Thursday 20 September 2012

Strelna river. September first week. Good news!

 After plentiful rains in the beginning of August the water level in the river Strelna was high throughout all month. But to the beginning of September, water has considerably fallen, and salmon fishing was comfortable. When we crossed a river mouth, numerous salmons  were  jumped out of water  . The autumn course of a salmon was intensive . The first fishes have been caught quickly enough. The first impression - fishes is a lot of, its average weight was considerably above than in the spring. But now salmons reacted to a fly more inertly. It was possible to see, how salmons pass by without reacting to a fly. The best places for casting  were the positions from which it was possible to submit a fly to places of probable rest of a salmon.    As well as on the river Chavanga the rule   works  - to find the best place for  salmons and to take of the best position for fishing. If on Chavanga often it is necessary to move on a river bed, choosing the best position,  on the river Strelna it is necessary to go   more often on the rocky banks.

Strelna river estuary in evening

River waterflow  is difficult enough and powerful and  there were problems at flies presentation. Long two-handed fishing-rods gave the chance to make more efficient control of a line and   fly. In spite of the fact that salmons rose to a surface and jumped out of water, their interest to a surface was insufficient. The water level fell, the temperature fluctuated within 11-13 degrees. Conditions have developed almost ideal. But on my supervision, the special success was brought by large volume flies.  Ally ` s shrimp style flies workedvery poorly  . It seemed that the salmon has no any concrete preferences and the main things still have correct presentation. To become successful it is necessary to eliminate lateral movements of a fly and and to keep a bait on a rapid current in a perspective place. I caught an one-handed fishing-rod. To me it was uneasy, as it was necessary to use special  casts and variety of mendings   to avoid current influence. Otherwise the current quickly took out a fly from a perspective zone. Still I liked flies with volume   dark wing against which the contrast element - a silver body has been accurately expressed. I will add that  Silver Doctor   sometimes worked  well.

Fabrizio was the most succesfull fisherman during this week. He  is able to have good position, he cast exactly, he cerrect the line position well and is very easy to change his technique according situation.

Strelna river estuary in evening. Exellent pools  pass upstream from here to waterfalls

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Friday 14 September 2012

Strelna river fresh salmon.

                                  Salmon fishing in Russia. Strelna river. May-June 2012.

The end of May and the beginning of June consider many as the most interesting time for catching of a salmon. It is possible to agree with these fishers. In the river it is a lot of fish, it is active and willingly reacts to baits. Still there are no mosquitoes and a catching condition are comfortable enough. There is one factor which should be considered at fishing planning. It is level of spring water in the river.

Little bit violet silver resident Strelna estuary salmon

Fresh sea salmon

Several rocks not far from Strelna estuary 

But a spring river condition  is    very difficultly to predict. Therefore as more reliable are considered last week May and the beginning of June. In this season the water level in the Strelna  river was comfortable, water temperature made 10-11 degrees. The water level in the river gradually decreased.   The Strelna falls braked lifting of fish upwards on the river. All places where fishes could have a rest, have been filled by a salmon.

 The salmon actively reacted to a fly. To my astonishment  Shrimp fly was allocated with nothing, and   same atractor, but with a black wing is better. It seemed to me that fly in style Red Frencis well worked. At least, salmons instantly reacted to its occurrence. When I have lost last - then it was necessary to think of other variant.  6-8 doubles Nothern Autumn fly  of my collection worked well. Though the size of a fly did not play  a special role  . It was more important to submit a fly more close to a bottom. In places with a water rapid current took out a bait on a surface. Double hand rods are very useful. One or two meters of rod length give us more variants to correct line and fly position. Especially when we used  sinking lines  and leaders. Sometimes we  practised casts upstream to give some seconds on fly immersing.

Catching among Strelna falls and rocks is interesting enough and difficult. It is necessary to be able to operate a line on a powerful current. Catching in a river mouth has appeared quieter and convenient. The large quantity of fish came with inflow into a Strelna river mouth. The average size of fishes has made 3-3.5 kg. There were  fresh sea fish, silver one that  stays in estuary during winter-spring and silver kelt, going back to the White sea. 

  Nothern Autumn fly after the  next landed fish.

 Frencis fly - especially good  for fresh and nervous fish.

 Probably, such abundance has also a negative side. I was quickly enough tired with such catching. It has seemed to me enough the monotonous. In my opinion, catching on small water in the middle of a season is not so productive, but is more interesting and is fascinating.   


Strelna river estuary during low tide.

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