Thursday, June 30, 2011

Testing of a new model of a trout-spey type fly rod - Part 2

Testing of the Kola Salmon 2-handed rod: 5-6 wt, 5 piece, 340 cm (11.1') long; weight 122 g (4.3 oz). 
Situation: swift stream 25-40 m wide; 1-2 meters deep.  High water, slightly murky; end of the spring flood.
June 4, flight across the narrow neck of the Kamchatka Peninsula.  It is still spring at 61*N. 

The streams have cut through the ice-crusts formed during long winter, and flow in ice banks.

Bigger rivers have no ice, but the water is only 4-5*C. 
 Golden rhododendron is one of the early flowers of the area.

This period the smolts of Pacific salmon (chum salmon at this image) are migrating into the sea.  The typical approach to any freshwater predator in Kamchatka is the use of different smolt imitations, presented near the surface or deeper. 

The river Ichiginnyvayam is famous by trophy Arctic grayling.  The only problem was that the fish have recently finished the spawning, and were not feeding yet.  Probably, cold & windy weather was also the cause.  In any case, the streamers (same as the nymphs) did not work at all.  

After trying different approaches I have managed to catch some nice fish up to 1.2 kg   The tested rod appears to be powerful enough to handle 13' sink tip; the total length of the head of the line was about 36'.   The rod bends a lot when you hook even a small fish, but it has enough backbone to land nice size fish in the current.  

The most strange & beautiful part of grayling is its dorsal fin.  This is a typical fin of the Kamchatka subspecies of Arctic grayling.  Some scientist consider it to be a separate species Thymallus mertensi.

The only fly that had worked that day was tiny (#10) bright wobbler fly.  These "flies" are the last resort on the days when nothing is biting.   

This is the only drink appropriate for the true fishermen in Kamchatka Peninsula.  Do you know what the Russian fishermen say? - "Fishing is drinking in waders"

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Testing of a new model of a trout-spey type fly rod

I have got a possibility to test a new rod of a Russian firm Kola Salmon.  This rod belongs to the type which is becoming popular - a trout-spey rod.  The rod is 5-6 wt 5 piece, 340 cm (11.1') long; weight 122 g (4.3 oz).   I have taken this rod along to a non-fishing trip to the northern Kamchatka. 

The first water which I was able to fish was Bering Sea near the abandoned village Korf.  
In this village there is a working airport of the district center Tilichiki. 

Korf is situated at the long spit between a marine bay and a shallow estuary. 

 Old pier

Olyutorski Peninsula at the opposite side of the huge marine bay

I was using 5-weight line with 13' sink tip made out of Rio T8 material.  Most of the catch were 2 species of flounder. 

Starry flounder on shallow places is easy to catch with a fly.  The fly should move slowly, near the bottom.  

Comparing with flounder, greenling is rather spooky.  It is often following the fly, but rarely biting. 

The best "fly" to catch greenling is a bright wobbler-fly, retrieved with jerks in the middle layers.   

The biggest trophy of the day was huge marine sculpin. 

The rod which I was planning to use only as a grayling tackle appears to work well in marine conditions. 

To be continued..

Sunday, June 19, 2011

First time at the Delaware River

In May 2011 I was invited by my friend Bob to visit him at the Delaware River.  The weather was wet, but not windy. 

Bob's camp is very simple and basic.

This place is considered rather dangerous for non-fishermen..

 Bob has a wooden canoe with which we were planning to float the river.

Nice stretch of the river - no roads and no houses

Trout was not active on the surface, so I had spent some time pursuing a quarry new for me - shad.  This huge anadromous herring was biting tiny (#10) & bright wobbler-flies.  Shad was found in the pools.  

I was also able to catch two little brook trout.  One was caught with a Pluchille streamer, and another - with a wobbler-fly. 

Bill was having some luck with dry flies & rainbow trout, but no trophy specimens were landed  

In one of the pools I had landed a little walleye, which bit a 3" long yellow wobbler-fly

A goos protecting its nest.