Category Archives: Smallmouth Bass

Fly Fishing Tips August 2017

Fly Fishing Tips from Harry Murray

Listen to Harry Murray’s Fly Fishing Tips where he will be discussing various trout and bass tips.

  • His favorite fly rods for fishing the large trout streams in the Rockies as well as the western spring creeks. He explains just what he uses these rods for and the size flies he uses on each one.
  • Using a line hand strike for bass fishing
  • Quantity of flies in a fly box vs. effective flies
  • Fishing the trico hatch and his ploy for fishing some easier trout than one often encounters on this hatch
Fly Fishing Tips-Leaders
I rely strongly on my Murray’s Hand Tie Compound Knotted Classic Leader for all of my dry fly trout fishing because of the fine accuracy and delicacy they give me.
  • The value of using hand tied compound knotted leaders for both trout and bass (read our article on knotted leaders vs. knotless leaders)
  • Tactics he uses when floating the rivers for smallmouth bass that help him catch  many bass from each section of the river.
  • Two tactics he uses to catch carp in the river (olive marauder)
  • Night fishing for smallmouth bass
  • Fishing the tails of the pools at dusk when he finds bass chasing minnows in the shallow water–tactics and flies to use  (Floating Minnows)
  • Tips for fishing for bass against the banks under overhanging tree limbs and fishing the ledges with madtom sculpins
Fly Fishing Tips for Bass
Smallmouth fishing at night just might give you the largest bass of the year. Fish water where you know the banks so you can get in and out of the river safely and when you get a strike set the hook solidly.

 

Fly  Casting Classes

In September Harry  will be conducting two Fly Casting & Rigging 101 Classes that will help you learn or improve your casting techniques.  On our casting lawn, he will teach you how to perform all of the standard casts as well as roll casts, curve casts, and shooting line.  After the casting class you will then proceed back to the fly shop where he will show you how to rig your tackle including the knots to use when putting your line and backing on a fly reel.  We provide the rod and reel outfits for you to use for the class or if you prefer you can bring your own.

September 9  from 10a.m. to noon
September 23 from 10a.m. to noon

 

Virginia Fly Fishing Podcast–March 2017

Fly Fishing Podcast Trout Fishing
The Epeorus pleuralis mayfly nymphs are very active in the mountain trout streams in March and fishing a Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph size 14 on a Murray’s 9ft 5X Trout Nymph Leader with its special indicator system is very effective.

Virginia Fly Fishing Podcast by Harry Murray for March Trout and Smallmouth Bass Fishing

In this fly fishing podcast, Harry Murray discusses the Epeorus pleuralis mayfly hatch which occurs in March on the trout streams around the mid-Atlantic.  He will also discuss the best feeding stations in the pools, the most effective flies and the best tactics and leaders to use.
Flies: Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14, Blue Quill Dry size 16, and Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph size 14

Fly Fishing Podcast for Smallmouth Bass
March is a great time to catch large bass that feed heavily on minnows in the back eddies.

Are you eager to get out on the river and fish for smallmouth bass?  The second portion of this fly fishing podcast, Harry discusses the specific locations in the rivers where you can catch bass at this time of the year.  He also discusses the most effective fly lines, leaders, and the most productive tactics to help you start off your bass fishing season.
Smallmouth Bass Flies: Murray’s Magnum Creek Chub size 4, Murray’s Magnum Darter size 4, Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker size 4

Interested in learning about the smallmouth bass fishing?  Be sure to attend Harry Murray’s Fly Fishing Workshop on the Shenandoah River.  March 18 from 10a.m. to noon at Murray’s Fly Shop in Edinburg.

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
info@murraysflyshop.com
www.murraysflyshop.com

Fly Fishing Podcast Report–November 2016

Olive Mayfly Hatch in this Fly Fishing Podcast
The wild browns and rainbows feed heavily on the olive mayflies when they are this thick on the stream.

This Fly Fishing Podcast Report will cover the trout and bass fishing that we can expect in Virginia  for the month of November.

