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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.

From Piltun to Chaivo (the bays of NE Sakhalin)

The bays of the north-eastern Sakhalin form a chain along big part of the island. It is possible to move through them with only one short portage. I have made this trip using Timan inflatable kayak built by Drakar.

Alt-Sakhalin Island Piltun Bay Chaivo Bay map Bays of the north-eastern Sakhalin

Alt- Sakhalin Island Piltun Bay Chaivo Bay Paromai River Paromai River – here I had started the trip

Alt-Sakhalin Island Piltun Bay Chaivo Bay Piltun Bay (rare weather – no wind)

Alt-Sakhalin Island Piltun Bay Chaivo Bay Camp in the tundra (portage across the narrow peninsula in the Piltun Bay)

Alt-Sakhalin Island Piltun Bay Chaivo Bay mosquitoes The local mosquitoes prefer porridge but they drink human blood as well..

Alt-Sakhalin Island Piltun Bay Chaivo Bay reindeer Reindeer

Alt- Sakhalin Island Piltun Bay Chaivo Bay white-spotted char flyfishing Bright white-spotted char caught in brackish water

Alt-Sakhalin Island Piltun Bay Chaivo Bay lighthouse Piltun lighthouse

Alt-Sakhalin Island Piltun Bay Chaivo Bay marine sculpin When the fly drops to the bottom, it is eaten by a sculpin

Alt-Sakhalin Island Piltun Bay Chaivo Bay Pacific redfin Pacific redfin is an anadromous carp

Alt-Sakhalin Island Astokh Bay Astokh Bay: near the bank I had seen big schools of some small fish

Alt-Sakhalin Island Astokh Bay This is the southern tip of the Astokh Bay – from here I will portage the boat to the Chaivo Bay

Alt-Sakhalin Island Chaivo Bay This marshy creek flows to the south, into the Chaivo bay

Alt-Sakhalin Island Chaivo Bay

Alt-Sakhalin Island Chaivo Bay In the mouth of the Ossoy River

Alt-Сахалин заливы Пильтун Чайво 836 meter long bridge across the Chaivo Bay was constructed for the Sakhalin 1 project

Alt-Sakhalin Island Chaivo Bay My camp at the Chaivo Bay

Alt-Sakhalin Island Chaivo Bay Ligusticum Ligusticum is edible; it tastes exactly like parsley

Alt-Sakhalin Island Chaivo Bay Due to strong southern winds I had to pull the boat along the bank

Alt-Sakhalin Island Chaivo Bay Blossoming stone-pine

Alt-Sakhalin Island Chaivo Bay Abandoned Chaivo village

Alt-Sakhalin Island Chaivo Bay Overnight in the mouth of the Val River

Alt-Sakhalin Island Chaivo Bay Drinking water from a marshy creek

Alt-Sakhalin Island Chaivo Bay Val River Lower reaches of the Val River

 Alt-Sakhalin Island Chaivo Bay Val River My trip is over (Val R., bridge at the Nogliki – Okha road)