European Nymphing Tune Up Begins

by | Sep 28, 2021 | Czech Nymphing

flyfishing-Czech-RepublicA reminder to those just tuning in.  I’m in Eastern Czech Republic for the World Masters Fly Fishing Championships.  The competition doesn’t start till mid next week but Team Manager Jerry Arnold and I came early to do some recon with local expert fishing guide David Chlumsky.  Like figuring out any foreign water, there’s a lot of homework to be done.  When the rest of Team USA rolls in on Friday hopefully we’ll have some good info and experience to share with them.


Chlumsky-Currier-flyfishingI’m especially glad to be early because my nymphing skills could use a tune up.  I’m a dry fly angler at heart and its rare these days that I break out a nymph.  Honestly, I haven’t fished a nymph since the last World’s Competition in South Africa in 2019.  I’m more than capable, but yeah, brushing up on things for a World Championship is a good idea.


Czech-NymphingThe good news is that our guide David is one of the top Czech anglers in the country.  And Czech fly fishers in general are renown for “Czech” nymphing.  Despite suffering a little jetlag yesterday, David got me up to speed with some great tips on how to keep my fly deep and how to better detect strikes.  David even turned me on to a great leader design.


Today was all about applying things I learned yesterday.  Instead of fishing side by side with David and Jerry I ran loose on my own.  Although I had my struggles early, by the end of the day I’m feeling way more confident than when I got here.


brown-troutJerry, David and I fished hard all day.  We just got back to our Pension and it’s time for dinner.  The short report on our fishing today is that we caught a lot of fish.  For me the day started slow with only a few but in the afternoon session on the middle section of the Morava River I did well.  In fact, in the last hour I landed 15 fish – a nice mix of grayling and some gorgeous little native browns.  Let’s say, “things clicked for me”.


David-Chlumsky-flyfishingI’m dozing off.  Jetlag always gets me worst at the end of my second day.  I should be back to normal tomorrow.  But for now its time to put the computer away and get moving.  Its 6 PM and Jerry is taking David and I out for dinner and a couple nice Czech Pilsners.  And David is bringing his nymph boxes to show us some flies.  I can’t miss that.  More fishing tomorrow!


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!