Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Sakhalin Island, Poronai River, Part 3 (see message from Sep 4, 2009)
In July brown bears are gathering along the rivers and feed on salmon. Among the local fishermen these animals are considered not too dangerous. They are quite careful, so you will mostly see only their tracks.
After the rain chum salmon have become more active; they have started to bite flies. I was using small black-and-red tube flies tied on bottle-tubes.
All chum salmonwere in spawning colors; regardless to this most of the hooked fish were jumping several times.
At one of the riffles I have landed a female of cherry salmon. This fish had entered the river at least a month ago; now it is in partly developed spawning coloration. Adult sherry is spending in fresh water much longer time comparing with other Pacific salmon species. Our group is coming close to the Abramovka village, the final point of the trip