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Alt-Tugur taimen The Tugur valley below the Assyni River mouth Tugur is the first rather big river drainage to the north from Amur. The main source of Tugur is slow Konin River with colored water, flowing from north to south. Konin is getting its mail tributaries from the west: swift, clear Munikan and Assyni Rivers. Below the junction with Assyni Konin is changing its name to Tugur; in this area it is making sharp turn for almost 180 degrees and flows to the north-north-east. In this area the lowland river is changing its nature and becoming braided and swift. Some of the channels in this area are blocked by huge log-jams, which are dangerous for rafters. In the mouth of Tugur River there is a tiny native (Evenk) village of the same name. Tugur is famous with its Siberian taimen stock; the species is quite abundant in the drainage. Tugur has big potential for trophy and record taimen. This unique stock of taimen during summer and fall feed on adult chum salmon. Because of food abundance this predator can reach huge size: there are trustworthy data on 60-70 kg specimens. A pleasant by-catch are 2 species of lenok, Amur pike, Amur grayling, chum salmon, and whitefish. The Tugur River is for sure the best taimen stream of the world. The entire river drainage is under a long-term lease; the owner has some camps and keeps the guards. The Tugur River is now well protected, it is the only salmon river in the Far East with no caviar poachers. Abundant food allows taimen to grow big — in September 2011 the 168 cm fish with 84 cm girth (52 kg) was landed here. The fishing is strictly catch-and-release. The last time when I was able to visit the Tugur was June 2010. We had no luck with the weather; it was raining almost every day, and the water was murky and rising. With difficulties our group was able to land several good fish. Due to high water the work was hard — in 5 days I had only 1 taimen bite. I was lucky — it was a 137 cm, 29 kg fish. I was using 15’ two-handed rod and 13 cm long articulated-type streamer (kind of a String-Leech). Next week in June a 40+ kg fish was landed in the Tugur River, and in September 2011 — a 52 kg taimen (the both — with a spinning-gear).

Alt-Tugur taimen Wide, marshy valley of the tugur River has lots of shallow lakes

Alt-Tugur taimen In the floods the fishing requires lots of patience from the fishermen; the guides have to be skillful and strong.

Alt-Tugur taimen The main channels of the Tugur in floods look like big deep streams. It is hard to find the fish lies in such water.

Alt-Tugur taimen The cargo raft with the camp gear is passing our boat

Alt-Tugur lenok *In the flood it is harder to catch even the numerous lenok. When the water is high the fish tends *

Alt-Tugur taimen Sharp-nose lenok caught in a silty bay

Alt-Tugur taimen Lower-Amur grayling — this species is always small.

Alt-Tugur taimen The fish landed with a fly was 137 cm long; its calculated weight was about 29 kg

Alt-Tugur taimen The same taimen: the fish will be released in a minute.

Alt-Tugur taimen This fly had landed the 29 kg fish

Alt-Tugur taimen Our team near the MI-8 helicopter; the farewell with the river

Alt-Tugur taimen Wide flat valley of the middle reaches of the Tugur is cut by numerous big and small channels of the river

Alt-Tugur taimen 40+ kg taimen landed in the Tugur River in 2010 (spinning gear, photo of Oleg Abramov)

Alt-Tugur taimen 168 cm fish with 84 cm girth landed in the Tugur in Sep 2011 (spinning gear, photo of Oleg Abramov).

The weight (52 kg) was calculated with a formula Q=45xLxGxG; Q = weight, kg; L = length, m, G = girth, m.