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.
LOCATION: Eastern Russia – Kamchatka Peninsula
SEASON: Mid-July through first week of September
CAPACITY: Maximum of 10 guests per week
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Anchorage, AK (ANC)
TARGET SPECIES: Primarily rainbow trout, with strong numbers of char and Asiatic grayling. All five species of Pacific salmon are available at certain times of season.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: A Russian Visa (Yellow Dog will assist you) and a valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining are required.
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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.
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.
How To Get There
Once Yakutia Air has announced they will once again be flying for 2017, the direct route from Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC) to Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka (PKC) is the quickest and easiest option. Flights will operate weekly from mid-July to mid-September 2017. More information on these flights can be found by contacting Yellow Dog.
Arrival and Departure Details / 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. It is anticipated that 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 new schedule, anglers will no longer have to overnight in Petro on their way to camp, instead 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.
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 offers 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 travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
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 / 6 Fishing Days = $8,195.00
- 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)
"What a beautiful piece of unspoiled trout/salmon and grayling heaven. Thank you for a truly unforgettable experience, great staff and superbscenery. Absolute journey every day. A memory to be carried a lifetime."
- Holly (Boise, ID)
"Kamchatka was an amazing adventure. It started with a two hour helicopter ride because there are no roads that lead to the Ozernaya River (“Oz”) Valley. The Oz is pristine and virtually untouched by humans. We were able to drink the water right out of the river! I have never seen so many healthy rainbow trout. It was rare to catch a fish less than twenty inches long, and I fished almost exclusively with a mouse pattern. It was like the fish had never seen a fly before they were so aggressive. The rainbows would literally jump out of the water when attacking the mouse. I caught several grayling and char on the mouse as well I will remember this experience for years to come. Many thanks to Will Blair and his staff. Will’s passion and dedication to the Oz is infectious. I can’t wait for my next adventure with The Best of Kamchatka.”
- Tim O. (Portland, OR)