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.
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.
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.
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.