In the trout portion of this podcast Harry Murray discusses the wonderful dry fly that can be found during the Olive Mayfly hatches and the great Pennsylvania streams where you can catch wild natural reproducing browns and rainbows and the most productive flies.  Need flies to match this hatch?  The Beatis Parachute size 18, CDC Blue Wing Olive size 18 and Mr. Rapidan Parachute size 18 are wonderful to match this hatch.

The second portion of this fly fishing podcast, Harry goes into detail on where to catch large bass in November, the areas the bass are holding in, and the best tactics.  He also explains why he uses a Sinking Line with Fluorocarbon 6ft Leaders.

Magnum Bass Streamer Fly Special with 2 free leaders for $26.00

Spring Creek Fishing on the Letort Fly Fishing Podcast
The Letort is Harry Murray’s favorite stream on the east coast and he gets great dry fly fishing on the Blue Wing Olive mayfly hatch here.

Fly Fishing Workshops from 10a.m. to noon

November 5, 2016–Learning to Fly Fish
November 12, 2016–Fly Casting and Rigging
November 19, 2016–Basic Fly Tying
To see all of our winter workshop or to Register, click here!

Harry Murray’s Fly Shop
121 S. Main St., Edinburg VA 22824
info@murraysflyshop.com
www.murraysflyshop.com

Fly Fishing Report for October 2016

Trout Fishing in October
The Blackfoot River downstream from Lincoln, Montana is one of the most beautiful rivers in the country. I get great streamer fishing here in October for browns, rainbows and cutthroats.

For my  Fly Fishing Report for October I want to discuss the techniques which are effective in fishing streamers for large trout all across the country.  I use these techniques in some of my favorite trout streams including the South Branch of the Smoke Hole in West Virginia, Hidden Valley of the Jackson in Virginia, the Beaver Kill in the Catskills and the Blackfoot River in Montana.  What flies do I use?  My top 6 flies:  Spuddler size 6, Murray’s Black Madtom/Sculpin size 8, Mr. Rapidan Streamer size 8, Murray’s Olive Marauder size 6, Murray’s Black Marauder size 6 and Shenandoah Silver Ghost Streamer size 10

Bass Fishing in October
Jeff Murray catches some of his largest bass by fishing the Murray’s Floating Chub Minnows in the tails of the river pools in October.

For the bass fishing in October I like to use my Floating Minnows. These are effective in catching large bass in the tails of the river pools during early October.  Toward the end of October the bass will move to deeper water then I switch to using the Murray’s Magnum Creek Chub size 4, Murray’s Magnum Darter size 4, and Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker size 4.

Fly Fishing Workshops on Fly Casting, Fly Tying, Trout Fishing, Bass Fishing, Selecting Fly Rod Outfits, and More… starting in November on Saturdays at Murray’s Fly Shop from 10 a.m. to noon

September Fly Fishing Podcast

Trout Fishing September
In September we get excellent trout fishing during the caddis hatch by fishing the Mr. Rapidan Delta Wing Caddis, Tan size 16 with a Murray’s Tan Caddis Pupa size 14 as a dropper below it.

In today’s fly fishing podcast Harry Murray discusses the tactics and fly patterns which are effective for fishing for trout during the Brown Sedge Caddisfly hatch which is on during September. His discussion of fishing the emerging pupa as a dropper below the Mr. Rapidan Delta Wing Dry Fly will help you catch many large trout. Harry also discusses the special feeding stations in the pools where he is catching many trout on the Mr. Rapidan Ants and the special casts which help him.

Over the last three years Harry and his son, Jeff have been developing special Riffle Hitch Techniques and flies which are effective for smallmouth bass. Today Harry describes how to fish this riffle hitch and the new flies which are effective.

Bass Flies:  Bass Skater Shad Streamer #6, Bass Skater Flash Streamer #6, Bass Skater Gold Streamer #6, Shenandoah Blue Popper #4 & #6, Shenandoah Chartreuse Chugger #4 & #6

September Bass Fly Fishing
The clients in our smallmouth bass guide trips quickly master the technique of fishing the riffle cast and catch many large bass with this tactic.

