The Best of Kamchatka – Ozernaya River Lodge
2019 Dates: July 22-29, July 29-August 5, and August 12-19
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 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 the second rod set up 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 the 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.
Typical Length of Stay
Due to the travel to Petropavlovsk, the standard package is six fishing days and six nights.
Accommodations and Lodging
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.
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 are 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.
Dates, Availability, and Cost
The cost of this adventure is $8195.00
How To Get There
Best of Kamchatka will again be relying upon Red Star Travel to handle travel logistics. They have done a wonderful job in the past and we are confident they will continue to take great care of our guests. Over the years we have found it is best to centralize all ticketing, visa, invitation and insurance processes. Red Star Travel can be reached here.
Once on Kamchatka you will travel by Mi-8 which was first put into production in late 1965 and is considered the most reliable and safe commercial helicopter ever made.
With twin turbine engines designed for a capacity of 24 anglers and gear, there is no better view of the peninsula. Boasting an impressive 8,820 pound payload, a cruising speed of over 100 mph, and a ceiling of more than 16,000 feet, all of Kamchatka relies on this dependable aircraft. The Aviation Board issues flight clearances and keeps a strict watch on all of the commercial aviation companies ensuring you a safe flight schedule. With a considerable operational range of 360 miles, the MI-8 is designed to take you to areas completely inaccessible by road. Like any remote wilderness area, weather delays are possible although they are rare.
Please contact us for the current pricing. Remember that there is no mark-up for going through FRA. You never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.
Travel Arrangements & Insurance
Front Range Anglers will assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for trips to Kamchatka. Contact us at 877.935.2975 or 303.494.1375 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance. FRA requires all anglers to have Medical Evacuation Insurance- we recommend Global Rescue, and we HIGHLY recommend Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance.
Because many deposits and final payments for trip packages are non-refundable, it is highly recommended that you purchase trip insurance in the event that you have to cancel, postpone or reschedule your trip for any reason. Please be aware that this is the only way that we can assist you with compensation for a cancelled trip. For more information or for assistance in purchasing trip insurance, please contact us or visit our Travel Insurance page.
- 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 Petropavlovsk, Russia
- Hotel accommodations, meals and transfers in Petropavlovsk (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)
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.