Ouzel Expeditions pioneered catch and release fly fishing in Kamchatka, Russia.  In 1991, Ouzel originally came to Kamchatka looking for great salmon fishing, but couldn’t keep the large rainbows, off our flies.    No one complained and the rest is history.

How about making your dream of catching a trophy rainbow come true? Just join one of our trips next summer.

You can catch all five species of salmon in Kamchatka as well as Arctic Char, Grayling, and Rainbow.   What is unique to Kamchatka is having the chance to catch the rare  Khundza ( East Siberian Char) and a 6th species of salmon  Masu or Cherry Salmon.

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Cherry or Masu Salmon                                                                        East Siberian Char or Khundza

In 2015 we had a trip where one fisherman caught 5  rainbows over 30 inches in one day on the Zhupanova River.   We can’t promise that kind of  action,  but we will take you to rivers where you can find them.   Maybe your next trip will be just as hot. Rainbow Trout average 22-24 inches on the rivers we fish. It really seems like these 24 inch Rainbows are like bullets ripping out into the water! They are difficult to get in and are amazingly heavy for this size. Just an average Rainbow on our trips in Kamchatka would be a real trophy most anywhere else in the world. Big shoulder, really huge, very heavy are some descriptions I’ve heard of these average sized Kamchatka Rainbow. Just imagine catching  a 30 inch Rainbow! We’ve had many guests do this. We have had some trips when everyone in the group caught a 30 inch Rainbow! Their size seems to vary from year to year. Maybe 2018 they will be really huge. Let’s hope so! Come join us and find out!

Ouzel Expeditions’ fishing trips us helicopters to transport you to and from the river.


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