(pictures coming soon)
Introduction: In Koppi river, hidden in the Russian Far East we have been lucky enough to encounter a couple of times some magnificent salmonide species which are non-existent in the rest of the world. Kundzha (Salvelinus Leucomaenis) sometimes called ‘White spotted arctic char’ is such a fish that gives a vehement strike once your large greenish streamer enters its territory. Cyma (Onchorhynchus Cyma) or Cherry Salmon is another great fighter resembling a King Jack. Japanese fishermen are just crazy about them. And finally there is that mysterious sea run Taimen (Parahucho Perryi) by the Russians called Sakhalinski Taimen, a great predator that easily consumes a 6 lbs Pink Salmon (Onchorhynchus Gorbusha). Further we meet Dolly Varden (Salvelinus Malma) and, later in the season, some big Chum (Onchorhynchys Keta). At the end of May the first Kundzha and Taimen together with the Dollies swim upriver coming from the Ocean. Around Mid-June Cherry and Pink Salmon follow, whereas Chum start their spawning run in 2 cycles, one at the end of July and one in September.
The River: In its lower part, where our fishing camp is positioned, the river is quite large, having a smooth current. Between the thousands of tree-stumps the Taimen is waiting for its prey. However, here not so interesting for the fly fisherman. Some 3 km further up the river changes dramatically and turns into a beautiful stream with lots of side creeks. The banks are almost everywhere consisted out of pebble stones, performing an ideal pattern for wading fly fishing. Even if walking along the banks is possible on many places our sturdy boats go up almost 10 km (depending upon the water levels) to find the best spots. If there should be a bad weather spell the river mouth and even the sea beach some km further around the corner have proven to be a spectacular fishing place, with as much as 20 species, including Salmon, Taimen and Char.
The Camp: The camp (Russian Lodge), not very far from the inviting river mouth, consists out of some practical wooden cabins with sleeping beds, toilet and shower, a main cabin used as a restaurant and a sauna. There are usually 3-5 large wooden motor boats, each driven by a local guide. A Russian guide brings you to the good fishing places, makes fire for a lunch and helps wherever he can, but should not be seen as a technical fishing guide elsewhere. The food is very good with lots of King Crab as local specialty.
The Fishing: A single handed 9-11 ft, 8-9 wt flyrod, a floating line for your Rabbit Fly and Dollies and a 200-350 Teeny for your (rubber legged) Woolly Buggers (don’t forget white!) will do the job perfectly. Expect > 10 Salmon p.p.p.d. More information will follow upon booking.
Logistics: From e.g Brussels we fly via Moscow to Khabarovsk, where, due to a + 9 hrs time difference, the arrival takes place next morning. After installing in a local hotel we may do some sight seeing of this beautiful sub tropical city. Next day we will have an 1 hr flight to Sovietskaya Gavan, from where bus and finally boat will bring us to the camp. Upon return we will stay another night in Khabarovsk and will fly this time within the same day back to Brussels, gaining 9 hrs back. Please note that due to only 3 flights/week for the Khabarovsk-Sovgavan leg the possible dates are limited.
Program: (with the reservation of flight changes)
June 13 th : SU 2169 BRU SVO 1200 1615 BRU= Brussels, SVO= Moscow SU 1712 SVO KHV 2045 1115+1 KHV= Khabarovsk,
June 14 th : 1115 arrival KHV, Transfer to Hotel, Sightseeing
June 15 th: 0800 Transfer Hotel- KHV airport1045 1215 KHV SGV SGV= Sovietskaya Gavan ( Sovgavan) Transfer by bus and boat to camp. Full board, fishing
June 16 th – June 23 rd: 8 full days of fishing, full board in camp, possibly evening transfer to upper camp
June 24 th: 1300 1425 SGV KHV, Transfer to hotel, Sight seeing
June 25 th: 1030 Transfer from Hotel to KHV airport, SU 1713 KHV SVO 1320 1415, SU 2618 SVO BRU 1950 2250, arrival Brussels
Rate: Euro 3095
Info and Booking:
Guide: Alex Keus: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guide: Stefan Benzinger: email@example.com