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For years, Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, due to its strategic location, was off limits to any exploration, foreign and domestic, but it has been open for travel since the early 1990s. And though it seems deserted by most standards, it won’t be long before the rest of the world finds out just how good the trout fishing is on the long isolated province! In dozens of rivers along its coasts, there are rainbow trout (in addition to salmon and charr) in numbers and size that call to mind conditions in Alaska fifty or more years ago, and the few guiding operations in existence have barely scratched the surface, leaving most of it untapped. And what better way to enjoy this “Last Frontier” of trout angling than by floating its wild rivers in rafts, with native guides, fishing virgin stretches of water each day, camping on gravel bars marked only by the tracks of animals, totally immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of Kamchatka’s awesome backcountry?...Read More
If this sounds like your kind of fishing vacation, then Rene invites you to join her and her team, as one of Alaska’s longtime premier float trip operators, in partnership with Kamchatka’s most experienced ecotour company, for superb, “Russian style” float and tent camp fishing expeditions on the finest fishing streams in southern and central Kamchatka. On these unspoiled drainages, you’ll enjoy perfect wade and cast conditions for abundant, hefty rainbow trout (average size 20-24 inches; up to 8 lbs. or more), charr and salmon, along with a surprising modicum of comfort and facilities provided by the Russian host company. (They’ve been doing trips in Russia for a long time and know how to do them right!) You’ll have the finest American high-tech rafting and camping gear, with separate tents for sleeping and dining, private bathroom, portable hot shower, and even streamside steam baths (Russian “banyas”). All trips are led by veteran Alaska guides, with assistance from a seasoned cadre of local native Russians who know the river and conditions like no one else.
These float and fish safaris provide a unique and intimate experience of Kamchatka’s superlative wilderness and fabled fishing. Since they are not burdened with the logistics of maintaining fixed camp operations, this joint venture can offer trips on rivers few others have visited, and is continually exploring to provide their clientele with the very finest wild fishing. All trips begin on remote headwaters, floating silently, without the noise of motors, to give you the opportunity to see and photograph wildlife up close, not to mention the treat of fishing stretches of virgin water not accessible by any other means. They camp streamside in a new location every night, with a background lullaby of running water, untainted by the sound of generators. Each day on the river is a new adventure, with unfolding vistas of the spectacular country, glimpses of active volcanoes, wildlife sightings, hot springs, native ruins and artifacts, and of course, plenty of fabulous rainbow and charr fishing.
Kamchatka’s rainbows, called “Mikizha”, are big and unsophisticated, so you won’t need a great deal of technical skills or elaborate gear to do well fishing for them. (Many guests with little or no fly fishing experience catch up to a dozen or more big trout a day.) Depending on the time of year, anglers either fish the surface with dry flies (including, at times, the notorious Mouse, for explosive surface strikes), bounce beads along the bottom, drift egg/flesh/forage/attractor patterns, or even nymph, with equally good results. Various salmon species in season, Dolly Varden charr, and the exotic East Siberian charr, or “Kundzha”, Salvelinus leucomenis, add variety and excitement to the mix.
The schedule is relaxed and informal; guests set the pace under the guidance of experienced local guides, so you can fish as much (or as little) as you want. Most of the fishing is done from shore, wading and casting in the best spots, then drifting in the boats to the next stretch of productive water. All rainbows are released, and your guide will provide assistance with photographing your catch and handling the fish with minimal stress. The food on these trips is unbelievable. Two native cooks accompany each expedition, and the fantastic Russian meals these girls whip up from scratch are just as memorable as the fishing. In the evenings, you’ll enjoy hearty camaraderie with your trip mates around the fire, swapping stories (and endless vodka toasts) until sleep calls you to your tents.
There are literally dozens and dozens of companies worldwide offering sportfishing tours in Alaska and Russia nowadays. The majority of these are reputable organizations capable of providing a satisfactory angling vacation. But very few can match us for the kind of fishing experience we offer and the number of years we have been in business. We have been doing tours for 35 years and in the process have developed an unmatched expertise in delivering the very finest wild fishing and intimate wilderness experiences possible. No fishing lodge or semi-permanent camp working the same tired stretches of water day in and day out with noisy jet boats can possibly offer you the same kind of experience we can floating remote wild rivers and sampling untouched water each day! It’s that simple. And since we don’t wholesale our trips, we can offer prices that are among the most competitive in the business, bar none. You can certainly pay a whole lot more for your fishing vacation, but you won’t get a better trip! Trust us on that! Contact us for a list of references, talk to some of our former clients or ask other folks in the fly fishing business, and you’ll find that our reputation is untouchable. We are the best because, more than anything, we love to do this, have the highest personal standards and have been in business longer than most everyone else!...Read More
We are an Alaska-based enterprise, in business since 1983. We have always strived to provide the highest quality wilderness sports fishing adventures, here and abroad, at the most competitive prices. In addition to developing an outstanding Alaska program, we were among the first American tour operators to pioneer joint ventures in Russia during the late 1980s, concentrating our efforts in the Far East provinces most accessible by direct flights from Alaska.
Goo Vogt’s Siberian taimen program based out of Khabarovsk in the 1990s was very successful, garnering five IGFA World Records, including the largest fish ever taken on rod and reel. The Kamchatka program, begun in the early 1990s, featured float trips on the finest rivers in the southern and central province, along with volcano treks, visits to hot springs and trips to rural villages for cultural interaction. With our considerable involvement and passion, we have tirelessly promoted tourism and business and cultural exchanges between our two neighboring countries.
If you’re looking to really experience Alaska or Kamchatka without all the BS just hardcore access to the best rivers best guides and great guests this is the outfitter. Book a trip down a Wild Alaska River with Renee and you’ll have memories for a lifetime. The best
It was an absolutely epic trip. You will probably never quite understand how much we (Hunter and I) enjoyed it, , but I can say that just about every day he hands me a cup of water and says… “hey, go start the fire with this, but use the dry ...Read More water”… and then we have a bit of a laugh… haha… Rene, you are an absolute icon in my mind and I sincerely appreciate the time and attention you afforded me and my son.
This guide will clean your catch for you.
Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.
You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.
You will need your own tackle.
Wader rentals are not available.
No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.
All necessary camping and rafting equipment (except your personal gear and fishing equipment), deluxe tent camps along the river, meals, guides, transportation from and back to point of departure in southwest Alaska (Aniak, Bethel or Dillingham).
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You must bring your own personal gear and fishing equipment (we will send you a detailed list of our gear recommendations upon booking). You are responsible for flight arrangements from Anchorage to and from southwest Alaska (we will tell you the specific point of departure to book your flight to). Also not included are hotel and meal costs incurred by extended layovers due to weather or other factors beyond our control, fishing licenses, alcoholic beverages, and gratuities.
Payment & Tipping
After paying the deposit, a QR Code will be emailed to you. On the day of the trip, your guide will scan your QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a customary tip (we recommend 20%).
Yes, cancel for free up to 60 days before the trip.
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