When it comes to fishing Kamchatka’s most prolific and best-rested trophy-rainbow rivers, consider this exclusive helicopter fly-out program the absolute apex. Strategically located near the beautiful Two Yurt Lake, guests have access to dozens of untouched trophy trout streams, all within a 30-mile flying radius of the lodge. Due to exclusive lease agreements, participants in Rainbows from Above has private access to more than 100 square miles of some of the world’s most productive and pristine rainbow systems. For folks that like the thrill of untouched water, and enjoy hiking between well-rested pools, no other trip in Kamchatka compares.
Each week four anglers will have private use of a leased MI-2 helicopter and each night the guides and guests will discuss the possibilities for the following day. Rivers such as the Nelson, Starichok, Shishey and Levaya are only a short flight away. Each day is designed around guests’ ability to walk and wade the streams. Guests may choose to walk three miles or just 400 yards of river, but the more willing one is to walk, the greater the opportunities. Pilots have an average of 25-years of flying experience in Kamchatka and together with the on-sight engineer/mechanic, they ensure that their helicopter is running perfectly each and every day. Additionally the twin engine MI-2 stays with the group all day ensuring that guests are never stranded.
The lodge complex includes multiple cabins, natural hot springs, bear viewing platforms and a lake full of salmon and char. Two Yurt Lake and the surrounding region was featured in National Geographic Magazine as one of the most important sockeye salmon and brown bear areas in Kamchatka. Flights into the nearby mountain valleys provide breathtaking panoramic displays: tamarack and birch forests, waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, glimpses of glaciers and tarns, and clear, salmon-rich streams. In short, this is the most diverse and deluxe Russian rainbow trout fishing adventure available.
Each day four guests depart the lodge via helicopter to one of many rivers within reach of the lodge. The rivers are typically easy to wade and while some walking and bushwhacking is involved, it is not overly strenuous. The outfitter will discuss the possibilities and will develop a plan based on your thoughts and level of fitness. There will be one guide for every two anglers and guests will spend the majority of their day walking from pool to pool. Since the area is seldom fished, there will not be any developed trails to speak of. The rainbow trout in this region rarely, if ever, see a fly. This affords guests the ability to fish mouse patterns and streamers throughout the season. Rainbow trout here range from 16 to 22-inches on average, and fish over 24 inches are fairly common. You may also encounter sockeye and chum salmon, Dolly Varden and the native kundza char.
Accommodations and Meals:
Rainbows from Above has three guest cabins. Two are two story cabins with multiple bedrooms, wood burning stoves and detached flush toilets. The other is a newer cabin with two rooms and two queen beds in each. This cabin has geothermal heat and an attached flush toilet. All cabins have ample storage for gear and nice mud-rooms. While guests can bring sleeping bags, linens are provided at this operation. The hot springs are used for showering and guest need to bring their own towel. With far more rooms than guests, folks can often have their own private rooms.
2019 Rate: $7,195 per person for a 6 night/5.5 day package, plus helicopter usage (estimated $4500)
Included: Accommodations and meals, guided fishing, meet and greet in Petropavlovsk, round-trip transportation between Petropavlovsk and camp, limited vodka and beer in camp.
Not Included: Airfare to/from Petropavlovsk, fishing license, gratuities, personal liquor and personal gear including a sleeping bag and towel.
Note: Anglers who miss their scheduled transfers to the lodge will be responsible for any incurred costs related to delays and special transfers.
Species: Rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, Pacific salmon
Season: July - September
Capacity: 4 anglers