An Aquatic Eco-System, Loaded With Insects and Hungry Trout
If you have ever dreamed of fishing some of the most remote, untouched waters on earth for large, surface-feeding native rainbow trout, then trout fishing Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula should be at the very top of your list. The Ozernaya River – an aquatic ecosystem 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.
The “Oz” camp is designed for intimacy, with a maximum of only ten guests per week. Each two-person, A-frame-style cabin is warm, comfortable, dry, and mostly bug-free. Each cabin includes generator-supplied electricity and wood stove heat. In-camp amenities include a flushable 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.
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”), homemade jams or cereal is served. A packed cooler lunch is made each day, 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 meats, fish and vegetable dishes. To satisfy all tastes, the kitchen can easily offer a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.
Typical Length of Stay
Due to the set weekly flight from Anchorage (ANC) to Petropavlovsk Airport (PKC), the standard package is six (6) nights / six (6) fishing days.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Activities for non-anglers are very limited, as the Ozernaya River Camp and the Ozernaya River itself are primarily fishing-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.
Internet / Communications
Internet access is not available during your stay and cell phones will not work during your visit.
How To Get There
Yakutia Air has announced that they will once again be flying the direct route from Anchorage’s Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC) to Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka (PKC) which is the quickest and easiest option. Flights will operate weekly from mid-July to mid-September. More information on these flights can be found by contacting Yellow Dog.
Arrival and Departure Times
With direct flight service to Kamchatka (PKC) from Anchorage (ANC), anglers can once again enjoy a quick and easy flight to the best rainbow trout fishing on the planet. The weekly Yakutia Air flight will depart from Anchorage on Monday mornings, with arrival in Kamchatka the following morning once the plane crosses the international date line. With this schedule, anglers will no longer have to overnight in Petro on their way to camp, instead of proceeding directly from the airport to the helicopter that same day. After a great week of fishing, you will arrive back in Anchorage the following Monday evening. You will arrive back in Anchorage the same Monday morning after crossing back over the international dateline. 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. For any international anglers not looking to travel through Anchorage OR if you would like to spend additional time in Russia, there are options to fly through Moscow, Russia or Seoul, South Korea to arrive to Petro on different schedules.
A Russian Visa (which Yellow Dog will assist with) and a valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining are required. Due to the remoteness of this location, Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures requires the purchase of medical evacuation and trip insurance.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
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 in, every mile of the Oz is loaded with fat, healthy rainbows. Most fish in the Oz average 20 inches, with fish in the high 20s 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. 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.
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. All prices listed below are per person, based on double occupancy and quoted in US dollars.
6 Nights / 5.5 Fishing Days = $8,695.00
- Six (6) nights lodging at the Ozernaya Jetboat Camp
- Five and a half (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 (ANC)
- Airfare from Anchorage, Alaska (ANC) to Petropavlovsk, Russia (PKC)
- 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)