Travel and flyfishing in the Russian Far East 


After a day at Snatolvayam River the fishermen are hiking "home" - to the Kvachina camp (north-western Kamchatka)



        Artificial flies - part 2 


[9] Ц Cigar * - coho, lenok, trout  


This fly is one of many variants of famous "Bomber". Serious distinction of "Cigar" is in the design of its "wing". This part is very stiff and three-dimensional (same as its body); this allows the fly to come to the surface even in whitewater rapids. Before tying the fly it is necessary to prepare the hook - I attach to it another shank, the base of the "wing".

Hook Ц # 2-8  

Tail - a bunch of stiff hair (deer, moose or bear)

Body Ц natural or dyed deer fur, spun and clipped. For the biggest flies I use moose fur.

Feelers Ц black rooster hackle




[10] Ц Mikizha (variant of Zonker)  -  cherry salmon, trout, lenok  


This simple fly was invented in 1993 by Guido Rahr from Oregon - when fishing in Kamchatka.    


Hook - # 4-8  

Thread - black, gray.

Eyes Ц lead sandglass eyes, tied under the hook  

Tail and back - strip of rabbit fur

Body - Pearl Sparkling Chenille (medium size)



[11] Pink salmon smolt * - cherry salmon, Dolly Varden charr, trophy grayling


This is the simplest imitation of pink and chum salmon smolts. These tender silver fry are important food of different predators in the rivers of Pacific coast.


Hook Ц salmon hook # 8-12  

Thread Ц red.

Tail Ц pearl Crystal Flash 

Body Ц pearl Crystal Flash on top of silver tinsel

Wing Ц pearl Crystal Flash





[12] General Practitioner - steelhead, chum & coho salmon


GP is one of numerous shrimp imitations. These flies are used to catch bright salmon close to the sea.   


Hook - salmon hook #4 - #2/0.

Tail - orange synthetic fibers topped by golden pheasant neck feather

Body - pearl-orange Ice-Chenille. Body is made by separate stretches, each topped by a golden pheasant neck feather

Rib (feelers) - red rooster hackle

Wing - golden pheasant crest




[13] Giant Squid * - taimen, white-spotted charr, pike

This is a tube fly, but it could be tied on a big single hook as well. This fly is an imitation of squid or lamprey; it is one of the best flies for big predators. 


Eyes Ц lead eyes, big size

Tail - 3-4 turns of chenille to form a bulge, a bunch of black bucktail and some ostrich plumes

Body Ц black floss and golden tinsel, 3-4 turns of chenille behind the eyes 

Wing - a bunch of black bucktail, some rooster hackles, ostrich plumes, and some strands of black holographic Flashabou  





[14]  Coho parr *  -  trout, white-spotted charr, lenok, cherry salmon


Hook  -  # 2-6

Thread - white

Eyes Ц plastic or metal beads

Tail - soft grizzly hen feathers (better - with down)

Body Ц Roman Moser's Plushill, painted with black marker pen  





[15] ЂArticulated minnowї *  -  taimen, pike


Hook Ц weighted "articulated  base" 9-10 cm long, with # 2/0-3/0 hook.

Thread  Ц clear mono.

Tail Ц white (below) and yellow (above) polar bear guard hair, tied to the hook.

Body Ц bunches of artificial fibers at the fly head: red, then green, and brown on its top. Two grizzly hackles on each side - one natural and one dyed red. Next layer of the back - some strands of holographic Flashabou - some green and some black ones. The top layer - black ostrich plumes.

Head Ц wide mylar tubing, painted with markers.

Eyes Ц plastic or flat holographic, glued to the head.




[16] ЂDrowning Mouseї * (articulated variant) -  taimen, pike


Articulated base for this lure is 7-9 cm long. The hook is connected with the head section with a loop of 30 pound test steel tippet material. This is a typical waking fly with light floating head and heavy "wet" tail. For strong current add a stiff "wing" at the head, which will make it easier for the fly to come to the surface.

Hook Ц Octopus # 1/0-3/0.

Thread Ц kevlar.

Tail Ц rabbit fur, black, gray or brown.

Feelers Ц rooster hackle.

Head - moose fur (natural or dyed in dark colors).


The same mouse imitation of smaller size (hook # 1-4) is an excellent lure for lenok, trout, charr and other small predators.


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 Even in open areas grayling blends with the bottom.

Not for nothing French name of this fish means "shadow".  

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