Oscillators or spinners?
The main way to catch autumn lenok is spinning. Of all the spinning lures I have tested, the best results are given by oscillating and spinning lures. And this is by no means a tribute to tradition. You can, of course, pick up a catchy wobbler or a plastic bait for certain conditions, but in the overwhelming majority of cases, the “glands” are more versatile and work better. In deep places with a fairly strong current, oscillating spoons with a length of 5-7 cm and a weight of 12-25 g are preferable. On rifts, especially shallow ones, it is better to use small spinners. If the water is clear and the day is sunny, the spoon should have a dark or matte finish. When fishing at dusk, as well as in turbid water, spinners are more catchy, polished to a shine or with a fluorescent coating, for example, spoons from the Fluo Effzett series of the German company D.A.M.
When fishing for large lenok good results were shown by the “diving” oscillating lure Tramp: length 70 mm, width 17 mm, weight 20 g, silver color. But this does not mean at all that lenok will ignore wider spoons. “Atom”, for example, is quite a bauble, but it has a fairly strong drag during wiring. Therefore, if you are fishing in fast water, it is better to cast at an upstream angle and lead the lure as if for demolition.
However, it should be admitted that most often you have to catch lenok on spinners. The lures of the French company Mepps proved to be especially good, among which the most catchy were Aglia Long and Comet Black Fury. Alternatively, I also use Salmo spinners, in particular the MK-3 (7 g), MAL-4 (14 g), MAL Reinbo (10 g) and MAL Redbo (10 g) models.
Rotators of both foreign and domestic production can be used to catch tees without plumage. But there will be much better results if you spend a couple of evenings and equip them with lenses.
I do it like this. Along the forend of the tee I put 10-15 shiny artificial threads (“crystal hair”) or rays from the feathers of a red rooster. I wrap them with yellow or orange nylon thread so that they protrude 10-15 mm beyond the tee. Then, in the opposite direction, evenly distribute a bundle of hairs from a badger or muskrat around the winding, fix it with a drop of waterproof varnish and make the winding so that the hairs protrude in front of the tee ear by 1.5-2 cm.After that, red, golden or silver threads of lurex are needed (you can replace with thin Christmas tree tinsel). A shiny lurex thread is spirally wound over the body of the front sight and fixed near the tee ear. Now all that remains is to make a “brush”. For this purpose, the hairs previously tied around the body are bent towards the sting of the hooks and blocked directly near the ear of the tee with a red, black or orange thread. Winding width 2-8 mm. The plumage is ready. The ends of the “brush” can stick out in different directions, up and down, which is also good.
When equipping the tee, you can use red hairs, but this is worse. For the lenok prefers dark colors (brown, yellow, orange) to a greater extent, which, apparently, is consistent with the coloration of benthic organisms that this predator feeds on. Lenk has a rather hard mouth, so when fishing in rocky places, you need to constantly monitor that the stings of the hooks are always well sharpened. Otherwise, retirements are inevitable. If you are fishing with a “splash”, lenok can stop the lure at the very beginning of the line. And it also happens that he grabs the bait at the very last moment, when it almost comes out of the water or is tempted by intermittent wiring. Usually, they try to lead the bait evenly, then closer to the bottom, then halfway.
In deep reaches, grasping is more often near the bottom. On rifts, the best results are obtained by laying the lure downstream. Obviously, in this case, the artificial bait is more like a wounded or sick fish that has lost control of the predator. When fishing for lenok, I usually set the line with a diameter of at least 0.3 mm. A certain margin of safety is required, if only because instead of a lenok, a solid taimen can “sit” on the tee. And then the question: “To be or not to be?” is largely determined by the strength of the gear. In places where casts have to be done in cramped conditions due to dense coastal vegetation, it is more convenient to use a relatively short rod – 2.1-2.4 m.
author V.A. Kazantsev
Open Water Fishing (Complete Fishing Guide)