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Fly Fishing Podcast for December 2016

Charlie Brooks with Harry Murray
Charlie Brooks taught Harry Murray a great deal about trout fishing on the big western rivers.

In m December Fly Fishing Podcast I am going to discuss the trout fishing and the bass fishing that we can expect to see over the next month and the best tactics to use.

December can provide some excellent fly fishing for large browns and rainbows in large trout streams all across the country.  In order to take advantage of this great action my friend Charlie encouraged using a two or three nymph rig fished along the stream bottom in the areas where the stream bottom was covered with many basketball size stones.  I still use this method today along with my Swing Nymphing Method when fishing in smaller trout streams.  The most effective flies that I discuss in the fly fishing podcast for trout include: Murray’s Roadkill Nymph, Black size 6 & 8, Casual Dress Nymph size 6 & 8, Murray’s Strymph, Olive size 4 & 8, Bitch Creek Nymph size 6 & 8, Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph size 14, Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph size 12, Murray’s Caddis Larva size 14, and Murray’s Yellow Stonefly Nymph size 14

Since the bass fishing has slowed down I want to discuss an effective approach for developing and tying your own bass flies that will help you catch more bass in your own waters. A logical starting point is to consider the areas you fish and look at the specific flies you fish in each situation and are these flies productive or not.  I will be discussing my Murray’s Hellgrammite, Strymph, Magnum Streamer Series, and Floating Minnows.

Workshop on Fly Tying
If you are interested in tying your own flies, then consider taking one of my fly fishing workshops.

My next fly tying class will be on Saturday, January 14 from 10a.m. to noon at Murray’s Fly Shop.
For more information visit our website or stop by my fly shop at
121 S. Main St, Edinburg VA 22824    Ph 540-984-4212

Fly Fishing in Virginia in November & December

Fly Fishing November December
You can still get some good fishing throughout November and December if you know where to go and what to use.

Each year I get asked, “What kind of fly fishing can I expect for November and December in Virginia?’

November and December provide outstanding  fly fishing for large trout and smallmouth bass. However, the cooling streams and the natural foods change the feeding habits of the fish and we get our best results by adjusting our fly selections and angling tactics accordingly.

In order for you to get good fishing I will break down my three favorite forms of angling at this time of the year. First we’ll look at my favorite Pennsylvania fishing, then we’ll discuss Virginia’s Delayed Harvest Streams and large stocked trout streams and finally I’ll cover the smallmouth fishing.

Click here to read more of my fly fishing guide where I cover the stocked trout streams, delayed harvest areas,  and smallmouth rivers.  I go into detail about the techniques to use, what flies to use, fly lines, and fly rods that will help you get the best fishing.

Don’t forget I will be holding fly fishing workshops on Saturdays in my fly shop from 10a.m. to noon.  I cover many topics including fly tying, fly casting, trout fishing, bass fishing and selecting the proper fly rods.  To see the schedule and to sign up…visit our website.

Harry Murray’s Fly Shop
121 S. Main St.
Edinburg VA 22824

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).

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.

Large Bass Go Deep in Cold Water


As the rivers temperatures drop the bass undergo a mini migration to deeper water which can range from five to eight feet deep.  I switch to a SA Sink Tip III Line or a Teeny 200 Sinking Head Line at this time.  Good flies are the Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker size 4 and the Murray’s Magnum Creek Chub size 4.  In order to get good depth I use a 5 foot leader.

One of my most productive tactics is to wade or float down the shallow side of the river of these deep pools.  I start in the head of the pool and cast across stream.  After my streamer sinks deeply I swim it slowly across the stream bottom by stripping it six inches every ten seconds.  I move slowly downstream stopping every five feet to repeat this same fly-swimming action.  This methodical tactic shows your fly to every large bass in that pool so take your time.

Setting the hook on these deep swimming flies requires special attention to assure a high percentage of hooked bass.  My favorite tactic is to use a fast line hand stripping action while lifting the rod firmly.  I use 10lb. or 12lb. leaders to avoid breaking the bass off on the strike.


Trout and Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report Podcast

Trout and Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report Podcast
Trout and Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report Podcast August 2013 for the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia:  Listen in as the first part of this report Harry Murray discusses his “change of pace flies” for the mountain trout streams and the tactics to use with these wary trout.  In the second part the fly fishing podcast we continue with the large stocked trout streams on where to fish and what flies to use.  The third part consists of the best tactics to use for smallmouth bass during this unusually cooler weather and the Hexagenia hatch.
Flies discussed included: Murray’s HouseflyShenk’s Cress BugShrimpMagnum Creek ChubPoppersMr. Rapidan Skater

North and South Fork Shenandoah River Fly Fishing Report

North Fork Shenandoah River Muddy and High

The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is currently in great shape at Strasburg, VA but upstream from Edinburg, VA to Fulks Run, VA there is a lot of water. The USGS Streamflow Gauges show that the river has reached it’s crest on both the Mt. Jackson Streamflow Gauge and the Cootes Store Streamflow Gauge. This is what we call “quick water”. Quick water leaves the area quickly because it fell in a short time frame and was not able to soak in. This doesn’t help the water table, it is mostly just a speed bump in the Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing. Fortunately you can usually get ahead of or behind the extra water as it moves through the Shenandoah Valley.

The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is currently in great shape from Luray, VA downstream to the Potomac River. The USGS Streamflow Gauges show the river has reached it’s crest on the Lynnwood, VA Streamflow Gauge. This water will move through quickly as well but there is a lot of it.

The North Fork of the Shenandoah River and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River will both have “fishable” areas through the weekend. Give us a call if you need help determining where the extra water is or track it on the USGS Streamflow Gauges.

Stream Report March 4, 2011

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report
Smallmouth Bass Fishing North Fork Shenandoah River No smallmouth yet but I did pick up some very large fall fish 2 days ago on a Murray’s Heavy Hellgrammite. Fish these deeply with a Sink Tip III Line. Other flies that can be productive early in the season are Murray’s Black Madtom 4 and Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker 4.

Trout Fishing Report

Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph for Trout Fly Fishing The streams are still cold but many large rainbows have been stocked in some of our best large streams. Two of my favorites are the Bullpasture upstream of Williamsville and Big Stoney Creek below the springs west of Edinburg. Be versitle in your fly selection to match the whims of the trout.

The trout in the mountain streams will start feeding shortly as the Epeorus pleuralis mayfly nymphs become active. You will find these in the lower parts of the riffles and just below the riffles. I designed the Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph to match these so fish this in size 14 upstream dead drift on a 5X Classic Leader with two SA Indicators spaced along it. The lower reaches of the streams will give you the best fishing because there may still be some ice in the upper reaches. Other flies that are effective in these streams early in the season are the Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph 12 and the Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa 12.

Harry’s Fly Fishing Podcast 8/16/2008