Wednesday 21 October 2015

Summing up the salmon fishing season by 2015. Part 5


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Vasil Bykau

Chavanga river salmon fishing season, week 2 of October.

    Middle of October, despite our fears, proved to be the most successful in the fall season. Probably, the reason for the improvement in the weather. Although the water level in the river was far from optimal, but the weather noticeably improved, its became warmer. Cold, north wind stopped. The air temperature went up to 8-12 degrees. Instantly the water temperature in the river rose to a comfortable 6 degrees. Salmon immediately responded to this change in the state of the river. 


     13-15 October we noticed an increased number of fish that entered with the tide of the sea and went up the river rapids. Salmon has not went far up, taking all the deep holes in the lower section of the river. Interestingly, we managed to catch a nice salmons on fast rapids and waterfalls. Particularly successful was the afternoon, coinciding with high tide. But our  catch results in the pits and deep pools where fish gathered have been much worse. Salmon preferred not to rise from the bottom, which made fishing in deep pools hard. It was still effective to fish on Ally`s shrimp and medium-sized Sunray Shadow in different versions temporarily restored their relative effectiveness. Apparently, the low water level affected activity of the fish and suspended the run of the really big fish from the sea. I think by analogy since autumn 2014 season, the biggest fish in the river will be later, probably in late October or in November .. But, to our regret, the season of salmon fishing in the river is finished. According to our information similar situation happened in the river Strelna. If the weather allows, and intensive salmon run continue in the coming weeks, the beginning of the season 2016 can be very interesting.

                              (Chief with fresh fish, caught not far from estuary)                                  

                                                    (Beautiful colours)
                                               (Chief cant stop posing)

                                            (Another nice looking fish, caught in Aquarium pool)
                                   (Estuary fishing was productive, as salmons started to run into the river)

                                        (George and the silver!! :)
                                             (Small bit of Chavanga village, high  tide hours)

Vasil old : nobody know how George hooks his salmons, his fishing manner is very simple but he need only 10-15 minutes  to land the next one  in a most difficult situation. I don`t understand it. He catches well, as if he feels the smell of salmon

 (Vasil junior lost it straight after the photo was taken, rapidsup-stream of estuary)

                                                 (Junior caught good fish upstream of the bridge)
                                              (George and his fish, caught right upstream of Aquarium pool)
                                                    (Good shot)

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Summing up the salmon fishing season by 2015. Part 4

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Vasil Bykau

Chavanga river salmon season, first week of October

The first week of October is usually the best time for fishing fresh silver salmon. Typically, these days quite comfortable for the angler. Temperature of the water in the river slowly goes down leading to enhancing the river with active and strong salmon. Unfortunately, the situation repeated itself, which has affected the results in the previous year. The second season in a row the first week of October characterized by a sharp cold snap and a further significant fall in temperature of the water. The cold and dry north wind has led to a decrease in the water level in the river and catastrophic temperature drop. Every day I anxiously checked the temperature from 3 to 2.5, and then to just 2 degrees midweek. Salmon run has slowed down. Fish were going very slowly up the rapids. Most of the fish we caught were directly from the estuary. Activity of the fish was extremely low, numbers of salmons were at the feet of the angler, not responding to the flies. Salmons that entered the river weeks ago became passive as well. Markedly reduced the number of fish jumping. Where you could see fish jumping, there was silence. The water temperature fell to 1.5 degrees. There were the first ice floes that moving through the thick water. Salmon left rapids. Places just under and above cascades showed some results, as fish was stopping there before slowly going up again. It was difficult to choose an effective fly. It was effective to fish for a while in the place were salmon stop for some time to rest. But sometimes it was also effective to quickly fish some of the best places in order to attract some active fresh fish. The size of fish caught also  was not very pleasing. We have seen a truly big fishes jumping in some pools. These were the fish  we came here for. But we did not managed to catch them:).

(Marcelo landed fresh beauty in Pantaloni pool)

                                                         (Fabrizio had luck just downstream from Pantaloni pool)

                                               (We had a great time together on the river)
                                              (Marino ready to eat :)

                                                 (Chief with trophy)
                                                    (Fabrizio  with a good size fish caught in the Rock pool)

                                              (Marcelo landing fish in the Lozi pool)
                                         (Johan is well known for his flies collections, his tiger selection above)
                                                 (Johan always smile :)

                                            (Chavanga's famous bridge early in the morning)

                                    (Marino and his guide, both happy :)
                                                 (Marino's second salmon in his life)

                                      (And his first :)
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Summing up the salmon fishing season by 2015. Part 3

Chavanga river salmon fishing, last week of September.

Last week of September - the peak of fresh salmon run. The water level after past rains increased by 5 cm. This considerably improved the situation on the river, though temperature of the water in the first days of the week remained high - 10 degrees. In the following days the temperature began to fall, and we rightly expect activation of salmon in the river. Indeed, we were able to catch really fresh salmons still with lices on the body. But still most of the fish caught were those ones who entered the river early in September. These were medium-sized salmon weighing from 2.5 to 3.5 kg. It was noticeable that the big salmons were jumping along the river but still does not want to react to the fly. 

The vast majority of the salmon we caught on parts of the river where the main current passed through the rocky areas. On the ground, the slow passage of fish was a lot, it was evident from her jump. But these fish almost did not react to fly. It could be assumed that the fast sections was more fresh and active fish. But on the deeper and more quiet areas we saw jumping completely different color fishes. Among them were numerous enough fresh salmon with a silver body color. New fly and changing the presentation (deeper, faster or slower) are not allowed to sustained success. But the fish shoals and waterfalls attacked the fly if we were able to determine the position and carry fish bait as close as possible to it.

By the end September the water level began to drop again at the same time with a sharp decrease in temperature water. The steady north wind brought cold and caused freezing.The water temperature in the river quickly dropped below the comfort zone from 8 degrees to 6 and 5 degrees. Ally's shrimp was still most effective fly but the flies like Sunray Shadow showed some good results in the fast water with aggressive presentation. During this week it was pretty convinient to fish with light double hand rods. But distance of fishing was still not high, not exceeding 15 meters,exceptions were big pools.


                                                   (Lubbe landing silver fish in Pantaloni pool)

                                     (Alain landed nice looking fish just downstream of Otter stream pool)

                                           (Lubbe likes casting :)
                                         (And smoking :)
                                              (Franta caught old cock )

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