Fly-Fishing for Rainbow Trout
On the far eastern side of Russia, the Kamchatka Peninsula lies between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean. Kamchatka opened to Western travelers in 1992 and is known as the mother of all wilderness fly fishing regions. There are an estimated 1000 potentially awesome trout, salmon, and steelhead rivers in Kamchatka. Since the end of the Cold War, the fishing community has collectively explored about 30 of them.
Northern Wilderness Floats
The Fishing on the Northern Wilderness Floats is a combination of mouse and streamer fishing, with the occasional rising fish on a classic dry fly.
The rivers fished include a tributary of the Sedanka (called Turusheva), three different forks of the Pirozhnikova (Upper Prizhnikova, Rassoshina #1 and #2),
or the lower Sedanka down to the Tigil, or the Perevalovaya. Each river is rotated throughout the season and rested at least two or three weeks so that every river
is floated at most two or three times in a season, guaranteeing a true, unimpacted wilderness experience.
The chances are better than good that every fish you cast to has rarely seen a fly.
Rainbow trout are plentiful and aggressively attack mice, streamers, and will rise to dry flies whenever bugs are spotted drifting down current. You'll target large rainbows averaging 18-24", with fish up to 28 inches and 8 or 10 pounds an everyday possibility. Anglers can expect these rivers to have the best mousing overall.
You’ll float and fish each day, typically exploring between 30 and 40 miles of river during a five-day trip.
Other Species: Expect a large population of sea-run Dolly Varden, plenty of the endemic Russian white-spotted char, or kundzha, as well as a variety of Pacific Salmon species including chinook, sockeye, chum, cherry, and coho, depending on the time of year.
Fishing Season runs from late July through September.
By Month: July is the peak dry fly fishing time and is often heavy with mayfly and caddis hatches. In August, the salmon enter the river. Target rainbows with mouse and streamer flies during the day and dry fly fish in the evenings. In September, trout are easily taken with surface skaters like mouse and floating baitfish patterns. Salmon are in full spawn in late August and September.
Fishing methods: Up to three fishing methods are employed—Mousing is the most prevalent. Dry flies and streamers can also be productive. Use traditional floating lines and size #10-18 gray-bodied caddis and mayfly imitations with success on the Sedanka, especially in July and again in September.
Rafts: Inflatable rafts are used solely for transportation. All fishing is done wading on foot. Two anglers per guide and raft.
Guides: They employ a guide rotation system, so each group of two anglers spends two days with each guide. The staff consists of one North American head guide and two seasoned Russian guides.
Fishing Equipment: is not included in the package. A comprehensive gear and tackle list is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing Licenses: are $100.00 per week, and not included in the package.
Tent Camping:Tents: high tech four-season mountaineering tents Each pair of anglers are responsible for maintaining their own tent and inflatable sleeping mattresses. For Camp, You must bring your own sleeping bag, bath towel, and headlamp. Also, pack rain gear and Deet.
Electricity: There is a small generator that travels with the gear. If you want to re-charge camera batteries and other electronics, let the guides know, and they’ll fire it up for you - an adapter is required. Russia operates on 220-volt output. You will need the two-pronged outlet adapter, standard for Continental Europe. Most modern cameras and devices will accept the 220-volt output.
A Typical Fishing Day:
The float trips are based on a loose daily schedule with long fishing days. The weather can range from warm and comfortable to cold and wet. You'll need to be prepared for both.
7:00 a.m. Tea and instant coffee.
8:00 a.m. Leisurely breakfast followed by camp breakdown.
9:00 a.m. Start floating and fishing the river.
Midday - Stop for lunch.
7:00 p.m. Set up a new camp.
8:00 p.m. Dinner. Evening campfire sessions always include traditional Russian toasts to the successes and most dramatic moments of the day.
Getting to the Put-In:
You'll arrive Sunday morning in Petropavlovsk. You’ll arrive in Anchorage and stay overnight at a nearby hotel (not included in the package). The next morning, you’ll board Yakutia Air for a four-hour flight to Petropavlovsk. For overnights in Petropavlovsk, guests will typically be housed at one of Martha Madsen’s cozy guest houses in Yelisovo, or the Art Hotel near the airport, $60 to $100.00 per night and not included in the package. The outfitter will make reservations for you. On Tuesday morning, you'll take a two-hour flight in a Russian MI-8 helicopter. After 80-minutes of the flight, the helicopter refuels in either Esso or Anavgai, and you'll have a 15-minute break to stretch your legs. Sometimes the helicopter will drop the Sedanka Group off at Camp 1 first before continuing on to drop the Float Group off on their wilderness river; other times, the wilderness float group will be the first to set foot next to the river. Either way, keep an eye on all of your bags to make sure they stay with you and don’t inadvertently end up with the wrong group.
2021 USD Rates :
Wilderness Float Trip
6-nights on the river
and 5-days guided fishing
$7,595.00 per person
All ground and air transportation once in Kamchatka, all food at the camp, accommodations, and guided fishing.
Packages Do Not Include:
Airfare and travel expenses from your home to Kamchatka, the hotel and meals in Anchorage (approx. $200.00), Russian Visitor’s Visa,
fishing gear, flies, fishing license ($100.00 p.p. per week), gratuities, medical evacuation insurance (required), alcohol, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
For the 2021 season, a modest amount of beer and vodka will be provided in camp by the outfitter (Three 16 ounce beers per person per day and the equivalent of a half bottle of vodka per person per week).
Single Anglers Welcome
There is no surcharge to come alone. Kamchatka attracts adventurous single anglers. Many people opt for multiple-week trips. The Wilderness Float Trips can easily be combined with the Sedanka Spring Creek Camps at significant savings.
Northern Wilderness Float
and Sedanka Combo:
12-nights on the river
and 11-days guided fishing
$11,995.00 per person
Package includes: All ground and air transportation once in Kamchatka, air transportation from the Zhupanova to the Sedanka, all food at camp, accommodations at the camps (on the Zhupanova and the Sedanka), and guided fishing.
Package does not include: Airfare and travel expenses from your home to Kamchatka, the hotel and meals in Anchorage (approx. $200.00), Russian Visitor’s Visa, fishing gear, flies, fishing license ($100.00 p.p. per week), gratuities, medical evacuation insurance (required), alcohol, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Kamchatka Wilderness Float