Sacrificials…for the Gods!

I posted a couple of shots of a Czech-style nymph earlier today in the Facebook Partridge Hook Forum and mentioned that I fish sometimes them in conjunction with a ‘heavily weighted point fly’ (the lighter-dressed flies taking up the role of middle and top droppers). The heavier point fly holds the task of ‘depth-charging’, allowing the more lightly-dressed flies to drift a little more naturally. As such, I received a few messages asking what I might use for the point fly as, at the end of the day, I’m already using two nymphs tied on size #10 or #8 Partridge Czech Nymph (CZ) hooks…I mean, how much bigger can we get!?

Here’s a favourite I use often when grayling are tight to the riverbed. Tied on a Partridge of Redditch​ size #10 Czech Nymph (I opt for the standard, thicker gauge for additional weight), with a 5mm tungsten bead and with a section of square lead under-body (which also allows for the creation of a nice taper). I’ve included a photo of the under-body, prior to tying in a length of latex for the body, and a simple thorax of 1) Hends Micro-Flash Dubbing and 2) brown Wapsi Rabbit Dubbing (split thread). Pick out a few fibres from both dubbs, and you have yourself a nice juicy caddis larvae imitation. The pattern simply comes alive when wet.

There are a load of tyers out there who tie this style of pattern with a hell of a lot more beauty than I, but as this specific pattern is used as a sacrificial-style offering, I ensure they’re quick to tie, meaning losing them via hook-ups on the riverbed (and you will!) are a little less heartbreaking.

Hook: Partridge of Redditch Czech Nymph (CZ)
Bead: 5mm Tungsten
Weight: Jan Siman Square Lead Wire
Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk, 30D, white
Body: Latex
Thorax 1 (back): Hends Micro-Flash Dubbing, #48
Thorax 2 (front): Wapsi Rabbit Dubbing, brown (split-thread)

Here is the lightly-dressed Czech-style nymph mentioned above…
Czech Nymph - Lightly Dressed

 The beginnings of the sacrificial, complete with tungsten bead and lead under-body…
Caddis Larvae Sacrificial Nymph - Underbody

…and the finished fly, albeit, dry…
Caddis Larvae Sacrificial Nymph - Dry

…and this is more like it, drenched and buggy looking!
Caddis Larvae Sacrificial Nymph

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 >>