Capture grayling for any angler becomes a certain honor, as not every pond you can find this fish. Sometimes you have to overcome impassable jungle in order to get to places where the fish lives. Especially when fishing for grayling are not even in the choice of fishing gear and places where the Creek originates in the mountainous and cold upper reaches, where every person hard to reach. Here the fish are not so shy, and its number and size are sometimes not available to the human mind.
The habitat of grayling
Common grayling: the European and the Siberian are the main species in the rivers of the Altai Republic. Siberian grayling is found in the last time much less frequently in the catches from the fishermen you can meet European. The difference between these two species in the first place its size and appearance. Siberian grayling is much larger than the European. Sometimes there are instances weighing more than 3 kg.
Both species of grayling, as a rule, occur in the upper Reaches of mountain rivers and streams. Features of the grayling fishing in such places require certain skill of the angler. To read the water, not an unimportant feature when searching this fish. Despite the stocking locations, the grayling can be found not everywhere.
Mainly grayling detected above the roll or lower depending on the time of year and conditions. In early spring it is often caught above the shoals when the water is still not light enough, and the diversity of its main prey base (insects) are not as popular as in the summer.
Closer to the beginning of summer, grayling down below and it can be found below the rapids, various water obstacles. Sometimes on hot summer days grayling follows the main stream of the river. Catch it during this period on a dry surface lures (flies, streamers).
In the boreal small rivers, where sometimes the depth of the pond does not exceed 50 — 70 cm, are very common grayling weighing over 1 kg. Despite the low water, the grayling does this factor not bother.
The food of grayling
Food of the grayling deserves attention for any angler. By this time should be the most important responsibility. From what fish prefer to eat depends on the selection of the bait. Grayling belong to the category of fish for which the size of the bait, color and form is largely determined by the ratio of the time of year, weather conditions and priority of a mass flight of insects.
One example, the flight of mayflies! At this time, grayling actively powered. He often jumps out of the water in order to eat fallen on the surface of the river mayflies or grab your “victim” flying low over the pond.
Right artificial fly becomes the main bait when fishing for this fish. In these times, flies other colors or imitation of other insects, are unlikely to attract the attention of grayling. He will just ignore them and the angler is likely to remain without a catch, although there are cases of exception.
In summer, grayling may be drinking during the daylight hours. Making a short pause, he can easily switch from one feed to another. If a few minutes ago, you successfully caught grayling, for example, the green fly, then in an instant the fish is able to flatly refuse to take it and then pass again to seek out the angler to choose the color and shape “working” the lure.
Closer to the fall, especially when fishing for grayling noticeable change. This time of year, the predator goes to animal feed, such as: red worm, larvae of beetles, dragonflies, amphipods, etc. Artificial flies, the fish continues to take, but less active. The water in rivers and streams at this time becomes sufficiently transparent and grayling are able to distinguish the deception, due to his good vision. Only a masterfully crafted lure is able to seduce this beautiful fish.
Migration of grayling
With the onset of autumn, towards the middle, when rivers and streams become dry, grayling slipping into wintering holes. Sometimes in the Altai, on the contrary he rises up. For example, with the Upper BII, grayling shifts to deeper water bodies such as lake Teletskoe. There grayling will be until the spring and only with the onset of the first flood, he will once again go down the river Biya.
In recent years, grayling are very often caught in the confluence of the rivers Biya and Katun. Perhaps this is due to “poverty” fodder that makes so far the fish from the usual places. However, the popularity of grayling has not fallen, but increased. Therefore, to maintain the population of this fish, it should not be used prohibited gear and treat it with a particular approach.