fishing in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Fly Fishing Special Report for the Shenandoah Valley

High and muddy Big Stony Creek in Edinburg, VA 1.98″ of rain in downtown Edinburg has the North Fork and South Fork of the Shenandoah River high, muddy and un-fishable as of right now.  Big Stony Creek, Mill Creek, Passage Creek and the rest of the Shenandoah Valley stocked trout streams are high and un-fishable right now. If you have to get on the water, your only option is likely kayaking, rafting or whitewater canoeing the North Fork or South Fork of the Shenandoah.  Floating over the low water bridges shouldn’t pose much of a problem as many are 3-4 feet underwater as I write this.  The good news is many streams and rivers have reached their crest and for you hoping to cast to a few trout, Passage Creek is dropping back quickly and will be fishable by Saturday (12-10-2011) afternoon unless we receive unpredicted rain.  Until then, stop by the fly shop at 10:00am Saturday for our Workshop: Fly Fishing for Trout.

 

Smallmouth and Trout… Fishing Galore!

Smallmouth Bass caught 5/21 on an Olive Roadkill Nymph
Fishing Report: The local trout streams are all in great shape. Hike down from the Skyline Drive or Blue Ridge Parkway for your best water levels on the native Brook Trout streams. The local smallmouth streams are all in great shape. Fishing has been good, bring a sink tip fly line a heavy streamers since the rivers are still full. Floating is your best bet if you have access to a canoe, boat, kayak or something that will suffice.
The Fly Shop will be closed on Memorial Day…. I’m going fishing!! So give me a call Saturday to get the information on where to go and what to use.

Fly color and muddy water?

You have heard as many theories on what color fly to use in each color of water known to anglers. This evening I tried a few of my favorites and found black to work quite well. The visibility into the water was about two feet and the river level is high, too high to wade on the North Fork of the Shenandoah North of Edinburg.
Will other colors work? Sure, I had success with both Olive and Chartreuse patterns (Roadkill and Marauder). I did not try any others though. Vince Marinaro used to say he preferred black because of it’s contrast (darker) with the muddy water. Since I give Vince a lot of credit as a knowledgeable angler, I tend to start off with this theory.
Another favorite theory employed around the shop is match the color of the water i.e. Olive Colored water = Olive Colored flies, clear water = white flies and so-on. Chartreuse? I don’t want to see water even close to Chartreuse but it works, sometimes seemingly better than any others, and so, out go the two above theories.
This afternoon turned out to be beautiful, a pleasant change from our recent stint of rain. As we floated the river, we watched a few youngsters from Edinburg bank fishing with their parents and were quite pleased to see they were having success in the catching department.
As you read this, I hope you have just returned from a fantastic trip to your favorite stream or river. As for the fishing, it was great! We caught quite a few bass and sunfish on Sink Tip III and V fly lines, yes there is a lot of water…. All looked great with no signs of illness on any of them.