Flashy Czech


A general purpose nymph that is also an excellent imitation of spotted caddis larvae and scuds. For some background on this pattern, see the article Tinsel--It's not Just for Trees. See also Czech Mate for Trout.


Vary the body color to match available trout food. The Flashy Czech performs in almost any color that would be appropriate for scuds or caddis larvae—gray, tan, olive, and pink are all appropriate.

How to Fish

Use tight line nymphing tactics. Use this fly as a dropper off a larger Pupatator or salmonfly nymph.

Tying Instructions

1. Debarb hook, place in vise, start thread.

2. Tie in tinsel and wire.

3. Dub body.

4. Pull tinsel over the top as a shellback.

5. Wrap wire rib.

6. Tie off.

7. Dub head.

8. Tie off and whip finish.

HOOK: Dai Riki 135, size 12-16

THREAD: To match body

BODY: Gray squirrel hair, or other spiky dubbing

SHELLBACK: Small gold mylar tinsel

RIBBING: Fine copper wire

HEAD: Peacock Ice Dub