Kamchatka Rainbow Trout
Fly Fishing for Zhupanova River Rainbows
Cedar Lodge on the Zhupanova River is a 30 to 50-minute helicopter flight from Petropavlovsk. The Zhupanova River is the legendary water that put Kamchatka on the angling map. Due to the really short season at Cedar Lodge and the extremely limited direct flights (only 3 this summer) from Anchorage, Alaska, the Lodge will not be open in 2019. It will reopen in 2020.
2018 marked the first year in over a decade that American anglers were allowed access to Cedar Lodge's sections of the Zhupanova River.
Cedar Lodge is located on the banks of the middle section of the world-famous Zhupanova River. This section of the river is below the end of the upriver Zhupanova float trips, and above the river beats fished by Zendzur Lodge.
The Zhupanova is home to the oldest, largest rainbow trout in Kamchatka. Here, rainbows average 24 to 28-inches, and 30-inch bows are hooked almost daily.
Cedar Lodge employs a three-beat system. There is an Upper, Middle, and Lower Beat. Each beat consists of about eight miles of water. Guides typically stay on their beat as anglers rotate through each day. During the week, anglers get to fish each beat twice and also get to fish with each guide twice. The Lodge is limited to six anglers per week. No rush to beat the crowds. Enjoy these world-class waters in solitude.
Cedar Lodge's location is the closest access point to the Right Fork, which is famous for the highest concentration of trophy rainbow trout in Kamchatka and accessible only by a Russian tank. While it's not a guarantee, guests at Cedar Lodge may have the rare opportunity to ride in a Russian tank to the Right Fork.
Cedar Lodge Fishing Facts:
Jeanie Koenemann and guide at Cedar Lodge about 2002 when Larry Schoenborn used to host large groups here.
Boats: The Lodge uses Alaskan-style 18-foot aluminum skiffs, with 40-HP four-stroke jet motors to access the the middle sections of the river above and below camp. Most anglers prefer to wade fish and are shuttled from wade-spot to wade spot. If you prefer to fish from a boat, the guides are accommodating. Two anglers per guide and boat.
Guides: The Lodge employs a guide rotation system. Each group of two anglers spend two days with each guide. There are two experienced Russian guides and one Western guide.
Fishing Day: You're guided from approximately 6:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. each day. You’ll fish three beats: upper, middle, and lower—each consisting of about eight miles of water. Guides stay on their original beat, and anglers rotate each day.
Fly Fishing Methods: Mice patterns and streamers.
Fishing Equipment: No rods, reels, or tackle is provided. A comprehensive tackle and gear list is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License: is not provided. $100.00, and payable in cash upon arrival.
Physical Condition: You’ll need to be in good shape for this trip. There is the potential for some light climbing or walking around sections of the river.
Cedar Lodge sits on the banks of the Zhupanova River, hidden among birch and cottonwood trees. This full-service wilderness lodge was the patriarch of the Zhupanova and Anatoly Kovalenkov's personal lodge for many years.
Given the remote setting, the amenities are surprisingly deluxe. Comfortable double and triple rooms, each with private bathroom and hot shower. There is also a sitting area for cards, chess, a game of pool,
and even a ping pong table. There's also a Russian banya sauna—complete with an adjoining cold pool, showers and dressing rooms. These type of accommodations are almost unheard of in Kamchatka.
Back in early 2000, Larry Schoenborn hosted many groups to Cedar Lodge several years in-a-row. He loved Kamchatka, Cedar Lodge, and the fishing here.
Getting to the Lodge:
Tuesday morning, you'll arrive in Petropavlovsk. After customs, you'll be greeted by Andrey Konovalov, the lodge representative. He'll drive you to the offices of Purga, and assist with the paperwork required for your fishing license and departure paperwork. You'll take a 30 to 50-minute helicopter flight to Cedar Lodge. You'll pass dramatic mountains and towering volcanoes. Upon landing on the helipad in front of the Lodge, you'll be greeted by the guide staff, who will assist in carrying your luggage from the helicopter to your rooms. Once you’ve settled in your rooms, the head guide will give a quick orientation, and the guides will help you rig up and organize tackle. For those wanting to get a little fishing in before dinner, there is some great water right in front of the Lodge.
Sample Fishing Day:
7:00 am: Coffee and tea.
8:00 am: Breakfast.
9:00 am: Guided fishing.
1:00 pm: A grilled streamside lunch on the river often features fresh salmon or char, along with bread, meats, cheese, fresh fruit, and vegetables.
6:00 pm: You'll return to the Lodge for a hot shower before dinner. Enjoy a nightly soak in Cedar Lodge’s on-site banya.
7:00 pm: Dinnertime.
2020 USD Rates:
Availability as of 2/26/20
August 18-24, 20 (3 rods)
7-nights at the Lodge
and 6-days guided fishing
$6,995.00 per person
Kamchatka, more than any destination in the world, attracts adventurous single anglers. There is no surcharge to come alone.
Cedar Lodge & Zendzur Lodge Combo Package
13-nights at the Lodges
and 12-days guided fishing
$11,995.00 per person
Cedar Lodge & Zhupanova Float
13-nts and 12-days guided fishing
$11,995.00 per person
Rates are subject to change.
All ground and air transportation once in Kamchatka and all food, accommodations, and guided fishing.
Packages do not include:
Airfare and travel expenses from your home to Kamchatka, a Russian Visitor’s Visa, optional first night hotel stays and meals in Petropavlovsk, last night hotel stay and meals in Yelisovo, alcohol,
gratuities, fishing gear, flies, a fishing license ($100.00 per week/p.p.), gratuities, medical evacuation insurance (required), IMG Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
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