Fly Fishing Workshops on trout fishing, bass fishing, fly casting, fly tying, and more from Murray’s Fly Shop.

Fly Fishing Questions & Answers July 2016

Bass Fly Fishing on the Shenandoah River

In this Fly Fishing Question and Answer Podcast, Harry Murray discusses questions that he has been asked over the last month through phone calls and emails at his fly shop in Edinburg, Virginia.
What type of fly rod should I be using when nymph fishing? How can I enjoy fly fishing when I have hurt my casting arm?  How can I improve my fishing in low, clear water when the fish are easily spooked?  How many reels should I carry with me when on a fishing trip?

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We will be posting another question and answer podcast in the middle of August.

Learn to catch Smallmouth Bass on Popping Bugs

Smallmouth Bass on Popping Bugs Fly Fishing Lesson It’s prime time for catching Smallmouth Bass on Poppers!  Learn the three most productive tactics for catching Bass on Popping Bugs in our Half Day On-the-Stream Class – July 1, 2016 from 4-6pm.

Fly Fishing Podcast–June 2016

There are presently very heavy hatches of sulphur mayflies and the trout are taking the Murray's Sulphur Dry quite well.
There are presently very heavy hatches of sulphur mayflies and the trout are taking the Murray’s Sulphur Dry quite well.

In this fly fishing podcast Harry Murray discusses the outstanding trout fishing that is available now and what we can expect throughout the month of June.  He covers the insect hatches, the best flies to match them and the effective tactics.
Effective flies include: Murray’s Little Yellow Dry Stonefly size 16, Murray’s Yellow Drake Dry Fly size 16, Murray’s Sulphur Dry Fly size 16, Shenk’s Sulphur Dry Fly size 16 and 18, Murray’s Inchworm size 14, Mr. Rapidan Olive Delta Wing Caddis size 14 and 16, Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa size 14.

The natural hellgrammites are reaching their full size now and the smallmouth bass are feeding heavily upon them. The Murray's Heavy Black Hellgrammite will catch many of these large bass.
The natural hellgrammites are reaching their full size now and the smallmouth bass are feeding heavily upon them. The Murray’s Heavy Black Hellgrammite will catch many of these large bass.

The second portion of the podcast is dedicated to the smallmouth fishing we are getting now and what we can expect throughout June. He covers the natural hellgrammite’s actions and the best flies and tactics to catch the bass which are feeding upon them.  He also discusses the great fishing we are getting the Shenandoah Blue Popper by fishing these along the shaded banks.
Effective flies include: Murray’s Heavy Black Hellgrammite size 4 and 6, Shenandoah Blue Popper size 4 and 6

Interested in Learning to Fly Fish?  Check out our On The Stream 1-Day Smallmouth Bass Schools and our Half Day Fly Fishing Lessons

Fly Fishing Questions & Answers Part III

May 2016 Fly Fishing Questions

This segment of our fly fishing questions and answers podcast includes Harry Murray discussing  1) the importance of recording stream notes on a calendar to help plan future trips, 2) mentally marking previous hot spots on the streams in order to return to fish these areas later, 3) the pros and cons of attaching the leader to the fly line with loops vs. needle knots, and 4) camping at the upper forks on mountain trout streams to get great fishing.

Fly Fishing Stream Report May 2016

Taking a guided trip in the Shenandoah National Park and fishing for native brook trout can be very gratifying.
Taking a guided trip in the Shenandoah National Park and fishing for native brook trout can be very gratifying.

Fly Fishing Stream Report for May.  In the first part of this podcast Harry Murray discusses the wonderful dry fly fishing that you can find in May by covering the aquatic insect hatch throughout May, the best fly patterns to match each one and the effective tactics. In the second part Harry discusses the specific sections of the rivers which gives us good smallmouth action in May. He discusses the flies, leaders, and fly lines that help us in the different feeding stations as well as the most effective tactics in the different sections of the river.

