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Fly Fishing Podcast On Leaders and Casting

Fly Fishing Podcast on Leaders and Fly Casting by Harry Murray

In this months Fly Fishing Podcast I am discussing the many different leaders that I have designed and when I use these leaders. All of these leaders are hand tied knotted leaders which I prefer over the knotless leaders.

  • At this time of the year (late February-March) I use a Trout Nymphing Leader that has two Scientific Anglers Indicators on it.  These cast smoothly and work well with my nymphs.
  • In the spring I use a Classic Leader (either a 9ft or 7 1/2 ft.) for my trout fishing.
  • The Bright Butt Leaders I use for my bass fishing from spring to fall.  These leaders have a Scientific Anglers Indicator that I use for strike detection but also as a depth indicator.
  • I use the  Fluorocarbon Leaders for my shooting heads and sinking fly lines.
  • The Bass Bug Leaders  I designed for the fishermen down south that are throwing size 2 or bigger flies.
  • The Big Game Leaders I use in the Outer Banks or for saltwater fishing.
Fly Fishing Podcast on Leaders and Casting
Podcast on Casting–Using popcasts enabled Mr. Downey to achieve great accuracy in this water and to catch many trout.

The second part of this months Fly Fishing Podcast covers the many types of fly casts and a discussion on when and how to achieve the perfect cast.

  • Flip Cast
  • Puddle Cast
  • Lazy S Cast
  • Pendulum Cast
  • Roll Cast Strike

This is also the time of the year that many of you (myself included) like to hike into these remote areas and fish.  I strongly urge you to be prepared before hiking into these remote areas.  First, always have a map of the area you plan to hike/fish in your pocket or vest and keep it with you at all times.  Second, I recommend carrying a Satellite GPS Personal Locator Beacon so that if you should fall or have a medical emergency someone will be able to find you.  DO NOT rely on cell phones for maps or satellite service as many of these remote areas do not have cell phone service.

Fly Fishing Tips Podcast

Fly Fishing Podcast – Fly Fishing Tips by Harry Murray

November 2017 Questions and Answers Podcast

In November’s Fly Fishing Tips Podcast discusses various tips that customers have asked for help with over the last several months.

  • The importance of drinking plenty of water even in the winter time while hiking so that you do not get dehydrated while you are out in the backwoods.
  • Benefits of using a pop strike to help you drift the fly right over the trout naturally and catching the trout without stressing it.
  • Designing new flies that you can use in the next season. Winter time is the best time to tie your flies for the upcoming season. Our next basic fly tying class is January 6.
  • The misconceptions on leaders and tippet.  When you purchase a leader, do you need to add tippet to the leader?  Absolutely not!  Find out when you will need to add tippet to the leader in this podcast.
  • Standard Hook Sizes–How can you tell what size hook you have in your fly tying box.
  • Winterizing your fly rod to keep the ice off the guides while fishing your favorite trout stream using either Glide Line Dressing or Scientific Anglers Line Dressing
  • Discussion on flip casts and false casting
  • Advantages of having a hide-a-key hidden when out on a remote stream fishing
Fly Fishing Tips by Harry Murray
In order to help prevent my fly rod from collecting ice in the guides during the winter, I clean it good and often by dressing it with a line dressing then rubbing it down.


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Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10a.m. to noon, I will be conducting a class on fishing the Shenandoah National Park–best techniques and streams. Space is limited so sign up today!



Many beginning anglers make much longer casts on mountain trout streams than is required. This robs them of accuracy and delicacy. Most of all it robs them of their chance of getting a drag-free fly drift.
I recently showed a group of beginning anglers how to preform my “Flip Cast”. In a few minutes they were all making perfect presentation casts.
Holding the fly in my line-hand I have ten feet of slack line hanging between the rod tip and the fly.  I bend over and move in low and slowly to the spot I plan to make my presentation cast. The fly rod is help perpendicular while still holding the fly tightly in my line hand and retaining the ten feet of slack. I snap the fly rod forward and release the fly as the fly line rolls forward and presents the fly accurately to the target. You will be well pleased with the accuracy and delicacy you can achieve with my Flip Cast. Do not confuse this with a bow and arrow cast which lacks this accuracy.