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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report- February 20, 2017

Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report- Murray’s Fly Shop Smallmouth Bass Streams: The smallmouth bass streams are too cold for good fishing. We can expect this to change shortly. Check out our Smallmouth Bass On The Stream Fly Fishing Schools, Half Day On The Streams Fly Fishing Lessons and Saturday Fly Fishing Workshops.

Trout Fly Fishing Report- February 20, 2017

Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report- Murray’s Fly Shop Mountain Trout Streams: Due to the present warm weather, the mountain trout streams are warm enough to fish. Come into the heads of the streams from the Blue Ridge Parkway, National Forest Roads and Skyline Drive. The best flies now are the Mr. Rapidan Parachute size 14, Spirit of Pittsford Mills size 14 and Murray’s Professor Dry size 14. Delayed Harvest and Large Trout Streams: As the large streams begin getting warmer, the natural minnows become active. They are thus exposed to the trout who feed aggressively upon them. Many of these trout feed in the deep pockets below the riffles where an upstream bounce retrieve with the Murray’s Pearl Marauder size 10, Murray’s Black Marauder size 10 and Murray’s Chartreuse Marauder size 10 are all effective. The materials and tying style we use enable these flies to produce a very realistic minnow action with this jigging action. Check out our Mountain Trout On The Stream Fly Fishing Schools and Saturday Fly Fishing Workshops.

Trout Fly Fishing Report- February 13, 2017

Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report- Murray’s Fly Shop Mountain Trout Streams: The mountain trout streams are too cold for good fishing. Delayed Harvest Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams: One of my most effective tactics for catching large trout in cold water is to use a Scientific Anglers Sink Tip III Fly Line.  I use a Murray’s Fluorocarbon 6 foot 3X Sinking Line Leader to fish a Bitch Creek Nymph size 8 or a Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle size 8 deeply. The deepest pools on the Smith River at Bassett and on the Hidden Valley of the Jackson hold many large trout. Check out our Mountain Trout Fly Fishing Schools and Saturday Fly Fishing Workshops.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report- February 13, 2017

Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report- Murray’s Fly Shop Smallmouth Bass Streams: The smallmouth bass streams are cold but by fishing the slow sections of the deep pools you can catch some good smallmouth bass. The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is good at access point #18 (Meem’s Bottom). The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is good at access point #11 (Seakford). Good flies now are the Murray’s Heavy Black Hellgrammite size 4, Murray’s Heavy Olive Hellgrammite size 4 and Murray’s Heavy Brown Hellgrammite. Check out our Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Schools, Saturday Fly Fishing Workshops and Half Day On The Stream Fly Fishing Lessons.

Trout Fly Fishing Report- February 7, 2017

Trout Fly Fishing Report- Murray’s Fly Shop- Edinburg, Virginia Mountain Trout Streams: The mountain trout streams are too cold for good fishing. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: Even in cold streams you can often catch some large trout by fishing large nymphs deeply. The Bitch Creek Nymph size 8 and the Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle Nymph size 8 both often produce very well for me. One good winter tactic is to fish these upstream dead drift in the deep pockets below the riffles in streams like the Hidden Valley of the Jackson and Big Stoney Creek. Check out our Mountain Trout Fly Fishing Schools and Saturday Fly Fishing Workshops.

Trout Fly Fishing Report- January 30, 2017

Murray’s Fly Shop Mountain Trout, Stocked Trout and Delayed Harvest Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report Mountain Trout Streams: The mountain trout streams are too cold for good fishing. Stocked Trout Streams and Delayed Harvest Streams: A good way to cover the best runs and pools thoroughly and match the natural foods the trout are feeding upon is to fish a Murray’s Shenandoah Skunk Simple Streamer size 10. Fish this on a Murray’s Classic 9 foot 4X Leader. Then come off the bend of the streamer hook with two feet of 5X tippet material. Then attach a Murray’s Adams Nymph size 12 to this. Fish this deeply across stream with a very slow stripping action. This is very effective on Passage Creek, Big Stoney Creek and Back Creek. Check out our Mountain Trout Fly Fishing Schools, Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Schools, Half Day On the Stream Fly Fishing Lessons and Saturdays Fly Fishing Workshops. Harry Murray Murray’s Fly Shop PO Box 156 121 South Main Street Edinburg, Virginia 22824 Phone Number: 540-984-4212 Website: www.murraysflyshop.com Email Address: info@murraysflyshop.com

