Kamchatka is home to some of the most remote, isolated and pristine freshwater fisheries in the world. A handful of rivers found on this wild and rugged peninsula are truly world-class; collectively in a league of their own with regard to huge, aggressive rainbow trout. One of these select fisheries is the mighty Zhupanova, a river known as home to what are arguably the largest rainbow trout in the world. With fish reaching lengths of 35 inches and weights of over 10 pounds, anglers have the opportunity to hook the biggest trout of their lives during a single week of fishing. Zendzur Lodge has access to over 30 miles of river right from their doorstep – every mile accessible by jet boats operated by seasoned American and Russian guides. The lodge itself is also the most established fishing lodge in all of Kamchatka, with the finest amenities, accommodations, service and food that any angler could ask for.
LOCATION: Eastern Russia – Kamchatka Peninsula
SEASON: Mid-July through first week of September
CAPACITY: Maximum of 6 guests per week
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Anchorage, AK (ANC)
TARGET SPECIES: Primarily rainbow trout, with strong numbers of dolly varden and some super kundzha char. 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
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO 888-777-5060 INTL 01-1-406-585-8667 info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
Just a 30-minute flight via Mi-8 helicopter from Petropavlosk, Zendzur Lodge sits atop a riverside overlook that gives guests a beautiful view of the Zhupanova River. In a part of the world where rugged and rustic wilderness lodges are the norm, Zendzur is an amazing exception – one of the nicest operations in all of Russia. Zendzur offers comfortable rooms, great food and excellent customer service; a fantastic base of operations where anglers return each evening to enjoy a huge dinner, comfortable overnight accommodations and on-site, natural hot springs. Each room at the lodge has either two or three beds, a private bathroom with flushing toilets and towels, and an entryway for storing waders and gear.
Food and Beverages:
During a week at Zendzur, anglers can expect some of the finest Russian cuisine homemade right at the lodge. Fresh pastries, salads, fruits, seafood, soups and several other entrees will decorate the table each evening with a main course of pork, chicken or beef to follow. It’s a perfect ending to a long day on the river. Breakfasts include hot cereals of many styles, eggs, bacon, toast and fresh fruit. Lunches will be served on the river and include a variety of meats and cheeses, fruit, and freshly caught Dolly Varden cooked over an open fire. All beverages are included in the trip package and will be available throughout the day. Any additional alcohol other than beer will be an extra cost. It is recommended anglers purchase any other alcohol at the Duty Free in Anchorage prior to their departure.
Typical Length of stay:
Due to the set schedule of the once-a-week flight from Anchorage (ANC) to Petropavlovsk (PKC), the standard package at Zendzur Lodge is six (6) nights / five and a half (5.5) fishing days.
Activities for non-anglers are very limited in Kamchatka, and the Zendzur Lodge is primarily a fishing-focused destination. That said, anglers will enjoy the overall area itself, as the scenery of the nearby mountains provides breathtaking panoramic displays. Over the course of the week, each guest will experience tamarack and birch forests, wildlife, snow-capped mountains, a view of Zhupanovsky Volcano and salmon-rich, gin-clear waters.
Internet / Communications:
There is no internet connection while at Zendzur Lodge and cell phones will not work. Sat phones are the best means for communication if needed.
The Zhupanova is known as the home to some of the largest rainbow trout on the planet. Deep runs, large boulders and big water characterize the overall fishery that these fish call home. And with a plethora of food provided to them throughout the year, the rainbows of the Zhupanova are strong and hearty – able to withstand the brutal Kamchatkan winters. Fishing large streamers across the current with heavy sink tips is the technique of choice for big fish, with the opportunity to skate mouse patterns always present. Anglers will depart the lodge each morning with their designated guide for the day, moving from one run to another and exploring different sections of the river. The Zhupanova is a fishery known for big fish, and the focus on this river is definitely quality over quantity. Anglers can expect good days to deliver 3-5 huge fish. An excellent day might be 6-10 fish. In addition to the huge rainbows, Dolly Varden are found throughout the fishery and are always very willing to take a fly. During late July through late August, Super Kundzha are also present and offer anglers a chance for a totally unique and fun photo opportunity.
Boats & Equipment
Once you arrive in Kamchatka, you will travel by Mi-8 helicopter from Petro to the Zendzur Lodge. While fishing on the Zhupanova, anglers will access the river via 14-foot jet boats with 30-horse Suzuki outboard motors (similar to the jet 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 anglers will have to bring everything with them, including rods, reels, lines, 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 2016. 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 / 5.5 Fishing Days = $6,995.00
- Six (6) nights lodging at Zendzur Lodge (double occupancy)
- Five and a half (5.5) days fully guided fishing (two anglers per guide)
- Possible arrival day and departure day fishing sessions (will be dictated by transportation schedules and weather)
- All ground and air transfers to and from Zendzur Lodge
- All meals at Zendzur Lodge
- All non-alcoholic beverages plus a limited supply of beer and vodka for the week
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare to Anchorage, Alaska (ANC) and on to Petropavlovsk, Russia (PKC)
- Hotel accommodations, meals and transfers in Anchorage (if necessary)
- All flies and terminal tackle
- Rod, reels, waders, boots and all other fishing equipment
- Russian fishing license ($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)