Contrary to popular belief, Yellowcheek and Skygazer are not as rare as some would have you believe! I had the good fortune of fishing with some great friends from Japan this summer in China's Hubei Province in search of big Yellowcheek and Skygazers. Unfortunately, the heavens had ordained for adverse weather with a massive typhoon system moving into the entire southern half of China.
New Species on the fly for us! Spotted Mandarin Bass and Green Culter?(not sure of it's exact name but it's from Culter/Skygazer family)
Caught in central Hunan Province, China. The spotted bass grows to a max of around 3 kilos I'm told and they put up a pretty dogged fight.
Spotted bass love structure, so if you're not losing tons of flies, you ain't fishing them right!