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# 312 Floating & fishing the Opala River

FishingWe invite you to join the following fishing trip on the Opala river. This mountain river winds through the stone birch and alder forests. Be prepared to observe a lot of spectacular scenery during your trip through the uncivilized terrain. You will enjoy some of the most spectacular fishing in Kamchatka. Our guides specialize in fly-fishing as well as spin and bait casting. Their knowledge of the river, its life cycle and its holding waters is unmatched throughout Kamchatka. After dinner enjoy the fire in the camp and great fish stories as you watch the most beautiful sunsets in creation. 

Approximate run timing in the Opala river:

Name (English) Name (Russian) Name (Latin) Max (cm) Max (kg) Beginning End
King salmon, Chinook Chavycha Salmo orientalis, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha 147 61 10. June 10. July
Silver salmon, Coho Kizhuch Salmo kisatch, Oncorhynchus kisutch 88 6,8 15. Aug. 15. Okt.
Rainbow trout, Kamchatka steelhead, Mikizha Salmo mykiss, Oncorhynchus mykiss 90 15 10. June 30. Sept.
Red salmon, Sockeye, Blueback Nerka Salmo nerka, Oncorhynchus nerka 84 7,7 15. July 15. Sept.
Pink salmon, Humpback Gorbusha Salmo gorbuscha, Oncorhynchus gorbuscha 76 5,5 5. July 25. Aug.
Bull trout, Dolly varden, Redspotted Char Golets Salvelinus malma malma 75 2,5 10. June 30. Sept.
Chum salmon, Dog salmon Keta Salmo keta, Oncorhynchus keta 102 15,5 5. July 25. Aug

Departure: June 07th – June 15th  

King SalmonDay 1. Arrive in Petropavlovsk. Meet with the guide who will accompany you to the river, check the equipment and discuss the trip. Accommodation in a city hotel.

Day 2. This very day you will be transferred to the starting of the rafting route by helicopter (about 50 minutes). Start floating and fishing. In the evening set up a tent camp.

Day 3-7. Rafting and fishing for king salmon on the Opala river. Overnight in stationary camp.
You will see untouched river banks, thick forests of dwarf cedar, stone birch and shrubbery of giant grasses. Keep your eyes open to catch a glimpse of a bear or soaring in the sky white eagle. Catch fresh fish for your dinner. Depending on the area and time of your visit you may be lucky to experience as many as seven different species of fish or some of them for sure. You may spin from the boat or from the river shore. In the spirit of conservation we use only debarbed hooks and maintain a strict catch and release policy.
Day 8. We set the camp off, and return to PKC. Accommodation at the hotel. Farewell party.

Day 9. Visiting souvenir shops and local market. Drive to the airport for your departure home.

Group size is max 10 people.

Included: double accommodation, visa invitation and registration, full board en route, bed & breakfast in the city, double accommodation, floating & camping equipment (except sleeping bags), licenses, transfers (bus, helicopter), guides, interpreter and cook services, visa support. You will be also equipped by life jackets. 


  • Kamchatka is conservation country, and catch-and-release is in force, using only single barbless hooks.
  • You will need to bring your own tackle and fishing equipment.


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