How to Czech Nymph – An Online Fly Fishing Course
I have always enjoyed helping and watching others catch fish. Perhaps that is why I became a guide over 20 years ago. The spring of 2020 presented an opportunity to bring some of my guiding techniques online. In partnership with April Vokey of Anchored Outdoors and Jordie Lepage from Topo Films we produced an online course that teaches the most influential technique I’ve used as a professional guide and competitive angler to succeed on the water – Czech Nymphing.
Why Learn How to Czech Nymph / Why Take This Online Fly Fishing Course in Czech Nymphing?
Do you like to catch fish? I’m guessing the answer is YES! Well, Czech Nymphing catches fish….and lots of them.
I’ve learned many things from my good friend Igor Slavik [ @igi_flyfish on instagram ], retired Manager of the Czech National Fly Fishing team and famous guide in the Czech Republic. Over breakfast on a steelhead trip he let me in on a secret: They don’t have many large fish in the Czech republic but they have lots of small ones so they compete to catch as many as possible to make it more exciting. Czech nymphing is how they do it!
Check out the PODCAST on Anchored Outdoors where April Vokey interviews me on the method of Czech Nymphing: Czech Nymphing Podcast
Here is the course outline. The course was designed to give you the basic tools and techniques required to get out on the water and try Czech nymphing.
- Getting Started
This is an overview of what Czech Nymphing is and some back-story on the technique.
Learn about rods, reels, and lines used while employing the Czech nymph technique
Learn the principles of the basic cast and touch on the oval cast or Belgian cast required to fish at distance.
Learn how to approach the water based on stream type and depth
- Hook set and Play
Learn when and how to set the hook as well as playing large fish on light tippet to maximise success.
Learn how to set up leaders I use for BC rivers that quite often have many different species and a large fish encounter is probable.
Learn the knots required to set up the leaders, tippet, and attaching the fly to the tippet.
- Tying the Egg Fly
Learn to tie a proven egg pattern and how to present the fly.
- Fly Tying the Nymph
Learn to tie a proven pheasant tail nymph and how to present the fly.
- Fly Tying the Winter Fly
Learn a proven fry pattern used to target bull trout, cutthroat trout, and rainbow trout in the late winter and spring and how to present the fly.
Finally and wrap up of the course on how to Czech nymph.
Most of my clients are beginner to intermediate anglers. Many are new to fly fishing entirely. There is always a limited amount of time to teach all that is required for a beginner angler to catch a fish. Teaching beginner fly anglers to Czech nymph is one of my go to methods of guiding.
If you have already been on a trip with me then this course in Czech nymphing will be a great refresher for you.
Remember as Captain Jim Iredale says “Catch a fish, then another, and another…….”