Posts Tagged ‘czech nymph



23
May
08

Czech Nymph Images

http://www.czechnymphs.com/fly_index.html   Here are hundreds of images of Czech Nymphs at this great site. Note the slender/sparse abdomen on almost all of the patterns. I believe that characteristic separates it, as a pattern, from the similar scud pattern.    

 

30
Apr
08

Scuds and Stillwaters (Ian James pattern and info re scuds)

 

My sights are set upon scuds and this is a perfect pattern. Fine tune the colors of the blended dubbing as Ian James has and give thought to the bead’s color. I like this pattern a lot and will soon be experimenting on the materials. In the meantime check out James’ article on Scuds….very informative! 

 

http://www3.sympatico.ca/ianjames/scudflyfishing.html

www.ianjames.info

25
Apr
08

Czech Nymphing Info (Link)

I found the attached link(s) to be very helpful. They provided a slightly different ‘how to’ perspective and they are written in a manner that seems more natural to me.  http://www.czechnymphs.com/tactics.htm       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21
Apr
08

Czech Nymphing Technique

So far, this is what I have learned about Cz Nymphing based upon dredging and slinging the Czech Nymph and any other nymph: keep the leader under 9′. Start with one fly, maybe two and at first have about 3′ to 4′ of flyline out of the top guide. This will enable you to stay fishing with a short line but also able to load it easier. As the timing improves then shorten the exposed flyline a few inches until only a couple feet extends beyond the tip of the rod. I find it best to not wade beyond mid thigh. In high sticking in hip deep water, I lose contact with the bottom and it is more taxing to reload and cast. I still find more success in normal flowing water to use fluorocarbon tippets. Some would say it does not matter in such turbulence. But I have come to build increased success using the fluoro. I find I increase my pace and intensity while fishing this way. If I am not prepared to focus to this degree, I am less successful. Obvious, yes. But, the technique does require constant focus, motion and visualization to be successful. I have had success with this technique, of late, whether I use a Czech Nymph or say a Prince Nymph or heavily weighted Renegade, for example. I really do love the aesthetics of the Czech Nymph and prefer it solely upon the looks. But, the superiority of the fly over more conventional patterns is debateable. But, my fuzzy Czech Nymphs have worked great! The pace of Cz nymphing is slightly more intense than swinging a wet fly or steelhead/salmon fly or presenting a drag free drift. It is definitely best to keep your line short and focus right before you. As for fly sizes, I have had success with the bigger size 10/12’s as well as the 14’s. The trout and whitefish seem to hit the bigger fly as readily as a size 16. As for equipment, I have been using a typical floating line (WF) on a 5/6 wt. rod. The rod is  9′ 6″ and the medium action helps the loading and slinging. I am looking forward to warmer weather and more insect activity to see if this increases the rate of success.           

18
Apr
08

Czech Nymph Tying~Improvements Needed

Some observations thus far in tying less than stellar imitations of Czech Nymphs: I hope to refine the following areas~inner ribbing should have more flash, so wider ribbing and the outer ribbing would be wound in between the inner wraps; the abdomen must be much less fuzzy and either be fine dubbing, some form of thin yarn like material but whatever is used less straggly or I might as well be tying scuds. I am mindful of gills on Callibaetis and other mayfly nymphs, but again I am trying to copy an established pattern as opposed to various insects (mayfly/caddis/scuds/sowbugs). My shellback or foil is drawn up so tight as to be almost invisible along the top; I am satisfied with the thorax area but have not perfected the ‘hot spot’ just behind the thorax wraps. I seem to wrap over the hot spot and deminish its’ impact.   

17
Apr
08

Czech Nymph Info~nice UK Site

  http://www.czechnymphs.co.uk/MainPage.htm

 

 

 

15
Apr
08

Czech Nymph to the Macro

Well, I genuinely tried to tie one buggy and one sleeker. The one on the left was with Kudra dubbing and the one on the lower left was with a dubbing brush. The lens’ ability to highlight stray this and that shows how all those stray hairs will add so much life to each nymph. These were on a size 14 hook and I would have sworn the left fly was as tightly dubbed as possible. Also, it is apparent I cannot take crisp shots ala Hans Weilenmann. I am sure it is the lens, lighting and an unsteady hand. Obviously, I need to improve on my tying and photography.  But, these will catch fish! When I tied these two flies I thought the shellback or foil would be overly visible. From the photo angle the shellback is not even visible. I used gold and silver ribbing for the inner and outer ribbing. You cannot even see the inner ribbing. When you look at photos of Siman’s CZN it is apparent that they are tied sparser and that he trims the upper and side portions of the dubbing before pulling the foil/shellback over the top. The fuzziness of the nymphs won’t detract from their effectiveness, probably even enhance their effectiveness. However, seeing as how the visual aesthetics of flytying is often important to our establishing the worthiness of a fly, I long ago have compromised on my expectations of appearance. I rarely tie ‘perfect’ flies. Their bugginess is rationalized to ‘they will catch fish’ and you know what, they always do. Almost without exception my creations catch their fair share of fish. As you undoubtedly know, presentation is often more critical than the actual fly. With the exception of the often expressed selectivity of finicky fish on spring creeks most fish will take less than perfect imitations if the presentation/location is adequate. Thank goodness for that because I don’t have and probably never will have the discipline to tie exacting imitations of insects. There, I have rationalized and excused my sloppy tying and I feel all the better for it! Flytying is less of an art form for me than as a means to an end. It results in the sensory stimulation on the end of that line I require and crave. It satisfies my puzzle solving needs. And, lastly it somewhat satisfies any artistic/creative streak I have. I never was one much satisfied with school art projects other than they were a diversion from math.           

 

 

 

 

 

11
Apr
08

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.         

11
Apr
08

Czech Nymphs~for your obsessive CZN searching fix

 

 

I did not tie these, but rather borrowed them from the SE Flytying Forum (Czech Nymph Swap) for your gratification. I have overwhelming hits re CZ Nymphs so your interest in this is apparent. I wanted you to at least have something appealing to look at and help motivate your tying going into the weekend.  What these show are the inner and outer ribbing that the pattern calls for. Some that you see only have the exterior ribbing and are akin to a scud pattern in construction. Check out the forum and enjoy some nice flies.

http://www.southeastflyfishingforum.com

08
Apr
08

Czech Nymph Materials for Caddis

This Caddis pattern was created from the dubbing brushes so popular now for Cz Nymphs. Now of course, the same look is attainable without a ‘brush’. The brushes come in sets and each end of the brush is the darker thorax part. The only small annoyance I have noted is you have to know how far up on the lighter colored fur of the brush to go for a tie in point. Then if you wrap forward correctly you reach the darker dubbing just as you wrap the thorax portion. I have not perfected this quite yet and of course it is no biggy. Mostly, I still dub one portion at a time. But, these are nice and premade, if not a bit defeating of the purpose of employing the various skills of tying. Oh well, synthetics could be viewed the same way in lieu of natural components. These same brushes are available via flytyingspecialties.com (Steve Korbay) and Siman Ltd. (Jan Siman). Eventually, Korbay advises he will soon carry the device that spins the dubbing brushes on thin wire. They are a bit expensive but can be viewed on Siman’s site. Those crafty ones amongst you could replicate it I am sure.     

This pattern, although a Caddis, could be a dandy little mayfly nymph with a tail of mallard, teal or whatever.    




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