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Fly Fishing Russia

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    Thats a real long bodied perch. The UK ones tend to be shorter and become like footballs as they hit the bigger weights.

    I'd love to see a big fish from those waters if they are all long like that.

     

    I've watched a lot of UK/Eu videos of perch fishing and I think there are a few other differences.... I just saw a picture of the new state record Yellow Perch for Pennsylvania, it was just shy of 16" and weighed 2lb14. It looked like a huge fat belly with a perch top side... I know occasionally you guys can get perch to 5lb. My thought is in europe perch fill a habitat niche which here in North America is filled by smallmouth bass in similar types of waters. You have Zander, we have Walleye which are quite similar but not identical, even your pike have some "average" differences to look at compared to ours. All the same, all a little different.

     

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    I agree - really large perch is foung in the waters with low competition with similar species. This is the example of a perch stocked into a lake with the fauna of only salmonids and minnows - here it is top predator, weight up to 8 pounds. Location: Uega Lake up the Okhota River, 200 km from Okhotsk in the Russian Far East.

     

    100 years ago the yellow persh was stocked into the Shilka River (source of the Amur River). Till now the species is totally absent in the lower reaches of the Amur - the river has diverse fish fauna with numerous predators which occupy all possible niches...

     

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  2. I am using "wobbler-flies" with a plastic lip for 20 years. I fish with them a lot, especially when the water is not clear. Very efficient flies.

     

    A small fly could attract a big predator. My record - 50+ pound fish with a #4 fly a little over 2" long (see the pic attached).

     

    More details on different types of the wobbler-flies see here:

     

    http://flyfishingrussia.com/posts/408dea70-wobbler-flies-1

     

    http://flyfishingrussia.com/posts/d5788f6b-antiwobbler-1

     

    http://flyfishingrussia.com/posts/5732108b-belly-up

     

     

     

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  3. Depends on the fish you are planning to catch. For grayling in the rivers under ice I use the same nymphs as in summer, but 1-2 sizes smaller. A nymph # 14-16 is a dropper tied with a short piece of 4 p test mono to a loop located 4"-5" above a heavy main jig of the rig.


  4. Get guys I'm on my way to become a pro fly fishing guide but I don't want to spend a lot of money on materials for flies I'm just gonna lose. What are flies that are super cheap In materials but deadly In the water? I'm fishing for bass, panfish, and striper

    Try wobbler-flies: they consist on marabou tail, foam back, and plastic "blade". Very efficient for any predators.

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  5. Mongolian taimen lives in shallow, clear streams and is very much surface oriented. In Siberia I catch it mostly with streamers and sometimes with wobbler-flies. All my taimen streamers are tied as String Leeches - with a weighted head & a trailing hook. The hook is normally from2/0 to 4/0 Octopus.

     

    The mouse imitations work only in some waters and not every day.

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  6. Just a thought ... and I hope this doesn't interrupt the responses to Trouser ... but using a mouse has always seemed, odd, to me. I mean, bugs fall into the water all the time. In all my years of fishing, I have NEVER seen a mouse in the water. Rats, yes ... mice, no. And it's not that I am not in the right areas. I hate fishing open water. Given the choice, I am always casting at shoreline structure and cover.

     

    So, my thought is, just how many fish that get caught on a mouse pattern have ever eaten a mouse before? I am guessing few. They hit a mouse just like they'd hit any large moving prey like "thing" in the water. Big bugs, injured fry, frogs ... etc. In fact, I'd think they more than likely are hitting the mouse because they've successfully eaten a frog the same size.

     

    Again, we humans give them the brains they don't have. "... big browns will often hit a mouse once to stun it, then circle back and grab it again to eat it." (Bryon, I am not picking on you, just pointing something out) This assumes that they "think" there's a reason to stun a mouse. Fish that short strike a fly, usually are just missing it on the first rushing try. They'll circle around and take a second try just because they are hungry or irritated. Sometimes a predator might hit and maim a fast swimming fish, but missed topwater hits are just missed chances.

     

    I have seen a little mammal swimming across a river several times, and twice it was grabbed and eaten by a fish. I had also dissected a 5-pound lenok (Siberian trout) with 10 voles and shrews in the stomack.

     

    Some fish (taimen, lenok) stun their prey on the surface with a tail, then turn around and grab it. I have seen this many times. The biggest fish I have landed after a "tail-strike" was 52-pound Siberian taimen. The time gap between the 1st boil (I had seen the red tail) and the pull on the line was about 4 seconds. The fly was a 5" long deerhair mouse.

     

    Probably some big brownies also use their tail first?

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