Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Yama River, Sea of Okhotsk - 2

 When snorkeling in the clear water of Yama River, I was able to see different fish, including coho & chum salmon
 Kundzha or white-spotted charr (Salvelinus leucomaenis) can reach 12 and even 20 kg.  
This is the biggest Salmonid fish of the rivers where there are no king salmon or taimen.  
 Deep and slow side-channels are the best resting areas for coho salmon.  Dark spots on this photo are fish!
Hooked coho is often jumping (photo of Nikita Vladimirov)
 This fisherman is holding 3 rods with a coho salmon on each of them...
 Typical flybox for the rivers with Pacific salmon, charr, & Arctic grayling: bright streamers, "salmon eggs", skating patterns, caddis-fly imitations... 
Chum salmon are often resting in deep pools and bays.  This fish in the Yama is much more numerous than coho.   
 Quite often chum (left) and coho (right) form joined schools
 Yama is famous by nice size Dolly Varden charr

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