Preference for spinners
In open water, Siberian fishermen usually catch taimen with a spinning rod. Both spinning and oscillating spoons are suitable for this. The former are used more often. In most cases, the lure must be led closer to the bottom, since a taimen standing in ambush may simply not notice it. Of the rotating ones, in my opinion, the best are spinners from Mepps (France), Blue Fox (USA), Abu Garcia (Sweden) and a number of others. Depending on the size of the taimen, lures from No. 2 to No. 5 are usually used. It is desirable that they have plumage from the wool of a badger, muskrat, etc. As practice shows, there are more bites with a masked tee, especially when the water is clear.
When choosing a spoon, special attention should be paid to the quality of the tee and winding rings. Due to the insufficient strength of these elements of the rig, the angler often has to part with an enviable trophy. Spinners with a petal 40-50 mm long are good at shallow depths and relatively calm current. When fishing in deep reaches, preference should be given to “spinners” with a load-head weighing up to 25 g or heavy oscillating spoons, which, during the posting, imitate a weakened fish “running away” from a predator.
Since you have to gleam mainly in reservoirs with a rocky-pebble bottom, then from frequent blows against underwater obstacles, the stings of the hooks quickly become dull. This is often the reason for the descent of poorly cut taimen. Usually taymeshata is not paid attention to it, and after repeated casts the grip follows again. A predator weighing over five kilograms is more cautious. Coming off the tee, he is unlikely to be tempted by the “piece of iron”. Therefore, when fishing, blunt hooks must be corrected with a velvet file or sharpened with a small block.
The next category of taimen lures is wobblers. True, for turbid water, they are not very suitable, being inferior in performance to spinning spoons. At the same time, the standard rule applies: in the shallows you fish on floating shallow models, at depth, deep-sea and suspenders are preferable. Experience shows that when fishing for taimen, one should not get carried away with the large size of the wobbler. Its optimal length is somewhere in the range of 7-12 cm. The bait should imitate:
1) a potential victim, say a dace or grayling;
2) a fish, an eater of caviar, irritatingly acting on the taimen during the spawning period.
From widely known “Rapal” wobblers we can recommend such models as Hucky Jerk, Original Floating, Jointed Floating, Super Shad Rap and some others. The colors are predominantly silver (S) and silver blue (Sb). But the color of the bait matters only during daylight hours and when the water is clear. At dusk and at night, the color of the plug can be whatever you like. On rivers frequented by spinningists, and where there is little snag and snags at the bottom, fishing with a wobbler, like no other bait, can be very effective. However, in the vast majority of cases, preference should still be given to spinners. Sometimes the taimen has to be taken in such rubble that, for example, there is nothing to do with a deepening wobbler.
Having tied an oscillating non-catching spoon or a spinning spoon with a tee protected from snags, it is quite possible to count on at least a few meters of unobstructed wiring, followed by the grip of the taimen. The same can be said about soft silicone lures: twisters and vibro-tails on jig heads or equipped with a weight-head. During their leading in the bottom layers of water, the sting of a single hook is directed, as a rule, upward, which gives a much lower percentage of “dead” hooks. During my last trips to Siberia, I tested several dozen vibro-tails and twisters of various sizes and colors. Two small tymeshonka, who took these baits and then released them, did not particularly inspire me. But it is too early to draw conclusions. Fishing time was in autumn, but in spring and summer the results could be completely different.
author V.A. Kazantsev
Open Water Fishing (Complete Fishing Guide)