THE BEST OF KAMCHATKA - RUSSIA

 

THE BEST OF KAMCHATKA - RUSSIA

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 top of your list. This operation offers access to two totally separate and incredibly remote river systems where strong regional runs of Pacific salmon and an incredibly healthy biomass combine to create one of the purest, most productive rainbow trout 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 (Thursday to Thursday).

Accommodations and Lodging

The Best of KamchatkaOzernaya Jet Boat Lodge -
The “Oz” lodge is designed for intimacy, with a maximum of only eight (8) guests per week. Each two-person cabin is spacious, comfortable, dry, bug-free and includes electricity and heat. The many amenities include flush toilets, streamside benches, picnic tables, and evening campfires. Upon returning after a successful day of fishing, jump into a steaming hot shower. Clean and relaxed, dinner is soon to follow. The facility is designed to be your report portal for your non-fishing hours.

The Two Yurt Float Trip -
The Two Yurt Float Trip offers the same high standard of comfort and service, but from a mobile and moving base of operations. A small group of six anglers per week will travel between stationary cabins spaced perfectly along the river. With hot showers, large dining facilities, electricity and heat, nothing is forgotten except the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Fewer anglers fish Two Yurt in a season than many famous Alaska rivers see in a single day! This program is a bit more on the “rustic outdoorsy” side of things, and best suited for those anglers looking for a slightly more remote experience.

Food and Beverages

Both fishing programs have central and comfortable dining rooms where you will enjoy hot meals each day. Despite the remote setting, conveniences have not been lost. 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 or cereal is served. At your request, the guides will prepare fresh fish for lunch on the river. To satisfy all tastes, they can easily offer a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

Fishing Information

Russian Rainbow TroutThe river systems fished by The Best of Kamchatka are the Two Yurt River and the Ozernaya River (known to the locals as the “Oz.”)

On Two Yurt trips, you will cover over 50 miles of river via double and single-man pontoon boats over the course of your week. Accommodations nightly are in a series of A-framed cabin camps spaced throughout the float, with each camp ideally located to maximize your angling success each day. This float offers every imaginable type of water – from classic freestone pocket water to long spring creek glides, all of which provide limitless holding water for the river’s large rainbows.

The second trip option is to base out of a fixed camp on the Ozernaya, where you will depart each morning and cover the river each day via jet-boat. With this fixed-camp option, you have access to several dozen miles of private water, every mile loaded with healthy rainbows.

Boats and Equipment

Once you arrive in Kamchatka, you will travel by Mi-8 helicopter to the camp. These 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). The Two Yurt float trip is done in rubber rafts and two-man pontoon boats. There is no rental or demo equipment available on this trip, so anglers are advised to bring everything that they will need with them, including rods, reels, lines and backup lines, all terminal tackle, waders, boots, and all flies.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Kamchatka LandscapeImagine having your own private Brooks Lodge in Katmai National Park. Well, this is it. The Two Yurt Lake Base Lodge is a wonderful facility that includes private cabins, natural hot springs, bear viewing platforms and a lake full of Salmon and Char. This Lodge was featured in National Geographic Magazine as one of the most important sockeye salmon and brown bear areas in all of Kamchatka. The scenery of the nearby mountain valleys provides breathtaking panoramic displays: tamarack and birch forests, waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, glimpses of glaciers and tarns, and salmon-rich, gin-clear streams.

How To Get There

Vladivostok Air will fly the direct route in 2012 from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka. Flights will operate weekly from July 12 to September 13, 2012. More information on these flights can be found by contacting Yellow Dog, or by contacting Vlad Air. (Email: sales@vladivostokair.us, Phone: 206-443-1614)

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

We are ecstatic to announce there will be direct flight service to Kamchatka during the summer of 2012! We will once again enjoy a quick and easy flight to the best Rainbow Trout fishing on the planet. Vladivostok Air has announced with 100% certainty they are assuming the route from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka.

The official released flight schedule is as follows. Flight #XF712 will depart from Anchorage on Thursday mornings at 6:40 am (with arrival in Kamchatka at 8:00 am). After a great week of fishing you will arrive back in Anchorage the following Thursday morning at 4:10 am on Flight #XF711. This early arrival back to the States allows plenty of time to clear US customs and immigration to connect up with your flight home. We have over 10 years of experience working with this schedule and know it is extraordinarily convenient.

2013 Fishing Package Rates

The weekly rate is per person and based on double occupancy. The rate below applies to both the Ozernaya and Two Yurt package.

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 ground and air transportation from Petropavlovsk to Ozernaya Jetboat Camp
  • All Meals at Ozernaya Jetboat Camp
  • Russian fishing license
  • All non-alcoholic beverages plus a limited supply of beer and vodka

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
  • Gratuities for guides and camp staff
  • Russian visa and visa processing fees
  • Trip Insurance and Global Rescue Policies

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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