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report-January 30, 2017

Murray’s Fly Shop Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report Smallmouth Bass Streams:  I have been encouraging everyone to develop new flies for their fishing in the upcoming season. Here are some basic tips I teach in my Saturday Basic Fly Tying Workshops in my fly shop that simplify the fly tying and makes very durable, effective flies.  For example, when tying Deer Hair Bass Bugs, keep the hook shank clear so the hair spins easily. Also use Kevlar Thread and clean out each bunch of deer hair thoroughly with an old toothbrush or deer hair comb before tying it in. When tying streamers, keep the materials sparse so they will sink well. Check out our Mountain Trout Fly Fishing Schools, Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Schools, Half Day On The Stream Fly Fishing Lessons, and Saturday Fly Fishing Workshops. Harry Murray Murray’s Fly Shop PO Box 156 121 South Main Street Edinburg, Virginia 22824 Phone Number: 540-984-4212 Website: www.murraysflyshop.com Email Address: info@murraysflyshop.com

Trout Fly Fishing Report- January 24, 2017

Murray’s Fly Shop Mountain Trout Large Trout and Delayed Harvest Streams Fly Fishing Report Mountain Trout Streams: The mountain trout streams are too cold for good fishing. Large Trout Streams and Delayed Harvest Streams: These streams are too high for good fishing. They should be clear by Friday, January 27, 2017 or Saturday, January 28, 2017. Check out our Trout Workshops we are offering at Murray’s Fly Shop this winter. These workshops are from 10:00 until noon on the listed dates and cost $20.00 per person. Mastering Trout Fishing, Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park and Mastering Spring Creek Trout Fishing. Harry Murray Murray’s Fly Shop PO Box 156 121 South Main Street Edinburg, Virginia 22824 Phone Number: 540-984-4212 Website: www.murraysflyshop.com Email Address: info@murraysflyshop.com

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report- January 24, 2017

Murray’s Fly Shop Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report Smallmouth Bass Streams: The North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River are too high for good fishing. These streams should be clear by Friday, January 27, 2017 or Saturday, January 28, 2017. I am offering Fly Tying Workshops on Saturday, February 4, 2017 and Saturday, March 4, 2017 in my Fly Shop in Edinburg, Virginia. These workshops are from 10:00 am until noon and cost $20.00 per person. If you are interested please sign up online or call us at 540-984-4212. Also check out the list of our other Saturday Workshops we are offering throughout the winter. Harry Murray Murray’s Fly Shop PO Box 156 121 South Main Street Edinburg, Virginia 22824 Phone Number: 540-984-4212 Website: www.murraysflyshop.com Email Address: info@murraysflyshop.com

Trout Fly Fishing Report- January 17, 2017

Murray’s Fly Shop Mountain Trout/Large Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report Mountain Trout Streams: The mountain trout streams are too cold for good fishing. Large Trout Streams and Delayed Harvest Streams: A great way to take advantage of the exciting midge fishing now is to fish a two-fly rig. Use a Mr. Rapidan Midge Dry size 18 or a Birchell’s Hatching Midge size 20 on a Murray’s Classic 9 foot 6X Leader. Then come off the bend of that hook with twenty four inches of 7X using an improved clinch knot. To this attach a Bead Head Copper John Zebra size 18. Fish this dead drift where you see rising trout. If you do not see riseforms fish this rig across stream in the slowest parts of the pools with a very slow twitching action. Harry Murray Murray’s Fly Shop PO Box 156 121 South Main Street Edinburg, Virginia 22824 Phone Number: 540-984-4212 Website: www.murraysflyshop.com Email Address: info@murraysflyshop.com