Music in the Mountains Blog- Murray’s Fly Shop- Edinburg, Virginia
The next time you hike into a mountain trout stream from a ridge high up on the mountain, pause before descending far down the trail. Listen to see if you can hear the stream far below. Possibly you will discern a subtle low rumble that may remind you of the low notes of a tuba. Descend further and you may detect more of the flowing of the stream resembling a French Horn picking up the tune. Another thousand feet down the trail, as you approach the stream, the gurgling melody of the stream resembles a clarinet picking up the lead.
This music of the trout stream accompanied by the beautiful melodies of the songbirds is a wonderful reward nature provides in the mountains.
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
In this Virginia Fly Fishing Stream Report, Harry Murray discusses the trout fishing in March including the natural nymphs that are active early in the month and what flies to use to match the hatch. He also discusses the importance of the water temperature and how this prompts the nymphs to emerge into the adult flies.
Which dry fly to use? It’s a question often asked by many even experienced anglers. Many mountain trout streams have good hatches of stenonema vicarium mayflies at this time and the trout feed heavily on both the duns and the spinners. Fish a Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry 14 both to the rising trout and as a searching pattern and you’ll get great action.
We are currently filling our Mountain Trout On-The-Stream Schools which take place in the Shenandoah National Park. These schools focus on the tactics and techniques for catching trout in high gradient streams. We are blessed with great numbers of Native Brook Trout throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains and these schools focus on the intricacies involved in catching these beautiful fish. Bring your lunch, license raincoat and waders/ hip boots and we will bring the rods/ reels and fishing guides. We start each day with a slide show then head to the stream for some real world classroom lessons.
The dates for these schools are: April 4-5, April 14-15, April 18-19, May 2-3 Register Online or give it a go the old fashioned way, 540-984-4212 and talk to one of us.
The maple trees along the river are pushing their buds and the crocus have arrived. I usually think of the first hatching Quill Gordon Mayfly’s in the Shenandoah National Park arriving about 10 days or so after the crocus in my yard. The fishing continues to be slow due to cool stream temps as a result of the melting snow. The best success on the mountain streams will be found in the lower stretches over the next week and if you can find a south facing area all the better.
Great Fly Fishing awaits! The Brook Trout in the Blue Ridge Mountains are feeding like crazy! Expect to find a lot of hatching mayflies: March Browns, Light Cahills, Gray Fox’s, Little Yellow Stoneflies and Caddis Flies are coming off in abundance on many of these streams! If you are waiting for the fishing to get good…. You are about to miss it. A Mr. Rapidan Dry #14 or #16 or #16 Murray’s Little Yellow Stonefly fished on 5x tippet with a drag free drift is unstoppable! Check out the Trout Fishing Report at www.Murraysflyshop.com