Kamchatka Russia Fly Fishing Information
Kamchatka is a wild place, and most fishing operations on the Peninsula can deliver a fairly pristine and remote wilderness fishing experience. If you have ever dreamed of fishing some of the most remote, untouched waters on earth for large, surface-feeding native rainbow trout, then this trip should be at the very top of your list. The Ozernaya River – an aquatic eco-system that is loaded with insects, huge sculpins and the most pristine, genetically perfect rainbow trout on earth – is without a doubt one of the purest, most productive freshwater habitats in the world.
Based out of the fixed camp on the Ozernaya, anglers will depart camp each morning and cover the river each day via jet boat. With this fixed-camp option, anglers have access to several dozen miles of private water both above and below the camp. And no matter which direction you head, every mile of the Oz is loaded with fat, healthy rainbows. Most fish in the Oz average 20”, with fish in the high 20’s caught each and every day.
LOCATION: Eastern Russia – Kamchatka Peninsula
SEASON: mid-July through first week of September
CAPACITY: Maximum of eight (8) guests per week
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Ted Steven’s International Airport in Anchorage, AK (Airport code: ANC)
TARGET SPECIES: Primarily rainbow trout, with strong numbers of char and Asiatic Grayling as well. All five species of Pacific salmon are also available at certain times of the season.
BOATS AND EQUIPMENT
Once you arrive in Kamchatka, you will travel by both bus and Mi-8 helicopter from Petro to the Oz camp. While fishing on the Ozernaya, guides use Lowe Roughneck jet boats (similar to the boats found throughout Alaska). There is no rental or demo equipment available on this trip, and no flies, leaders or tippet for sale. That means that anglers will have to bring everything that they will need with them, including rods, reels, lines and backup lines, all terminal tackle, waders, boots, and all flies. Please refer to Yellow Dog’s detailed pre-trip materials and packing lists for all required and recommended equipment.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Russian Visa (Yellow Dog will assist you) and a valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining
The “Oz” camp is designed for intimacy, with a maximum of only eight (8) guests per week. Each two-person A-frame-style cabin is warm, comfortable, dry, and mostly bug-free, and each cabin includes generator-supplied electricity and wood stove heat. In-camp amenities include a flush toilet, a wood-fire heated shower, and evening campfires around a fire pit that overlooks the waters of the Oz. Anglers will want to bring their own sleeping bag, mattress sheet and pillow, as each cabin features two beds with basic mattresses.
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
The comfortable dining room and kitchen building at the Oz camp is where guests will enjoy hot meals each day. Throughout the day, hot coffee is always available or – if you prefer – the Russian version of “chai” (tea). The menu is American-style with a touch of Russian. Each morning an American-style breakfast of bacon and eggs, oatmeal (Russian “Porridge”), homemade jams or cereal is served. A packed cooler lunch is packed for each day on the river, or the guides will be happy to prepare fresh Char for lunch on the river. Dinner each evening is served family style, and includes a variety of different meats, fish and vegetable dishes. To satisfy all tastes, the kitchen can easily offer a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.
LENGTH OF STAY
Due to the set weekly flight from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk, the standard package is six fishing days and six nights
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