Smallmouth Bass On-The-Stream Fly Fishing School
Do you want to Learn to Fly Fish? Smallmouth Bass On-the-Stream Fly Fishing Lessons
COVID-19 Changes for 2021 --Updated 3/26/2021 but subject to change. If you are registered for a school we will keep you updated prior to attending the school.
Since some of the restrictions have been lifted, we are intending to conduct a brief presentation/slide show in the fly shop before heading to the river to fish. We will keep you updated. All students will meet out front of the fly shop in Edinburg, Va for a meet and greet. Then students will follow the instructor to the stream for a casting lesson and hands-on instruction in the Shenandoah River. Masks will be required while indoors and can be worn outside if preferred.
No transportation is provided by Murray's Fly Shop or our Instructors.
Still have concerns? A Guided Fly Fishing Trip includes you and your guests with one of our Guides/ Instructors.
Do you have questions? Give us a call (540-984-4212) or send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Learn to Fly Fish in our Smallmouth Bass On The Steam Fly Fishing Schools. Since 1962 Harry Murray has honed these lessons to what we feel are the most informative anywhere. These classes cover the tactics and techniques needed in both Smallmouth Bass and Trout Fly Fishing.
We conduct these Smallmouth Bass On The Stream Lessons at the fly shop in Edinburg, VA. Each lesson begins with a presentation at the fly shop then we drive to either the North or South Fork of the Shenandoah River to learn to fly fish.
Once on the river our knowledgeable and patient instructors will work with you one on one to improve your fly fishing skills, tactics, and techniques. We customize the On-The-Stream Fly Fishing portion of these lessons to meet your specific needs and desires.
The format we use also provides a great "Introduction to Fly Fishing" Class.
This On the Stream Fly Fishing Lesson will provide you with the experience and knowledge to fish smallmouth bass rivers and large trout streams anywhere. You will learn, or brush up on, casting, fly fishing equipment selection (fly rod, fly reel, fly line, flies, wading gear), knot tying, reading the water, entomology, nymphing, streamer fishing and topwater fishing. These techniques and tactics, while successful for fly fishing for smallmouth bass very closely mimic trout fly fishing in larger streams and rivers around the world. We spend the majority of the time on the river to maximize your individual learning experience. Please come prepared to wade in the river and fish for the majority of the day.
(Dale pointing out Smallmouth Bass Food on the Shenandoah River during the On-the-Stream portion of our Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Lesson.)
We provide high quality Fly Rods and Fly Reels for you to use free during these schools. We have a large selection of Fly Rod Outfits for those wishing to purchase their own fly fishing outfit. (Lodging, Wading Gear and Flies are not included.)
What You Bring/Provide:
- Virginia Freshwater Fishing License (available at or fly shop) or online at gooutdoorsvirginia.com
- Chest High Waders are highly recommended for May and early June. From mid June through August we wade wet (wading shoes/no waders) and highly recommend a supportive pair of wading shoes for the day. Hip Boots are not adequate for the Shenandoah River.
- Change of Clothes, Raincoat, Camera (optional)
- Lunch, Water, Sunscreen, Bug Repellent
- You may purchase flies, leaders, fly boxes and other gadgets at the school if needed or you can bring your own if you already have them.
Please read our School Disclaimer below for a more detailed list of recommended items.
A detailed information sheet (where to meet, what to bring, places to stay, etc.) will be emailed to you upon registration.
We maintain a 5:1 Student to Instructor ratio. Cost of school is $196.00 per person
2021 School Dates
Friday June 4
|Monday June 7||Saturday June 12|
|Monday June 14||Friday June 18||Saturday July 10|
|Saturday July 24||Saturday August 7||Saturday August 21|
School Disclaimer and more details
On-The-Stream Schools and lessons are conducted on the stream/river. Our goal is to ensure you have the best experience possible.
Many factors are beyond our control such as heat, cold, rain, briars, tall grass, poison ivy, slippery rocks, ticks, mosquitoes, bees, bugs, falling in, etc. These schools involve moving around in the water and along the stream. Please come prepared to spend the day outside.
*We Strongly encourage wearing hard sole fishing boots and waders from April through mid-June.
*We strongly encourage wearing hard sole fishing boots when wet wading.
We do not recommend open toe sandals, flip flops, aqua socks or kayak style booties.
Long pants are recommended when wading wet since they will provide some protection from briars, grass, poison ivy, etc.
A wading staff is strongly recommended to anyone unfamiliar with wading the streams and rivers of the Shenandoah Valley.
Activity on the stream is roughly equal to walking up 8 flights of stairs over 15 minutes. Please make an honest assessment of your abilities.
Should you find this level of physical activity difficult, please give us a call at (540) 984-4212 to discuss the best option to ensure a good experience learning to fly fish.
A successful and happy student holding a nice smallmouth bass caught in our On The Stream Fly Fishing Lessons.
"Jeff did an outstanding job! I'd do it all over again."--Jack
"Thank you all for a terrific experience. You provided a great deal of new, and very beneficial information in the classroom. The experience with Jeff on the water was marvelous with a total of 9 landed bass (the 10th one was a monster, but my tippet broke--the one that got away story)."--Phil
Other Ways to Learn to Fly Fish
| Mountain Trout
|Guide Trips||Fly Fishing
Visit our fly shop at:
121 S. Main St, (P.O. Box 156) Edinburg VA 22824
or call us at 540-984-4212 for more information