THE BEST OF KAMCHATKA - OZERNAYA RIVER CAMP

 

THE BEST OF KAMCHATKA - OZERNAYA RIVER CAMP

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.

Typical Length of Stay

Due to the set weekly flight from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk, the standard package is six fishing days and six nights.

Accommodations and Lodging

Ozernaya CampfireThe “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.

The location of this camp on the banks of the Ozernaya was strategically chosen to provide anglers with direct access to more than 50 miles of this amazing river, and each morning guests depart camp via jet boat to fish different beats of the river both above an below camp. Upon returning to camp after each long day on the river, anglers can jump into a steaming hot shower, clean up, and then relax around the wood stove and large table in the main kitchen and dining building. Clean and relaxed, dinner is soon to follow, and guests can expect a variety of different meat, fish and vegetable dishes served family style each evening.

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”) 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 meat, fish and vegetable dishes. To satisfy all tastes, the kitchen can easily offer a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

Fishing Information

Best of Kamchatka RainbowBased 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 anglers fish six and seven weight rods on the Oz, and it is recommended that each angler sets up a primary rod with a floating line and a mouse pattern, and a secondary rod with a 200 to 250 grain sink-tip line and a streamer pattern. When two anglers are fishing together, a great technique is to have the lead angler fish each run with a large, surface mouse pattern, with the second angler following behind with the streamer rig. With this two-tiered approach, both anglers will catch plenty of rainbows, char and grayling! Most fish in the Oz average 20”, with fish in the high 20’s caught each and every day.

Boats and Equipment

Once you arrive in Kamchatka, you will travel by both bus and Mi-8 helicopter from Petro to the Oz camp. These Mi-8 helicopters were first put into production in 1965, and even today they are considered the most reliable and safest commercial helicopter ever made. 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.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Very limited, as the Ozernaya River Camp and the Ozernaya River itself are primarily angling-focused destinations. That said, guests will no doubt enjoy the area itself, as the scenery of the nearby mountain valleys provides breathtaking panoramic displays: tamarack and birch forests, wildlife, snow-capped mountains, glimpses of glaciers and tarns, and salmon-rich, gin-clear water.

How To Get There

Yakutia Air has announced that they will once again be flying the direct route from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka for the 2013 summer season. Flights will operate weekly from mid-July to mid-September 2013. More information on these flights can be found by contacting Yellow Dog.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

The Best of KamchatkaWith direct flight service to Kamchatka from Anchorage during the summer of 2013, anglers can once again enjoy a quick and easy flight to the best rainbow trout fishing on the planet. It is anticipated that the weekly Yakutia Air flight will depart from Anchorage on Thursday mornings, with arrival in Kamchatka that same morning. With this new schedule, anglers will no longer have to overnight in Petro on their way to camp, instead proceeding directly from the airport to the Oz camp via bus and helicopter that same day.

After a great week of fishing you will arrive back in Anchorage the following Thursday morning. This early arrival back to the States allows plenty of time to clear U.S. customs and immigration to connect up with your flight home that same day.

2013 Fishing Package Rates

The Ozernaya River weekly rate is per person and based on double occupancy.

6 night / 6 fishing day package ------------------------------------------------------------- $6,895.00

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • 6 nights lodging at the Ozernaya Jetboat Camp
  • 5.5 days of fully guided fishing
  • Possible arrival day and departure day fishing (will be dictated by transportation schedule and weather)
  • Round-trip bus and helicopter transportation from Petropavlovsk to the Ozernaya Camp
  • All meals at Ozernaya Camp
  • All non-alcoholic beverages plus a limited supply of beer and vodka for the week

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to Anchorage, Alaska
  • Airfare from Anchorage, Alaska to Petropavlovsk, Russia
  • Hotel accommodations, meals and transfers in Anchorage (if necessary)
  • All flies and terminal tackle
  • Rods, reels, waders, boots and all other fishing equipment
  • Russian fishing license (Approx. $100.00 per person)
  • Gratuities for guides and camp staff (payable in U.S. dollars)
  • Russian visa and visa processing fees
  • Trip insurance and Global Rescue insurance policies (required)

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

After the opening of Russia in the late 1980's, many Kamchatka residents left for a less expensive and easier life on the mainland. The population now is 30% what it was at the beginning of Perestroika. With no roads to Kamchatka everything must come to the peninsula by ship or air, driving up the cost of living. The entire peninsula has a population under 300,000 people and about 250,000 of them live in the capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatksky (Petro). By comparison, in northern Kamchatka the density of population is .08/km while Alaska is .4/km. This means Alaska is 5 times more populated than Kamchatka, Wyoming 23 times, Montana 30 times and Colorado 200 times. Kamchatka continues to be a wilderness outpost and should remain so well into the future. 

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