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KAMCHATKA PENINSULA IN EASTERN RUSSIA.
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(continued from 08/07 The Fly Fishing Shop Insider)
Journey to the Forbidden Land 
(Part-1)
A three part series about Kamchatka wilderness adventure - 
by Mark Bachmann


In 1993 I was invited to assemble a group of fly fishermen to visit the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russian Siberia. 
  At 140,000 square miles in area, Kamchatka is the size of the state of California, but largely an uninhabited sub-arctic wilderness.  For 100 years it had been the most strategic eastern Russian military stronghold and been closed to outsiders.  We would be some of the first Americans allowed to enter this very sensitive area.
As it turned out, we were on the first foreign aircraft to land at some of the towns we visited enroute to our destination.  After growing up with years of cold war paranoia, we were a little apprehensive about how the Russians would treat us.  They treated us with great hospitality and in some of the towns where we landed for refueling, we were greeted by dozens of school age children offering tokens of friendship.         To Top

We land in Provedinia.

frozen coast, Siberia

Kamchatka offers the last true wilderness adventures for wild steelhead & rainbow trout.  It is here where rainbow trout (steelhead) were first identified, and is why they have a Russian scientific name, Oncorhynchus Mykiss.  In Kamchatka they are called Mykissia (pronounced Mick'-keesya).  The natural range of the rainbow trout is the Pacific Rim from Kamchatka to Southern California.  In most of their range the rainbow has suffered from hatchery 
manipulation, habitat destruction and over harvest.  I have fished for and studied rainbows most of my life, and  Kamchatka offered  an exceptional opportunity to study this specie in the raw.  Our group of 13 anglers assembled in Anchorage, Alaska, May 4.  The next morning we boarded a 19 passenger Beach Craft turbo-prop and flew to Nome where we picked up a Russian navigator.  We crossed the Bering Sea and our port of entry was the tiny arctic town of Provideniya.  After going through Russian Customs, we 


MI-8 at Cedar Lodge


Zhuponova River

hop-scotched down the 900 mile long coast line and finally landed in Petropavlovsk, the largest city in Kamchatka.  From there we flew by Russian MI-8 helicopter back north to our camp; Cedar Lodge on the Zhuponova River.  What a ride.  The flight was spectacular as is all of the landscape of Kamchatka.  We flew over and were constantly surrounded by smoking volcanoes.  Kamchatka is some of the most volcanic real estate on the planet.    

It has around 200 volcanoes, of which 65 are still active.  We landed at Cedar Lodge in the afternoon and one of the guys put together his spey rod and caught a seven pounder almost before the rotor blades quit turning.  It was a fitting introduction to a river which proved to be one of the worlds finest.  

(to be continued in 08/21 FFS Insider)


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Marabou Sculpin (Olive)
Hook: Tiemco 9394, 4X, nickel, #2-#6
Thread: olive 3/0
Back Fin & Tail: (2) olive grizzly marabou feathers tied back to back, matucka style
Rib: fine gold oval tinsel
Body: olive tan Hare-tron
Pectoral Fins: olive dyed grizzly marabou feathers
Eyes: small lead eyes painted yellow with black pupil
Head:
olive Hare-tron, flattened  



Marabou Sculpin (Sand)
Hook: Tiemco 9394, 4X, nickel, #2-#6
Thread: tan 3/0
Back Fin & Tail: (2) sand colored grizzly marabou feathers tied back to back, Matuka style
Rib: fine silver oval tinsel
Body:  tan Hare-tron
Pectoral Fins: sand dyed grizzly marabou feathers
Eyes: small lead eyes painted yellow with black pupil
Head:
tan Hare-tron, flattened 

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Badger Lake Last stocked 6/19, fishing good, Callibaetis, ants, caddis
Barnes Butte Lake Very weedy, fish deep in the main channel.
Chickahominy Reservoir Last stocked 5/29, many small fish, few large fish.
Clear Lake Last stocked 5/29, some big trout, water getting low.
Crane Prairie Reservoir Improving, fish scattered, damsels, Callibaetis, leeches etc.
Davis Lake Great Callibaetis hatches, fishing good. Bass hit poppers.
East Lake Last stocked 7/24, some large trout, many small trout, good.
Frog Lake Last stocked 6/12, few brood trout, wooly buggers, ants, Callibaetis.
Grindstone Lakes closed until the fall season
Harriet Lake Last stocked 8/14, good hatches, cool water
Hosmer Lake  Last stocked 5/29, Caddis, Callibaetis & damsels, fishing good.
Laurence Lake Road opened 08/04/00, fishing fair.                               To Top
Lost Lake Last stocked 7/03, terrestrials, caddis, Callibaetis, Hex hatch.
Mann Lake Midges & Callibaetis, water warm.;
Olallie Lake Last stocked 7/17
Pine Hollow Reservoir Last stocked 5/08, fishing fair, water warm.                                    
Rock Creek Reservoir Last stocked 6/12, trout & bass fishing fair, water low & warm.
Roslyn Lake Last stocked 7/31, fishing fair. Hex hatch. water temp 72-74
Timothy Lake Last stocked 6/05, fishing good, terrestrials, baetis.
Trillium Lake Last stocked 7/31, fishing very good.
Wickiup Reservoir some big Brown Trout on streamers, getting better, still spotty.

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**(continued from 08/07 The Fly Fishing Shop Insider)
Why We Love the Mount Hood Lakes  (Through the lens of your mind) 
A Lake Fly Fishing Guide lets you on the inside.                                                                  To Top

The overhead sky is just beginning to take on a hint of the days color and the surface of the water seems as if it could be made of black obsidian. Almost. The "V" shaped ripple behind your pontoon boat brings you back to the reality that it is a liquid world here and the movement of the fish you've spotted cruising the surface quickens your pulse. There are no riffles here to mask a poor presentation and no swift current that forces your quarry to take the fly NOW or wait for another opportunity. There will be no chance of casting above your target in the hopes of mending the line and getting the fly into the correct drift and depth as it slides by a prime feeding station. Not today. And not in this particular piece of "God's Green Earth".  You make that last back cast, pause, and begin to pull  forward, recognizing the familiar feel of your rod as it begins to load and you accelerate the tip towards your target. Anyone who has handled a fly rod for any length of time would know this feels like a good cast. Unlike on a river, the power-caster is often at a disadvantage here. At this particular moment, that loop in the fly line needs the energy to unroll- only that- and no more. Your fly cannot land on the surface, it needs to settle like an airborne seed. Is it a good cast? You are beyond watching this mini-event unfold, you are living it. There are few surprises here. No hoped for...but sudden pull on your line. You watch through the lens of your mind, seeing the line and the fly and the wake of a cruising rainbow as if you were an unseen photographer on the shore...finger on the shutter, all motion    suspended, waiting... This is not a surprise, you set this scene into motion yourself. And somehow, through some unknown capacity inside yourself, you know. You see that bulge of water touch your fly, and it hasn't happened yet...    

...and the moment feels like it still might be a lifetime away, but you somehow know that he is going to swallow that fly and send a jolt through your line and you will reach out and touch him with the tip of your rod and make a real connection and you can feel the click of the shutter being released. You will never be able to truly convey the memory of that moment or show it to anyone and have them live it like you have. But it's yours and it's real.
 Perhaps you should consider fishing in some of the most beautiful, peaceful and exciting settings in the Pacific Northwest.
Why? I could try to tell you what it's like, but it's one of those things that you need to see for yourself.

J. Morgan Jones
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(to be continued in 08/21 FFS Insider)


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