Premier Flyfishing Adventures Kamchatka, Russia & SW Alaska


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Healy, Alaska







  What's New


Fall 2013

Yakutia Airlines expanded its successful  direct flight service linking Anchorage Alaska with the Russian Far East in summer-fall, with connections to the mainland city of Khabarovsk and the homebase city of Yakutia in northeast Siberia.  Public reception of the renewed air tie between the two countries was quite good, with considerably more seats filled than in 2012, according to Mark Dudley of InterPacific Aviation and Marketing in Seattle. Of particular note was the increased number of Russians making the journey to Alaska for tourism, business and family connections. Outlook for the 2014 flight season remains quite optimistic, with more passengers expected in the adventure tourism market as well as increased numbers of student/work,  sister city  and sports team exchanges between the two countries.

It was a great year to fish Kamchatka. All operators reported great fly fishing conditions and lots of satisfied clients. The weather, while not as nice as that enjoyed in 2012, remained favorable for fishing well into the fall season. Lots of beautiful fat and hungry rainbows were taken during the last trips in late September.

Winter 2013

Yakutia Airlines has released its tentative flight schedule for 2014, with weekly non-stop service from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk planned from the middle of July to the middle of September. It reported nearly double the number of passengers from 2012 on its 2013 flights.  Adding convenient connections to mainland cities (Khabarovsk, Magadan and Yakutia) to its weekly Anchorage to Kamchatka route certainly was a factor in increasing the numbers of American tourists, but a surprising number of seats were filled by Russians visiting Alaska, according to Mark Dudley of Interpacific Aviation and Marketing, in charge of promotions and sales for the airline. He cites the opportunities for increased citizen diplomacy and interest in visiting relatives and seeing some of the much touted attractions of America’s Last Frontier as main draws for this barely tapped market.

Yakutia Airlines and Interpacific Aviation and Marketing sponsored the successful Russian American Pacific Partnership (RAPP) meeting in Vladivostok and the Kamchatka Ecotourism Forum in Petropavlovsk, both held in September 2013. They are cooperating with Visit Anchorage (formerly the Anchorage Visitor & Convention Bureau) to promote Alaska as a travel destination for Russians. Visit Anchorage participated in the Pacific International Tourism Expo in Vladivostok in May, 2013, and will be hosting travel agents from the Russian Far East on a FAM trip next summer. Alaska's unique cruise offerings are expected to be of particular interest to the Russians. So too are the state’s signature sporting events like the Iditarod and World Eskimo/Indian Olympics, with visiting delegations planning to see how these events are run and promoted already planned tourists.


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