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Fly Fishing Russia

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  1. I am using self-made multi-color dubbing brush. These nymphs are tied by wrapping such brush on a hook; it takes less than 2 minutes to tie one.
  2. The number of fly boxes you take along depends on the diversity of the fish you want to "cover". On a typical float-trip in our area I carry 3 to 5 wt rod for grayling (dries, wets & nymphs), 7 wt for lenok (little mice, streamers, big nymphs and dries), 9 wt for pike, and 10 wt 15' two-handed rod for taimen. Al these types of fishing require at least 5-6 boxes of different flies. If you are a novice and go for trout only, 50 to 100 flies should be enough - if you do smart selection. Emergers "with a float" are a must - they could be presented as a dry fly, with dead drift, and also as skating patterns, with a wake.
  3. I agree with this: kayak is faster & safer than a canoe, and much easier to carry if a portage is necessary. I am using the Timan inflatable kayak built by Drakar (Lithuania). It is 12' long, 3' wide, and weights only 20+ pounds.
  4. For several years I do not fish without a tippet ring! I am using Improved Clinch Knots on both leader & tippet.
  5. Any salmonid or non-salmonid fish, anything what will bite a fly is pleasant to catch. Some species are more exciting (IMHO): Chinook, yellowcheek, and grayling (my first love).
  6. I know a river where there are lots of this size grayling. It is Ichiginnyvayam R. at N 61*18', E 164*56'. Very pleasant to catch this fish with small dries in summer..
  7. Mongolian redfin from the Amur River
  8. I do not tie the classic salmon flies often, but the Intruder could be very time-consuming and also tricky. This fly requires special hydrodynamic features built into it, or it will not work in a current as it should. One more group of complicared flies are the "articulated streamers" - the descendants of a simple String Leech. A couple of examples of these flexible flies are attached.
  9. Do you want your popper heads to be not brittle and durable? Make them out of the soles of the plastic (foam) beach slippers. They are strong, multi-colored, and they float well! The cylinders for the heads I cut with a set of metal shotgun shells (12, 16, 20, 28, and 36 gauges) with sharpened edge. The best glue for the hook for this flexible material is Aquaseal or Aquasure.
  10. "Poor man's ceramic" is glass. My bobbin made of a glass medicine dropper is at least 15 years old, and it still works great! Here you could see it together with other self-made tying tools.
  11. I know for sure that in the Northern Afghanistan there are wild brown trout - in the streams belonging to the Amu-Daria drainage. Have a look at the map and you will find the location. I used to fish together with a person from France who had been over there and did catch the "Afghani trout". In the same drainage (Amu-Daria flows into the Aral Sea) used to be also a true sea-run brown trout up to 12 kg (so called "Aral salmon") which was feeding in this salt lake and spawning in the river. This form is extinct by now.
  12. Yes, if it is necessary to row to a new spot, it nor as boring if you cast a line out and pull it behind the boat. The biggest fish I had this way was a 26 pound "Siberian trout" (taimen). I was using a huge deer-fur mouse and 2-handed rod. This fish is often "killing" the fly with its tail before it makes a turn and swallows the stunned "mammal"...
  13. Here are my ones: old website http://xapuyc.ru/ old blog http://flyfishingrussia.blogspot.ru/ new blog http://flyfishingrussia.com/
  14. I use clear mono line (diameter about 0.1 mm) for most of my flies, except the smallest dries & nymphs.. Mono is a must when making transparent streamers for the clear water (sea), but it works for almost any flies - very forgiving and durable material.
  15. Hi! Everything in this section looks tasty but could be toooo complicated to cook. Besides that all unnecessary ingredients mask the real flavor of the FISH. All you need is a wooden fork, a tiny amount of salt, and fire, ...
  16. You could try a different way to present any streamer as a skating pattern. Cut a little circle (about 3/8" or even less for a small fly) from a clear plastic bottle, make a hole in the middle, and put your tipper through it. Then tie on a fly on a salmon type hook, with a turn-up eye. The knot should be a turtle-type, so the line goes through the hook eye and then attaches to the fly head. Now cast your fly into the current - it will start skating on that plastic circle. Tight lines! Instead of a self-made plastic circle with a hole you could use the round plastic "jewelry" from a craft store (the lower fly at the image). The upper one has a special mono loop at the "chin". This is another, a little more complicated way to skate the wet fly.
  17. I want to add my 2 cents on the topic: Here are the articulated nymphs and sculpins which work well for any good size Salmonid. Photo 1: These nymphs have weighted head and soft belly out of a synthetic tube-like string. The tip of the string is melted around the hook eye and shank which keeps the hook in place. Photo 2: Lenok (Siberian trout) with two animals out of its stomach and two imitations of the same animals. Photo 3: The sculpin imitations and the "bases" with a string used for such flies. The big stoneflies also could be tied on such bases.
  18. My pike leaders for the 9 wt rod are 7' long; they are furled out of 0.1 mm mono line (36 in the butt and 8 in the tip). At the tip I loop in a 2.5 mm tippet ring; the tippet is 2' of 0,4 mm mono line with 8 inches of a steel tippet plus a clip for the fly.
  19. I am using the Timan inflatable kayak made by the Drakar (Lithuanian firm). It is 12' long, and weights about 22 pounds. I am using it in the lakes (including the big ones), rivers (up to the ones rated 3), and sea. A great boat, it is strong and very safe! You can not make 3 mph in the float-tube..
  20. I have the Asian carps here in their native range, the Amur River. We do not have as many of them here comparing with some US streams... sorry. When these fish are feeding ON the surface, they can eat the dead insects in the surface film. I had caught one - it took me 2-3 hours of casting a small #16 fly from a boat in front of the feeding fish. Finally one of the carps had eaten the fly. The fighting was a big fun! So, I was not using any bait or chum which is not necessary if you could come close to the feeding fish.
  21. Mikhail, I am using a polyester thread in a size 15. The key sis to find a soft and uncoated thread in a fine size. Some commercial thread houses will list it as an embroidery thread. Soft and uncoated will allow it to absorb water repellent so they float well. Paul Thank you, I will try to find this thread.
  22. Some more pics of fish caught with flies in the Amur River - it is the one flowing between Russia & China: Snakehead Three-lip Yellow-cheek Mandarin bass Skygazer Mongolian redfin
  23. Hi Paul, My home is far from you - across the Pacific. I make my own leaders out of the thin mono line. What is the name of the thread you use? I want to try to find it and test these leaders. Thank you Mikhail
  24. Hi, I am from the Far East, live in Khabarovsk at the Amur River. I travel a lot in different part of the region, including Sakhalin Island & Kamchatka. See the info at my blog http://flyfishingrussia.com/ Mikhail
  25. I am using these self made tying tools for log time.. love to make the thing with my hands. Glass works as good as ceramics.
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