Czech Nymphs CZN

The top two CZN’s are from Global Flyfisher site and show a more streamlined nymph profile. The bottom fly was tied by Steen Ellemose of Denmark (2006 Siman Ltd. site). I have tied and fished both styles of the fly. My preference for a CZN trout fly is the more slender profile. I have had best luck with earth tones and if a hot spot is incorporated into the fly’s mid point or thorax design it is small and usually a bright green or orange. I have not experimented with other colors. Really, I have had to pay particular attention with the presentation and staying in direct control. My catch rate goes up significantly when I focus on the line control. I have the same results with a GRHE, an egg pattern or the CZN. But, I enjoy the looks of the CZN. The technique has, thus far, worked for Rainbows, Steelhead, Chinook Salmon, Chum Salmon (no, I did not snag them) and Whitefish.  Also, I have had best luck in 3′ deep or less water. In deeper water, I am distracted by wading and stability. Now, I don’t fish with more than two flies and often just the one. On a lake, I don’t go beyond two flies as that invites trouble, especially at last light. On a river or stream, I know I reduce my chances with  fishing only one or two flies. The last several years on moving waters, I have only fished or nymphed with the CZN’s. Many say flourocarbon tippets are not required but I am a firm believer in the 100% flouro material. I have not had problems with knots or abrasion.    

I would suggest from a short timers experiences that you keep the abdomen of the fly slender and save the gnarly bug look for the thorax area.         

1 Response to “Czech Nymphs CZN”

  1. 1 Steen Ellemose
    May 30, 2008 at 03:04


    I accidently found your website with one of my flies on it.
    I would like to add a comment. The particular fly is very heavy leaded. It is designed to sink deep into the holes of my local river (Grindsted in Denmark) where we can see the graylings shoal in small groups. Often the riverbottom falls some 3 feet in the same distance, and the overall depth in the holes are easy 5-6 feet. Thus you need a heavy fly when your drift is only 6-10 feet.
    Thus the fly is not a typical Czech fly. I do also have the slim type in my box.
    I would categorize this fly as a “bug”.

    Tight lines
    Steen Ellemose


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