This summer, record floods swept the Uda River valley, and all the is fish still hiding far from the main river bed, in the tributaries and side channels. In the main channels along which we were rafting, there was hard to catch even grayling or lenok. No food - no predators... In general, the trophy taimen, this time, remained uncaught.
The direct route from Briakan airport is crossing high mountains
At this altitude September 21 is already winter
The fog is covering the mountains
Flying in the “milk”
We have found some river and landed to wait the fog over
While we were waiting, I decided to go fishing. A blunt-nose lenok has eaten a pink nymph.
The forest is covering the hills as a bear skin
Finally this is the Uda!
We see dark forest water, lots of water..
Landing at the pebble bar
Far-eastern elk is crossing the river
The lenok in the Uda is something in between the sharp-nose and blunt-nose species. Is it a hybrid form?
This strange lenok has no black dots at all
The river is rather complicated in some places; it’s not so easy to drive the cargo raft along it.
Today we have the sauna
The gees are flying south; we also have to go home
We are packing our gear - the helicopter should come today
Farewell Uda - till the next season!
You ask: what about taimen? The trophy taimen Uda decided to postpone the meeting with us for next year.