Czech Nymphs - Grayling Czech Nymphing Fly Fishing Techniques

Czech nymphing or as it is known in USA High Sticking is a fly fishing technique using Czech nymphs  that are heavier than traditional fishing flies These are fished very close to the fly fisherman, often in water faster than it is possible with traditional fishing flies. The Czech nymphing technique was introduced to the UK in the 1990 World Championships. The Czech team beat the UK International teams on the Welsh River Dee. The Czech team caught fish in numbers from places that were thought impossibly fast or deep previously. This sent shockwaves through the world of competition fly fishing. The Czech nymphing technique is today considered to be pretty much a standard - an essential part of every fly fishermans armoury. Czech nymphs are heavier flies fished deeper that traditional fly fishing flies.

Czech Nymph Flies

Firstly, let's take a look at the flies, the Czech nymph has many, many variations, but all are based upon one simple design, utilising a heavily-leaded hook. They are intended to be fished very deep, in fast water, weight & a slim profile are important. However the key is to use heavily-weighted flies, so goldhead flies, caddis will do just as well. 'Matching the hatch' is not a priority with this fishing! This is an active searching method and, as such, technique is more important than specific pattern.

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Czech Nymph Cream & Red

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Czech Nymph Cream & Amber

Czech Nymph Cream & AmberCAN$1.37   CAN$1.28  (1)

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Czech Nymph Olive & Brown

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Czech Nymph Green Pea

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Czech Nymph Legged Caddis

Czech Nymph Legged CaddisCAN$1.37   CAN$1.28

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Czech Nymph Olive & Amber

Czech Nymph Olive & AmberCAN$1.37   CAN$1.28  (1)

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10, 12.

Czech Nymph Hares Ear & Amber

Czech Nymph Hares Ear & AmberCAN$1.37   CAN$1.28  (1)

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Czech Nymph Amber & Brown

Czech Nymph Amber & BrownCAN$1.37   CAN$1.28  (1)

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8, 10, 12.

Czech Nymph Sparkle & Orange

Czech Nymph Sparkle & OrangeCAN$1.37   CAN$1.28  (1)

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Czech Nymph Hares Ear & Green

Czech Nymph Hares Ear & GreenCAN$1.37   CAN$1.28  (1)

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Czech Nymph Pink

Czech Nymph PinkCAN$1.37   CAN$1.28  (2)

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8, 10, 12.

Mega Collection Czech Nymphs 15 flies

Mega Collection Czech Nymphs 15 fliesCAN$16.47  (7)

15 Czech Nymphs

Czech Nymphing Fly Fishing Instruction Booklet

Czech Nymphing Fly Fishing Instruction BookletCAN$1.81  (15)

Our guide to all things Czech Nymphing related

Intro Collection Czech Nymphs 9 flies

Intro Collection Czech Nymphs 9 fliesCAN$9.61  (2)

8 Czech Nymphs

Super Heavy Czech Caddis Bottle Fly 4.4gm

Super Heavy Czech Caddis Bottle Fly 4.4gmCAN$1.37   CAN$1.28  (1)

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8

Winter Fishing Guide Downloadable 41 Page e-Guide

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Our downloadable Winter Fly Fishing guide

Winter Grayling Downloadable 35 Page Booklet

Winter Grayling Downloadable 35 Page BookletCAN$5.47  (19)

Our downloadable Winter Grayling Fly Fishing guide

   

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Czech Nymphing Tactics

The water will be fast water, normally considered unfishable on the fly, You'll want to get your flies as near to the bottom as possible. So try the following:

  1. Do not fish with more than about 3-4' of flyline outside the tip ring. This is  difficult to do, as the fly fisherman's natural tendency is to shoot a bit of line. This is extremely short range fishing, fish will be close to your rod!
  2. Do not cast conventionally, there is not enough line & the nymphs are far too heavy - the nymphs that provide the casting weight. Use a flicking action to throw the nymphs upstream at an angle of about 30 degrees. Done correctly, the 'flick cast' will extend the leader so that the nymphs lie in a straight line upstream.
  3. The czech nymphs will immediately start to sink rapidly as the current brings the flies back down towards you.
  4. To stay in touch with the nymphs, don't retrieve any line, just track round with the rod, raising & lowering the tip as appropriate.
  5. Watch your indicator very closely! Any hesitation, draw, stutter, check - strike it immediately. 
  6. Because of the fast nature of the water grayling and trout will have little chance to closely examine the fly and hit quickly. Fan cast the water ahead of you and, if no action, take a pace or two upstream & repeat.

This is fast fishing, each cast is fished out in 5-10 seconds and you're straight into the next one, a lightweight fly rod helps the weary arms. Often it is often useful to let the flies come down below you and allow them to fish for a few moments as they come round the bend and onto 'the dangle'. Keep the rod tip above the indicator & steadily 'lean' downstream, dropping the tip as you do so. This can be a particularly effective tactic, taking one or two more fish out of water that has already been worked. Obviously, with this technique you do not need to restrict yourself to Czech nymphs.

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