KamchatkaThe Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian far east with a land area of 182,400 sq mi is located between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west. The population is around 402,500 with more than half living in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky which is the capital and the largest city. Kamchatka has more than 160 volcanoes on the peninsula with 29 of them in an active state, as the peninsula lies on the Great Pacific Ring of Fire.
Untouched by the tourism industry, Kamchatka only sees a handful of visitors each year. After the opening of Russia in the late 1980's, many Kamchatka residents left for a less expensive and easier life on the mainland. The population now is 30% what it was at the beginning of Perestroika. With no roads to Kamchatka everything must come to the peninsula by ship or air, driving up the cost of living. By comparison, in northern Kamchatka the density of population is .08/km while Alaska is .4/km. This means Alaska is 5 times more populated than Kamchatka, Wyoming 23 times, Montana 30 times and Colorado 200 times. Kamchatka continues to be a wilderness outpost and should remain so well into the future.
Scientists know rainbow trout developed on the Kamchatka Peninsula before migrating eastward to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. The rainbows of Kamchatka are fortunate compared with their Alaskan brethren; being further south with warmer weather patterns allows for a significantly larger biomass. This food-rich aquatic environment has created a fishing mecca.
The average rainbow is close to 21 inches and 4 pounds, with many exceeding 24 inches and 6 pounds. In recent seasons several over the 30 inch mark were landed. Rainbow sizes like this are a true treasure and testament that these fish populations are exceedingly healthy.
The styles of fishing we use vary as greatly as the types of fish we catch. At times swinging a streamer is the most productive method, but often a mouse pattern will out-produce all other techniques. One thing is certain, there is no need for heavy sink tips or leaded flies. Consider that both of our rivers see less angling pressure in a season than virtually any quality rainbow stream in Alaska will see on a normal weekend.
The rainbows of Kamchatka are aggressive, often chasing your mouse patterns right to your feet. There is absolutely no need to fish plastic beads. Our entire season we fish with real flies, mouse patterns, streamers and dries on floating lines with heavy leaders.
Our fishing program is designed with conservation for the future in mind. We practice strict catch and release for all rainbow trout.