Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Workshops

Fly Fishing Workshops at Murray's Fly Shop

Fly Fishing Workshop from Murray's Fly Shop

Are you interested in learning to fly fish? Are you already a fly fishing addict and want to learn some more about it? Maybe you want to learn the joy of tying your own flies. Learn how to fly fish for trout, bass and much more with our fun and interactive fly fishing lessons. Check our our Fly Fishing Workshops, we cove topics from Mastering Trout Fishing, Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park, Bass Fishing on the Shenandoah River, Fly Casting Lessons, and Basic Fly Tying. 

All Fly Fishing Workshops are held at Murray's Fly Shop in beautiful downtown Edinburg, Virginia (90 minutes from the Capital Beltway) on Saturdays from November through early spring from 10 a.m. to noon.  We cover a broad variety of topics for trout fishing, smallmouth bass fishing, fly rod casting, fly line care and fly tying. Harry Murray, author of 14 books, and owner/founder of Murray's Fly Shop teaches attendees in these fun and interactive fly fishing workshops.

The cost is $20 per person (FREE for those with Military ID or Student ID)
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 540-984-4212 or email info@murraysflyshop.com

 

Fly Casting 101 Class

Fly Casting 101 Class

Fly Casting & Rigging 101 Class
Saturdays from 10a.m. to noon
$
20 per person

September 9, 2017

March 3, 2018

September 23, 2017

March 24, 2018

November 11, 2017

April 14, 2018

December 2, 2017

 

If you want to brush up on your fly casting, learn a new cast, or simply try it for the first time then this is the class for you.  On our casting lawn, I 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 we will then proceed back to the fly shop where I 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. Space is limited so sign up today!

  

Intro to Fly Fishing 101 Class

Intro to Fly Fishing 101 Class

Intro to Fly Fishing 101 Class
This class has concluded for 2017.  Please check back.
$20 per person

Get an introductory to fly fishing with this 2 hour class. Using a slide presentation we will give you the basic information you need to understand the various forms of fly fishing which are available to you. We will show you the fishing which you can find in mountain trout streams, trout spring creeks, large western trout rivers, bass rivers and in the saltwater. We will show you the rods, reels, and lines which are used in the various forms of this fly fishing. We will discuss the many angling tools which we use regularly and the waders and wading shoes which are useful. Using specific examples we will show you the numerous flies you can use in all of these forms of fly fishing. With this information you will be able to select the types of fly fishing which you expect to be the most gratifying.  Space is limited to sign up today!

 

Fly Tying Class

Fly Tying 101 Class

Fly Tying 101 Class
Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon
$20 per person

 November 18, 2017

January 6, 2018 

Learn to Tie Your Own Flies!  Many anglers find it enjoyable to spend the winter months tying their flies for the next years fishing season.  This two hour workshop will teach you how to tie dry flies, nymphs, streamers and deer hair bass bugs that are effective all across the country.  This is a very basic workshop that is geared toward beginners and for those that just want to brush up on their techniques.  We do not supply the materials for this workshop.  You can purchase one of our basic fly tying kits, bring your own materials, or just watch as I tie the sample flies. Space is limited so sign up today!

 Tying a Flying Beetle

 Tying Miracle Dark Stonefly Nymph

 Tying Shenandoah Simple Skunk Streamer

 Tying Betsy Streamer

Tying Murray’s Custom Trout Flies Class
Saturday December 16, 2017
10a.m. to noon
$20 per person (does not include materials)

For those of you that have already been tying flies but need a little extra practice or want to learn how to tie some of my specific trout patterns then I recommend that you join us for this two hour class.  I have two goals in this class: 1) I want to teach you a variety of techniques which will help you greatly as you go forward to tie more complicated flies, 2) I will teach you how to tie four of the most productive flies I have designed for trout fishing all across the country. 

Flies we will be tying:

  • Murray's Flying Beetle
  • Murray's Dark Stonefly Nymph
  • Shenandoah Simple Streamer, Skunk
  • Murray's Betsy Streamer

An important part of this class will be my discussion of why I have selected the various components of each fly as we tie it. It is very important that each component contribute to the effectiveness of each fly when we are fishing it.  Example: Why use elk hair caddis on the Flying Beetle or calf tail on the Betsy Streamer?

Requirements:

  • Each participant must have some basic knowledge of fly tying and the recommended age is 16 and over
  • 5 Basic Tools that participant must either bring with them to the class or purchase at the class
    • Vise
    • Scissors
    • Bobbin
    • Hackle Pliers
    • Dubbing Needle
  • Upon registration a complete list of materials needed to tie the 4 trout flies for the class will be emailed to the participant.  Each participant will be required to either bring these materials or purchase them. If you have to purchase all of the materials (not including the 5 basic tools) the extra cost would be approximately $80 for the 4 custom tying kits.

 

 Tying Murray's Heavy Hellgrammite

 Tying Murray's Magnum Bluegill

 tying Murray's Hog Sucker

 Tying Murray's Olive Marauder

Tying Murray’s Custom Bass Flies Class
Saturday February 3, 2018
10a.m. to noon
$20 per person (does not include materials)

 For those of you that have already been tying flies but need a little extra practice or want to learn how to tie some of my specific bass patterns then I recommend that you join us for this two hour class.  This class will teach you how to tie some of the most effective bass flies I’ve developed. The tying procedures we will be using provide you with solid information that will help you design and tie your flies in the future.  As we tie each of the flies I will explain why I felt there was a need for an improved pattern in each category and how I carefully researched the materials available and how each would work in the stream.

