Sep 13th, 2018
Sedanka Spring Creek
The Sedanka is Kamchatka’s most famous and productive spring creek. Its waters are home to all five species of Pacific salmon, rainbow trout, kundzha and Dolly Varden. As with many spring creeks, the insect populations are robust and returning salmon provide an additional boost of nutrients creating a remarkable rainbow trout fishery. Most of these wild rainbows are in the 18 to 23-inch range, with others reaching sizes upwards of 27 inches. As a spring creek, the Sedanka’s flows are very consistent and stable and it remains one of the best dry fly rivers in Russia. The Sedanka is a remote west-side system located three hours northwest of Petropavlovsk by helicopter.
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Expert Q & A with Fly Water Travel’s Kamchatka destination manager, David Kalinowski
Top reasons to go.
1. Kamchatka is one of the most productive wild rainbow trout destinations in the world
2. Have a super-productive river all to yourself for a full week
3. Experience the remote wilderness fishing and natural beauty of Kamchatka
4. Fish mouse patterns almost exclusively for aggressive wild rainbow trout
5. Great and utterly foreign international travel experience in addition to superb fishing
Where is the lodge?
There are three base camps along the river which is located 3 hours by helicopter north of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.
How do I get there?
Most of the season guests take the weekly flight from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk. You will need to arrive in Anchorage and overnight prior to flying to Russia. The morning of your departure date you will check in at the Anchorage Airport and board your flight to Russia. The flight is about four hours and crosses the international date line, so upon arrival in Russia it will be late morning the following day. Upon arrival, you will line up and go through customs. The process can be slow but there should be no problems if your papers are in order. From there you pick up your baggage and a representative will be waiting with a sign from the destination you are visiting. They have a list of anglers, so once all the anglers are through customs and have checked in with the outfitter, they will load you up in buses for transport to the helicopter. Don’t be surprised if there is a delay as fog is common in the mornings. If there is a delay, the outfitter will take you to a restaurant or a local B&B to wait. Once its clear to fly, you will board the helicopter and fly to Camp 1 on the Sedanka.
Do I need a Visa?
Yes. All US anglers will need a Visa. You should obtain this at least one month prior to your trip date. The process is fairly involved so we will recommend a travel service to help you.
When should I go?
The season is July through early September and honestly, fishing is good throughout. Early weeks offer fewer Dolly Varden and fewer salmon maximizing rainbow catch and natural drift dry fly opportunities. Mosquitoes will also be fairly active. August sees the arrival of the Dolly Varden and the salmon begin to spawn. There is more variety in the catch, bugs become less abundant but more bears show on the riversides due to the salmon.
Where do they fish?
The Sedanka River changes as you move downstream keeping things interesting. The upper river is small and dominated by spawning gravel. The wading is fairly easy in this reach. Moving downstream of Camp 1, the river begins to gain gradient and by the second half of the float the river changes to a more volcanic nature with rocks and tougher wading. By the end of the float you are back in calmer water and upon arrival at Camp 2, the river is broad and flat, much like a spring creek. Below Camp 2 the river quickens and pocket water increases. By the end of the day you are back into softer water and below Camp 3 the river is braided and fairly flat with easy wading.
Where do we stay?
The program has three set base camps. The camps are all similar with double occupancy guests cabins with flush toilets and sink, a kitchen/dining building and a separate outbuilding that has a wood burning stove to dry gear and heat the hot water for the shower room. Note that in the future, each guest cabin will have a shower in its bathroom.
Who is best suited to this destination?
I feel that anglers with a bit of self sufficiency and the ability to wade at a moderate level will get the most out of this trip. The angling is productive, so beginning anglers can have success but its best if you can tie your own knots, choose your own flies and read water while independently wading. Last but not least, all anglers heading to Kamchatka should be game travelers that can roll with the unexpected punches that travel in Russia sometimes entails.
What are the meals like?
The meals are tasty, but simple. Breakfast consists of crepes or french toast with eggs. They always have coffee and tea along with cold cuts and crackers with cheese set out. Lunch is a basic sandwich, pickles and a piece of fruit. Snickers bars are always around. Dinner usually starts with soup and bread, then a meat option with a side of some sort. There are a lot of root veggies, potatoes, carrots, onions and such. There is no real dessert option, but chocolate bars and cookies are usually around to satisfy the sweet tooth.
