Updated: Jun 4, 2020
Tugur river is considered as the best river on the planet for fishing giant Taimen. River flows through the Tuguro-Chumikanskiy region of Khabarovskyi Krai (territory) and into the Sea of Okhotsk. The Tugursky Nature Reserve habitat for over 20 species of fish including chum and pink salmon and of course Siberian Taimen. Fishing for Taimen in Russia is becoming very popular. Tugur river unlike many others is only accessible via helicopter so the whole system is free from locals that mostly kill fish. It has been well protected and looked after. Abundance of food allows Taimen to grow to incredible sizes over here, its not uncommon to land Taimens over 40kg. Anglers need to keep in mind that those giant fish are not so many and bites are not often and depending on the conditions of the river you will most probably have to work hard to get those bites. But the feeling afterwards will stay with you for the rest of your life. Fishing is strictly catch-and-release. In Autumn 2019 our guests landed some record Taimens over 40kg and few fish close to 50. Fly fishing for Taimen is something special!
Every morning after the breakfast, our guests along with the guides (two fishermen per one guide in the boat) advance on five and a half meter long inflatable boats with 40hp water-jet engines up or down the river from the camp. Possessing high speed and excellent cross-country ability, these boats allow fishing the area of more than 50 km long. Regarding fishing upstream, we go up to 25 km up, then we start slowly going down and fish from the boats, stopping in the best promising places and fish from the bank. Regarding fishing downstream - we start fishing directly down from the camp, stopping in promising places, fishing from the bank and in the evening we return to the camp.
During standard 6 full fishing days, our guests will have a chance to visit most parts of the 50km private area. Our head guide will do a daily rotation fishing plan on daily basis.
Tugur river camp consists of large tent-kitchen "Maveriсk COSMOS 500" with a height of more than 2.5 meters, equipped with a mosquito net. This is our dining room. Big and comfortable tents Maverick ROVER or Eureka K2 XT are available for guests inside with folding beds. One such a tent per two guests. Guides set up the tents. In the cold season we use tents with stove heating. Power supply from a portable low-noise inverter four-stroke generator. In the evening and in the morning (possibly except for the first day) a hot shower in a separate tent. One day a week a proper Russian sauna is arranged. Each guest is given a 150l waterproof bag, inflatable sleeping matrass and a sleeping bag.
Breakfast usually starts at 8:00 in the morning. Porridge, scrambled eggs, pancakes, cheese, tea, coffee, sweets.
Lunch is served on the river. Your guide will pack the lunch in the morning. Sliced meat, vegetables, salads, cheese, tea, coffee, pastry, fruits.
Dinner is cooked and served in the camp by our chef. We do our best to supply the camp with fresh and quality products (meat, fish, seafood, vegetables, fruits, etc.). Powerful gas stove is used daily for cooking dishes. All products are transported in bulk airtight containers. Please let us know in prior of the trip about your special food preferences and allergies.
Satellite mobile phone and radio walkie-talkies in each boat per each guide
Double hand rods 9-11 class for Taimens and single hand rods for the rest of the fish like Lenoks and pikes
Scagit lines or short belly heavy lines that match your rod for Taimens and regular WF lines for single hand rods
Excellent drag and big body reels
All variety of tips from floating to extra fast sinking
Extra strong tippets up to 0.5mm or 45Lbs
Variety of big and heavy flies of different colours up to 20cm long and big surface mouse patterns. Also some streamers and dry flies for the rest of the fish
· Water resistant jacket
· Water resistant trousers
· Wind stopper jacket
· Thermo underwear
· Socks regular and warm
· Warm hat and cap
· T-shirts and shirts
· Waiding boots (no studs)
· Tracking boots/sneakers
· Polarized glasses
· Small waterproof bag
· Personal hygiene/medicine products
· Sleeping bag
· Insects repellent
Upon departure, we recommend you to complete your baggage as follows. Put clothes and personal belongings in a big bag, fishing gear/tackles in another one. For the photo and video equipment and fragile things – use a plastic case. Rods in a tube. Usually, it is allowed to take tubes with rods on the plane, but if not, they have to be checked into baggage. Then the tubes must be durable enough.
What is included in the trip price:
· Transfer to the river from Khabarovsk airport and back
· Fishing on the river Tugur and accommodation in the camp
· Food 3 times a day + non-alcoholic beverages
· Licenses and permits for fishing
What is not included in the price:
· Accommodation and food in the hotel in case of air transport delays due to bad weather
· Alcoholic beverages
· Satellite mobile calls for personal use
· Renting of fishing rods and tackles
· Tips for guides
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