Ozernaya, Kamchatka

Product.Nr.: ws08

Manufacturer: Springforelle

6.800,00 EUR
incl. 19 % VAT

product description


Fly fishing trip to the Ozernaya, Kamchatka

22nd August - 2nd September 2020

To have the chance to experience a free-flowing river is wonderful. In 2018, I was fortunate to fish the Ozernaya with Vladimir and his team. Before I could see it with my own eyes, I was skeptical that there really are still waters that are full of wild fish. The expectations of all participants were met not only with regard to the fish, the service of our guides left nothing to be desired. In addition, Marina cooked wonderfully and that three times a day. She served fish in many different variants: salmon burger, grayling sashimi or char caviar for breakfast.

Participants and cost
  • Participants min. 3, max. 6
  • € 4,700 with 6 participants
  • € 5,200 bei 5 participants
  • € 5,900 bei 4 participants
  • € 6,800 bei 3 participants
  • Deposit on booking € 1,500

Would you like to join us for a trip to the river Ozernaya in Kamchatka, in eastern Russia? The Ozernaya is an undiscovered gem for the fishing enthusiast. The fish are abundant and there is a wide range of species. Species include all Pacific salmon, rainbow trout, char and arctic grayling. Especially numerous are rainbows, arctic grayling and dolly varden.

I will organise this trip again with Vladimir, who is an experienced local organiser and an expert fly fisher himself and has operated this tour for decades and organizes everything necessary on site: helicopter transport, camp, catering, guiding, etc.

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    22.08. Departure
    23.08. Arrival Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski, transfer to the hotel
    24.08. Car trip from Petropawlowsk to Mayskoye - helicopter flight to the tent camp at the Ozernaya, 7 overnights / 8 days in double tent
    31.08. In good weather: helicopter transport from camp to Mayskoye - car trip to Petropavlovsk, Hotel overnight, in bad weather on 01.09.
    02.09. Hotel transfer to airport Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski

  • 7 overnights / 8 days in tents with double occupancy (surcharge for single)
  • Three meals daily in the tent camp
  • Guiding
  • Interpreter Russian - English
  • Tent and kitchen equipment, incl. inflatable mattress
  • Car trip Petropavlovsk – Mayskoye
  • Helicopter flight Mayskoye – Ozernaya
  • Drift boat on the Ozernaya (the camp will be moved daily downstream)
  • Life jacket
  • Individual dry bag
  • Hotel reservation in Petropavlovsk
  • Fishing licence
  • Support with obtaining a visa

Not included are
  • Flight to Petropavlovsk
  • Hotel accommodation in Petropavlovsk
  • Gratuities for the Russian team (guide, cook, interpreter)
  • Visa fees
  • Meals in Petropavlovsk
  • Travel cancellation, rescue and health insurance
  • Sleeping bag, waders and fishing equipment
  • Alcoholic beverages

It is still said Kamchatka is in a state like Alaska 250 years ago. With 4 persons per square kilometre Alaska has a population density five times higher than Kamchatka. Moreover, fishing tourism in Kamchatka is not yet so developed. Not even a hundred anglers are fishing the Ozernaya within three months per year, and only the brown bears the rest of the year. Almost every day we could observe these impressive but shy animals.

Ozernaya, Kamtchatka

The Ozernaya flows through the tundra in northern Kamchatka, one of the most pristine areas on our planet. The river width varies between 60 and 100 m. In the upper reaches, it meanders through birch coppices and divides into several branches with small islands in-between. The river's flow velocity averages 1 to 2 m/s. Pools can be several meters deep, the average depth is 1 – 1.5 m. Deeper stretches alternate with riffles, which are sometimes only 0.1 m, but mostly 0.2 – 0.5 m deep. The bottom is stony, gravelly with some rocks. The water is clear, sight-fishing often possible. Rapids do not exist.

The Ozernaya is very rich in fish not only with regards to numbers but also to species, especially salmonids.

Ozernaya, Kamtchatka

Fish species of the Ozernaya

  1. Rainbow trout - Oncorhynchus mykiss
    Everywhere very frequent, on average 50 – 55 cm and 1 – 2 kg

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  2. Arctic grayling - Thymallus arcticus
    Very frequent, on average 45 cm and 0.8 kg, often also 50 cm and 1.5 kg

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  3. Dolly varden - Salvelinus malma
    Caught from July onwards, on average 50 cm, but often also 65 – 70 cm and 3 – 4 kg

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  4. White spotted char - Salvelinus leucomaenis
    Rare, on average 55 cm and 1.5 kg

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  5. Coho salmon - Oncorhynchus kisutch
    Frequent from mid August

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  6. Chum salmon - Oncorhynchus keta
    Runs in mid July and beginning of September, not often, but regularly caught

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  7. Sockeye salmon - Oncorhynchus nerka
    Rare, only in certain places, runs in mid July and beginning of September

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  8. Chinook salmon - Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
    Caught, upper and middle river parts from mid July

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  9. Pink salmon - Oncorhynchus gorbuscha
    Frequent in 2018

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Fly patterns

    Four patterns are completely sufficient:
  • Streamer 1: mouse as a dry streamer, e.g. Morrish Mouse
  • Streamer 2: Wooly Bugger
  • Streamer 3: Colorful and heavy
  • Dry fly, e.g. Adams

    It is recommended to have three rods handy if you do not want to tackle up inbetween. While drifting is enough space in the boat.
  • # 5 or # 6 Rod with dry fly when grayling are rising
  • # 7 or # 8 with mouse streamer or Wooly Bugger
  • # 8 or # 9 with heavy streamer
    Whether a two-handed rod should be there, is a matter of taste. Since the streamers are very much used, I find a switch rod at least very relieving for the arms.

    The expiration date of the passport must be six months beyond the end of the trip.

    The Institute of Tropical Medicine of the Charité Berlin recommended these vaccinations.
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, polio - is carried out in a pack of four
  • Hepatitis A + B
  • Rabies
  • TBE
    Which vaccinations are suitable for you, you should discuss with your family doctor or at a institute of tropical medicine.

Mosquito repellent
    I was advised to use a mosquito spray containing 50 % DEET, e.g. No-Bite or Anti-Brumm.

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The Ozernaya

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