I purchased the European Nymphing Techniques Fishing DVD by Aaron Jasper. I've got to say it may very well be the best Video presentation of a fly fishing method ever made. It is thurough and explained so any one can understand it and put into practice the methods he teaches. In the video he teaches the "Czech/Polish" (CZN)nymphing technique of short line nymphing, the French and Spanish long line nymphing techniques. He also demonstrates how to tie the leaders and use a brightly colored coiled mono siter/indicater, and some of the flies two of which are woven nymphs.
Before continuing I want to emphasize that I greatly enjoyed this DVD overall and would recommend it to anyone interested in learning these techniques and to anyone who has never fished nymphs.
Specifically regarding the CZN techniques...I say Czech/Polish my native Northern California @$$.
At least as Aaron Jasper taught it it is the same technique made popular in Northern California on the Upper Sacramento River by the late Ted Fay original owner of the world famous Ted Fay Fly Shop in Dunsmuir, CA. and his friend the late Joe Kimsey who died in March of this year.
The only differences that I saw is those of us who practice Nothern CA. style nymphing often use a split shot between the flies instead of heavily weighted nymph and instead of using dropper tags we often tie the first fliedirectly to the tippit and the second fly off the bend of the hook of the first fly. I made this same point last night a little less pointedly over on the forum started by Aaron Jasper and Aaron responded this morning by saying "That's exactly why that part of the DVD is so, for the lack of a better word... short
I was also surprised to see that since I've read and heard so much about 3 flies being used in CZN that Aaron only demonstrated the use of 2 flies. However, since that section is so short it was best he only demonstrated the use of 2 though.
The French and Spanish style sections are the parts I personally enjoyed and got the most out of and I will watch the video at least a couple more times for those sections. I also greatly enjoyed the leader tying, coiled siter/indicater, and fly tying sections. I plan to add all that to my nymph fishing arsenal.
Again inspite of my strong disagreement with the name and origins of Czech/Polish nymphing. I want to emphasize that I greatly enjoyed this DVD overall and would recommend it to anyone interested in learning these techniques and to anyone who has never fished nymphs and this was the highest quality fly fishing instruction video I've seen and Aaron Jasper's explanation and demonstration of fly fishing techniques on video is also the ever seen on video.
Joe Kimsely demonstrating nymphing on Upper Sacramento River YouTube - The Upper Sacramento River