Posts Tagged ‘Czech and Polish Nymphing


Nymphing: Basics on Bugs

The Fly Fish Company puts out some nice basic video presentations for beginners………here is a Nymphing & Insects one worth watching.

Hare's Ear Nymph by SwittersB


Micro Nymphs (Why They’re Fished)


Red Butt Micro by Loren Williams

Red Butt Micro by Loren Williams

I found this piece by Loren Williams interesting with re to why Czech nymphing was the norm for grayling. With the destruction of mayfly populations, the fly fisher adapted to the remaining caddis populations and the resultant heavy dredging of the beautiful Cz/Pol nymphs. However, the competitive fly fishing venues necessitates fishing to the circumstances or conditions and Williams noted that Czech Nymphing is not always successful where mayflies still exist….hence the micro nymphs that many of us in the West take for granted on certain waters. Size 14 and 16 (smaller if you have the patience to tie and fish) seem the norm for our mayfly matching. Still interesting on the adaptability of competitive anglers. The techniques of East/SE Euro’s, Italians, French and Spaniards is definitely worth additional research in order to see if tricks are to be learned to expand the arsenal. Sometimes, I think we do these techniques in a half assed manner and they work…we just intuitively play around til something works… Others think through these processes and figure out the why’s. Perhaps the difference between recreational and competitive fly fishers.


Czech or Polish or ??? nymphing (historical development of great flies)

Drifting Czech Nymph

Drifting Czech Nymph

 “From what I can gather the Czech Nymph has been around since the mid Seventies.I wouldn’t even hazard a guess as to who invented the original but I suspect it was developed as an alternative to dead-drifting weighted spiders. Originally, I presume they were tied as a general representation of shrimp,caddis etc. The most important thing is too keep profile slim which helps sink rate. This was achieved by using square-cut lead.With todays materials the worlds your oyster.”

“The Czech method requires flies that will sink rapidly, such as heavy and slim Czech nymphs. These nymphs imitate caddis larvae or gammarus.”


Czech, Polish, Spanish Nymphing Basics (the long and the short of it)

Pretty Girl~Blushing

Pretty Girl~Blushing

“The difference between high sticking and Polish nymphing is that the rod is kept low and is not raised as the nymph comes toward you as the “high” in high sticking does. There is no mending in Polish nymphing. Instead, the nymphs are led and, if necessary, gently pulled downstream. This maintains a tight line to the nymphs and the rod leads the flies. In high sticking you try to keep a drag free drift, mending as needed and the rod does not lead the flies, but is kept directly above the flies. The rod is gradually elevated well above your head (hence the name – high sticking) to keep the line off the water as the flies drift toward you. The high rod position is then lowered as the nymphs pass you and go downstream from the angler’s position. In Polish nymphing the nymphs do not pass the anglers position but rather the rod is picked up with a wrist twist at that point and another cast is made. The drifts are very short, 5 ft. long at the most, whereas the high sticking attemps to prolong the drag free drift as long as possible by casting well above the angler’s positon and extending the drift well below the angler.”  To read more about the differences in Czech, Polish and High Stick Nymphing checkout the Yuhina Blog for good associated leads. Nymph box from same blog.

Spanish Nymphing Basics:  (instructional videos)

Please search my blog as well. I have many Czech Nymphing posts…void the search box and enter Czech Nymphing etc.

From Comments Section (I cannot totally decipher what Henry means but if he is due direct recognition perhaps this will help focus attention upon him):

Henry Kanemoto |

I wrote the article that you have taken the quote from.

See my original post on the main page of the Fly Fisherman forun as Silver Creek:

“The blog you refer to took my material and put it up without giving me credit until I requested it.

Please give me rather than the blog credit for my writing.”

