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
Wide, marshy valley of the tugur River has lots of shallow lakes
In the floods the fishing requires lots of patience from the fishermen; the guides have to be skillful and strong.
The main channels of the Tugur in floods look like big deep streams. It is hard to find the fish lies in such water.
The cargo raft with the camp gear is passing our boat
*In the flood it is harder to catch even the numerous lenok. When the water is high the fish tends *
Sharp-nose lenok caught in a silty bay
Lower-Amur grayling — this species is always small.
The fish landed with a fly was 137 cm long; its calculated weight was about 29 kg
The same taimen: the fish will be released in a minute.
This fly had landed the 29 kg fish
Our team near the MI-8 helicopter; the farewell with the river
Wide flat valley of the middle reaches of the Tugur is cut by numerous big and small channels of the river
40+ kg taimen landed in the Tugur River in 2010 (spinning gear, photo of Oleg Abramov)
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.