Many years ago Harry Murray started conducting "on the stream" schools in the Shenandoah National Park to help anglers better understand these beautiful native brook trout streams. To this day, he finds this type fishing to be his favorite. Murray trout school meet at Grave's Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia at 9 a.m. for a basic classroom presentation and overall discussion on fishing these streams. After the classroom portion, each student follows Murray’s son, Jeff, who teaches the schools to a stream in the Shenandoah National Park for the "on the stream" portion of the school.
Here you will learn:
Casting and Knot Tying
How to Read the Water which includes: 1) identifying where the trout's feeding station is, 2) where to cast your fly so that it drifts naturally to the trout, and 3) how to position yourself accurately in order to get a natural presentation without scaring the fish.
Matching the Hatch--how to select the flies to duplicate the natural insects that are hatching on the stream at that specific time which changes as the season progresses. For example, we use a Mr. Rapidan Dry to match a natural adult mayfly (Epeorus pleuralis). All of these hatch charts are referenced in my book Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park.
Tackle--How to correctly select the tackle that will help you effectively fish the mountain trout streams. Examples: rods, reels, fly lines, leaders, gadgets, and flies.
We keep our class sizes small so that each student has ample time with the instructor. Approximate ratio 5 students to 1 instructor
Stream legal access points for the Shenandoah National Park streams--We have 3 maps geared especially toward the park streams that coincide with my 2 books: Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park and Virginia Blue Ribbon Streams.
These schools are filling up, so check your schedule and register soon. $196 per person
2018 School Dates
Monday, April 9
Thursday, April 19
Thursday, April 26
Monday, April 30
Monday, May 7
Advanced School Dates
Friday, April 20
Friday, May 18