Oct 18th, 2017
For many trout anglers Kamchatka is near the top of their bucket list, and for good reason. While the preparation and travels can be more involved than some destinations, the remote wilderness angling experience offered in Kamchatka is second to none. It’s remoteness and lack of angling pressure keeps the fisheries pure and producing significant numbers of sizable rainbow trout, char and pacific salmon. I recently returned from a two week journey from August 21 through September 4 on the Kamchatka Peninsula where I visited two programs, the Sedanka and the Ichanga float. The short story is that Kamchatka lives up to its reputation. It’s a fly anglers dream come true; no other anglers, big willing fish and as beautiful a setting as one can ask for. Below is a photo tour of my second week in Russia on the Ichanga float.
With a hefty load the helicopter comfortably transferred us to the remote upper Ichanga where our wilderness adventure began.
We were dropped riverside to begin our journey for the next several days.
Camp was quickly set, we donned our waders and were off for an afternoon of fishing on day one.
Brad quickly showed the potential of the Ichanga river with this thick rainbow, an assist from guide Diego.
We got back to camp in time for a simple tasty riverside dinner.
The Ichanga is a mostly shallow river with some rock structure, fishing the deeper pockets produced the hefty trout.
The Ichanga is a tributary to the Savan. We spent half our time on each.
Brad connects with another hefty trout in a side channel of the main Savan.
As you can see, the main Savan is broad and shallow. The trout often hold in small depressions and the river is easy to cross in many places.
Guide Nikita lifts another beauty. The rainbow trout here are incredibly thick, healthy and hard fighting.
Riverside snacks are critical when walking and wading the long days offered on a Kamchatka float.
The Ichanga float is a wilderness experience that offers a beautiful river and some of the thickest rainbow trout one can imagine. This downriver float isn’t for everyone, as guests need a willingness to forgo some creature comforts for small tents and a simple dining shelter. For the adventuresome angler this trip offers full immersion into the wilds of Kamchaka. The small group size of four anglers, two guides and two camp hosts makes for an intimate experience. The crew worked incredibly hard to keep guests comfortable and happy, but the fact is you all are at the mercy of the elements while on such a trip. Being prepared for rain and even some cold weather late in the season is important. We ran into several days of wet weather and a higher than normal river. While the fishing was not as good as it could have been, it was obvious that the rainbow trout here were special. Some of the trout we saw were upwards of 27″, with the majority in the 22″ to 24″ class and some smaller fish mixed in. The river was full of Dolly Varden with chum and sockeye salmon actively spawning. The entire system is shallow, with the upper Ichanga offering the most challenging wading. The fish held in whatever deeper soft pockets they could find. Covering water while wading and reading water is important to success. There was a lot of water that simply did not hold fish, but moving and finding the preferred lies rewarded anglers with some great rainbow trout. The guides, Diego and Nikita were fun and hard working, their attitude was positive even in the hardest of rainstorms. Tonya and Stephan hosted camp and fixed our meals which were simple but tasty and filling. The program is not extravagant, but the scenery, wildlife and beautiful river made for a most memorable trophy rainbow experience.
If you have interest in Kamchatka and want to discuss the details of this amazing adventure, give David a call at 800.552.2729