Thursday, September 30, 2010
Make "articulated base" with a hook on a string. The weighted fore part has a shank of a big double hook and a sinker - flat piece of lead. The total length of this base for taimen fly should be 8-10 cm.
Start with the "decoration" of the hook:
Tie on a bunch of white bucktail, make several half-hitches, and cut the line. Put on the knot some head-cement.
Tie on a bunch of white synthetic fibers or bucktail
add brown ostrich
and two dyed red grizzly hackle - one of east side of the fly
top with some strands of Copper Crystal Flash
and dark brown ostrich
Make a head out of braided mular tubing
tie it near the hook eye
Glue the eyes
and fihish the fly.
"Grayling" works well for Siberian taimen is such rivers as Bichi & Tugur.
To be continued
Monday, September 27, 2010
String Leech (Articulated leech) was invented in American North-West for catching steelhead. The idea to separate heavy head and the hook by a piece of string allows creating big, but very lightweight fly. The short shank hooks hold the fish better than the ones with long shank.
In 2000, when I had started to fit keys to Siberian taimen, I began working on the idea of the String Leech. I wanted to create a fly which will move with the hook upright, and will be easier to cast comparing with "classic" leeches made of marabou feathers. Articulated taimen flies are made on "bases" of different types.
To most of my articulated flies I am adding "feelers" made of ostrich plumes. They are always tied on top and on the sides of the fly (not on its belly side). This helps to direct the hook of the fly up, so it is snagging logs and rocks not as often. Articulated flies with elements of ostrich are becoming similar to Intruders; I am calling such flies "Squid" or Giant Squid".
In most cases Siberian taimen is caught with dark flies
Red-and-Black Squid: these colors are among the best for both Siberian and sea-run (Sakhalin) taimen. They are also attractive for salmon (chum, cherry, chinook, and coho) and white-spotted charr.
Artificial Zonker has 2 rabbit strips - one at the hook, and another at the weighted head of the fly. This fly has hook tip directed down.
Two bunches of bucktail tied to "articulated base" make excellent fly for sea-run taimen.
To be continued (materials from the book "Fly Fishing the Russian Far East")
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Riesco Island is situated 100 km north-west from Punta Arenas. It is separated from the mainland with a narrow strait; one can reach it by ferry from the small town Rio Verde.
The biggest stream of the island is called (like many rivers in Spanish-speaking countries) Rio Grande. The river is swift and deep: we were not able to wade across it even in low water. The stream is famous by the stock of coho salmon; here you can also catch brown and rainbow trout.
During high tide the lower part of the river is not flowing
The river has many swift, rocky stretches. There are not very many pools here.
Further upstream from the sea both banks are covered with thick beech forest
In April it is possible to catch sea-run brown trout. This specimen was 52 cm long; it was caught with bright streamer near the bottom. Some other trout were landed with tiny nymphs presented with a swing in the upper layers of water.
Silver side of the same fish
This is a small parr of brown trout; it is less than a year old
Local species of kingfisher is one of the common birds
Monday, September 13, 2010
World famous Perito Moreno glacier is ending in the southern branch of huge Lago Argentino, near the town of El Calafate.
The face of the glacier looks like a wall: 60 meters tall and 4 km long.
The main lake is murky because of the "glacier flour" - ground up rock. Lago Argentino has one clear bay; it is called Lago Roca. It is one of the few places suitable for flyfishing in the area.
In the guidebooks it is described as a place to fish for lake trout, but on that day this species was not in a biting mood.
My friend Arthur has managed to land one rainbow trout
We went along the bank of the Lago Roca to the north and came to the area, where clear water is mixing with murky water of the Brazo Sur (southern branch of the Lago Argentino)
I was lucky to land two specimens of perca - the only native sportfish of southern Patagonia. For a month we were catching only non-native trout and charr. Finally I was able to hold this interesting spiny fish, which was looking like a small walleye.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Lago Strobel is a 100 sq km lake in remote, central part of Argentinian province Santa Cruz. About 12 years ago this fish-less alcaline water was stocked by rainbow trout, which florished. Now it is popular sport-fishing destination; in the ads it is often called "Jurassic Lake".
Our road to the lake was long. To reach it we had to drive from Punta Arenas, Chile, to Argentina, and then head north on the famous Ruta Quarenta, Road #40. The lake is surrounded by the lands of private estancias (ranches), which are also organizing sport-fishing. Our host was waiting for us at the 1006 km of the road. From here we crossed a river (Rio Chico)
and started to climb huge plateau. This plateau is called Mesetra de la Murerte (Death Plateau) and is formed by volcanic eruption.
The top of the plateau is flat and covered by countless sharp bazalt rocks. Its altitude is 900-920 m. It is true "Death Plateau" for suspension and tires of the trucks. In many places we cound not drive faster than one can walk.
The lake is situated in a huge caldera (depression) surrounded by 100 m high walls of bazalt rocks. Along the water edge the rocks are covered by the limestone, which was created by microscopic algae. This white layer shows the ancient water level in the lake.
The same algae continue their work
The lake has the most amazing skies with strange clouds
We were starting to fish early, before the sunrise
The fishing tectnic is simple - long cast with #10-4 dark wet fly and retrieve with jerks. We were using Wooly Buggers and rubber leg nymphs, but different wet flies can also work. Sometimes the orange flies are the best. Most of the fish in catches are fat, silver and very strong rainbow trout; average fish was about 60-65 cm long.