You do not need to look for him – there are a lot of darts in the Ob. This is especially noticeable in the month of July. In large herds, it gathers in the channels between the islands and other places with a moderate and weak current. Everything according to the classics, like Sabaneyev’s, “the settled life of a pack of dace is expressed in the fact that they stick to a certain area, going out to the nearest roll in the morning, and going down into the pits or to the shore in the evening.” Adheres to the upper layers of water, even at a decent depth. If any object (for example, a baccoon) falls into such a flock, then an amazing detonation occurs – a simultaneous surge of hundreds, or even thousands, of fish in the dace fly fishing is very exciting and, given its small size, it emphasizes what we want to get from this gear is the maximum pleasure from the process.
Hans Steinfort spoke highly of the dace, calling the hunt for him “the best school.” In one of Andy Little’s videos, something like this sounded: “… trout, trout, grayling and even dace are found in this river!”
At first, I myself became so carried away by his fishing that in the very first year I wiped the snake rings on my rod. I had to change them urgently, and after Steinforth, dace – my second teacher.
Tackle during its coastal fishing, to complete the sensations, you can use the lightest – up to grade 5. The conic undergrowth is not more than 2 meters long and the leash is not more than 40 cm, with a diameter of 0.1-0.12 mm.
Pretty simple fish. As a child, he noticed that during periods of zhora, the dace is capable of grabbing very primitive ones (a piece of red cloth, black thread, cambric, etc.), but always small imitations cannot be understood. Everywhere, wherever he starts a circle on the surface (at least in the water area of the boat station), it can be easily “removed to dry.” Any flies are any, just to remotely resemble the silhouettes of the prevailing insects and were not large (hooks to No. 12). Working colors: from white to bright red, i.e. almost everything, but sometimes you have to experiment, not without it.
It is most easily caught during the departure of a small gray caddis. It is more difficult – during the peak of the departure of the white Ob mayfly or the large brown caddis, – the fish is simply saturated. The periods at the beginning and end of these especially massive departures are optimal for fishing. The most difficult period is when, as we say, the “horse chebak” collects “semolina” – a whitish film on the surface of the water. Most likely, these are laid eggs of midges – the largest, smallest and biting insect in the world. What the dace eats during this period is not visible to the human eye, but the tummies are very densely packed, so it is finicky — the imitation hook is no more than 16. The most aggressive individuals from the total inert mass are caught with these numbers. It’s unrealistic to simulate a midge itself.
Evening fishing is more productive than morning fishing, at this time more insects fly out (we are talking about those periods when their total mass does not exceed the “MPC”). Very good dace grabs a fly at the beginning of the night, especially in the first hour of darkness. This is the time of the largest individuals. If the night is too dark, if there are few reflections, against which a dry fly and a bite are visible, it makes sense to switch to a wet fly, applying to the lower corners and feeling a bite by hand. After every 10 casts, the condition of the front sight, leash and undergrowth is checked with a flashlight – there may be overlaps and beards that are not noticeable on the arm.
By the time of year, the situation is approximately the following. It’s hard to catch in the spring. A good time comes in different decades of June, when the flood calms down, and then everything goes on increasing, slightly calming down by the end of summer. The dace is quite well caught on a dry fly even on the quiet days of October, when there are almost no insects flying out, when there are 2–3 meters of depth beneath it (where to go) and very cold water — to the touch, the caught fish are just ice.
At the end of November, when the lakes had already frozen for a month, I “covered” the spruce on the “dry” and in large quantities, on the snowy banks of the “Ugryum River” (warm drains from TPP-3). It seems that in his genes it is laid down to grab everything falling from above, even in winter, when everyone forgot about insects.
For various reasons (high water, cloudy weather with a gale-force wind) dace can go to the lower horizons. Here you can perfectly catch it for quickly sinking flies (tungsten), or try to search where there is no depth, in principle, in shallow water to catch a wet fly.
In addition to the Ob itself, dace (often larger) lives and is caught in all its many tributaries: Ine, Birdie, Poros, Chaus, Oyosh, etc. By winter, it gets off in large shoals and, again on horseback, in an unhurried formation of a “square”, leaves for the Ob channels, such as Mochischensky, where it lives until spring, not recognizing the concept of “deaf-end”, delighting lovers of mormyshka with January catches.
To be continued…
The beginning here is “Ob River. A bit of history”, “In the beginning there was a fly”, “Four conceptual approaches for fishing on the fly.”
With respect to all, Sergey Shatalov.
Yelets is a cold-loving fish. Active even in winter. In the picture, the dace caught the fly (streamer) intended for pike and pike perch. Caught on a tail hook, as if it was necessary, as if there was maggot on it.