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  1. 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.




  2. I am done with canoes but kayak is the way to go and is better geared for fishing.


    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.



  3. 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.




  4. 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.

  5. Thanks SCwens. Shoebop, There are streams and rivers in my part of the country but doubt there are any trout in them, too hot in the summer...Up in the NE part of the country there are probably fish...but they will never see a line from me. Like you said too extreme. A couple of my students showed me pictures of a lake that looked like it should have a resort on it...well, it actually did before the Russians invaded. They said there are lots of fish in that particular lake...hmmm.





    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.

  6. I've been known to drop a line w/my flyrod and "troll" as i paddle my kayak or canoe around a lake.....




    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"...




  7. Hi everyone


    Does anyone have some info or pointers on tying the riffle hitch?




    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.


  8. 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.




  9. I am going to try and make my own furled leader this year... Just not sure what pound mono/flouro to use for pike. I was thinking that 12# flouro or mono should be plenty? Then for a bite tippet would it be bad to just use some 60# powerpro in dark green color? Or should I just put a snap swivel on the end of my furled leader and attach the fly to that?


    I have not been successful catching a pike on the fly rod yet so I am just wanting to try something different this year... last year I was just using some braided line as a leader with the fly tied directly to that.


    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.

  10. i want to get a tube or a kayak just not sure which to go with any one have any specific preference and the reason why? if you tube what brand is the best?


    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..



  11. If only they made size 44 hooks and microscopic chenille..... :lol:



    I'm sorry, I had to. The only way I've heard of catching asian carp is by netting them or using a bowfishing outfit. I know some buffalo and other sucker species are filter feeders (I think) and they can be caught. I may be mistaken too. :ph34r:


    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.




    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.




    Thank you, I will try to find this thread.

  13. I thought I would pass on that I just found some new threads I am going to try for furled leaders since I really don't like using the mono thread. Actually I don't like mono for furled leaders at all. I am really excited about one of the materials, it is a silicone coated polyethylene thread. As some may know Spectra is a type of Polyethylene and they both float and are very supple. Those are two attributes I look for in furled leaders so I am quite excited to try it. It is also a bulky thread so it should make leaders that are very supple but have the mass to turn over long tippets. The other thread is a VERY fine polyester that is uncoated so it can absorb the floatant I apply when I make the leaders. I will have some of these to try so if anyone wants to give them a try for me send me a PM with your line weight and your address. These fibers are very fine so I will put a ring on the tip and whip a loop on the butt end.




    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



  14. looks easier to pull the legs through the body with foam. What part of Russia are you in? Im looking to do a trip in a few years to the East coast with my father in laws work partners over there.




    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/




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