Trout Flies discussed:  Professor Dry, Light Cahill, Murray’s Little Yellow Stonefly Dry, Murray’s Yellow Drake Dry Fly, Murray’s Sulphur Dry, Shenk’s Sulphur

Bass Flies discussed: Murray’s Marauder, Shenk’s White Streamer, Murray’s Magnum HogSucker, Magnum Creek Chub, and Magnum Darter

Trout & Bass Fly Fishing Report–April 2016

Native Brook Trout Fishing in Virginia
April is a prime month for fishing for native brook trout in the Shenandoah National Park.

FlyFishing Report for Virginia including native brook trout and smallmouth bass fishing.

April is the favorite month for trout fishing by many serious mountain trout fishermen.  With the ideal stream levels and water temperatures, the trout are feeding and the hatches continue. In this podcast I will be discussing these specific hatches, the order in which to expect them, and what flies to use to match these hatches.  The number one selling fly to match these hatches–Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14.  I fish these on our Murray’s Classic 7 1/2ft 5X Leaders.    Also, check out our new Foam Leader Keepers. These are very handy for those that hate complicated knots and changing tippet material while on the stream.

WHAT FLIES ARE IN MY FLY BOX?

Flyfishing Report -Smallmouth Bass Fishing on the Shenandoah River
Larry enjoying a day out on the Shenandoah River.

The smallmouth bass fishing on the Shenandoah River will start to take off in April as the water warms and the bass start to feed. I like to use streamers which match the natural foods the bass are seeing in the river such as Murray’s Heavy Streamers in Chub, Sunfish or Shiner all in size 6. These are fast sinking streamers which will help get through the spring currents.  I use a Sink Tip III Fly Line with a Sinking 6ft. 2X Leader in fast currents and water over 4 feet deep.  In moderate currents I use a Scientific Anglers Frequency Boost Fly Line with a Murray’s Bright Butt 9ft 2X Leader.  The second part of this podcast includes the areas I like to fish (bank bays) at this time of the year and the productive tactics and gear including rods.

WE ARE NOW REGISTERING FOR OUR BASS FLY FISHING SCHOOLS  (JUNE TO AUGUST)

 

Virginia Fly Fishing Stream Report–Winter 2015-16

Fly Fishing in Virginia in December

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 Workshop Podcast

Fly Fishing Workshops

Learn to Fly Fish with our Fly Fishing Workshop–This November we will be starting our fly fishing workshops on Saturdays in the fly shop from 10a.m. to noon.  I will be covering various topics throughout the winter into the spring including  fly casting, fly tying, trout fishing in the Shenandoah National Park, smallmouth bass fishing in the Shenandoah River and NEW this year Selecting the Proper Fly Rod Outfits.

For more information or to register for a fly fishing workshop …click here   or call 540-984-4212

Fly Casting Workshop

Fly Fishing Stream 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.

Fly Fishing In Early Fall in Virginia.  In this podcast Harry discusses the tactics to use in order to get your best fishing on the stocked trout streams and delayed harvest 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 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 in the fall months.  Effective flies: Murray’s Crayfish size 6, Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker size 4 and Murray’s Magnum Darter size 4

Fly Fishing Stream 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 – Late Summer 2015 with Harry Murray

In this fly fishing stream report 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).

MFS Fly Fishing Podcast for July

MFS Fly Fishing Report July

Harry Murray discusses how to find the trout in the stocked trout streams and the best tactics and flies to use to catch them.
Flies that are working: Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph size 12, Murray’s Yellow Stonefly Nymph size 16, and Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Brown size 12

The second part includes the “change of pace” trout flies that are working well for us that match the natural foods in the mountain trout streams.  Check out our “change of pace” trout fly assortment!

