Fly Review

Butano Nymph Fly Tying Video – Tactical Fly Fisher

Devin Olsen is one of the leading competitive fly anglers in the world. Recently he put together this video with fly tying instructions for one of his most productive nymphs. I can attribute most of what I have learned about Euro Nymphing to Devin and he has never lead me astray. For this reason, I highly recommend this video, and if you are searching for any of the materials used on this pattern, they are all for sale on his website The Tactical Fly Fisher.

Pay Czech – New for Rainy’s 2016!

At first I was intimidated to tackle a technique that was fairly new to me known as weaving flies. The final nymphs I had seen other tyers produce had amazingly intertwined bodies with a dark top and light bottom that looked fishy as can be! Derek gave it a shot early on and produced some sweet looking patterns that ended up catching decent numbers of fish on our local rivers and streams. I soon gave in and decided it was time to weave. I made the most interesting observation after only a few dozen flies, this technique is actually pretty easy and can make for some great looking bodies on flies. This particular pattern incorporates the techniques used by many others in the past, but we feel that the combination of colors, and the particular materials used make this nymph special. The Pay Czech has also been picked up by Rainy’s Flies to be sold in fly shops worldwide starting in 2016.

What all do woven nymphs imitate? Caddis larvae, cranefly larvae, aquatic worms and leaches… my guess is all of the above. They fish well on most rivers and streams that I have tried them on. They seem to have just the right amount of attractiveness mixed with the imitating appearance of the natural existing aquatic invertebrates that really drive trout crazy. Pay Czech Fly Pattern - Tan and Pink

For the past few years Kohler and I have been fishing woven fly patterns on many of our favorite rivers. Defining the color combinations to maximize their effectiveness has been a fun journey. Here are the top three variations we’ve found:

Pay Czech Tan and Pink

Pay Czech – Tan and Pink

Hook: Dai Riki 135 Size 10-12

Bead: Bronze (or Gold)

Size 10 – 1/8 ” Tungsten

Size 12 – 7/64″ Tungsten

Thread: Uni 6/0 Tan (Body), UTC Fl. Pink 70 Denier (Hot Spot)

Rid: 4X Monofilament

Body: Tan Embroidery Floss 3790 (Top)Pearlescent Effects Embroidery Floss Pink E818 (Bottom)*

Size 10 Top – 4 Strands Embroidery Floss, Bottom -3 Strands Pearlescent Effects

Size 12 Top – 3 Strands Embroidery Floss, Bottom – 2 Strands Pearlescent Effects

Collar: SLF Squirrel Dubbing – Natural

Pay Czech Olive and Orange

Pay Czech – Olive and Orange

Hook: Dai Riki 135 Size 10-12

Bead: Bronze (or Gold)

Size 10 – 1/8 ” Tungsten

Size 12 – 7/64″ Tungsten

Thread: Uni 6/0 Olive (Body), UTC Burnt Orange 70 Denier (Hot Spot)

Rid: 4X Monofilament

Body: Olive Embroidery Floss 731 (Top), Pearlescent Effects Embroidery Floss Orange E967 (Bottom)*

Size 10 Top – 4 Strands Embroidery Floss, Bottom -3 Strands Pearlescent Effects

Size 12 Top – 3 Strands Embroidery Floss, Bottom – 2 Strands Pearlescent Effects

Collar: SLF Squirrel Dubbing – Natural

Pay Czech - Rusty Brown and Yellow

 

Pay Czech – Rusty Brown and Yellow

Hook: Dai Riki 135 Size 10-12

Bead: Bronze (or Gold)

Size 10 – 1/8 ” Tungsten

Size 12 – 7/64″ Tungsten

Thread: Uni 6/0 Camel (Body), UTC Yellow 70 Denier (Hot Spot)

Rid: 4X Monofilament

Body: Rusty Brown Embroidery Floss 300, (Top) Yellow Embroidery Floss 445 (Bottom)*

Size 10 Top – 4 Strands Embroidery Floss, Bottom -4 Strands Embroidery Floss

Size 12 Top – 3 Strands Embroidery Floss, Bottom – 3 Strands Embroidery Floss

Collar: SLF Squirrel Dubbing – Natural

Note: On the rusty brown and yellow variation I choose to stay with the cotton embroidery floss for both colors. I really like the contrast provided from the yellow thread once it soaks in water. If you would like to stick with a pearlescent underbody there is a great yellow option E746.

Rusty Brown Pay Czech Nymph

Recently I have been having fun experimenting with the successfulness of this pattern on tough tailwaters where fly fishers are accustomed to fishing very small flies to picky fish. I’ve been pleased with the results of picking up decent numbers of quality fish in situations that I would have fished very differently in the past. The Pay Czech has gone head to head with the super effective Vladi Worm while Euro Nymphing technical tailwaters with large patterns. My guess is the pattern imitates caddis larvae and possibly cranefly larvae found in these systems.

Pay Czech Smallmouth Bass - Olive and Orange

This past fall I fished a local river that has a mix of both trout and smallmouth bass. It was fun to fish a nymph that was just as effective on the smallies as on the trout that I was actually targeting. However, keep in mind that I haven’t tested the theory of the Pay Czech on smallmouth’s more than on just a couple of outings.

Woven Nymph - Pay Czech

If it turns out that you are looking to buy rather than how to tie flies, keep an eye on the site here. We will be selling them in 2016 (probably around May) once Rainy’s has their first batch ready to go.

*I buy all my embroidery floss from the local craft store Michaels. I’ve attached the color numbers in the recipes, and it is made by DMC. If you don’t have a craft store nearby you can find it online by searching with the color number listed above in each of the recipes.

Foam Body Caddis – Dry Fly Tying Video

Mother’s day is just around the corner, and sure enough the rivers here in Utah are swarming with caddis. One great thing about caddis is their awesome abundance from now until late fall. Over the course of a year they make up a large portion of a trout’s diet. Caddis are very active bugs that can be identified by the splashy aggressive rise of a trout. A caddis hatch is one of my favorite times to throw a dry fly because of the aggressive nature exhibited by trout at this time. These little critters are not easy meals for trout, and after a few escape early on in the hatch it seems that the trout turn up their energy level and really get going after them. Not many casual sips during a caddis hatch!

Foam Body Caddis Dry Fly - Provo River Brown Trout

The tan foam and ginger hackle combination is my go to color variation. It has fished very well for me to both match the hatch, and as a searching pattern in the summer months.Foam Body Caddis Fly Pattern

The chartreuse foam body caddis is a great attractor or “searching pattern”. The profile of this fly with a little added color can also fish well during a hatch if the fish are not too highly pressured.

Foam Body Caddis Dry Fly

One great thing about caddis is their awesome abundance from now (late spring) until late fall. The foam body caddis is hands down my favorite caddis dry fly, followed closely by the classic Elk Hair Caddis. Give this pattern a shot in a variety of colors, and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Recipe:

Tan Foam Body Caddis
Hook: Any dry fly hook size 14-18
Thread: Uni 8/0 Camel
Underbody: Tan Antron Dubbing
Foam: Tan 1mm X 1mm
Wing: Elk Hair
Legs: Ginger/Brown Hackle

Chartreuse Foam Body Caddis
Hook: Any dry fly hook size 14-18
Thread: Uni 8/0 Olive
Underbody: Dark Olive Antron Dubbing
Foam: Chartreuse 1mm X 1mm
Wing: Elk Hair
Legs: Black/Dark Grizzly

 

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