Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Amur River in May and June, 2012

 Mongolian redfin, Amur River


Skygazer as heavy as a dog

For more info have a look here:

Monday, May 21, 2012

Big fly, small fish...

It is considered top sport to catch a big fish with light tackle, thin line and small hook. Sometime the wrong things are happening — with a serious tackle one is catching something small, or very small. Some fish from our catches fit a matchbox with only a tail sticking out.

See some more photos here

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Casting and fly-tying seminar in Chita

On May 3-7 I was invited to Chita (Eastern Siberia) by the local fishing club; I have conducted a fly-tying and spey-casting seminar. 

 At the bank of the Ingoda River upstream from Chita

The fishermen are working on the single-handed spey casting

More information you could see here

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


The fish dwell in water, and the water is often works like a mirror – or a lens.  I want to share some interesting optical instants which I was lucky to see during some outdoor trips.  The eyes of a live fish reflect its surroundings.  We underestimate the quality of these reflections – due to the small size and curvature of the “mirrors” the image is very small.   

Here you can see an attempt to magnify my own image from the eye of a 2 kg lenok.

See more in my new blog

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Flyfishing Seminar in Irkutsk

On request of the sport-fishing club «Mayak» I have conducted a casting and fly-tying seminar in Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia, in April 2012.

Read the post at the new blog 

The local flies used both on open water and through the ice, mostly for grayling and Arctic cisco.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Belly-Up - a totally new fly, part 2

A little Siberian taimen landed with a pink Belly-Up

The second part of the article on the Belly-Ups

The sea-run herring, shad, caught in the Delaware River in May 2011.  The bright Belly-Ups are a good choice for the non-feeding fish.   

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Belly-Up - a totally new fly

The 1st part of the article on the unusual flies - Belly-Ups:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The flies for the Russian Far East - 7

One more post on the flies for grayling and lenok, which are used in the Far East:

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The flies for the Russian Far East - 5 and 6

Two new posts on the flies for the waters of the Russian Far East

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The flies for the Russian Far East - 4

I want to show you some more good streamers for the waters of the Russian Far East, including the flies with non-classic design.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The flies for the Russian Far East 2, 3

 Two new posts on the flies for the Far East: 2 - surface flies, and 3 - streamers.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The flies for the Russian Far East

This is the first post (out of seven) on the usual and unusual flies which work the best in the Russian Far East.

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Elgygytgyn Lake - a meteorite crater!

I have put together all information and photographs on the biggest of the young meteorite craters of the Earth - the Elgygytgyn impact structure.  This crater is situated at 68 degrees North in Chukotka; it is 12 miles across.  The impact had formed a lake where some unique fish were discovered.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Do the released fish really survive?

In the last years in the Russian sport-fishing community the arguments between the supporters and opponents of the catch-and release fishing are becoming more intense.  Here I want present different opinions on the topic same as the true stories on the fish which were caught several times.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Elgygytgyn Lake & Tugur River

Tugur taimen
Elgygytgyn Lake char

The articles of the Elgygytgyn Lake & Tugur River are posted at the blog

Friday, February 10, 2012

Beautiful Fish - Char

Photos of different char species in the blog

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Differrent Species of Taimen and Lenok

Siberian taimen

Sharp-nose lenok
The photos of different species of lenok and taimen

Monday, February 6, 2012

Beautiful Fish - Rainbow trout

(Rainbow trout, Bolshoi Shantar Island, Sea of Okhotsk)

See the photos of the different forms of rainbow trout Parasalmo mykiss

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Very Beautiful Fish

New images of salmon and trout of the genus Salmo

Friday, February 3, 2012

Siberian Holey Head Flies

These flies are very popular among the fishermen of the Eastern Siberia and Far East, and in other regions of Russia not many people know what it is about.  Here you could find out how to make your own “tinheads” -  Holey Head flies. These flies are the ancestors of well-known goldhead nymphs; they are made on the hooks with soldered heads.
Do you want to see the know-how on these hooks?  

See the new post at

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Walleye in the Amur River

Is there walleye in the Amur River, Russian Far East?
See the new post

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Antiwobblers - 2

Alt-Antiwobbler wobbler-fly 
The second part of the note on the new type of the flies with a blade – Antiwobblers at the

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Antiwobbler - part 1

The expanded article on the new type of flies with big size images is posted here:

Monday, January 23, 2012

"Classic" wobbler-flies, part 2

A post on the "classic" wobbler-flies, part 2

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The best rivers of the Kola Peninsula

New information on the best Atlantic salmon rivers of the Kola Peninsula

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The first message of the Series "Unusual Flies" - Wobbler-Flies

The first message of the Series "Unusual Flies" - Wobbler-Flies

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Testing of an interesting new rod

In summer-fall 2011 I was able to test an interesting new rod of the "trout spey" class.  The 3-4 wt 5-piece rod is lightweight (122g or 4.3 oz); it was made by a Russian firm Kola Salmon.  It could be also used with 5 or 6 weight single-handed lines.  I am using this rod with dry and wet flies, streamers, and nymphs.  
See the description and the images at the new blog

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New book on the flyfishing the Russian Far East

In 2007 I have published a book on the flyfishing the Russian Far East (in Russian).  For the last years I was working on the English edition of this 300+ page color book.  Finally the work is coming to the end.  I am sure that in 2012 it will be printed and offered to the readers.  How will it look?  I do not know it yet.  The cover of the Russian edition is below.

Ozernovskaya Creek, Kamchatka

 Visit the bilingual blog and see a post on the Ozernovskaya Creek, Kamchatka with bigger & better quality images. 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Amur Winter

The winter had come, and huge river is freezing over. This time a fishermen does not have much choice: either tying flies and dreaming on the summer, or ice-fishing. I like both.
 Amur pike
 See the new material at the

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bystraya R., Kamchatka, September 2011

Bystraya R., Kamchatka, September 2011 -

Friday, January 6, 2012

Azhabachie Lake, Kamchatka: bears, birds, and fish  -  a post on Azhabachie Lake, Kamchatka.  Good size images.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Fishing Year!

Happy New Fishing Year!
Congratulations to all my friends and colleagues in passion of travel and fishing with the New Fishing Year # 2012! Best wishes, tight lines, and good luck in our tough job! Mikhail