The last segment includes Harry’s new “Escaping Minnow” Streamer Technique as well as fishing hellgrammites and surface bugs on the Shenandoah River for smallmouth bass.  Flies that are working include: Shenk’s White Streamer size 6, Murray’s Olive Marauder size 6, Heavy Black Hellgrammite size 4, Blue or Damsel/Black Popper size 6 and Shenandoah Chartreuse Popper size 6

June 2015 Virginia Trout and Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Reports

Smallmouth Bass caught on the Shenandoah River
Smallmouth Bass caught on the Shenandoah River

 

These fly fishing reports for Virginia covers 3 different areas of fishing: stocked trout streams, mountain trout streams and smallmouth bass in the Shenandoah River.  Harry discusses the tactics to use for each stream and the best flies to use for the water levels and conditions that we have right now.
Best Flies: Murray’s Flying Beetle #14, Murray’s Inchworm #14, Shenk’s Sulphur Dry #16, Murray’s Yellow Drake #16, Shenk’s Cress Bug, Betsy Streamer, Magnum Streamers, Shenandoah Poppers

Trout and Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report for April 2015

Jeff Murray with a smallmouth bass on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River
Jeff Murray with a smallmouth bass on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River

In this fly fishing report podcast Harry Murray discusses in three parts the stocked trout fishing, mountain trout fishing, and smallmouth fishing along with what flies and techniques are working.
Part 1–Stocked Trout Streams and Delayed Harvest Streams–Harry explains how to fish nymphs effectively for the large trout which are stocked in our trout streams.  Effective flies include: Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph size 12, Murray’s Yellow Stonefly nymph size 14, and Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Nymph, Brown size 10
Part 2–Mountain Trout Streams–Harry explains the wonderful fishing which can be found in the mountain trout streams with the tactics and important feeding stations. Effective flies include: Blue Quill Dry size 16, Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14, Mr. Rapidan Emerger size 12, Murray’s Little Yellow Stonefly Dry size 16

Part 3–Smallmouth Bass–You can catch many large bass now by using the tactics and flies Harry discusses today to fish the protected feeding stations in our rivers. Effective flies include: Shenk’s White Streamer size 4, Murray’s Olive Marauder size 6, Murray’s Pearl Marauder size 6

Hexagenia Mayflies and Smallmouth Bass

Hexagenia Mayfly Spinner FlyFishing Scott Radian Fly Rod

Hexagenia Mayfly spinner and the Scott Radian 9’6″ 7wt on a recent evening on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River near Edinburg, Virginia.  The Hexagenia Mayflies are coming off the river in good numbers right now between 6:45pm and 8:45pm and the Smallmouth Bass are eagerly feeding on them.  Go with a 3x Bass Bug Leader, #8 Mr. Rapidan Skater (dressed frequently with SA Dry Fly Floatant or Gink to keep it floating), wade cautiously and be patient.  The tail of the pool has been most productive for me over the years.  Flyfish your Mr. Rapidan Skater upstream, downstream, down and across, dead drift as well as with a slow stripping motion all the while paying attention to which of these techniques produces the best results.

Surface Bass Bugs – Murray’s Fly Shop

Bass Surface Bugs - Murray's Fly Shop - Fishing a Popper close to the shaded banks will give you many bass
Bass Surface Bugs – Murray’s Fly Shop – Fishing a Popper close to the shaded banks will give you many bass

Surface Bass Bugs – Murray’s Fly Shop – Poppers and Smallmouth Bass!!  Here is the most dependable technique I use in my personal fishing with popping bugs and the method the anglers in my smallmouth schools learn quickly and catch many smallmouth bass with. My reason for developing this technique lies on the fact that many large bass choose feeding stations along the shaded banks where the water is from two to four feet deep flowing over a cobblestone stream bottom.  My goal is to fish my Shenandoah Blue Popper size 6 on long drifts as close to these banks as possible with a gentle teasing action. I position myself 40 feet out from the bank and cast my Popper 20 degrees down and across stream so it lands very close to the bank.  Since the fast current between the bank and myself could quickly grab the fly line and pull my Popper off the bank it is imperative that I instantly mend the fly line belly back upstream.  This should be done with just enough force to cause the Popper to move only several inches.  This will assure that the Popper will drift naturally about 5 feet down the river very close to the bank over the bass’ feeding stations.  By this time the current will start pulling on my fly line again and I need to mend the belly back upstream.  However, I’m careful to use only enough force to cause my Popping Bug to move only several inches.  Again I’ll get another 5 foot natural drift along the bank.  Repeating this method the third time assures you that you have effectively fished your Popper naturally 15 feet along the bank. By wading slowly downstream and stopping every 15 feet to repeat this technique you will catch many nice bass.

