Posted on March 4th, 2021 in Fly Tying Videos
The pink AMEX Czech is one of the most popular nymph patterns in winter and early spring on the Missouri River, and a good bet on any tailwater stream. It suggests both eggs and dead/dying scuds, and as such is a good “junk bug” attractor pattern on tailwaters.
While normally tied on a scud hook, I prefer to tie larger versions (#12-14) on jig hooks with tungsten beads, to cut down on hangups. Pair these with some smaller fly, such as a Pink Lightning Bug.
In addition to the AMEX Czech, it’s also worth checking out the “Rainbow Czech,” which is generally similar except with the dubbing colors reversed and a full scud-style shellback. Both patterns bear some similarity to the Pink Squirrel nymph popular in the Driftless region of the upper Midwest.
Hook: Lightning Strike Jig, #12-18, or #10-16 Umpqua C450BL (note: the Lightning Strikes tend to run a touch big).
Bead: Nickel slotted tungsten, 5/32″ to 3/32″
Thread: 6/0 or 8/0 fl. fire orange.
Rib: Black Hareline Midge or Micro tubing. Here a sub for the midge tubing called Crystal String is used.
Abdomen: Bighorn pink Wapsi sow-scud dubbing, or comparable dubbing blend.
Wing Case: Large or medium opal tinsel depending on fly size.
Thorax: Rainbow Wapsi sow-scud dubbing.