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The Ichanga River: An Epic Kamchatka Fly Fishing Adventure

Traveler, writer and photographer Gary Christensen shares a story about his recent Kamchatka fly fishing trip on the Ichanga river.  Kamchatka, Russia Imagine a place where rainbow trout can exceed 30 inches and weigh over 15 pounds. The average catch regularly lands a 5 to 8 1/2 pound prize that often rivals a large Coho salmon. A fantasy land that …

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From Kamchatka Explorer Magazine: Kamchatka’s Hot Springs

Second only to Kamchatka’s volcanoes for visitor attractions, are thermal springs finding their way to the surface from the bosom of the earth. The peninsula abounds in hundreds of springs, many are accessible, others more challenging to reach. Some springs are on the territory of nature reserves, while others are out of reach in the mountains. Here is described the …

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From Kamchatka Explorer Magazine: 14 Popular Tours in Kamchatka

1. Helicopter tours Helicopter tours in Kamchatka are available daily June through September (in flying weather). However, winter tours are also available, but they are group-operated only and depend on weather conditions. Frequent tours are offered to the Valley of Geysers and Kuril Lake. Tours to the Valley of Geysers are combined with tours to Uzon Volcano caldera, while tours …

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Recommended Book: Kamchatka Fly Fishing & Visitors Guide by Rene Limeres

Kamchatka Fly Fishing & Visitors Guide – In this first major guide to the fabulous fly fishing and other superlative attractions of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, Rene Limeres, the co-author/publisher of the award-winning Alaska Fishing: The Ultimate Angler’s Guide has drawn on years of personal experience, augmented by information contributed by local experts to create a useful and interesting guide for …

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My First Trip to Kamchatka, by Saule Richardson

I had always dreamed about visiting Kamchatka sometime. From the time I began working on salmon conservation in 2011 I thought it would be fascinating to see the frigid, volcano-studded land that according to Kamchatka people only has two seasons in a year: “white winter” and “green winter.” Kamchatka is famous for more than 30 volcanoes, but also, geysers, rivers …

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My Kamchatka Photo Trip

The article is written by Yanai Bonneh and republished here with permission from 56th Parallel. “My name is Yanai Bonneh. I live in Ein HaBesor, a cooperative Israeli settlement in the Negev Desert. Few months ago I watched TV at home and saw a movie about Kamchatka on NG channel. I was amazed from the first moment and promise myself …

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From Kamchatka Explore Magazine: Tufted puffins

Tufted puffins (Lunda cirrhata Pallas) are relatively large birds with the wingspan reaching 70 cm and weight of up to 920 grams. The prevailing color of the body plumage and wings is black with a reddish tint. The top is very bright: the large white head is flattened at the sides topped with two yellow bunches of feathers. The flattened …

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Kuril Lake

The splendor and unique qualities of Kuril Lake rival many beautiful lakes on earth. It is located in Kamchatka’s utmost south and is the second largest after Kronotskoye Lake. Wild rocky shores, impassable scrub, remoteness from the peninsula’s capital make the lake hard to reach. However, thanks to helicopter excursions people can admire this glittering diamond of Kamchatka nature at …

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Kamchatka’s Hot Springs

Second only to Kamchatka’s volcanoes for visitor attractions, are thermal springs finding their way to the surface from the bosom of the earth. The peninsula abounds in hundreds of springs, many are accessible, others more challenging to reach. Some springs are on the territory of nature reserves, while others are out of reach in the mountains. Here is described the …