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Designing Flies Podcast

Designing Flies Podcast by Harry Murray

January 2018

Happy New Year!

Since the weather is so cold at this time of the year, this is the best time to design and tie better flies for the upcoming season.

In this fly fishing podcast I will be discussing a sound approach which has helped me in designing flies I personally use and the 68 custom flies I have designed and sell in my fly shop in Edinburg, Virginia.

My approach to design flies consists of:

  • discerning the need for a new fly
  • evaluate existing patterns
  • evaluate many tying materials
  • tie several test flies
  • try these test flies on the fish
  • incorporate the most effective materials and tying styles into your final master fly
designing flies
The Mr. Rapidan Dry Fly which Harry Murray is teaching his students to tie is only one of the more than five dozen flies which he has developed for both trout and bass that are very effective all across the country.

I have learned many tips and techniques from great fly tyers such as Ed Shenk, Charlie Brooks, and Vince Marino.  Many of my patterns have originated by catching a natural fly and looking at the color and matching it.  Then looking to see how the natural fly acts and drifts on the trout stream so that I can get my artificial to act the same way.  The same thing applies for streamers in matching the natural shiners on the bass rivers.

I teach fly tying classes throughout the winter in my fly shop on Saturdays from 10a.m. to noon.  You can see the schedule of all of my fly fishing classes on our website.


Want to improve your Fly Tying Skills?

t Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Trout Fishing NymphAdvanced Fly Tying Class – Saturday March 9, 2013 – 10:00am – Noon
This class is suited for anyone who has tied flies before. Arriving with a basic skill set and a basic understanding of fly tying will ensure you get the most out of this class. We will cover how to tie the Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle, Mr. Rapidan Skater, Housefly, Letort Hopper and Mr. Rapidan Ant.

Advanced Fly Tying Class February 26, 2011

Advanced Fly Tying Class at Murray's Fly Shop
We will have two separate Advanced Fly Tying Classes over the next two weekends.
Saturday February 26, 2011 and Saturday March 5, 2011.
We will cover more advanced techniques which will help you as you improve your skills as a fly tier. These classes start at 10:00am at Murray’s Fly Shop, 121 S. Main Street, Edinburg, VA 22824. You can register online or give us a call (540-984-4212).