Fly Fishing on the North Fork of the Shenandoah

North Fork Shenandoah River Fly Fishing with the Murray's Fly Shop support staff - Photo Credit: Kelly Murray Yesterday provided a beautiful afternoon for fly fishing on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River near Edinburg, Virginia with the Murray’s Fly Shop support staff.  Their opinion; it’s still a bit cool to wade wet.  Bring your waders!! and a Teeny 200 or SA Streamer Express 175 to get your flies down to the fish.

Shenandoah River Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report Update

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Shenandoah River Virginia Shenandoah River Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report Update:
The North and South Fork of the Shenandoah are both in great shape and running in the mid 50’s.  Check the Fishing Report for current fishing conditions for both Smallmouth Bass and Trout.

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2014 – Learn to Fly Fish

Murray's Fly Shop 2014 Catalog - Learn to FlyFish in 2014! 2014!! – Make it the year you Learn to Fly Fish!!

Our 2014 Catalogs just arrived at the Fly Shop and if you’re on the mailing list you should be receiving yours in the next week.
Our theme this year is “Learn to Fly Fish!!”  The great outdoors is full of opportunities that don’t include the – “enter your chosen obsession with the techno world”.  The fishing world is a great way to experience the great outdoors; alone or with companions.  Have you already mastered flyfishing?  Teach someone to fly fish!  Need equipment? Give us a call and we probably have some loaner gear you can use to teach a friend or child or spouse or parent.
Fishable water can be found within 10 minutes of 90% of the population of the U.S.A.  –  To help you Learn to Fly Fish we have many opportunities from fly fishing articles to fly fishing classes which are available throughout the year.
Bring your Student ID or Military ID to any of our Winter Workshops and it’s FREE!  Don’t have one of these ID’s?  Bring a friend and it’s FREE for one of you!

Flyfishing and Catching Large Bass in the Ledge Pockets

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Flyfishing and Catching Large Bass in the Ledge Pockets.  Many large bass move into the deep water as the rivers cool.  Earlier we discussed how to catch them in the large deep pools while flyfishing.  Today we’ll look at a different type water that attracts the bass and how to catch them.

Some large smallmouth rivers have limestone ledges that extend all the way across the river forming small natural dams.  They may come within two feet or two inches of the surface of the river and they may be within a hundred to two hundred feet of each other crossing the river.  The water between these ledges can range from three to six feet deep.  Those with water five to six feet deep hold many large bass as the river cools.

This provides some of my favorite and most productive fishing of the year.  First I wade in below the ledge and fish a Murray’s Cream Strymph 4 upstream of the ledge.  By fanning my casts upstream and using a line hand retrieve to swim my Strymph back downstream slightly faster than the current I cover all of the reach from my first location.  Then I wade across the river below the ledge, pausing at 20 feet intervals to repeat this method all the way across the river.  After covering the full width of the river I wade upstream along the side of the river and continue this method all the way upstream to the next ledge.

Smallmouth Bass and Trout Fly Fishing Report Podcast – October 2013

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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.

Virginia Fly Fishing Report for Trout and Smallmouth Bass June 2013

virginia smallmouth bass fly fishing report Virginia Fly Fishing Report for Trout and Smallmouth Bass June 2013.  In the first part of this fly fishing report Harry Murray discusses the fishing on the remote head water streams in the Shenandoah National Park and the best flies to use such as Murray’s Fly Beetle, Mr. Rapidan Parachute, and Professor Dry.
The second part Harry discusses the large stocked trout streams such as Big Stoney Creek along with the flies he recommends: Murray’s Flying Beetle, Mr. Rapidan Delta Wing Caddis, Olive, and Shenk’s Cricket.

