Monday, June 28, 2010
In June 2010 I was lucky to participate in a float-trip in the Tugur River, which flows into the Sea of Okhotsk north from the Amur River. Tugur is, I think, the best taimen river of the world. Recently some fish over 40 kg were landed here. The weather was rainy, and the water rather high and murky.
Regardless to non-favorable water conditions, I have landed a good size taimen: 137 cm (57") with 68 cm (27") girth. Calculated weight - about 27 kg (60 pounds). Tackle - 15' 10 weight rod, 15' sink tip, 0.42 mm tippet, 15 cm long "articulated" streamer.
This is the fly
Sorry, no more details for now, I am going to Kamchatka!
Friday, June 18, 2010
One of the trouts from Rio Chico
Armadillo is quite common in TdF pampa.
This animal is running around looking for food, and looks like a toy with a motor.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Sukpai River is 150 km long; it is clear & swift mountainous stream, tributary to Khor River. Khor joins Ussuri River, which is delimiting China and Russia and flowing into the Amur River near Khabarovsk. We were floating the lower 100 km of Sukpai; the trip was 4 days long.
At the starting point: 3 fishermen from Khabarovsk, 2 rubber boats and inflatable kayak.
Tough job - selecting a proper fly out of thousands...
In the river we catch mostly Amur grayling and lenok(2 species). This time grayling was not biting on the surface, and we were aiming at lenok. Most of the fishing was done on the move - we were casting big weighted flies close to river banks.
Andrey has hooked something. Big fish is necessary to bring to the bank for landing.
... which was caught with a heavy "String Sculpin". This fly is very efficient on our rivers.
I have tried a black Wooly Bugger from a moving kayak and caught some smaller lenok and a good grayling. All fish were biting close to the shallow banks, where they were waiting for some food.
Sharp-nose lenok has bitten a big sculpin imitation.
Siberian taimen is getting rare in Sukpai due to excessive fishing. I had managed to land one small fish. We release all taimen we catch.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Along the river there are only a few trees, sowe were able to drive with our rods ready for action.
Guanacos are very common, and they are not afraid of people. Stefan during his sleep was almost stepped on by a careless animal.
Sea-trout is strong fish; for landing it you spend at least a minute per pound. Most of the holding areas were hard to cover with single-handed rods, especially in strong wind. I was using 15' 2-handed rod.
This fish weights about 3 kg; it could be a good trophy for Northern Europe; in Rio Grande this is an average catch. Sea-run trout are biting mostly rather small flies. Rubber-leg nymphs are among the best patterns.
The flies selection for fishing Rio Grande could be limited to small wet flies and nymphs on #12-8 hooks. In low water conditions the sea-run trout is biting mostly little flies. Bigger flies (Wooly Buggers, String Leeches, Intruders) are used in periods with high water, and in limited light conditions. They are also catching the majority of resident trout.
This 70 cm silver fish was caught with a #10 Red Tag.
Puff-balls near the river
In summer and fall the ibis is quite common in the open pampa