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Murray’s Fly Shop 55th Anniversary

leah kirk

For the last 55 years Murray’s Fly Shop has been a formative component of modern fly fishing in Virginia. Founder Harry Murray can rightly be called the Godfather of fly flicking on waters of the Shenandoah River watershed. It is the oldest full service fly shop in the Southern Appalachians.

“I started Murray’s Fly Shop in Edinburg, VA in 1962 to provide top quality tackle and flies for serious trout and smallmouth anglers,” says Murray.

When asked if 55 years ago, did he foresee the current level of interest in fly fishing in Virginia that exists today, Murray said, “Fifty-five years ago there were many serious fly fisherman for mountain trout in my part of Virginia, but they did not travel very far from home as anglers do today. There is definitely more interest today.”

When asked what he believes his fly shop has given fly fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Murray said, “I believe my fly shop has helped anglers find good fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains with the schools I conduct, the book I have written and the flies I’ve designed.

“Many anglers are surprised to find there is such good trout fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains for wild trout. If one is willing to walk several miles into the remote sections of these streams the dry fly fishing is superb. Many of these streams and access points are covered in my books: Virginia Blue Ribbon Streams and Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park.”

STM wishes Harry Murray another 50 years of promoting fly fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains.