Kamchatka Steelhead Project (KSP)
Fly fishing for conservation…and some of the most beautiful wild steelhead on earth!
Kamchatka, Russia contains the only population of steelhead in Asia, and participation in The Conservation Angler’s flagship KSP program is the only way to target these remarkable wild fish.
Since 1994, in cooperation with A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Science and Moscow State University, The Conservation Angler has supported the study and conservation of the richest diversity of salmon, trout, steelhead and char in the world, all on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula.
The Kamchatka Steelhead Project offers anglers a unique opportunity to experience world-class trophy fly fishing while significantly contributing to the study and conservation of wild steelhead in a region where they have escaped demise. Through project sponsorship and participation, anglers help fund and conduct groundbreaking steelhead science, while pursuing these strong, large fish in a remote and pristine habitat.
Each year, the Kamchatka Steelhead Project brings together sponsoring anglers with Russian scientists to achieve critical conservation objectives. TCA seeks a limited number of sponsor/anglers for each season (September/October) to conduct further field research on the Kvachina, Snotalvayam, and Utkholok rivers.
To learn more and join a trip, contact TCA at 1-425-742-4651.
2017 Field Program
The 2017 field season will consist of two camps – Kvachina River (eight sponsors) and Utkholok Rice camp (four sponsors) in three groups: September 23-October 4; October 2-13; October 11-22, 2017.
Both camps are equipped with:
sample collection. Access on Kvachina and Utkholok rivers by jet boat. Each boat is assigned a morning and afternoon beat, which are rotated daily. Lunch is either served on the river (sandwiches, hot soup, coffee/tea) or a hot meal at the river camp – your choice.
personal time (shower, cocktails, etc.)
The Snotalvayam, Kvachina, and Utkholok are smallish rivers that are easily fished with modest length casts (45’-60’) in gentle river flows. Most steelhead hold in 3’-5’ of water. Angling is conducted from tidal zones upstream for 10-15 miles. Both camps are located near the top of the tide. Most anglers use 6 -7 weight two handed rods with sinktip lines of varying density.
Steelhead enter rivers on the west coast of Kamchatka starting in early September and continue until at least freeze up (typically mid-November). Most fish are extremely fresh in from the sea covered with sealice. Each river population exhibits rather complex life history structure. Steelhead vary between half pounders (typically, 14”-18”) and multi-sea winter fish most of which are 10-16 pounds with about 20% 18 pounds and up, with 20-pound fish fairly common. The largest specimens sampled have exceeded 30 pounds.
We have a few sponsorship openings in each group. If you are interested in participating or learning more, please contact the Conservation Angler at 425-742-4651.