Ozernaya River, Kamchatka

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Joe Rotter
Red's Fly Shop

"This is arguably the greatest trout fishing on earth. Never before have I seen fish that eat a mouse so willingly, but sometimes 2 or 3 times consecutively! I was in awe of the Kamchataka Penninsula, Brown Bear watching, Russian food, and catching other spectacular species like Arctic Char and Grayling. It's Russia and its incredible."

Big Russian Rainbow Trout

The World's Best Rainbow Trout Fishing

Planning Resources for Kamchatka, Russia Fly Fishing Trips

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Photo Gallery of Past Red's Trips to the Ozernaya River
Trip Report, Gear List, and Planner for Ozernaya River Fly Fishing Trips
Podcast on Fishing the Ozernaya River
Mouse Fishing Tips and Video on the Ozernaya River - by Red's Fly Shop
The Best of Kamchatka on the Ozernaya River - by Season's on the Fly

Reds Fly Shop on the Ozernaya River

Joe Rotter and Shan Sedgwick from Red's Fly Shop personally hosted our first trip to Russia together as a team.  We learned the in's and out's of the travel process, camp details, and of course the fishing which has been said to be the "World's Best Rainbow Trout Fishing".  This is a wonderful opportunity to travel with a highly experienced angler and fly fishing mentor. During this week of July the goal is target trophy Rainbows on mouse patterns and streamers. We will certainly spend time using Trout Spey tackle in addition to traditional single hand rods.  You can leave your egg patterns at home!  We have chosen the Ozernaya River Camp because of its reputation and straightforward logistics.

Mouse Fishing on the Ozernaya

The Ozernaya has been called one of the greatest trout streams of all time. The Oz is a large spring creek with an unbelievable numbers of large Rainbows averaging over 20 inches.  The OZ is easy to wade and gin clear, much of the fishing is visual.  The Ozernaya has every single ingredient for large Rainbow Trout: bugs, salmon, and a large sculpin population.

How Do We Get to Kamchatka?

Flights now need to connect through Petropavlask via Moscow. Most anglers will want to set aside some time to get a tour of the city. Why not? It's a world landmark and definitely worthy of enriching your fishing trip with a quick overnight on the way to or from.  Flights through Moscow are typically a bit less expensive than the Yacutia flight that historically ran through Anchorage, Alaska.  Once in Petropavlask you'll be greeted directly be a representative from The Best of Kamchatka.  You'll ride on a nice bus and head north up the Kamchatka Penninsula to helibase where you'll fly to the Ozernaya camp with one quick stop for fuel.  The helicopters are modern Mi-8 ships well crewed and finely tuned by a highly professional team of pilots and airmen. 

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Cost and Details for the Ozernaya River Camp

  • Cost $8695 per angler/ per week

The "Oz" camp hosts a maximum of 10 anglers per week in A-frame-style cabins.  They are warm, comfortable, dry, and mostly bug-free. They have electricity and wood stove heat.  In-camp amenities include a wood-fire heated shower, flush toilet, and evening campfires around a riverside fire pit that overlooks the Oz. Anglers will want to bring their own sleeping bag and mattress sheet.  Each cabin features two beds with basic mattresses.

Anglers will depart each morning and access the river with small jet boats. With this fixed-camp option, anglers have access to several dozen miles of private water both above and below the camp. The Oz is full of fat, healthy rainbows averaging 20 inches with fish in the upper 20 inch range caught each day.  It is indeed the world's best Rainbow Trout fishing.

Food, Drink, and Communication

There is a community dining room and kitchen building at camp is where guests will enjoy hot meals everyday. Hot coffee and the Russian version of "chai" tea are always available. The menu is a mix of both American and Russian cuisine.  Internet access is not available during your stay and cell phones will not work during your visit.

Documentation Required:

  • Russian Visa (Red's will help you with this) 
  • A valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining are required.
  • We require the purchase of medical evacuation insurance and strongly encourage you to purchase trip insurance.  
  • MedJet Assist is our endorsed provider for medical evacuation insurance
  • Trip Insurance is available through TravelGuard (strongly recommended) 

Trip Includes:

  • Six Nights Lodging at the Ozernaya Camp
  • 6 Days of Guided Fly Fishing
  • Round-trip bus and helicopter transportation from Petropavlovsk to the Ozernaya Camp
  • All meals at Ozernaya Camp
  • All non-alcoholic beverages plus a limited supply of beer and vodka for the week

Not Included:

  • Airfare to Petropavlovsk, Russia (PKC)
  • Hotel accommodations, meals and transfers en-route to Petropavlask (if necessary)
  • Flies and terminal tackle
  • Rods, reels, waders, boots and all other fishing equipment
  • Russian fishing license +/- $100 per person
  • Gratuities for guides and camp staff (payable in U.S. dollars)
  • Russian Travel Visa
  • Travel and Medical Evacuation Insurance

Travel Terms & Conditions

A 50% deposit is due within 10 days of the reservation. Reservations booked online using credit cards are subject to additional financing charges. Final payments are due 60 days from the departure date. For all trips scheduled less than 60 days out, full payment is required upon reservation. 

For all Reds Fly Shop travel adventures, both deposits and final payments are non-refundable unless a client is replaced. i.e. you (or we) can find someone to take your spot. Both your deposit and final payment can be transferred to another client for the same trip. Red's Fly Shop reserves the right to apply a $100 processing fee for itinerary changes.

Red's Fly Shop is not responsible for loss of fishing days due to missed flights, sickness, injury, weather delays, or any other reason.  Red's Fly Shop also reserves the right to make alterations to the itinerary as deemed necessary or desirable, even if additional cost is passed onto members of the party.  Additionally, any expenditures caused by delays, or occurrences beyond the control of Red's Fly Shop are the responsibility of the guest.  Lost baggage, gear, rods, or other personal items are also not the responsibility of Red's Fly Shop.  

Final Payment is acknowledgment the guest has read and understands these policies and those included in the accompanying waiver.