I know this is not a secret technique or new revelation. The flies and technique have been around for many years. But, things in flyfishing are sometimes rediscovered and that is the case with Cz nymphing, Cz nymphs and Polish woven nymphs. The presentation is a bit intense, born out of competition to outfish your opponent. But, honestly. aren’t we often caught up in that intense focus to outfish someone, catch the bigger fish, remark about how many we have caught so far, etc. And, don’t we all talk about relaxing and taking in the sights and sounds and not bringing the frenetic intensity of work to our recreation? So, slow down and use the technique and just fish a little slower. Ha! Right, you’ll slow down until your predatory instinct (you still have it don’t you?…hopefully you have not been sissyfied..gender/neutered yet) sets in. Anyway, let me yet again reinvent the wheel re this technique and fly style.
I love the looks of the Cz and Pol Nymphs and the aesthetics of the curved shank hook. Would a straight shank hook work or just the basic heavy stone fly work? Yes, I am sure they would. Just find the correct water flow and work it with the 2-5′ of fly line out the tip of the rod and the muti-fly laden leader. But, there is just something pleasing about the Euro flies and their ‘buginess’ cannot be denied.
The flies are heavily wrapped or molded with weight, which causes the fly to drift point up, much like a bonefish fly. This, theoretically, should cause less snags. Given the method of dredging along the bottom with the shorter line, there will be hang up and ticks along the way. As they have preached, if you aren’t losing flies you aren’t fishing.
This was the ‘secret’ weapon of Polish and Czech flyfishers, supposedly developed because the East Euro flyfishers did not have sophisticated gear so the ‘pole & string’ set up was common, which relied upon a short flipping action with a short line. Stealth is required and timing of the dredging, dragging, swinging action must be a focused action. This compared to the US method of strike indicators and longer hinged lines or the Spanish Nymphing method of a lobbed longer section of fly line and long leader (10-15′) (no false casting, just swing to the rear, load, lob and shoot), which is also dredged along but farther out.
Some sites to provide info re presentation, tying pattern and equipment:
Vladi Trzebunia, Oliver Edwards, Jan Siman: Research their works regarding the techniques.
Picture is of Polish Nymphs. Look below for pic of colorful Cz Nymph. Also, link above re Siman shows tying technique for Cz Nymph. Really, the technique/presentation is the critical element here. You can still use Prince, Hare’s Ear, Zug Bug, Copper John or your favorite stone fly pattern to follow this suggested pattern.