Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Trip to the Bichi River, Udyl Lake, Amur River - Part 2 (Udyl L.)
In the lower reaches the Bichi River before entering the Udyl Lake is forming a big delta. The area is swampy & treeless; it looks like tundra. My camp is hidden near one of the nearby streams, Bitki R. The distance to the lake is 1 km.
End of June is time of downstream migration of the chum salmon smolts. All predatory and non-predatory fish is now feeding by these small silver smolts. I will be using smolt imitations of appropriate size. My main goal is to catch Amur whitefish with a fly.
The area is flat, the current - rather slow. The terrain is not spectacular, but it is notmal for habitats of whitefish.
I was using 7 weight rod, floating line and sink tip. Whitefish is normally not coming close to the surface, and prefers to feed in middle layers of water.
Amur whitefish; the biggest specimens of the species can be up to 5 kg.
This species of whitefish is predatory; it has terminal mouth.