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Winter fly fishing on the Moscow river

The long-awaited sun is blinding, like an April day. It seems a little more bare — earth and, tempted, will rosalee and become an impassable mess. It is in the capitals, where all the roads were crushed into the asphalt, and snow collected in advance and taken on the melting points, the majority of citizens are not familiar with the autopsy of the river, no spilling water, no murmur of streams.

Two hundred years ago, one of the pleasures of the Russian people to look at the hollow water spill. “River’s gone nuts!” — passed from mouth to mouth, and all the village ran to the shore. Times change, habits and mores, are changing the contours of the coast, the boundaries of empires, everything changes, even the climate. And in those places, where previously winter was traditionally the fishermen sitting on carved into the ice hole, now you can have the gullies in the ice to meet someone with a spinning rod, with summer fishing rod, equipped with a side nod, and more often with a fly rod.


Each pond is its own character, and especially fishing on the Moscow river will be different from fishing on the Oka, Pakhra, the Volga, the Neva or the Cupid. So thanks to the exchange experience that often other people’s methods and practices complement the Arsenal of the angler when fishing on “his” river.

Features winter fishing on the Moscow river below the capital are that after the closing of navigation it opens the floodgates of all the dams and the water level drops to the minimum mark. All the rifts, which in the summer were hidden and shown only on the navigation map, is now visible, and move on it can be quite easy in the waders. Quite often the fish can be taken literally from under his feet. But so is the fisherman that he seems as if a large specimen is on the far touchline. So he tries to apply the bait closer to the fish, and good shooting head the cord will help file fly to the most cautious predator.


Loaded white streamer walleye often entices them to chase.

Naturally, oblasova promising places, do not forget about security measures. The fact that sand and shingle spit are interspersed with natural ridges and hills of clay. One misstep or movement can lead to an unexpected swim, so will be more than functional shoes with good tread, but, as experience shows, it does not give an absolute guarantee: almost every trip some of the participants dipped into the water. Blinding sunlight is often supplemented not very cozy frosty breeze, so a “diver” must immediately change into dry clothes, taken just in case, to dry the waders to continue fishing from the shore, if “lucky” is a major, if not to return home.

Despite the fact that fly fishing takes place in winter, the minimum comfort temperature at night will be -2°, -3°, no wind. Daily fishing still involves plus, because it hovers a serious wind, and even at 0°, +1° on the rings formed ice. Accordingly, it is necessary to proceed step by step to catch on the fixed cord, and it is unpleasant, considering the bottom topography with clay ridges and increasing the likelihood of slipping and dive.

In order to catch on the Moscow river, a fairly easy two-handed rods sixth to seventh grade to catch Chub polutorachasovogo to obtain the necessary adrenaline. It is not necessary to apply a sinking lead, he may be neutral buoyancy or slow sinking.


In the suburbs fly fishing in winter is the main trophy brook trout most often. For fishing in clear Sunny weather, preferably the predominance flies in bright colors — red, red, orange, of which fit the body or collar. In cloudy weather, better working dark colors — gray, black, blue, dark blue combined with white, orange, olive, yellow. Body fit surround. The large size of the bait we cut off bite small and medium-sized Chub. Good baits in the winter will be sorcery or flies associated soft fur, the movement of which in the water looks more natural. The flow in the Moskva river is not so strong as in the Northern rivers in Karelia or in the Urals, more laminar, but nevertheless needs a fly, so often used rabbit fur. You can use the fur from baccala or knit the body of chenille, but it will be pure fancy fry.

Crochet hooks carp flies used or the marine series. Better, of course, from the sea series, where the hooks are straight, and carp have to bend, or for the front sight will twist. A fly tied on the hook of the sea, is in the flow right and behaves naturally.

Fishing occurs before discharge to the roll or at a gathering with main jet. Chub in winter is not kept on the main jet is probably conserving energy. Metabolism in cold water reduced, there is such an abundance of food, as in summer. And the fish prefers to stay in sateska and shelters, so posting is slow flies “by strip” with rafting downstream. The throw is made at a 45° angle, maybe more, and, fusing the bait with the flow, it is important to control the cord, because the biting is not such sharp, with a kick both in the summer and often feels like a hook, like something hung on a hook. Immediately is immediately undercut, otherwise the Chub will feel a dirty trick. Winter caught bigger fish, from 500 g to 2 kg because small Chub, as a rule, do not attack the fry.

