ZENDZUR LODGE

ZENDZUR LODGE


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INTRODUCTION

Zendzur Lodge itself is a beautiful, traditional Russian wilderness outpost, staffed with a combination of talented American and Russian professionals. Lodge amenities are surprisingly deluxe given the remote nature of the operation.

Exceptionally large rainbow trout, untamed wilderness, and deluxe accommodations define this sensational fly fishing safari. Anglers at Zendzur target an ancient, trophy-sized strain of rainbow trout that average 24 – 26 inches and reach a jumbo maximum in the 33 – 35 inch range.

 

INCLUDED

  • Ground Transportation
  • Air Transportation once in Kamchatka
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Guides

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare 
  • Russian visitor visa
  • Fishing gear
  • Files
  • Fishing license
  • Medical evacuation insurance (required)
  • Alcohol
  • Everything else not mentioned in your angling package

SEASONS

JULY - SEPTEMBER

July is the warmest month of the year in Kamchatka. By the last week of July the famous "Super" Kundzha, a sea-run char species found only in the Zhupanova River, began to pour in from the sea. They are big, powerful sportfish that take the fly well and put up a fight comparable to a king salmon or steelhead. 

August is the middle of the season. Chum and sockeye salmon enter the river and the cycle of life is laid out in full magnificence. rainbows are targeted with mouse and streamer flies throughout the month. 

September is fall in Kamchatka, it is the most photogenic time of year to be amid the sub-arctic taiga. Trout are taken with surface skaters and with "big nasty" leech and baitfish patterns. The latter, fished on a sink-tip line, become more important as water temperatures drop.

 

GETTING TO THE LODGE

There are a few different ways to get to Kamchatka, depending on the season:

Direct Flights Via Alaska: For a few weeks each summer, there is a weekly direct flight from Anchorage, Alaska to Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka.

Depending on the weather, the flight into Zendzur can be as short as 30 minutes or as long as 50 minutes; either way you’ll pass dramatic mountains and towering volcanoes – enjoy the ride!

On a sample day you will have breakfast around 7-8 am, go fishing at 9am, then have lunch on the river and go back to camp for drinks and soak in the hot springs until dinner time (around 7pm). For midnight-sun junkies there is a modest sized home pool in front of the lodge.


THE LODGE

Zendzur offers by far the most deluxe accommodation in Kamchatka. It is a beautiful structure, originally built by our Russian outfitting partner as a wedding gift for his daughter. 


Sample Day

7 am: coffee and tea
8 am: breakfast
9 am: on the water
1 pm: lunch on the river
6 pm: back to camp for drinks and a soak in the hotsprings
7 pm: dinner
• For midnight-sun junkies there is a modest sized home pool in front of the lodge.

All Kamchatka programs employ a guide rotation system, so each group of two anglers spends two days with each guide. Staff consists of one Western Guide and two seasoned Russian guides. Our head guides are talented professionals with years of Russian and/or other international camp management experience, and years of prior experience guiding in other International destinations.

Our Russian guides come from varied backgrounds, usually associated with biology, wildlife management, hunting, trapping or commercial fishing. Flyfishing being a relatively new sport to Russia, our guides come equipped with varying levels of pure flyfishing knowledge. Some are exceptional, having been with us for 18 or more years. Others have been brought on board for their skills as woodsmen and watermen, whose technical abilities are still evolving, but who are in rhythm with the lives and habits of rainbow trout.

Every staff member works to see the smile on your face when you hook up.

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