From Czech, Polish, Spanish Nymphing Basics (the long and the short of it), 2008/11/05 at 8:40 PM


‘Vladi Worm Replaces the San Juan Worm’ (at least it should)

I am reposting ‘The Vladi Worm’/’Pink Condom Worm’ because it has been buried in the old archives to some degree and I note recent B.C. traffic and want to share it with them as a stream/river option, if they are not already aware of it. The catch, find the color options in condoms or some other latex option. I would want to experiment in not only the pink but perhaps a lighter green. The link has an excellent attachment on how to construct the ‘worm’. I have not been able to try this yet so interested in how it is to tie and fish. But, it looks great, I am sure you agree, and a darn site better looking than the San Juan Worm, albeit longer to tie. Let me know! An earlier gentleman in a prior post, commented upon I believe Crown Condoms providing the right color. Perhaps someone will have to venture into the porn shop to query ‘do you have pink condoms, or green, a lighter green?’ Blank stare. (Romanian blog…show your support)


Czech Nymphing & Snagging (Time and Place)

While exploring a few U.S. sites re Czech Nymphing, I came across a piece in Field & Stream (2007) that alluded to Czech Nymphing being nothing more than snagging and that further, only dry flies or streamers should be utilized. Well, living in the NW I have had many opportunities to observe salmon on their redds as well as Deschutes R. redsides on their redds and that gets immediately to the point: if you can observe the fish and move in close to holding fish and present your weighted offering in such a way as to line the fish’s mouth or snag the body then I would agree that is snagging and is unsportsmanlike. If, however, you are fishing blind and suspect fish holding in an area, I do not believe that is snagging or unethical if the fish’s mouth is lined.

Now, if you have observed any footage of czech nymphing then you know that at the end of the drift the rod is jerked downstream prior to the pick up and reslinging back upstream. That move is a sketchy one, but again if you can’t see the fish then not sure if that is unethical. But it’s close isn’t it…if I am on some back feeder stream, which flows into Katlian Bay near Sitka, that stream at low tide is going to be black with salmon backs and of no sporting value to a fly fisherman interested in a cast, fish follows and takes approach. But wait six hours and that stream is up considerably with the tide and now the fish are not visible….yet they are still wall to wall beneath the surface out of view. I know they are there. Now, because I can’t observe them should I cast, drift and set at every bump knowing they are there. I guarantee the vast majority will be snagged. So my ‘observe’ standard is possibly flawed. What to do? I think it comes down to the behavior of the fish: are they spawning or stacked up moving in to spawn? If so leave them alone. If not, then it is unlikely fish will be so confined as to be subject to snagging (at least not so easily).

Is any technique not employing a dry fly inherently unworthy to the dry fly purist? I think the Czech or Polish nymphing technique or the standard strike indicator nymphing technique are all subject to snagging a fish that slashes at our offering now and then. But that is rare. I have had fish rise and miss or attempt to drown my dry fly and snag themselves on the fly as they descended from the surface. Mierda happens! So it is, as always, an ethical question for the fly fisher, often encumbered by looming enforcement.   

It is my ethics, my intent, my obsessiveness that really determines how this plays out. What do I intend and what do I do when I inadvertently snag a fish….especially a salmon. Personal ethics should dictate. Just be careful if the Fish & Game/State Trooper is lurking nearby that your technique does not suggest something unsporting.               


Czech & Polish Nymphing (How To Info~Pretty Good)

This site leads to a pretty informative Part 1/2 on how to actually fish the Czech or Polish technique. Several small but precise tweaks suggested on how to manipulate the line and what not to do.



Pink Condoms & the Vladi Worm

The Vladi (Vladi Trzebunia) Worm is a weighted imitation of an aquatic worm. It is shown in the tutorial site below. Now, I am faced with searching out bubble gum pink condoms or perhaps lime green ones as well. Never paid much attention to the colorized versions so this will be an interesting search. I wonder if there are alternative materials? Note the one important tip the author gives on leaving the condom rolled up (as it comes out of the wrapper) and then cutting it into halves/quarters, then unrolling it. He didn’t mention lubed/non-lubed. The ‘fly’ looks much more enticing than a San Juan Worm, yet I wonder if this is yet another example of how silly fisherman are in following all manner of unique/obsessive edicts from promoters of the latest and greatest. (Romanian Flytying-good stuff…no, you don’t need to understand Romanian) (Good Romanian blog…check it out)

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