Ob fly fishing. Four conceptual approaches for fly fishing.


To date, fly fishing systems for three types of fish are well developed: dace, perch and ide. In the short term, it will be zander, bream and whitefish. In the more distant – Ob pike and earring (roach). But no matter what kind of fish the system is processed in, there are 4 conceptual approaches to fly fishing.


1. Catching predatory fish when they are predatory, i.e. fatten by fry. The most stable in this regard are pike and zander.

2. Catching predatory fish when they are peaceful. This is a perch that first changes its nature during the period of mass flight of insects.

3. Catching peaceful fish when they are carnivorous is an ide, bream, dace, roach (chebak, earring).

4. Catching peaceful fish when it is peaceful, ie fatten by insects or their larvae, nymphs, pupae. Ide and dace are the most typical representatives. Cases when they simultaneously fatten by fry and by insects are extremely rare – this happens during a protracted “transitional” period.

It’s important to consider all four approaches during the “bait search”:

1. First determine if it will be a streamer or an insect fly.

2. The size of the simulation, its silhouette is determined.

3. The color is selected – although the third, but a very important position, affecting the catch. Especially in the fly fishing because unlike most spinning imitations, we do not affect the lateral line, but only on the vision of the fish. Color can and should not only copy insects, but also “crush” the grasping reflexes, taking into account the illumination (clear, cloudy, night) and the quality of the water (cloudy or clear). Finish the search for bait, when the Ob fish is not caught through casting, but from each.

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It would seem that everything is so simple, but in reality, on average, on every 6th fishing, hands lose their strength because of their own powerlessness – a fattening fish does not bite.

More often it all turns out. It was at the beginning of summer (June 6, 1996), on the "VASKHNILovsky ridge" – a section between the local boat base and the village of Ogurtsovo. This year was interesting for its hydro mode. After the floods of 93, 94 and especially 95 years, the hydroelectric power station, with a fright, even in the first flood so “besieged” the sea (Ob reservoir) that the entire water intake of the city was not enough for the entire second half of the summer. In the lower pool, the level was minimal and therefore stable – even the grass grew along the edge, along the banks, as in a small pond.

There are two floods on the Ob. The first, "local", with muddy water, subsides by the end of May. The water even drops a little and here (usually from June 2 to 12) comes the second, "Altai", even higher and brighter. It can hold until July 20, and then the river at different speeds settles in the autumn channel.

So, 1996 was the only year when the “Altai” was not at all – they filled the sea, and on June 6 the level was far from autumn, but unusually low. I calmly walked in the waders, now knee-high, then higher, along the coastal bushes and put a fly under them from the side of the river. Fish frantically fat, letting large and small circles, but almost did not take. In the first 1.5 hours, I caught 8 fish with difficulty and replaced 2 dozen flies, mostly of the same type, but of different colors. Having found a suitable fly, it is very important to serve it qualitatively, especially wet. The pace of posting a sunken fly or “operating mode” is designed, as she herself, to work on instinct, cause a snap. The most effective, in general conditions, the slowest wiring mode. In a quiet boat or erratic swirling, the ideal option is wiring with short shocks (“eight”). It happened like this: you throw it at a certain point, stoke a nymph with a tungsten head for 8 seconds (the cord is floating), draw it along an even arc – there are no bites. You do the same thing, but with impulses "give life" – bites from each cast (!). 50 casts – 50 dace.

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On a strong guard, flies immersed in lead, a brass ball, and also tied with tungsten mormyshki can simply be drowned into the desired horizon and drawn in a smooth arc. The flow will do the rest: clamp the villains of the “spider” into the silhouette of the fry, move the tail of the tank and the legs of the nymphs appetizingly.

A well-chosen fly, in combination with a competent feed, acts on the fish very strongly, overdrugly, compensating for the lack of pressure on the sense of smell and the lateral line. Biting, hooking! ..


In the Ob, it rarely comes to backing and reel, although this possibility is by no means excluded – “Ob surprises” are not uncommon, but a real “threat”. Usually, only a cord is used when fishing, which is pulled through the thumb and forefinger of the hand holding the rod. The same fingers serve as a “friction clutch” during sharp jerks, softening the process. But even the smallest fish are best treated with respect. During a good bite, you are in a hurry to quickly remove the prey in order to make a new cast. At the same time, especially during the course, there are many gatherings. Forced fishing, over time, disables good rods, and the higher the module, the greater the risk. Joints suffer: at first they start tapping, then already noticeable longitudinal cracks appear. Such a form requires restoration. Not the first year engaged in the repair of gear, I will give advice – rewind the joints with electrical tape or tape. Especially on the Ob, where with not very large fish catches are impressive. The river is “fishing”, and the junction is the junction – a weak link. On the approaches to the boat, shore or landing net, the fish need to be “helped”, by tilting the rod in the direction where it pulls – to disperse, and not to slow it down.

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If you don’t own the technique of high-speed fighting, which we will consider as an example of ide, then it’s better not to save time on this, although in general, the one who catches a lot of fish on the Ob. Summer evening or autumn afternoon nibble, especially when the fish is "peaceful", can be more extended. In the morning zhora of carnivorous fish, using a streamer, God let us go from ½ to three to five hours after dawn. Having stuffed the belly with fry, the fish is able to digest it only by the next morning. Therefore, it is necessary to search and catch very energetically, concentrating the spirit on a high-ringing string.

To quickly search, you need to know the river, its structure and habits of objects of hunting.

To be continued…

Start here: "Ob River" and "In the beginning was a fly"

Sincerely, Sergey Shatalov.