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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.

Take a Youngster Fishing

Jeff Murray Fly Fishing Murray's Fly Shop VA
When Jeff Murray was younger, he loved going fly fishing with his father, Harry Murray. Kids love to catch fish!

I started my son, Jeff, fly fishing when he was five years old. He enjoyed it tremendously. He learned fly fishing very quickly and it gave us many wonderful trips and memories together.
As I have helped many youngsters over the years, I have discovered that the main goal they have is to catch fish. It does not matter if they are trout, smallmouth bass or panfish, they just want to catch fish, the more the better!
I always try to find places for them to fish where the water is not over knee-deep on them and where the weeds along the stream are not over knee-deep. My goal is for them to have a great time and a memorable trip.
We are now offering special “Fly Fishing Schools” for kids from 8 years old to 16 years old. We provide the rod, reel, stream access and instruction. See our website for dates and information.

Hot Spots

I find it rewarding and exciting to mentally mark the hot spots of each days fishing and then take advantage of this on my future fishing trips. Knowing where that exceptionally large smallmouth bass lived on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River close to Edinburg, Virginia enabled me to catch the large smallmouth bass several times over the years. The upper section of Lemar with the big boulders below the last bridge always produce several large cutthroats. And the most productive area on the Outer Banks for sea trout was twenty four power poles North of Buxton in the Sound.

Beautiful evening on the North Fork

North Fork Shenandoah River Sunset A beautiful day in the Shenandoah Valley seemed fitting for a bit of time on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River near Edinburg, VA.  Water temperatures in the high 30’s to low 40’s has the bass waiting for food to bounce in their mouth.

Frosty Mornings

Hoar Frost somewhere on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River near Edinburg, VA This morning on the bank of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River near Edinburg, VA.


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.


Hyde Skiff on the North Fork

New Hyde Rocky Mountain Skiff Fly Fishing Boat
New Hyde Rocky Mountain Skiff, Val and Gracie ready for a Thanksgiving mid day float on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. Â There are still a few bass willing to play. Â Fish slow and deep.

Smallmouth Bass River Report

North Fork Shenandoah River Smallmouth
North Fork Shenandoah River Smallmouth

For those of you interested in Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing in Virginia, check out the Smallmouth Bass River Report from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. There are quite a few interesting numbers like a 14 inch Smallmouth Bass in the South Fork of the Shenandoah is typically over 10 years old.