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Zhupanova River

Duration: 7 Days

Price $6,850

If you want to fish a legendary river in Kamchatka the Zhupanova is it.  We have been putting  fisherman on trophy rainbows on the Zhupanava  since 1992.  It’s on most fly fishermen’s, “must fish list.”   

   We have caught rainbows up to 34 inches on this river and had a client in 2015, lucky enough to catch five rainbows over 30 inches in one day.  

      If you have done your research on Kamchatka you have heard about the Zhupanova. It is truly one the best fly fishing rivers in the world.

       If you want the real Kamchatka experience, Ouzel is the only company that provides an authentic fishing experience while fishing on the Zhupanova.    After 27 years of guiding clients down this river, we are the only company where you will be fishing away from permanent structures and lodges and truly get the “untouched by mankind” Kamchatka experience.   

“It’s only in adventure adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves and finding themselves.”    Andre Gide


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Huge Trophy rainbows
Huge Trophy rainbows


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Close-up of Scaley Fish 

Another advantage of fishing the Zhupanova with Ouzel is: We can fly into any part of the river.   Ouzel delivers  you the best fishing conditions at the best times.    The Zhupanova is long and we have fished all of it, we know where the big bows like to hang out.  


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 One of the reasons we catch more trophy size rainbows than other companies, is because we can float any section of the river and don’t have to race to or stop at the next permeant tent camp or lodge.     Ouzel sets up camp in different locations every trip, which is usually the best fishing holes.   

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If you believe in keeping Kamchatka truly “untouched by mankind,” than you will love Ouzel fishing trips.    

Ouzel leaves no trace behind, and promises each fishing trip is a uniquely  different experience than the last.      We take pride on our low impact, high adventure, float trips, and you will love them to.      

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 Click here to watch a video of fishing the Zhupanova River with Ouzel Expeditions!


Amazing Zhupanava bear viewing trip.
Amazing Zhupanava bear viewing trip.

There are 6 species of Pacific Salmon in Russia. Arctic Char are present all summer. Kundzha (east Siberian Char) are great fighters and we’ve caught them here to over 50 pounds! Salmon arrival times vary from stream to stream but generally arrive the same time in Kamchatka as Alaska. We fish for King Salmon from mid June through early July. Silvers arrive mid August and run through October. Chum Salmon run all season long. Sockeyes arrive in July and August. Pinks run early August through September, but only strong every other year.