Since our fly casting workshops have been so popular I have formed two new dates. May 6 & May 20. These are two hour workshops that will help you get the basics of fly casting. More information…click here.
Murray’s Fly Shop
121 S. Main St.
P.O. Box 156
Edinburg VA 22824
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.
You can prevent your rod guides from collecting ice in cold weather, up to a point. The reason ice forms on your guides is because microscopic water droplets collect on the guides and the rod as your line slides in and out. Once this thin deposit forms it is easy for additional water from the line to build up in the guides. As this continues it can plug the guides and the line will not go through them. To prevent this I coat my rod and guides with a very thin coat of silicone line dressing being sure to wipe off all excess silicone. This prevents the water from adhering to the guides and rod. This helps for a long time. When the ice does form in the guides while you are fishing you can stick the upper part of the fly rod (not the reel) into the stream and swish it around to wash it off.