Fly Fishing in Russia…

Last month Dad & I headed over to Russia for a spot of fly fishing. Specifically, the Kamchatka Peninsula, just across the Bering Sea from Alaska. Interestingly enough, getting to Russia wasn’t the exciting part. (The flight from Denver to Anchorage was longer than the flight from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk, in fact.) Since the camp we would be fishing out of was actually on a Russian military base (a rather large missile test range) we had to get creative. So, after two flights and a decent bus drive, this was our ride:

The camp was actually not as basic as one would think. We actually had electricity for the evening and warm showers, if you can believe it.

And a bear dog in training:

Being on a missile range, the river was largely pristine. Only 70 or so people get to fish this 100+ mile stretch of the Ozernaya River every year. The benefits of the camp owner being a former colnel with the KGB. The fishing was absolutely phenomenal.

We caught numerous rainbows…

Although one was a little disappointing…

We also caught a few graylings…

…Dad landed a king salmon…

…and even a silver salmon.

For me, though, the highlight was the grizzlies we saw. Amongst them a mama and her cubs.

And a youngster…

…who decided to chase some ducklings.

Overall, an excellent time was had.

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