Fly Fishing Trip or Lodge Details:
Benson Expeditions became one of the first western guide services to
operate in Kamchatka. They were looking for great salmon runs but
couldn't keep the gigantic Rainbow Trout off their hooks. No one complained
and the rest is history. Today Kamchatka is famous for it's huge Rainbow
Trout. Benson introduced catch and release angling to Kamchatka and the use
of Russian helicopters to access it's beautiful rivers for fly fishing.
Exploratory trips are run each year (join us on one, if you're this kind of
THE FISHING: Kamchatka's fishing for huge Rainbow Trout is excellent.
They have been caught up to 33 1/2 inches! There are 6 species of Pacific
Salmon. Arctic Char are present all summer. Kundzha (east Siberian Char) are
great fighters! Salmon arrival times vary from stream to stream but
generally arrive the same time in Kamchatka as Alaska. Fish for King Salmon
from mid June through early July. Silvers arrive mid August and run through
October. Chum run all season long. Sockeye Salmon arrive in July and August.
Pinks run early August through September, but are only strong on even
On going studies with Kamchatka Fish & Game have discovered Kamchatka's
"special" sea run Rainbow Trout populations. These Rainbows go out to sea at
age 2 or 3, remain there for 3, 4 or 5 years and then return to fresh water
for the rest of their lives. Many of the big fish are 7 to 9 year old. The
biggest sea run Rainbows were 10 years old! These fish remain in freshwater
for many years so they are not Steelhead. In Alaska and the lower 48 most
Rainbows die of old age at 6 or 7 years. These Coastal Rainbow Trout run
from 5 to 15 pounds and enter the river from spring on.
June to October
RATES: $4,900 per person, plus $150 Visa Invitation fee. 8 days (Friday
to Friday ), 6 full days of fishing. Or, $8,500 for two different rivers,
two weeks. Effective through November 2010.
ACCOMMODATIONS AND CAPACITY: The tent camps are totally mobile. With
helicopters, these float trips take you to the best fishing river during
your trip. A staff of 6 do the work while you fish and relax. You don't have
to set up camp.
A large dining tent affords shade and shelter. Folding director chairs
double as seats in the rafts and around the large dining table. Camps are
right at the best fishing holes. What a wonderful way to see the country and
wildlife as you fish and enjoy the wilderness. There is lots of time for
fishing; you're on the river the whole time! There are even hot showers!
The Russian guides have experience from the past 15 years. They are
expert oarsmen, expert woodsmen and great people to be around! An Alaskan
fishing guide is also on each trip.
INCLUSIONS: Pretty much everything. Helicopter flights, highly
experienced guides (client to guide ratio is 2:1), licenses, complete camps,
all transportation in Kamchatka, full time interpreter, fully guided
fishing, and fishing licenses. We even provide sleeping bags, sleeping pads
and waterproof bags if you need them. While on the river local Russians will
cook all meals. The traditional Russian meals are plentiful and delicious!
One nights hotel and meals at trip's end in Petropavlovsk is included in the
package price should it be needed.
EXCLUSIONS: Flights to Russia are additional. Visa support costs $150.
There are no other costs. No mandatory trip insurance or mandatory medical
evacuation insurance costs, however we highly suggest trip insurance because
it covers evacuation and medical insurance. Gratuities, telephone calls
(when available!), items of a personal nature, etc.
LOCATION: Kamchatka, Russia
HOW TO GET THERE: Fly to Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka, Russia (PKC). We
prefer to help with flight reservations and find that flights from Anchorage
(ANC) offer the best flight connections for these trips. Please call us.
HOST: Jim Benson
Travel Adventures will be happy to assist with all of your travel arrangements
to any of our destinations, including air, extended stays, sightseeing tours, special
requests, other "stops in route", shuttles, airport transfers, rental cars, etc.
We are "The Angler's Concierge".
Exciting and lots of fun. ~~ Jerry Estruth, AZ
It was a trip that just exceeded my every expectation. ~~ Gregory A. Miller,
I do not exaggerate in saying that everything was exceptional. ~~ Don
It was a fabulous trip. ~~ Lorraine Elliott, MI
I rather hated to see the helicopter come back for us when it was time to
go. ~~ Arthur Clark, NC