Thursday 7 July 2016

Salmon fishing at the beginning of June.

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Vasil Bykau

We need to go back to the river, so I set the events of  the next two weeks of June briefly. Weather has become colder, the water level continued to decline, but the temperature has dropped to a comfortable 11-12 degrees. Spring fish which locals call "zakroyka" began its regularly run from the sea to the river, . This big fish is considered the end of the spring run.
Some salmon reached 6.5 or even 8 kg. Unfortunately, we still had a huge number of fish that are off the hook. Autumn fish   remain passive. Therefore, we had to constantly move around the river in search of fresh fish. Almost every day we traveled and fished the new parts of the river. It is important to understand how salmon is moving and what places he prefers to hold.
Fresh fish is quickly rising and distributed over the entire length of the river from its mouth up to the main waterfall.
I want to thank our driver all-terrain vehicle that is well-prepared cross-country vehicle to the difficult season.

There are several key points that affect the tactics and technique of salmon fishing in this period.
1. The middle  level of the water with the dynamics of a decrease
2. The relatively high water temperatures
3. Passivity of autumn fish
4. Moderate activity of spring run fish
5. Parking   in shelters on the main course of the river
6. Fishing in promising spots
7. Need to provoke fish

Therefore, we focused on finding and fishing salmon, which recently entered the river from the sea. Its main parking  ususally located on the river segments with fast-flowing, large stones, which created conditions for recreation. On the big flat pools the concentration of the fish was smallier, especially in the next few days, when the water level dropped significantly.
Large bright colors flies still working well  . But the presentation of flies became more and more local. We have already fished some better points, not the entire territory of succession pool. We prefered to use a floating line and light nylon leaders . Fresh fish often rises to the surface when the fly stopped within its parking lot. This suggested to use our guide George who has developed an effective technique of salmon provocation. He cast and immediately    stopped the fly directly from the surface of the water in the prospective location. Most often, the fish  rise up. Lateral movement of the flies near  the bottom or in the water, pulling the fly   did not give any noticeable effect. Technology offered by George, was also effective and economical. His technique does not require a long preparation for long casts and then fly   long presentation. We were required to change  the direction of casting.
1. Determine the status of salmon
2. Take a comfortable place for the exact cast and presentation of flies
3. 2-3 casting in promising place
4. Floating line, nylon short leader
5. sometime  large fly and aggressive presentation
6. Presentation in a narrow sector   downstream and stopping flies over the head of the fish

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