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.

4 Responses to “Pay Czech – New for Rainy’s 2016!”

  • Derik:

    I’ve just got to tell you that I was impressed with this pattern and after searching your website further, I have gotten into the Euro nymphing. All I can say is WOW! On a small stretch of the Southfork I like to fish that usually produces 7 or 8 fish for me indicator fishing in December, now produces 20 to 25 fish on that same stretch Euro nymphing. I just wanted to say that it was your website that made me look into it more and I am glad that I found it. This pattern is great by the way. I’m a weaving fool now. Thanks for sharing.

  • Thanks Derik! I’m glad to hear that Euro Nymphing has helped step up your nymphing game, and I’m glad we were able to help you along your journey! Keep it up bro!

  • Andrew:

    Gilbert, I was wondering where you get the bronze colored tungsten beads. I have no problem finding gold, silver, copper, and nickel, but I can’t seem to find this bronze color anywhere. I love the added element of bugginess they add to the nymph. Thanks for the help. Love the site! Great tutorials..

  • Hey Andrew, glad to hear you are finding the site to be of value! Here is a link to where I buy bronze beads http://www.riplipsfishing.com/store/tungsten-fly-tying-beads/tungsten-fly-tying-beads-bronze/

    They definitely add a cool element to many patterns. Thanks again.

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