The spinning fisherman, hunting for sabrefish, proceeds from the fact that the basis of the diet of adults in all seasons is fish fry. The spinning tackle thus, as it were, “cuts off” the bites of substandard specimens. In addition, I, for example, have friends who hate stationary fishing, and spinning is always preferable for them to other tackle. Cruising on a boat along the water area of the reservoir, they find a school of sabrefish, as a rule, by its violent behavior at the surface of the water and by the accumulation of seagulls, they anchor and begin exciting fishing.
When hunting for sabrefish with spinning, both natural (fry, a piece of fish) and artificial baits can be used as baits – mainly small “Castmasters” under silver, as well as spinning spoons No. 00; 0; 1 type Meppsian Aglia Long, Comet. The smallest models of spinning lures from Abu Garcie, Blue Fox and some others have proven themselves well. Where a large sabrefish has not yet been transferred, good results are obtained by using the classic asp tandem “baubles + wabik” in the rig. Of course, the size of the lures should be much smaller than when fishing for asp.
At the end of summer, sabrefish reacts with particular indifference to such baits as fly-woods, twisters and other soft “products”. Any small “rotator” can become fly-wood, if you can correctly design the plumage of its tee. I usually equip such spinners myself, using red feathers from the neck of a rooster, muskrat, badger wool, etc. as plumage. During the posting of the bait in the upper layers of water, periodic jerks of the bait along the course of its movement and very short stops when it shifts a dozen or two centimeters lower give a good effect.
The small weight of small spinning lures and fly-lures from 1.5 to 4.5 g requires the corresponding other elements of the tackle. Typically, such lures are used with a light class spinning rod, and preferably the Ultra light type (ultralight). The fishing line, depending on the size of the sabrefish, in this case is required with a breaking load of 1.5-2 kg. True, there is one “but” here. In places where sabrefish is grouped, asp grasp is quite possible. Therefore, it is often necessary to make a compromise when choosing a tackle, in the sense of enhancing its strength.
Where there are still a lot of sabrefish, and this is usually the lower reaches of the large rivers Volga, Don, Dnieper, spinning fishing with a rig, similar to a sea tyrant, gives very good results. A bet with 3-4 leads with hooks No. 13-6 has a sinker at the end (preferably a flat one with wings) or a spoon and is attached to the main line with a swivel. Short leashes are spaced 20-30 cm apart. The hooks are equipped with feathers or hairs. Color white, black, red, gray. Disguised sabrefish hooks are likely to be mistaken for a flock of fry or insects and willingly grab them. It is possible to catch several fish in one posting. The wiring is horizontal, uniform. But sometimes the bite is more greedy for the intermittent course of the baits.
Like pelagic fish, the upper layers of water attract sabrefish primarily by the presence of fry, zooplankton or insects. But sometimes it just rises from the depths to take walks near the surface, where the water is richer in oxygen. In such cases, the sabrefish sometimes straddles into huge flocks. And then the water literally “boils” from its frequent splashes. When I was a child, I used to catch riding fish (grayling, dace) with a primitive “whistle” fly fishing, using a solid rod about 4 m long and one and a half times longer than its line, considering that this is a purely Siberian “invention”. But, as it turned out, fishermen of some Russian southern provinces successfully caught sabrefish in this way back in the century before last. Nowadays, of course, there is no need to use such gear. Even if you are a person of average income, you can afford to purchase everything you need at reasonable prices to assemble and set up your fly fishing tackle.
To get started, you need a class 6-7 universal rod that can be used for all types of fly fishing. The length of such rods is usually 2.1-2.6 m. In accordance with the rod, a reel and a line of the same class are selected: for sabrefish it is better to float (torpedo-shaped or biconical). When choosing a fly line, you will undoubtedly pay attention to the technical designations on its packaging, which are deciphered, say, like this: Fly Line (fly line), DT 7 (double conical, grade 7), F (floating), 30 Yards (1 yard = 91.44 cm), i.e. the length of the cord is approximately 27 m. The diameter of the leader is selected depending on the conditions, usually 0.15-0.20 mm. For the first time, you can limit yourself to only two types of flies: dry and wet. When catching river sabrefish, they are guided by the place of the proposed camp and try to put the front sight 1-1.5 m upstream when casting. At the same time, one should not forget that the bite often occurs slightly below the visually noticed splashes of fish.
Often, fishing is complicated by the fact that you have to deal with the nature of the current, the formation of different strengths of streams and their directions, especially in the floodplains, which complicates the natural presentation of the fly. In such situations, experienced anglers usually use a special technique – the so-called mending. This is tossing the line in a semicircular motion of the rod tip.
If the sabrefish cannot be reached from the shore or into the wading, it is better to fish from a boat. Usually they do it together: one sits on the oars, and the other catches. On calm stretches of the river, you can drift and cast as the boat moves downstream. Chekhon, like rudd, is a mobile, lively fish. All active methods of catching it are original in their own way, very interesting and sporty. This fish always gives the angler fish a lot of joyful minutes, if only because it is far from being ubiquitous today.
author: V.A. Kazantsev “Fishing in open water”