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Czech Nymphing, Polish Nymphing, French and Spanish nymphing also referred to as European Nymphing is a style of nymph fishing that is readily catching on here in the United States, especially in Colorado. It is a very effective technique that is perfectly suited for the many faster waters of our state. This style of short line nymph fishing often uses longer rods, no yarn or foam strike indicators and a level leader construction designed to get your heavily weighted flies, often three, down to the bottom quickly. All of the weight used in a European Nymphing rig is added to the flies themselves not the leader. The flies are color coded in order to provide the angler a method in deciphering the proper weight for any given circumstance on the water.

The course is taught by Brian Kelso, an accomplished competitive angler or Steve Parrott, current Fly Fishing Team USA member, who has studied and practiced these techniques for over 12 years. Steve has also developed a series of Czech Leaders and Indicators that are becoming very popular within the Czech Nymphing community as well as produced an outstanding DVD titled Czech Nymphing 101 and Related European Methods that introduces the viewer to the Czech, Polish, French and Spanish Nymphing Methods with amazing detail. Steve’s second DVD, Czech Nymphing Master Class – On Stream Tactics for Success takes the viewer to the stream to decipher the intricacies of each method and how to proficiently fish all water types and the third installment – “Tying European Nymphs – Patterns for Success” takes you into the realm of tying Euro fly patterns. Steve also has several Euro style patterns as well as a series of leaders being produced by Umpqua Feather Merchants that you will use on the river.

Preview of the Clinic:

This is a one day on-river clinic for up to 12 anglers with a minimum of 6 to make the clinic happen. We will begin with a leader rigging lesson followed by fly types used in these methods. We will then demonstrate the different methods (Short Line - Up and Across | Long Line - Up and Across | Long Line - Directly Upstream) to varying water types as well as strike detection and efficiently landing fish. We will finish with a question and answer session and then turn you loose to hit the water.This is not a beginner fly fishing class nor is it a guided trip. It is a clinic to introduce you to the intricacies of fishing the European Nymphing Methods. We expect you to have your own gear as well as some experience on the river.

Cost per student is $200.00

Clinic begins at 10:00 and finishes up around 4:00 and location will be determined based on current river flows and fishing conditions. We encourage you to stay after the clinic and fish what you have just learned as this is the best way to gain experience.

For a 1 or 2 person clinic from 10:00 to 4:00 with Steve or Brian which included all leaders and flies is $450.00. Call 800-435-5353 for availability.

Student needs to provide the following, which is not included in the price:
  • A valid Colorado fishing license
  • Waders
  • Boots
  • Rod/Reel
  • Polarized glasses
  • Rain jacket
  • Lunch
  • Any additional items you wish to make your day on the river more enjoyable

Clinic Dates:

Classes are held on either Saturday or Sunday - give us a call or send an email to

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For more information or if you have questions regarding this class, give us a call at 800-435-5353 or send an email to