The Best of Kamchatka – Rainbows From Above
2019 Dates: July 15-22 & August 5-12
We are pleased to offer Kamchatka’s first full Fly-Out program: Rainbows From Above Fly-Out Lodge. Rainbows From Above Lodge is the ULTIMATE Kamchatka fly-fishing experience. Come see for yourself the secret places Kamchatka has to offer.
You and three other lucky anglers will have private use of our leased MI-2 helicopter. Access is the key and there is no better way than flying to the river by chopper. Each night we will pour over the map of northern Kamchatka discussing the possibilities and your ambitions for the following day. Would you like to fish a river with lots of braids and back channels? No problem! Want a little river with abnormally large fish? It is yours! Perhaps begin the morning catching 5-10 pound Dolly Varden every cast and finish the day casting to rising native 20-inch Rainbows? Let’s do it! Soon to be famous rivers such as Kamlevayam, Starichok, Shishey, and Levaya are only a short flight away. These rivers are completely untouched and unfished. We simply have ‘varying degrees of great’ from which to choose.
Most anglers fish six and seven weight rods and it is recommended that each angler sets up a primary rod with a floating line and a mouse pattern, and the second 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 average 20”, with fish in the high 20’s caught each and every day.
Sick of plastic beads? We do not use them, ever! The Rainbows of Kamchatka are refreshingly naive and behave as if everything is real and yummy. Most of these fish will die of old age without ever having seen a fly or fisherman. Our Rainbows charge aggressively after flies of all varieties. Every part of the trip feels wild and exciting.
Each day you, three other anglers, and your American Guide will have the time of your lives sampling a wide range of unique river systems and incredible fisheries. This trip is the ultimate in exclusive with only four anglers per week maximum. Our day is catered around your ability to wade the streams. You may choose to walk three miles or just 400 yards of the river; our helicopter can pick you up just about any place you stop.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Very limited, as the rivers 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.
Dates And Availability
2019 Dates and Cost:
Typical Length of Stay
Due to the travel to Petropavlovsk, the standard package is six fishing days and six nights.
Accommodations and Lodging
Rainbows From Above Lodge is located in one of the most beautiful valleys in all of Kamchatka. Imagine having your own private Brooks Lodge in Katmai National Park. Well, this is it. We have a wonderful facility that includes private cabins, natural hot springs, bear viewing platforms and a lake full of Salmon and Char. Our Lodge was featured in National Geographic Magazine as one of the most important Sockeye Salmon and Brown Bear areas on Kamchatka. Flights into the nearby mountain valleys provide breathtaking panoramic displays: Tamarack and Birch forests, waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, glimpses of glaciers and tarns, and Salmon-rich gin clear streams.
Strategically located on beautiful Two Yurt Lake, we selfishly have access to dozens of untouched trophy trout streams within 30 miles of the Lodge. While the rivers of Alaska are flooded with fisherman, our rivers are flooded with fish and just waiting to be explored. Forget jumping into a plane at the crack of dawn to arrive second, third or forth in line. The amount of remote wilderness available to us is shocking. We have an exclusive 49-year lease as the only outfitter allowed within hundreds of square miles of our Lodge.
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.
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 canceled 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 Rainbows From Above Lodge
- 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 Rainbows From Above Lodge
- All meals at Rainbows From Above Lodge
- 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)
Travel Arrangements & Insurance
Front Range Anglers will assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for your trip. 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.
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.