The Dvukhyurtochnaya River (referred to as Two – Yurt) is a beautiful small freestone river that headwaters some 3 1/2 hours north of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in a remote mountainous region. The river flows out of Dvukhyurtochnaya lake and is a rather stable system that receives enormous runs of sockeye and king salmon. The river typically flows between 200 and 400 cfs and is easily crossed in many areas.
The trip begins at a quaint primitive hunting camp on the lake. Due to the distance from Petropavlovsk, anglers typically arrive at the camp in the evening. There will be time to prepare gear, enjoy the hot spring, and wade fish the lake (which is usually packed with willing char, salmon, and the odd rainbow). The following day will be spent walk and wade the river’s upper reaches beneath the outlet and after the day’s fishing anglers will be flown downstream of the canyon to the first camp. Day three is spent walk and wade fishing up and downstream from camp and on day four and five and six will spent floating and fishing between new camps. Rafts are used for transport alone and all fishing is done while wading.
The river is densely populated with wild rainbows that range from 16-25 inches. They respond very well to skated mice, and other skated dries, and while streamers work well, they are rarely needed to catch fish. Catch rates are rather high with most anglers landing 15-30 fish a day that average 19 inches. Though small, the river is rugged and best suited to competent waders.
Two – Yurt Float Trip Accommodation:
Anglers will spend the first night in rustic cabins with wood stoves. The subsequent nights will be spent in tent camps. These camps will be equipped with cots, showers, and a mess tent. Anglers will sleep two per tent and be responsible for providing their own sleeping bags.
Two – Yurt Float Trip Climate:
While the weather can be mild, always be prepared for cold. Pack as though you will be fishing in Alaska. Rain and snow can occur at almost anytime. Typical day temperatures in June-August range from 45-65 degrees Fahrenheit and September weather can easily dip beneath freezing.
Two – Yurt Float Trip Travel:
To get to Kamchatka you will need to first make travel arrangements to Anchorage, Alaska. You will need to arrive on Thursday due to the early morning flight out of Anchorage on Friday. You will be responsible for making arrangements for overnight accommodations in Anchorage (see section below). The next leg of your journey will be a flight on Magadan Airline from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. You are responsible for booking your flight with Magadan, we will send you forms
after receiving your deposit payment. The Magadan Airline flight departs Friday mornings at 7:10 a.m. The flight takes roughly four hours and ten minutes and begins by looping north and then heading nearly due south along the Russian/Siberian mainland. There are often spectacular views of the Peninsula from the starboard side of the plane. Anglers will cross four time zones and the international dateline, arriving Saturday. It will be one hour later than the time in Anchorage.
When you land in Petro, expect the disembarking process to be slow.They take customs very seriously and typically call headquarters on each individual. Do not attempt to bring in cell phones or GPS units as they can be confiscated.
Before arrival into Kamchatka you will be required to fill out a customs declaration, this is a simple form and is self explanatory. When the plane lands you will spend a few minutes sitting before being told to deplane and get onto the bus. It is beneficial to try to get on the first bus as this will allow you to pass through customs and passport control before the rest of the plane. If you are with a group, please try to get them all off as soon as possible as this will expedite the transfer to camp. After clearing customs the lodge representative will be waiting through the silver doors and will take your bags and transfer them to a waiting bus for transport to the heliport.
In an effort to maintain your own sanity, try to adopt a casual “roll with the punches” attitude when traveling in Russia. While your host’s rarely excel at explaining the where, when, how, why and how longs that invariably accompany travel in less developed areas, they will come through and do their best to get you to your destination quickly and safely.
Once you arrive at the heliport, take comfort in the fact that Russian MI8 helicopters are immaculately maintained in terms of mechanical service records, etc. At first glance this might be hard to appreciate because their cosmetics are often overlooked. The black streaks emanating from the jet units are not the result of oil leaks but rather due to the fact that they burn kerosene. In all honesty, we feel that these crafts are safer than Alaskan floatplanes, and they are always accompanied by a three person crew consisting of a pilot,co-pilot, and engineer. Your gear will be piled in the rear 2/3rds of the plane and you will sit on simple bench seats along the walls.Several of the windows actually open and you are free to take photos from them. Once in the helicopter, please be seated and put in your earplugs. Top speed is about 110 mph and the flight takes 3 to 4 hours with the refueling stop. There is no lavatory on board.
When packing your carry on luggage, we strongly recommend the following: warm clothing, rain coat, water bottle, plenty of snacks (it can be a long trip to camp and there is no meal service on the chopper), and simple toiletries in the event of an unexpected weather related overnight in Petro.
On the return trip, you will arrive back in Anchorage Friday morning at roughly 5:30 a.m. If you are heading home it is a good idea to schedule your light no earlier than 8:30 a.m. as it takes some time to clear customs and immigration.
Two – Yurt Float Trip Baggage:
Magadan Air limits free baggage to two checked pieces that together do not exceed 80 pounds. Note that checked rods will count as one piece so if traveling with friends consider taping all of your checked rods together. You are also allowed one carry on not to exceed 45 inches in total dimensions, or 17 pounds. Magadan will charge $134 for one additional piece under 70 pounds and $163 for one piece between 70 and 99 pounds. They accept cash only! Multi piece fishing rods are accepted
on a carryon basis if space is available, and are not counted as part of your 17 pound carry on limit. Inner-Country helicopter flights will have a limit of 99 pounds per person including all carry on baggage.
Food, accommodations, guiding, transfers from Petro airport to lodge,and up to one day’s food and accommodation in Petro if needed.
Airfare, gratuities ($300-500 US per week), overnight accommodations in Anchorage, Visa fees (roughly $150 which are pre-paid through Visa Service NW), alcohol, fishing license, and mandatory medical evacuation insurance.