Posts Tagged ‘euro nymphing’

Czech Nymph Fly Pattern – #1 Caddis Larva Imitation – Fly Tying Video

In almost every river or stream that I have ever sampled for aquatic inverts I have found multiple species of caddis larva. However much we all love to fish the beautifully tied mayfly and stonefly nymphs, caddis larva make up a huge portion of a trout’s diet. There are many imitations out there, but the Czech Nymph is my go-to caddis larva. Not to mention that it can double for a cranefly larva, or any other grub style invertebrate that finds itself floating down a trout stream.

You can tie this pattern in a multitude of color variations, either as natural, or as flashy as you desire. The tan-pink-brown variation is usually the first Czech Nymph I tie on. I prefer to fish if in sizes 8-14 with sizes 8 and 10 being the most common. Tungsten and lead are a necessity if you are euro nymphing/czech nymphing. It’s not a bad idea to have a few tied with brass beads, or no bead at all for those shallow small streams that have willing to eat big flies. Also, you can add Net Back Foil to this fly if you really want the segments to “pop”.

Czech Nymph - Caddis Larva Imitation

Net Back Foil - Czech Nymph

The Provo River has some fantastic fish that love to gorge themselves on caddis larva. One unforgettable summer day on the middle Provo, Kohler and I found ourselves scoring into some fine fish while fishing both woven nymphs, and Czech Nymphs. If you watch closely in this video you will see this color variation hanging out of the mouth of a very fine brown trout.

Recipe:

Hook: Dai-Riki 135 Sizes 8-14
Bead: Tungsten or Bronze Size 1/8″-7/64″ (Depending on hook size)
Underbody: 0.020 Lead Wire
Thread: 6/0 Uni Color – Camel
Backing Material: Clear Scud Back
Rib: 3X Monofilament
Body: Tan Hare’s Ear
Hot Spot: Pink Shrimp Sow-Scud
Collar: Natural Brown Squirrel

Mayday Mayfly- Rainbow Warrior Variation – Fly Tying Video

Some days the impressionistic drab fly patterns that truly seem to imitate aquatic macroinvertebrates are the ones the get the job done. Fish after fish we convince ourselves that our knowledge of stream entomology has once again deciphered the mysteries held deep within each river and stream we fish. How then do we endorse our knowledge when a flashy attractor pattern that closer resembles a candy wrapper than a macroinvertebrate catches all the fish? Seems to me that sometimes we as anglers need to admit that despite all the knowledge we may have, the sheer hunger, aggression, or curiosity of trout outweighs any type of matching game we may attempt to play. Such occasions I often find myself cracking the code by simply throwing the flashiest attractor nymph in my box – the Mayday Mayfly.

Warrior Extreme - Black

Warrior Extreme - Rainbow

Warrior Extreme - Brown

The Rainbow Warrior was created by Lance Egan a few year ago, and has been catching fish like crazy ever since. It is a fly pattern that is highly attractive, and less imitative. Lance Egan hit the jack pot with this pattern, and by making a few alterations the Warrior Extreme came about. The wire rib, the dubbing collar instead of a thorax with wing case, and the jig hook it is tied on are the distinct differences between the two. Both the Rainbow Warrior, and the Mayday Mayfly catch fish, and not for a moment would I try to tell you that the Mayday Mayfly is a superior pattern. In my box it is merely an addition that sits side by side the great Rainbow Warrior.

Jig Fly Pattern - Warrior Extreme

I typically fish this fly as a mayfly imitation. The shape and size are similar to mayflies even though it is more of an attractor than and imitator. There are three color variations that I tie this fly pattern in. The brown and copper, black and wine, and the rainbow. All three have proven to be effective, and I always try to have a healthy selection of each in my box. Once notable item about this fly, it is a very simple pattern that if you are leaning how to tie flies it will not overwhelm you one bit. There are very few materials used with simply fly tying steps. The jig hook is also optional.

Recipe:
 
Brown and Copper
Size: 14-16
Hook: Umpqua 4000BL
Bead: Slotted Gold Tungsten
Lead Underbody
Tail: Coq de Leon
Abdomen: Brown Holographic Tensile
Rib: Ultra Wire – Hot Copper (Size Br)
Thorax: Brown Semi-Seal Dubbing
 
Black and Wine
Size: 14-16
Hook: Umpqua 4000BL
Bead: Slotted Gold Tungsten
Lead Underbody
Tail: Coq de Leon
Abdomen: Black Holographic Tensile
Rib: Ultra Wire – Wine (Size Br)
Thorax: Black Semi-Seal Dubbing
 
Rainbow
Size: 14-16
Hook: Umpqua 4000BL
Bead: Slotted Silver Tungsten
Lead Underbody
Tail: Coq de Leon
Abdomen: Pearl Tensile
Rib: Ultra Wire – Silver (Size Br)
Thorax: Dark Rainbow Dubbing

Polish Woven Nymph

After a couple of years of tying, I was drawn to learn how to weave.  It seemed easy enough…..until I tried!  It took me some time to learn, but now my box is full of these bugs!  They are a durable fly that catch fish!  They are built like a rock, so they sink fast.  The other reason I like these bugs is that there are an endless amount of variations to this fly.  It can be built like a caddis, stonefly, cranefly, or whatever else you can think of.  Please see the pics of some of our favorites variations!

A quick story on this fly, I had been tying this fly and trying it out for a year or so before I finally decided to really give the fly a try on my local river.  The day ended up with two 20″+ browns making their way into my net (along with many other fish!).  I have caught a lot of fish on this river, but nothing over 20″.  It was a memorable day, and I often start the day off with a version of this fly!! (see video below to see story and fish caught with woven nymphs!!)

 

 

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