How would you describe the general vibe and atmosphere?
The vibe is pretty casual. The communication can be a bit limited due to the language barrier but its great to experience a different culture and see just how things operate in such a remote place.
Is there an on-site manager, owner or point person at the lodge?
The staff consists of three guides and a cook and typically there is an English speaking host that helps with logistics and acts as a translator to the staff.
Is there internet and cell service?
There is internet at the three base camps. The crew brings the router and equipment from camp to camp. It is limited satellite internet, so simple emails will get through, but no watching movies or downloading big files.
How do they fish?
All fishing is done on a tight line with either streamers or mouse patterns. You can have some instances where you can change it up and drift some dry flies in a traditional manner, but this is not consistent or the a super productive way to fish. It does offer a change of pace from all the catching though.
How many fish will I catch?
Typically lots of fish are hooked. Double digits on trout should be easy to attain and there are days when the counting is just too much work.
What are the guides like?
There is an English speaking guide, Jaun Pablo should be back next season, he is from Argentina and a very experienced guide and an equally good man. The other guides are Russian locals and are fine at getting you in front of the fish, they do not have the language skills to always properly communicate what exactly needs to be done to have success, this is why I feel this trip is best for those with some self sufficiency.
Will we see other anglers?
No, the only people you will see will be in your party. This is one of the most enjoyable things about Kamchatka, having a river to yourself and soaking up the surrounding beauty in solitude.
Is there wade fishing?
Most if not all the fishing is done while wading. Boats are used to get from spot to spot only and while there might be an occasion where the guide will walk the boat while you fish out of it, this is only if you want such service.
How far is it to the fishing grounds?
You are on the river the entire time, so you will have little to no travel time before you start fishing each day.
Does the lodge provide equipment?
No, this is certainly a trip where you want to come prepared with everything you need.
What is your favorite rod(s) for the trip?
Having a couple rods is important on such a trip. I brought two 6 weight rods along with a 7 weight. I fished them all, but mostly a 9′ 6″ 6 weight.
What are the top flies?
Your favorite mouse pattern. It is appreciated having a upturned stinger hook style fly. I found a trimmed down Morrish Mouse 2.0 to be great and the Mr. Hankey was a producer. Along with the Mouse patterns, having some steamers like the Dali Llama and Morrish Medusa (flesh) is important and can help with catching the Dolly Varden and kundzha char. Any decent smolt or sculpin intimation should get eaten as well.
Are there other activities?
This is certainly a trip for anglers only.
What is the cost?
Please see the Rates and Details section of our Sedanka Spring Creek page for the current rates: https://www.flywatertravel.com/destination/Sedank_Spring_Creek
Does this trip combine well with other trips?
Yes, since all the trips in Kamchatka have the same turnover dates due to the once a week flight from Anchorage, with advanced planning this trip pairs well with other Kamchatka fishing trips.
Are there special skills required?
Guests just need to have some wading skills and a bit of self sufficiency when it comes to the fishing.
What are the physical demands?
There is some walking involved on the first day. Being able to wade moderately well is also helpful. While many portions of the river are easily waded, there are instances where rocks and swift water can make it a bit more challenging.
Dangers and annoyances?
It must be said that the remoteness of this venue requires guests to be aware and careful. A simple accident here has significant consequences. There are bears, and bugs, and there are helicopters, jet boats and rafts, all which have related risks. The language barrier and style of guiding can at times be annoying, especially for those that haven’t had their expectations properly set. Weather related flight delays are a real possibility as is getting picked up early if a major storm is predicted. Additionally the process of getting your visa and tickets is more cumbersome than many travels are accustomed to, so staying cool and rolling with the punches is a great asset for all angler headed towards Kamchatka.
Packing up the helicopter for a week in the wilderness.
A perfect rainbow trout smacked this Morrish Mouse 2.0
Camp 2 offered spring creek like fishing at its finest, jet boats allowed quick access to fantastic waters.
The catching was good and tight lines were felt by all.
The fish here are wild, healthy and not continually pressured, making them aggressive and eager to take flies.