Kamchatka

Overview

Group Size: 6-12 Anglers


Trip Duration: 7 nights

Hosted Trip: Gerhard Laubscher is hosting a two week trip to the Sedanka Spring creek from 28 June – 11 July, contact us if you want to join the group!

Peak Season: June – September

The landmass of Kamchatka stabs south from mainland Siberia, slicing into the Bering Sea just west of Alaska. Its jagged coastlines are lapped by fish-rich waters, its snow-capped horizons are dotted by strato-volcanoes, and its valleys are carved deep by over 12,000 pristine spring creeks and rivers. Virtually none of the peninsula has been impacted by man. It’s a trout, salmon and char Utopia. This coast-to-coast, trackless wilderness is inaccessible to all modes of transportation except horse, jet-boat and iconic orange and blue MI-8 helicopters.

Alaska angling veterans will find a level of familiarity in Kamchatka’s rivers, landscapes and climate. Most of the same plants and animals inhabit the two regions, the weather is similar; and all life on the peninsula depends on annual runs of salmon for essential energy.

Anglers will be able to choose from one or two-week expeditions on rivers that have seldom – and in some cases never – been fished. All of these trips are rustic and wild and not for everyone. They require a reasonable degree of physical fitness and mental stamina. The payoff is the simple guarantee that they’ll set hearts pounding with trout fishing like you’ve never seen, in a setting that few people have ever seen.

This isn’t time travel, this is Kamchatka. It’s shocking to consider in this day and age that the finest trout stream may yet be flowing undiscovered, and that the wild, native trout that swim in it will live and die without ever having seen a lure or fly.

We’ve traveled the world in search of this style of flyfishing adventure and will boldly state that Kamchatka is the best of the best trout fishing on Earth. Our partner in Kamchatka has been on the leading edge of frontier exploration in the area since the doors to the Russian Far East opened just 17 short years ago. The staff has more experience there than all other outfitters and agents combined and today they’re more passionate about Kamchatka than ever. The know everything there is to know about planning an adventure on the edge. Rest assured you will be in great hands!

The fishing

The Sedanka River springs from the toe of an ancient lava floe on Kamchatka’s northwestern taiga plain. Ii is one of the most biologically diverse drainages of the entire peninsula, with all 6 species of Pacific salmon, rainbow trout, kundzha and both resident and sea-run dolly varden char. This spring creek ecosystem is particularly rich with insect, mouse, and salmon biomass that feeds an exceptionally dense population of 18 – 27 inch native rainbow trout. It was discovered in 1998 and has since proved to be a flyfishing destination of incomparable beauty and excitement. Along with the Zhupanova River, it is one of the two flagship rivers of Kamchatka and is an excellent choice for a first trip to Kamchatka. What’s more, owing to its spring origin and expansive lava rock in the drainage, rainstorms do not “blow out” the Sedanka. It is air clear, everyday of the year.

Sedanka rainbows are quite large by the standards of the Western US, though they have become more well known in Kamchatka for their sheer numbers. Anglers typically hook into dozens of fish per day and come away with years worth of trout fishing experience crammed into their week on the Sedanka. The constant flow and temperature regimes produce dense insect life which, for the flyfisher, means perhaps the finest dry fly fishing in the world. But Sedanka trout, like all Kamchatka trout, are opportunistic feeders. With just 4 months of the year to feed, they have no choice but to stuff themselves with whatever they can get during the short summer. Throughout July, August and September, fishing with mouse patterns on the surface, and smolt patterns just beneath the surface coaxes thrilling, vicious strikes from fish filling their stomachs for the 8 month winter fast to come.

The Sedanka is one of the most remote rivers in Kamchatka. A 3 hour helicopter ride from Petropavlovsk is the only method of access, and once there the river is yours. Just 6 anglers per week share the Sedanka according to our outfitter’s lease terms with the Kamchatka government.

This program is fully guided and involves a combination of traditional walk and wade fishing, float days that utilize inflatable rafts to move downstream, and occasionally jet-motor skiffs are employed to access still more water. All fishing is by wading, with boats merely used as transportation from spot to spot. Because a portion of the week is spent walking and wading, this is the most physically demanding of our Kamchatka trips, though anyone in reasonable shape will be able to take full advantage.

Accommodations are simple and rustic, with double occupancy heated tent cabins, flush toilet outhouses, reliable hot water showers and food that is plentiful and good.

Compared to the other rivers of Kamchatka, the Sedanka stands alone as an immaculate dry-fly fishery with “blow-out proof” clear water. And in terms of fish numbers, its aggressive race of rainbow trout means action.

Details

Cost Options:

  • Sedanka package for one week $7850 per person
  • Sedanka package for twos $11,250.
  • Options on other rivers are also available, please contact us for more detail.

Max Pax: 6

Inclusions: all ground and air transportation once in Kamchatka and all food, accommodation and guides.

Exclusions: Not included in your angling package at Sedanka Float are airfare and travel expenses from your home to Kamchatka, Russian visitor’s visa, fishing gear, flies, fishing license, medical evacuation insurance (required), and alcohol.

