Monday, July 11, 2011
Amur River - at the dike near Khabarovsk (July 2011)
The Pemzenskaya channel of the Amur River is crossed by a stone dike which is supposed to support the water level in the main river channel.
During last years the water level in Amur was high; the dike was seriously destroyed by the floods. Now it is not forming a drop as before. The river bottom below the former dike is covered with huge rocks which are providing shelter for the predators.
Local fishermen are fishing with long poles & bobbers with bait of little fish.
Small catfish is among common fish caught near the dike. In most cases I am using bright streamers tied on offset hooks. "Normal" streamers are lost too often due to the rocky bottom.
Skygazer looks like a herring, but it belongs to Carps.
One of the best flies to catch skygazer is a wobbler fly fished in middle layers of the water.
Mandarin bass Siniperca belongs to rockfishes (Sebastidae)
This little fish was caught with a silver streamer on the offset hook
Mandarin bass sits close to the rocks; the fly should move slowly, with jerks.