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This blog is dedicated to flyfishing which is the most interesting fishing method.
I am living in the Russian Far East, love fishing and travel, flyfish since 1986.

Fall at the Tugur River

A new fishing camp has appeared on the Tugur River in the lower part of its inland delta. All upper and middle parts of the river suitable for sport fishing are leased. Visiting this camp is one of the few opportunities to legally fish on the Tugur River.

On this stretch of the Tugur, I was able to fish only once, by rafting. Now, when here there is a stationary camp, it became possible to seriously explore the river and find the keys to the fish living here.

The fishing was not easy, especially since the fall was abnormally warm and sunny - a real Indian summer. Unfortunately, on this part of the Tugur the poachers do their dirty “work”, so the total number of fish is not very high now. We hope to change this situation… However, in the river there are still large taimen, a lot of lenok and Amur pike.

The river in this area is complicated. It is forming numerous channels, many of them are blocked with log jams. This section of the river is dynamic - the river constantly washes away the banks and islands, breaks through new channels, and blocks old ones with washed trees. Compared to 2015, many sections of the river have changed a lot. Where the main channels converge together, Tugur becomes large and deep. Fishing here for this reason is very difficult. There are very many holding waters places where fish can rest and feed; it takes a lot of time to cover all of them.

As for the trophy taimen, it was not too numerous. It turned out to be especially difficult to catch a taimen with a fly. Spin fishermen did much better - two fish weighing over 40 kilograms were landed. The largest fly-caught taimen weighed just over 20 kilograms. In general, we still need to work on flies and on the methods to feed them. During this winter I will prepare a series of fundamentally new, especially large flies. Let's see how they work next summer ...

Alt-Tugur-taimen-flyfishing Tugu near the new camp

Alt-Tugur-taimen-flyfishing The camp is located in the forest on the bank of a side channel, away from the main river

Alt-Tugur-taimen-flyfishing All tents are double-layered and heated

Alt-Tugur-lenok-flyfishing Blunt-nose lenok

Alt-Tugur-lenok-flyfishing Lenok was found in slow water, near the log jams

Alt-Tugur-grayling-flyfishing This is Lower-Amur grayling - the yellowspotted grilling is not found in this part of the river

Alt-Tugur-chum salmon-flyfishing Some chum salmon were still running upriver - it was possible to catch small, silver salmon

Alt-Tugur-chum salmon-flyfishing The chum was biting nymphs better than streamers. It is not easy to land this strong fish with grayling tackle.

Alt-Tugur-fall leaves Falling leaves

Alt-Tugur-fall leaves Lots of leaves make the flyfishing difficult

Alt-Tugur-Amur pike Good size Amur pike

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Alt-Tugur-taimen-flyfishing Most of the taimen landed with flies were small

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Alt-Tugur-taimen-flyfishing Group of friends flyfishermen…

Alt-Tugur-taimen-flyfishing On the river I met my old acquaintance - this is the traveler Fernando Paiva from Brazil

Alt-Tugur-taimen-flyfishing Fernando has visited Russia several times, traveled through the wildest places

Alt-Tugur-taimen-flyfishing In the group there were only two - Fernando Paiva and Christopher Hagness from USA

Alt-Tugur-taimen-flyfishing Floating downstream - to the mouth of the Tugur

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Alt-Tugur-taimen-tatarian dogwood Tatarian dogwood - on the Tugur all the banks are overgrown with this beautiful shrub