England's Scott Nellins makes his own for very delicate presentation on rivers

french-leaders_01WE fly anglers tend to follow trends. Be it new methods, or new fly-tying materials, these trends usually come from competition anglers looking for an edge over fellow competitors. As the latest fly patterns or new methods gradually get into every angler's hands, it leaves match fishermen back at square one.

I'm sure most river anglers have used the New Zealand (or 'Duo') method as well as the hugely popular Czech Nymphing tactics. Both these techniques are very effective in the correct conditions but their popularity can also lead to their downfall.

In clear water for example these tactics are less effective as fish can be put off by the splashes of three heavy nymphs when Czech Nymphing or the repeated casting of the New Zealand method.

Author: CZN

 Jiri Klima After seven years organizing the original Czech Nymphing Masterclass and 185 participants from all over the world, it is clear that the Czech Nymphing technique has become a standard skill for every serious flyfisher besides the dry fly technique.

A lot of people think that Czech Nymphing is about long rods (10+ foot), three heavy nymphs (leadbombs) and fishing with only a short line.

Source: Trout Fisherman September 2009, pp. 19 - 21)


LEVEN hosted one of the five sessions and has been kind to me as I won the Brown Bowl here in the Home International in 2003.

I base my approach on the information gathered in last year's practice and my general wild brown trout experience.

Author: Iain Barr (Trout Fisherman August 2009, pp. 27 - 33)


IAIN Barr achieved a unique England double by winning individual and team gold at this year's World Championships in Scotland.

Eleven years as a Trout Fisherman writer, Iain had previously won almost every domestic title available. But nothing can compare with having his name etched alongside fellow Englishmen Tony Pawson, Brian Leadbetter (twice world champion) and Jeremy Hermann.

Author: Paul Procter (Trout Fisherman November 2007, pp. 27 - 33)

 SOONER or later winter brings high water levels, or a severe cold spell, both of which see us delving into boxes of weighted bugs and nymphs to scour the streambed. Nomadic by nature, grayling are considerably free-ranging especially in a given pool when modest flow rates will see them readily move to preferred feeding lies. However, a big spate, or Arctic temperatures often restrict their movements to more comfortable stretches of a stream. In real extremes this might mean only one or two key places. For example, in a raging flood the inside bend of a river offers protection from battering flows (Diagram 1) Equally, a deep depression/hole provides sanctuary in either spate or freezing conditions (Diagram 2) With this and the fact that insect hatches generally ebb during winter months, grayling initially seek food close to the streambed.

Author: Jeremy Lucas (FFFT, January 2005, pp. 72-74)

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Author: Steffan Jones (Trout Fisherman, February 2005, pp. 78-83)

THE GRASS is greener on the other side - how true a saying in the angling world.

You start fishing a stillwater and see a lot of activity on the other side of the lake, so you relocate, only to see the place you've moved from come alive. Or, on the riverbank, the next pool always looks so tempting and far fishier than the one you're in.

Source: Trout Fisherman 06/2004 (pp. 21-27)

 Famed for their devastatingly effective nymph methods, Czech river anglers are among the best in the world: Current national team coach Jiri Klima, also known as 'the river god', talks to Russell Hill about the latest Czech tactics and reveals the v new flies that will dramatically improve your river sport.

RH: You've been hailed as a 'river god' in the angling press. How do you feel about that?

JK: For me, it's a big privilege that someone like Charles Jardine called me a river god. I only hope that there aren't too many more river gods out there. I'm sometimes called similar names back home in the Czech Republic.

Source: FFaFT March 2004, pp. 56 - 59

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Source: Fly Fishing and Fly Tying November 2003 (pp. 32-34)

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Source: Trout Fisherman, November 2003, pp. 75

I have been looking for some instructions on tying a Czech Nymph, as I bought some and found them very effective. I've tried to tie them but have been unsuccessful. (IAN YOUNG, IPSWICH)

Peter Gathercole answers: As the name suggests, the Czech Nymph was developed by anglers from the Czech Republic as an effective way of catching trout and grayling in fast flowing streams. Tied in a range of sizes and colour combinations the pattern is used mainly with a technique known as the rolled nymph where it is fished on a very short line so that the downstream drift of the fly can be accurately controlled.