The Best of Kamchatka
When Flyfishing Kamchatka, Rainbow trout is usually the target species, but there are others…
Kamchatka has extraordinarily huge hatches of various Stoneflies, Mayflies, and Caddis, plus spring and fall Beatis, Green Drakes and Pale Morning Duns. Add to that millions of salmon, and you have the recipe for monster Rainbows and lots of them. However, depending on when you go, there are lots of Kings, Silvers, Chums, and Dolly Varden.
- The average Rainbow is 4 pounds, with some weighing more than 6. Fish over 30 inches are caught yearly. The trout on Kamchatka are aggressive.
- Dolly Varden, Kings, Chums and Silver Salmon fishing can be amazing depending on the time of year.
- Are you ready to go fishing? Get ahold of us for more information.
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When fly fishing Kamchatka, you might be swinging streamers, mousing, or throwing dry flies on floating line. Depending on the day, you may wade or fish from the boats. Bring heavy leader, the fish are big!
Most of the time on the Kamchatka peninsula, you are fishing for trophy Rainbow trout. At any time, you can fish a riffle for trophy-sized Grayling that will rival anything in Alaska, and the salmon fishing is amazing during their runs… this place is an incredible fishery!
- July – This is when you go for King salmon and out-of-this-world mousing for big ‘bows. A 100 fish day on mouse patterns is not unheard of. Also, July is the month of the big Caddis hatches, so you have to choose between mousing and throwing dries…. what a conundrum! The Dolly Varden move up into the rivers in July as well, and you will catch A LOT of them.
- August – There are more than a dozen watersheds on the peninsula with big runs of salmon in all of them during this time of year. The rivers are stuffed with different species of fish. Silvers will be coming up the rivers by the second week, and by now the Kings and Chums will be spawning. So, you will target the spawning beds or big trout. They will destroy a mouse or streamer, and there is no need to throw beads.
There are a few options available depending on the type of fishing you want to do. Be sure to talk to us so we can put you in the right spot. Some of these programs are very exclusive, so be sure to start planning now.
The hatches can be so prolific, that the caddis flies will cover the rafts up to an inch thick!
This is the only outfitter who works exclusively on Kamchatka. They have a singular focus, which makes them our obvious choice. Their guides, staff, lodging, cuisine, equipment is outstanding. Their logistics are dialed in, and they pay attention to the details. We are looking forward to introducing you to them.
Food and Lodging
The lodging depends on where you are fishing, but you can rest assured that it will be comfortable. The amenities consist of spacious and comfortable small cabins. They are heated, have electricity, running water, flushing toilets, a drying room, and hot showers. There is also a central dining room.
You can expect hot coffee whenever you want it, or Russian “chai” tea. The menu is American with a touch of Russian. Breakfasts are bacon and eggs, oatmeal or cereal, lunch is usually fresh fish cooked along the bank, and a wide variety of hearty dinners.
You will fly Yakutia Airlines from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka. From there, you will meet a concierge who will escort you to a private bus out of the Petropavlovsk valley. They used to fly out of Petropavlovsk but came to understand that the buses are a better option. You will take a three hour bus ride, on paved roads, to Milkova where you will board the helicopter to camp. You’ll be landing huge Rainbows that afternoon.
Weather days are always possible, but extremely rare.