Flies we will be tying:

  • Murray's Hellgrammite
  • Murray's Magnum Bluegill
  • Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker
  • Murray's Olive Marauder

An important part of this class will be my discussion of why I have selected the various components of each fly as we tie it. It is very important that each component contribute to the effectiveness of each fly when we are fishing it.  

Requirements:

  • Each participant must have some basic knowledge of fly tying and the recommended age is 16 and over
  • 5 Basic Tools that participant must either bring with them to the class or purchase at the class
    • Vise
    • Scissors
    • Bobbin
    • Hackle Pliers
    • Dubbing Needle
  • Upon registration a complete list of materials needed to tie the 4 bass flies for the class will be emailed to the participant.  Each participant will be required to either bring these materials or purchase them. If you have to purchase all of the materials (not including the 5 basic tools) the extra cost would be approximately $127 for the 4 custom tying kits.

 Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park

 Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park

Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah
National Park 101 Class
Saturdays 10a.m. to noon
$20 per person

December 9, 2017

February 24, 2018

 Learn to Fly Fish! This two hour workshop will feature a slide show and a map review of the Shenandoah National Park in order to share with you my 40 years of fishing in the Park.  My goal is to help you find the best streams, tactics, and flies so that you may enjoy the Park and its trout fishing as much as I do.  The Shenandoah National Park asked me to write a book on the Park many years ago, to which I did.  This book is the official book for the Park--Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park by Harry Murray.  By using this book and the maps we have in the fly shop I can help you find some of the best streams to fish in the Shenandoah National Park.  Most beginners take this 2 hour class and then follow up with our On The Stream Mountain Trout Schools in the spring. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

 

 Nymph Fishing for Trout

 Nymph Fishing for Trout

Fine Points of Nymph Fishing Class
Saturday, January 13, 2018
10a.m. to noon
$20 per person

You can catch many large trout with the techniques, flies and tackle we cover in this two hour workshop. Special water reading is also covered here along with a refined indicator system which helps in detecting the trouts' strikes.  Harry Murray will be using a slide show that will show the various types of water and the best flies used for nymph fishing for trout whether you are fishing in the Shenandoah National Park, stocked trout streams, or in the Rocky Mountains. Space is limited so sign up today!

 

 

 Mastering Trout Fishing Class

 Mastering Trout Fishing Class

Mastering Trout Fishing Class
Saturday January 20, 2018
10a.m. to noon
$20 per person

In this 2-hour class I will be presenting a slide show and lecture to discuss the techniques which are effective for trout fishing both in the East and in the Rockies. Utilizing the information in several of the books I have written I will show the seasonal hatches of the aquatic insects and how to select the specific artificial flies to match these insects. I will discuss the latest techniques for nymph fishing along with the new special leaders we've developed to help detect strikes. The streamer fishing methods for large trout will be discussed along with the most productive flies. I will also be discussing the various fly rods used in trout fishing and how to select the appropriate one for the fishing you plan to do.  Using the books and maps I have in the fly shop I will show you where to find the best trout fishing. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

 Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

 Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass Fishing on the
Shenandoah River 101 Class
Saturdays 10a.m. to noon
$20 per person

February 10, 2018

March 17, 2018

This 2-hour class will show you the best access points on both the North Fork and South Fork of the Shenandoah River by utilizing my master map and the books I have written--Virginia Blue Ribbon Streams and Fly Fishing Techniques for Smallmouth Bass.  I will be presenting a slide show on how to fish streamers, nymphs, and topwater flies in the various sections of the river as the season progresses. There are special discussions on selecting the specific artificial nymphs to match the natural nymphs and the best tactics to use. Likewise, after identifying the natural minnows in the river I will show you how to choose the best flies to match these minnows and the most productive tactics. Topwater fly fishing for bass is one of the most exciting forms of angling so I will reveal the special methods which will enable you to refine your tactics. My goal with this class is to help you find excellent fishing throughout the Shenandoah Valley for smallmouth bass.  Typically students who attend this class end of taking one of our Smallmouth Bass On The Stream Schools during the summer to get hands on experience on the Shenandoah River. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

  

 Spring Creek Fly Fishing

 Spring Creek Fly Fishing

Spring Creek Trout Fishing 101 Class
Saturday February 17, 2018
10a.m. to noon
$20 per person

By using a slide presentation and a discussion in my fly shop in Edinburg Virginia I will show you how to read the water on spring creeks so you can identify the feeding stations and cautiously approach these locations. I will discuss the hatches which Charlie Fox and Vince Marinaro revealed to me on the fine Pennsylvania spring creeks and how to select the best fly patterns to match these. There is a special discussion of the tactics I use each year on the fine Montana Spring Creeks and the most productive flies.  Since I use very delicate tackle on these streams I will discuss the rods, lines, and special leaders which I find are productive. I will explain the special strikes I use with very fine leaders and the tactics which are very effective when striking these large trout, fighting them, landing them quickly and gently releasing them. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

 

Other Ways to Learn to Fly Fish

Mountain Trout
Schools
 Smallmouth
Bass Schools 
Half Day Fly Fishing Lessons Guide
Trips

 

 

For more information you can visit our fly shop at:

121 S. Main St, (P.O. Box 156), Edinburg VA 22824 or call us at 540-984-4212