Czech Nymphs: True Heavy Metal

Since the Trout Season ended here in South Wales on October 3rd, many anglers are now turning to the grayling for their winter sport. As such, it was Liam and I’s first proper grayling outing today, so we hit the home water with a variety of success. A shorter day than usual, but as we hit a number of 2lb+ grayling between us in high water conditions, I’m not going to knock it. Tomorrow will be near perfect for those looking to venture out.

When fishing faster or higher water, I’ll often opt to fish a Czech/Polish/short-line rig, and will usually fish heavily weighted Czech/Polish style nymphs. As we have such a year-round abundance of caddis in our waters, I chose a few patterns which I have high confidence in.

Each of the patterns has two layers of adhesive lead foil, tapered so that the end result is smooth and tapered. This allows the patterns to drop through the water at an optimum speed; insanely important when fishing such conditions.

An in-depth step-by-step for these patterns (as well as an article on how best to fish them) will follow in the next week. All of the below patterns are available to order in the fly shop, simply click the below links.

Tan Czech Nymph (foreground), tied on the Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph (CZ, SHR)…

 Tan Czech (foreground), tied on the Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph (CZ, SHR)

Brown Czech Nymph with Hotspot (center), tied on the Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph (CZ, SHR)…

 Brown Czech Nymph with Hotspot (center), tied on the Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph (CZ, SHR)

 Hydropsyche Czech Nymph, tied on the Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph (CZ, SHR)…

 Hydropsyche Czech Nymph, tied on the Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph (CZ, SHR)
All of the above patterns are tied on the Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph (CZ, SHR). For more information on this hook pattern, simply visit the Partridge of Redditch website.

About Gareth Lewis

Hailing from the base of the beautiful and picturesque Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales, Gareth Lewis is a qualified Professional Game Angling Instructor specialising in small stream and river fly fishing techniques for both wild trout and grayling, and provides guided fishing trips, fly casting tuition, and high quality fly tying services. Read More >>

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