In the last part of Harry’s discussion he covers the underwater flies and topwater flies along with the tactics we are using to catch some of our largest bass of the season. These flies include the Olive Marauder, Magnum Hog Sucker and Creek Chub, Shenandoah Blue Popper, and Shenandoah Chuggar Chartreuse.

Catching Smallmouth Bass on Grasshopper Flies

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Catching Smallmouth Bass on Grasshopper Flies provides exciting top water action once mid-summer arrives.  Some of the largest smallmouth we catch each year are taken on our Murray’s Bass Hopper.

The ravenous feeding of the smallmouth bass on natural grasshoppers was shown to me one summer evening as I walked down a hayfield beside the river on my way to a favorite riffle on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.  I heard many splashes in the river close to my bank as I walked down the field.  When I checked the river I saw the bass were rising to feed on the natural grasshoppers I had accidentally chased into the river.  In order to add more hoppers to this natural drifting food line I walked up and down the bank two more times.  By this time there were dozens of hopper on the water with many rising bass.

I entered the river a hundred feet upstream of my feeding bass and carefully waded down to them.  From 40 feet out in the river I cast my Murray’s Bass Hopper 8 in tight against the bank.  I let it drift naturally five seconds and then gave it two gentle two inch strips with my line hand in order to make it like the real hoppers kicking along the surface of the river.  The first bass took my hopper solidly and in the next 200 feet of the river I took over 20 bass, some of which were dandies.

The greatest numbers of grasshoppers are found in pasture fields and hay fields so when I wade smallmouth rivers along these fields I rely strongly on the Murray’s Bass Hopper 8.

On our guided float trips and our own personal float trips this same fly has become one of our most dependable flies for large smallmouth bass.  The technique which works well is to cast the Hopper in close to the bank, let it drift naturally for 5 seconds.  Then impart a gentle two inch stripping action to it every 5 seconds to fish it out 10 feet.  Successive casts are made every 10 feet down the bank as you drift along.

Unlike much smallmouth fishing, this action gets better the hotter the weather because the natural hoppers become more active.  And it stays good well into September.

Smallmouth Feed on Shiners in the Shallows

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Smallmouth bass feeding on shiners in the shallows.  Shiner minnows inhabit the shallow gravel bars and offer one of the most exciting forms of fly fishing a serious angler can find.

In low light situations such as at dawn, dusk and in slightly discolored water the bass move onto the one to three foot deep gravel bars to feed on the schools of shiner minnows which are always there.  However, even in the low light levels the bass apparently are not comfortable in this shallow water for extended time periods.  Consequently they feed on the shiner minnows in a hit and run manner.  That is, they rush onto the gravel bars and grab as many minnows as they can in 5 to 10 seconds.

This feeding spree is manifested to us in what I call a CHASE. We seldom see the bass as they feed on the shiners but we clearly see the schools of dozens of them as they splash across the shallows to evade the bass.  Experience has shown me that it is important to be very cautious when fishing the chase.  Here is a tactic which works well for me.  When you spot the shiners splashing away from the bass I instantly cast a shiner fly such as a Silver Outcast three feet out in front of the fleeing minnows and strip it rapidly through the minnows.  My hope is that the bass will see my fly broadside as an easy target and will take it quickly.  Since the chase only last a few seconds I’ve found that I can make two more searching casts in the area of the chase with a good chance of catching him.  However, if I continue to make many casts there I scare the bass and he leaves the shallows.  A better ploy is to hold my casts, for in many cases he will take up another chase in about five minutes.  This time I’m ready for him and I can shoot my cast out in front of minnows with a good chance of taking him.

Not only is fishing the CHASE a great amount of fun but usually these are some of the largest bass.