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Featured Fly: Mr. Rapidan Dry

leah kirk

The Mr. Rapidan Dry is the sire of a family of flies began in the early 1970’s at Murray’s Fly Shop in Edinburg, VA when two gentlemen in Harry Murray’s advanced fly fishing class at Lord Fairfax Community College came to the tie master with a simple request.

“They asked me if I could teach them to tie a dry fly that would float very well in the choppy mountain streams, that would mimic the major aquatic insects which hatch during the first several months of the season and that would be easy for them to see on the stream,” says Murray.  “I thought this was a great idea so I started experimenting.”


Virginia’s greatest fly fishing legend and most ingenious fly tier, Harry Murray has added to Southern Appalachian fly fishing more than anyone else in his great state. The Mr. Rapidan Dry evolved into what is without question the most significant contribution to the region’s rich fly fishing heritage. We all owe Murray’s sometimes overlooked accomplishments a heaping big southern thankie.