Location: 
Russian far east

Getting there: Guest need to arrive in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky before Friday morning 9 a.m. From there, an immediate ground transfer and helicopter flight brings anglers into camp, deep in the wilderness.

Target Species: Rainbow trout, pacific salmon species

Fishing Season: mid May – mid October

Weather:
 July is the warmest month of the year in Kamchatka with day time temperatures usually between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Pre trip

Time Zone: GMT +12 hours.

Flight Times:

  • Anchorage (USA) to Petropavlovsk (Russia) 4 hours)
  • Moscow (Russia) to Petropavlovsk (Russia) 8 hours)

Pasport/Visa Requirements: A Russian Visitor’s Visa is required for entering into Russia. There will be two options for a Russian Visitor’s Visa in 2014: a single-entry 30-Day Visa, or a multi-entry 3-year Visa. The single-entry Visa process begins 90 days prior to your arrival in Russia, while the multi-entry Visa process can begin anytime. Either way, plan at least 30 days without your passport for the Visa process, and budget from $450-1,000 for the basic Visa costs. If there’s a chance you’ll visit Russia more than once, it is a good idea to go for the multiple entry visa. Expediting is possible for additional fees.

Medical & Health Requirements: 
Mandatory emergency medical evacuation insurance & standard medical insurance highly recommended as well. We strongly recommend our guests visit their travel doctor or clinic before departing on your trip.

Currency:
 You will need some cash currency in $US Dollars, for the following possible expenditures:

  • Fishing License in camp: $100 per week.
  • Lodging in Petropavlovsk and/or Esso (approximately $50-$150/person/night) if required.
  • Gratuities: gratuities for guides and staff.
  • Bar tab at camp:

In both Moscow and Petropavlovsk credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops. The exchange rate is usually around 30 rubles: $1.

Language:
 All guides speak English

Satellite Phone & Communications:
 The guides and/or lodge staff does have daily communication to the outside world via satellite phone or high frequency radio between camps. There is a satellite phone in every camp, used for helicopter and emergency communications only. If you need to stay in regular phone contact with home, feel free to bring your own satellite phone.

Tackle & Gear:
 4wt – 7wt freshwater outfits are ideal. 6 and 7 weight rods are recommended for the Sedanka Spring Creek, while a stout 5 weight can also work beautifully, especially in the classic dry fly sections. A comprehensive tackle and gear list along with an order form (should you wish to purchase your tackle through us) is issued after your booking has been confirmed. The camp does also carry limited stock of suitable flies and other terminal tackle, should you run out.

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Terms

Booking Procedure

  • All reservation made more than 12 months in advance requires an initial deposit of 20% of the total amount due to be received within 14 days of invoicing.
  • Twelve (12) months prior to departure 50% of the total amount is due.
  • All reservation made less than 12 months in advance requires an initial deposit of 50% of the total amount due to be received within 14 days of invoicing.
  • Three (3) months prior to departure 100% of the total amount is due.
  • If a booking is made less than 90 days prior to departure full payment is due immediately.

Cancellation

  • If a cancellation is made 12 months or more prior to departure the 50% of the deposit will be forfeited.
  • Cancellations made 12 to 6 months prior to departure, 50% of charter rate shall be forfeited.
  • Cancellations made 6 months or less prior to departure, full individual charter rate shall be forfeited.
  • Reservation for which payment are not received as on time as per the terms are subject to cancellation by FCA 7 days after notification.
  • In case of cancellation by FlyCastaway money received will be paid back in full excluding bank charges.
  • Rates are subject to change without prior notice

Conditions
: All Cancellations must be made in writing. Deposit will only be refunded if a replacement can be found. Reservation for which payment are not received as on time as per the terms are subject to cancellation by FCA 7 days after notification. *Once a deposit is received, all revisions are subject to a 100 handling fee. *All prices are subject to availability of bookings, change by service providers, and are quoted at low season fares. *Rates are subject to change. *The ship/lodge reserves the right to cancel a sailing/trip due to bad weather conditions.

At time of quote flight charges, island fees and government taxes are correct but are subject to change without prior notice. Increases in any of these facets are out of the control of FlyCastaway and will be transferred to the client. Service providers used such as airlines and charter boat operators are independent business concerns and are in no way affiliated to FlyCastaway (FCA). Although all reasonable efforts will be made to ensure the smooth running of the tour, FCA cannot be held responsible in any way for bad or non-performance of service providers. While all possible efforts will be made to ensure the success of this tour, FCA cannot be held responsible in any way for cancellation in total or in part or non-performance in any way, due to bad weather or any other detrimental natural phenomenon/disaster, political unrest or war.

All guests must have a comprehensive medical emergency evacuation insurance policy, as well as travel insurance policy to cover them for the duration of the trip. It is the right of the live-aboard service provider to cancel any booking without refund, if the client is not adequately insured. In this case, adequate insurance means: an insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation from the scene of the illness or accident, to the nearest best hospital and then back to your hometown. Cancellation and curtailment insurance cover is also recommended. Furthermore all guests will be required to sign and return the Reservation and Indemnity Form prior to the trip.