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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!)
Today we had the opportunity to do a fly tying demo at Roundrocks Fly Shop here in Logan, Utah. We had a decent turn out for how bad the weather ended up being. There were a lot of good questions and interest as we presented our two bits on french nymphing and a few of the most effective nymph patterns for this particular method.
A few of the patterns we demonstrated include: Czech Nymph, Polish Woven Nymph, Kohler’s Peeking Caddis (see photos below), and my latest steelhead killer- Tungsten Embryo. There will be videos coming on all of the following patterns. Those who were at the shop today got a quick preview of what’s to come.