08/23/09

Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives - mostly Little BWO - Isolated hatches
2.   Mahogany Duns
3.   Midges - hatching in isolated locations
4.   Little Yellow Stoneflies - hatching (Little Summer Stones)
5.   Slate Drakes - hatching
6.   Cream Cahills - hatching in Isolated locations
7.   Beetles
8.   Grasshoppers
9.   Ants
10. Inch Worms
11. Crane Flies
12. Helligramite
13. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish

Czech Nymph Method of Fishing
When I first read about the Czech nymph fishing method, I noticed it closely
resembled the "High Stickin" method of fishing used in the Smokies. That interested
me, so I purchased a DVD on it and read several more articles about it. I have used
it several times in the Smokies as well as many other places. It always produces if it
is used in the right type of water.

In a nutshell, the Czech Nymph fishing system was first developed by Polish
anglers. In an international fishing tournament, the Poles easily won using a method
anglers from Czechoslovakia and East Germany had not seen before. That event
took place in 1984. The Czech took note of the method to the point they started
using it and eventually developed it to the point it is now referred to as the Czech
Nymph fishing system. In 1986, the Czech won using what was still called the Polish
Nymph method.

That was easy for me to understand because it reminds me of some of the things
that happened during the early BASS tournaments I fished during the 1970s. One
guy would do something in a tournament (easily noticed because everyone drew
partners each day) and the next thing you noticed was several other guys were
using it. I remember when Dee Thomas started "Flippin" which was soon picked up
by others and within a year became one of the most popular methods of bass
fishing. Buzz baits was another example that caught on the same way. I could give
many other examples of where new fishing methods spread fast from of the
saltwater fishing tournaments I fished. When you get beat by a method you have
never seen before, you will take note of it and learn all the little details involved,
especially if it involves your livelihood.

The Czech Nymph fishing method is a "dredging" method of fishing if there has ever
been one. It was originally developed for grayling which feed mostly on the bottom.
What most anglers don't realize is that so do trout. You basically drag nymphs as
close to the bottom as possible in every hiding place you can find. It doesn't work in
smooth flowing water or slow moving water. Like "high stickin", the method requires
that you get very close to the trout without spooking them. In fact that is probably
the most difficult part of it. Like any other fishing method, Czech Nymphing success
if going to rely more on your ability to read the water and find where the trout are
holding more than the actually execution of the method.

It is perfect for almost all of the streams in the Smokies. It is most effective when
used in fast, pocket water. The faster the water, the better. Trout hide under water
where the surface is broken as well as under the crevices of rocks and boulders.
You can get much closer to trout where the surface if broken than you can where
the surface is smooth. When the wind is blowing hard, or the water is high and even
stained, this method will still work. I'll get into the details tomorrow.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh