Saber fish inhabiting the waters of the southern regions of the European part of Russia

However, the Volga semi-chehon rises to Oka. In some tributaries of the Volga-mother can be detected and Parking local residential form of this fish. This time we will focus on autumn catching sabrefish on spinning and fly fishing.

Spinning, hunting for chehon, comes mainly from the fact that in the diet of adults includes not only insects and their larvae but also fish fry. Spinning tackle is thus, as it eliminates the bite of nonconforming instances. In addition, I’ve got friends who can’t stand to fish stationary and spinning for them is always preferable to other gear.

While fishing on the Lower Volga, cruising on a boat in the waters of the pond, we find the jamb sabrefish, as a rule, by its turbulent behavior near the surface of the water and on the accumulation of gulls, become anchored and begin an exciting catch.


I had to catch sabrefish the Volga in the autumn, when in September, biting her noticeably enhanced. With the cold upper layers of the water shoals of large sabrefish increasingly begin to pursue the accumulation of small fry grown up over the summer. And biting is not restricted to daylight hours, and continued in the dusk and at night.

When you search fattening flocks sabrefish must first take into account the peculiarities of behavior of this fish in the Volga river and its many distributaries. And it is two big differences. If the river width is a few kilometers, you can not do without a boat and field glasses (for the detection of sabrefish, beating fry at the water surface), in the second case, the possible successful fishing spinning from the shore.

My experience of hunting for chehon on Karabalyk, Mitinci, Buzan and other Volga ducts suggests that the easiest way to search for it, focusing on the characteristic bursts, as if someone has a palm on the water. This can happen in two cases: when the fish picks up from the surface of the insect (as in the Sep abound here) or pursues the fry.

Spinning in gluhozime

As lures when hunting for saber fish with a spinning rod you can use natural bait. Such, for example, as a fry, a piece of fish, earthworm, 2-3 maggots. Sometimes natural baits for Volga sabrefish I used on short leashes in addition to the baubles.


From artificial lures when you need long casts, used mainly quite heavy wersalki and spoons, including silver kastmaster. For the most part heavy lure plays the role of delivering a lighter lure on a separate leash. Otherwise, lightweight lure will not drop – you have to put it above the sinker weighing 15-20 g

Where there are still large sabrefish, excellent results are obtained by using in a classic ” ASP ” tandem “baubles + gcca or streamer”. Shop good mini-streamers today is not a problem, but babici better make your own. Moreover, it is not difficult. As the source materials I use pigeon and chicken feathers, wool, rayon, lurex and other materials that usually take the fly fishermen for making flies. Of course, the size of the lures should be much less than when fishing for ASP. Mini spoons, for example, for mounting various tandems I use a weight not exceeding 5 g.

In early autumn, especially partial reacts chehon on monoblastny, and also twisters and other soft products. Mahallesi can be any small spinner, if you will be able to correctly draw the tail of her tee (see photo). These spinners I usually equip myself. At the time of posting spinners in the upper layers of the water good effect is given periodic jerks of the lure during its movement and short stops, when it shifts to a dozen centimeters below.

Light weight small spinning lures and monoblast from 1.5 to 4.5 g and requires appropriate other items of tackle. Usually these lures are used with spinning light class, and the best Ultra light (ultralight). Fishing line, depending on the size of the sabrefish, which in this case is required with a breaking load of 1.5-2kg. However, there is one “but”. In places where grouped sabrefish, it is possible to grasp ASP. So they often have to compromise when choosing a gear, in the sense of increasing its strength.

Where sabrefish still a lot, but it is usually the lower reaches of such major rivers as the Volga, don, Dnieper, very good results are obtained by fishing with spinning snap, similar to a sea tyrant. Bet with 3-4 leashes with hooks No. 11-13 has at the end of sinker (flat wings) or lure and is attached to the main fishing line through the swivel. Short leashes are 20-30cm from each other. Hooks are equipped with feathers or hairs. Color white, black, red, grey. Camouflaged hooks chehon probably takes a bunch of fry or insects and willingly enough of them. Possible catch per wiring several fishes. The wiring is horizontal and uniform. But sometimes biting greedier on the intermittent course of the baits.


However, sabrefish is not always on top. It so happens that you just caught it, taking the bait at the surface of the water, and suddenly the biting stops. So the wiring should be done deeper. For example, a meter from the water surface. In this case, helps me float sbirulino. Some anglers call it even by bombard. But it’s not the same thing. Sbirulino – sliding bobber teardrop shape, available in three varieties: floating, slow sinking and fast sinking. Its weight is usually from 5 to 60 G. For catching sabrefish I use floating and slow sinking models weighing 10-12 g.

Sbirulino is used mainly to deliver light lures long distances. Sabrefish, for example, well picks are not just for small wersalki, but also on flies, streamers and mini-twisters with a length of about 3 cm to Deliver such a bait at a distance of 30-40 m,of course, unrealistic, but with the help sbirulino you can easily solve this problem. We can say that in this situation spinning even has advantages over fly tackle when catching falls with overgrown shore. For fly-fishers required free space to make a quality casting, while spinning, with snap-in float sbirulino might catch in the cramped conditions.

The snap-in “sbirulino” is simple. I use it in two ways.

1. The float is located thin part up, put on the main fishing line and attached a leash (70-80 cm) using microventure and connecting ring or the clasp.

2. The float is also attached to the end of the line, and above it 2-3 leash length of 10-12 cm Leashes are spaced from each other at such a distance that had excluded them from tangling.

Transparent floating bobber you certainly not make out at the time of posting, and it is not necessary. Bite sabrefish is well captured by hand, although weak punch. At the time I, like many hunters fish trolling rod, used water-filled spherical floats. The main disadvantage of them – visible “mustache”, rashomama in hand at the time of posting. Fish, of course, this can not but cause concern. Sbirulino solves this problem.

Fast sinking float is indispensable when chehon is fed in the bottom layers of water. As for fishing at various depths, it is appropriate to apply slowly sinking. To find out how fast and how deep plunges rigging with bait, I recommend to start, say, near the shore, where the depth of 1 m to conduct a simple experiment: after casting the float “sbirulino” sank to the bottom when count to ten, then this guide and should be used in determining the horizon, which at this time there bite Sichel.


As a child, I caught horse-fish (grayling, Dace) primitive fly fishing “on the whistle”, using a solid rod with a length of approximately 4 m and a half times as long as its fishing line, considering that this is a purely Siberian “invention”. But as it turned out, some Russian fishermen in the southern provinces successfully caught in this way sabrefish even in the nineteenth century.

Nowadays, of course, with such gear to use to anything. Even if you are a person with average income, can afford at reasonable prices to purchase everything needed to assemble fly fishing gear.

To start, you need a versatile rod 6-7 class, which can be used for all types of fly fishing. The length of such rods are usually between 2.1-2.6 m. In accordance with the selected coil rod and cord of the same class: for sabrefish better floating (torpedo or double cone). When choosing a fly fishing thread, you will surely pay attention to the technical designation on its packaging, which stands, like so: Fly Line (fly cord), DT 7 (double-tapered, 7-th class), F (floating), 30 Yards (1 yard = 91.44 cm), i.e. the cord length is about 27 m. the diameter of the leash depends on conditions, usually 0.15–0.20 mm.

For the first time can be limited to only two types of flies: dry and wet. When fishing the river sabrefish oriented to place the proposed Parking and tried on the cast to put the fly in 1-1,5 m upstream. It should not be forgotten that the strike often occurs and below visually observed bursts of fish.

Often fishing is complicated by the fact that we have to deal with the nature of the flow, formation of various power flows and their directions, especially in Avodah, which complicates the natural presentation of the fly. In such situations, experienced anglers usually use a special technique, the so-called mending – throwing a cord of a semicircular movement of the rod tip.

If sabrefish is not accessible from the shore or szabadka, it is better to catch the boat. Usually do it in pairs: one sits down on the paddle, and the other catches. On the calm sections of the river, you can heave to and do the casting as you move the boat downstream.

Chehon – fish lively, brisk. All active methods of catching it in its original, very interesting and athletic. This fish always gives the angler plenty of happy moments. As for its gastronomic qualities, in dried form chehon – excellent delicacy.

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