In winter, the Chub are biting only during the day. There is no such key notions as the morning dawn. You can come to the pond by eleven o’clock, collect gear, slowly drink a Cup of tea or coffee, to visually explore the river by the pattern of currents and eddies to identify the likely locations of future trophies. First, the casts are short-circuited, gradually with each cast the line longer by 50-70 cm Oblomov the maximum possible area, you step towards the bed, and the whole procedure is repeated. Thus “goddamn” all the possible locations of a predator. As mentioned above, in winter the fish are a little inert, and the lure, passing away from her, she will not attack. And gradually lengthening the cord, you can close to hold the fly near the mouth of the Chub.


This hero is actively attacking suggested flies. Often the wiring feels a series of small aftershocks is a “macrosite” fiddling with the fly’s tail. Or five inches fly, you can catch salmon, perch are sometimes caught weighing 150 g, and they are not always sections should be noted with the hook, and I swallow the tail and greedily clenching his jaw, holding on to the last. But there catch the bass of respectable size. The take of minke whales often occur during the demolition cord with a jet in a zone of quiet flow, when a strip is selected the cord before the next cast. Bass prefer to hunt in places with very slow flows: amudah, on the coastal ridges and in the pits. The difference in size, the colour of streamers and flies, which prefer to perch and Chub, no. They are ready to catch everything that moves through and is at least some interest in food.


Imperceptibly dusk falls, the Chub goes to bed, and in more quiet places, where the edge approaches the coast and goes hunting perch. Have a little time to rest, to eat, to remove the waders, since the perch fishing in the dark is a shore. Note that this fish is very cautious, and any impact on the ground or misstep can negate all your efforts. Therefore, your movement on the shore must be very quiet. The cast is also produced across the current at an angle of 45°. The undergrowth here is used only with neutral buoyancy, because the depth of the exit edge is not more than five feet. At this time the fish close to the shore, and there he is being chased walleye. The transaction should be aggressive, fly may make long jumps and sharp, to stand out, attracting the attention of a predator. The main attracting factors when fishing on the stream are the size, shape and wiring, visible from afar.

Flies are not only large, palm-sized, but heavier, with a single hook or on-hook, the bottle with a small double. The small double falls clearly in the corner of the mouth Zander, “scissors”, like salmon. Body color front sights bright, noticeable: white, white-yellow, white-yellow with a black back or a fully silver that matches almost one of the lurex because often fishing is carried out near bridges, buildings, where lights illuminate the water.

Walleye prefer to stay in the shade, on the edge of light and shadow, and attack the lure when it crosses the boundary from light to shadow or Vice versa. At this moment most often occurs bite. It is not as bright as in July, but still felt the characteristic slack, the hook with a light punch in the arm. Sweeps must be immediate, and the hooks are better to use carp series, preferably of the eminent firms because they are sharper and are able to break Zander’s mouth. But first these hooks should deploy the stinger in parallel with the handguard, front sight does not rotate on the within. Given the clutter of the river and a considerable number of hooks, you need to knit the sting flies up, like a ocean of options that imitate shrimp or whitebait, and it is desirable, that loading was at the top of the hook. For this purpose, “dumbbells”.

Fishing rods for fishing perch using hard, with a fast action, the cords used in “shooting” head. There is no need to “play” cord, which in the dark is not visible, you can just double cravings and be sure that nothing got confused and flew around. When you grip the perch rod with a slow system unable to perform reliable cutting.
To avoid unnecessary noise when moving in the night ashore, you must choose a different tack: find a place where the main flow goes into the side of the bed, and pulling off the fly with a jet in the side of the backwater by leaps and bounds, and in calm water to the slow strip, mimicking a wounded, moving along the bottom of the fry.

The applied section of the leash 0.30–0.35 mm, granulate should not be. If the fish takes, then attacking steadily, and we need to be confident in their actions, and in the case of a hook, the fly remains intact. And the capture of three – chetyrehkilogrammovy walleye at night are not uncommon. But the main charm of fishing in the dark is that even after working day, you can drive for a couple of hours and satisfy the excitement of fishing, catching two fangers, because as of ten to twelve is the most likely time of the bite. Happen outputs and at seven in the evening, and in two nights, but they are short and less interesting. Those anglers who spend the night on the water, mark a walleye from four to six o’clock in the morning.

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