Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rewards from Learning to Czech Nymph

Over the past 5 years I have spent quite a bit of time teaching beginner and advanced fly anglers how to employ the method of presenting a nymph to fish on a short line in fast water.  This technique is commonly referred to as Czech or Polish nymphing. It is very effective for fishing fast streams such as those found on the west coast of beautiful British Columbia.

Quite often the fish caught Czech nymphing are in the 10-14" inch range, but in some cases surprisingly large fish take the little #10 to #18 nymphs.

Some flies used when I teach the Czech nymph Technique

Our streams have many of the standard insects such as stoneflies, caddis, and many mayfies due to the pristine water conditions.  Using fly patterns that imitate these insects in their nymph stage is critical to the success of the Czech nymph technique.

Adult Stonefly Size #10 are common in June

When teaching we use various rods specifically designed for Czech nymphing such as Admira, Vision Cult, and Sage 99.
Admira 10' 4wt is an excellent choice for Czech Nymphing
The Sage 99 is a great choice for Czech Nymphing

One of my favorite things about using this style of presenting a fly to fish is you never know what you're going to get so you always have to be prepared and remember your tippet strength!  The normal tippet size is 3X or 4X fluorocarbon in our coastal streams.

This small char fell for a nymph presented using the Czech nymphing technique in the Mamquam River in Squamish BC

If you are interested in learning more about this style of fishing there are many books available including one by George Daniel just published this year: Dynamic Nymphing: Tactics, Techniques, and Flies from Around the World  

and if you want to get some hands-on training you can book one of my guided trips here and learn the technique of Czech Nymphing on our beautiful coastal rivers!
Wild Rainbow Trout

Large fish such as this Bull Trout - Salvelinus confluentus can also succumb to small nymphs presented properly


Si Kitchener said...

Hi Clint,

Please forgive me for contacting you by blog comment, though I couldn't find an email address for you.

I work for The Essential Fly in the UK, and have been referred to your blog by one of our customers. I've been asked to contact you to see if we could have a link from your home page to our website

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Tight lines & kindest regards,

Simon Kitchener

Anonymous said...

Awesome article thanks!
Out of curiosity, what hook is that ur using in the photo showing the Admira rod...
Looks bit fine for the Partridge Czech Nymph hook...


Clint Goyette said...


The hook is a Knapek on the Admira Rod.



Clint Goyette said...


I have sent you an email.



Mandi said...

Beautiful Fish (=