Discover the Pristine Wilderness of Kamchatka
While all rivers in Kamchatka provide an unbelievably remote and pristine wilderness experience, for anglers looking for the next level of true exploration Yellow Dog is now offering the opportunity to explore Kamchatka on numerous untouched rivers. Over the course of 20 years, our outfitters within the area have identified a carefully selected array of watersheds that are rotated throughout the season and floated and fished once, MAYBE twice in an entire summer season. For the truly adventurous anglers looking to see a river in Kamchatka with absolutely zero angling pressure and the most remote freshwater fishing on the planet, these trips are one of a kind adventures.
While the guides and camp staff for each float take every necessary measure to ensure comfort on each trip, these are the most rustic and hands-on floats of any offering in Kamchatka. Anglers will stay each night in two-person tents that will be set up at designated campsites each evening. Air mattress pads will be provided, but each angler is required to bring their own sleeping bag. An enclosed dining tent and table will be set up each evening for anglers to relax for breakfast and dinner, and tell stories around the campfire each evening. The camp staff will set up a latrine each evening and solar shower upon request. This is a hard-core camping float that is designed to give flexibility when moving downstream each day to the final zone and helicopter extraction point.
Food and Beverages
Classic Russian cuisine such as borsh, ukra, and a variety of homemade soups, salads, and entrees will be served throughout the week. At each meal, anglers can expect to have a selection of meats and cheese, fruit, salads, soup, and a main dish consisting of pork, chicken, beef, or fish. Breakfasts are always hearty and consist of hot cereals, toast, eggs, bacon, and fruit leaving anglers full and fueled for the day of fishing ahead. Lunches are served a buffet sandwich-style while on the river ensuring anglers spend as much time as possible on the water. Lunches include meats and cheese, toast for sandwiches, fruit, candies, and salads. Beverages included in the package are bottled water and soda. Some vodka and Russian beers will be available for purchase during the float and can be settled upon at the end of the trip. For any additional alcohol and if you would like reassurance that you will have what you need, we recommend anglers purchase alcohol at the Duty-Free in Anchorage prior to their departure for Petropavlovsk and check it in their luggage.
Activities for non-anglers are extremely limited, as this is a very fishing-focused destination. The area does offer great opportunities for photos and great wildlife viewing, but this is not a trip that is recommended for anyone who is not primarily interested in fishing long and full days.
Internet / Communications
There is no internet connection or cell phone service while on the exploratory float trips. Sat phones are the only means of communication while on the river and for emergency use only.
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 dateline. 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 at 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.
The fishing each day begins after camp is packed up and the guides are ready to depart downstream to different sections of the river. The camp staff will stay back and pack up the gear and meet anglers for lunch downstream. Working your way downstream, anglers will stop the rafts and wade fish in different sections of water. After the section has been covered thoroughly and dozens of fish have been brought to hand, anglers will get back in the rafts and move on to the next productive piece of water. The rainbows, trout, and salmon species are almost exclusively targeted with mouse patterns, dries, and streamers, with the opportunity to make a cast to a fish that has truly NEVER seen another angler. While extensive research is done in advance to do everything possible to ensure a quality fishing experience, anglers should keep in mind that it is not uncommon to have to cut down overhanging trees, portage around log jams, and assist if needed in shuttling luggage around obstacles. This is a hands-on trip and designed for anglers that are looking for the next level of wilderness fishing on sections of water that have never seen other anglers. Getting there is half the adventure with the exploratory float trips.
Boats and Equipment
All air transportation to and from the exploratory floats is by Mi-8 helicopter, which will transfer anglers to camp once a week. The flight time from Petropavlovsk is roughly 3 hours. Upon arrival, the guides for the week will assemble the rafts that will transport guests down the river over the course of the next six days. Anglers will fish from the rafts occasionally while primarily wade fishing prime sections each day. There is no rental or demo equipment available on this trip, and no flies, leaders, or tippet for sale. That means anglers need to bring everything with them, including rods, reels, lines, waders, boots, all terminal tackle, and flies. Please refer to Yellow Dog’s detailed pre-trip materials and packing lists for all required and recommended equipment.
Rates and Terms
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 = $7,495.00 USD
- Six (6) nights tent accommodations on the Exploratory Float (double occupancy)
- Five (5) days of fully guided fishing (two anglers per boat)
- Possible arrival day and departure day fishing (will be dictated by transportation schedule and weather)
- All ground and air transfers to/from the exploratory river
- All meals while on the float
- All non-alcoholic beverages
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare to Anchorage, Alaska (ANC) and from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk, Russia
- 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 (approximately $100.00 per person)
- Gratuities for guides and camp staff (payable in USD)
- Russian Visa and Visa processing fees
- All alcoholic beverages
- Trip insurance and Global Rescue insurance policies (required)
Kamchatka Wilderness Exploratory Float Trip (Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
For all Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, L.L.C. (YDFA) Kamchatka fishing packages, both deposits and final payments are non-refundable. If a cancelled package is resold by either the outfitter/operator or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be sent minus a $100.00 per person cancellation fee charged by Yellow Dog. In the case of cancellation by the client, both deposit and final payment may be transferred to another guest or angler for those same (original) dates if facilitated and arranged by the client. For all reservations booked over a year in advance, the rates and dates indicated for the reservation are based on the current calendar year season and schedule, and final prices are subject to change for the following season. Once an initial reservation is confirmed, all anglers will be required to submit a $1,000.00 holding deposit, which is refundable up until the details are announced and the specifics are locked in for the following season. Once that occurs, confirmed anglers will be notified of final dates, details and rates for the following season, at which point you will be asked to fully confirm and lock in your reservation with a second deposit (which added to the $1,000.00 initial reservation holding deposit will total 50% of the full cost of the trip). Please note the final 50% payments are due no later than 90 days prior to the start of your trip. Full deposits and final payments are non-refundable unless a client is replaced. Because of the operator’s no refund and no credit policy, we highly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance. In no event will the operator or Yellow Dog be responsible for any cancellation of services or operations due to inclement weather, any event of force majeure, airline delays, missed travel connections, or any other reason beyond the control of the operator. If your flights are late and connections are missed, the operator is not responsible for alternative travel arrangements including flights, hotels, meals and any other expenses incurred. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages.
Yellow Dog Customer Reviews
“The trip significantly exceeded my expectations. My son and I both had a great time. We had a great group and the fishing was over the top. Lots of big rainbows. Camping out and sleeping on the ground was not as bad as I was afraid it was going to be.” – John N.