This right tributary of the Yenisei, located far to the north in the Turuhansk region, can safely be called one of the richest and most beautiful rivers of northern Russia. A typical wild river winding among the immense taiga, wonderful landscapes surprising with its beauty and wildness of Siberian nature. Sometimes it surprises us with wild and mountain character, frets, surf, surrounding rocks and waterfalls, and in a moment to completely change its character and lazily wibrate among cedar trees and virgin taiga. During the rafting and fishing on this magnificent river, we will be interested not only in its main stream, but also its tributaries and streams, as very interesting places for taimen fishing, Siberian sea trout (lenok), and Siberian grayling everywhere, not forgetting of pike, sig and big perch. The river's surroundings are rich with wild animals, as well as mushrooms, blueberries, wild strawberries and currants, which perfectly complement our menu here. The river, especially in its higher parts, is basically inaccessible to ordinary boats, which is why there are not many fishermen going there. Our fast air boats, such places are doing well without any problem, so we can get to where there are so few and enjoy an amazing fishing experience. Above the river, as is usually the case here are many hunting wooden huts, which in the summer are deserted and often during bad weather we are used for accommodation and shelter, in the winter return to them professional hunters who hunt here for sable, lynx, or wolverines.
This river is able to delight not only with its beauty and charm, but above all with the richness and diversity of fish that can surprise even very experienced anglers. The main species caught in this river are: pike, perch, burbot, grayling, whitefish and taimen of impressive size.
However, before we start fishing in this magnificent river, you have to get there. I must say that the trip itself is amazing and it will be remembered for a long time. We start with landing in Krasnoyarsk, one of the largest cities in central Russia, yes, because it is Central Russia, although it is about 5 hours fly from Moscow. Here we plan one day of rest, after a long flight, because we arrive in the morning. We visit the city, we can go to a nice Russian restaurant serving Russian cuisine, scents, scraps and other Russian specialties that are delicious here. Night in the hotel and in the morning we pack on the ship (its possible to fly instead , what make the trip shorter). Ships floating on the Yenisei are true legends of these waters, there are more than half a century old and are in themselves an attraction, such are not found anywhere else. Depending on the class, there are various cabins available here from class apartments, through the first class: double cabins with window to the deck, or class four with a window to the deck. On the ship there are restaurant, bar, a shop, showers, and all the comforts. The journey of this huge river which is Yenisei to our destination lasts two and a half days. We will defeat almost 1400 km during this time, which is not unique in Russia. The ship, on its long way is passing towns and villages, new passengers are getting in, some old ones are getting off, but most importantly, on almost every such stop there is a market where you can buy local specialties from local hostesses and hosts. In addition to great smoked fish, cedar oil and butter, we can find here products not only of the local cuisine but also home-made spirits, tinctures and wines, "cheremucha", "schpubnica", "smorodina" or "chernik" are just some of the true richness of flavors and aromas. In Krasnoyarsk, we left a let me say civilized world to discover something completely different here.
On the third day of our journey, we finally reach the village where our guides are waiting for us. A brief briefing, welcome and transfer by our aero boats and climb up to completely inaccessible places - to the adventure and wild taimen river - Fatyaniha.
It is thanks to the airboats in contrast to traditional boats, we are able to reach places where there is no chance to do it on an ordinary boat. To get to places like this, along the way we have to overcome several water fences with very strong current, avoid many rocks, bends and rapids. This is normal on most Siberian rivers, that's why it's so hard to move here and every trip requires a good and solid preparation, and above all experienced local guides.
After reaching the place in the late afternoon, we spend the night in the first of our camps, a traditional hunting lodge, many of which are here. This house has a history, because it was built by the Yura grandfather – friend of mine of and our guide. As for a hunting lodge in the middle of taiga, it has a great convenience, in the form of a brick oven and a traditional Russian banya, or a sauna, without losing the peculiar climate and authenticity. And basically from now on we can fish. At this latitude, the nights are very short, so you do not have to worry that the day will be too short. In addition, we also catch taimen at night especially for the mouse. Camping by the river is the most practical way of rafting and fishing, which is why during the expedition we will move around and have the camps in various places, which gives excellent, different fishing possibilities every day. For the most part, we will stay in traditional hunting huts, which in the summer stand empty, and in the winter are used by professional hunters, hunting here for sable and other animals.
Board. During fishing and rafting participants are guaranteed full board, consisting of three meals a day, prepared on a regular basis dishes of Russian and European cuisine but also specialties of the local Siberian cuisine, fish in various forms, bread homemade baking, depending on the season, we also collect berries , mushrooms and wild plants and herbs that we add to the dishes or, for example, we brew tea from them. Tea and snacks available according to your wishes throughout the day.
To ensure the safety and proper organization of the expedition, the group is always accompanied by a local guide. Apart from ensuring safety for the expedition's members, it is also his help during fishing, cooking meals, helping in fishing etc. The guide is equipped with firearms and is a professional hunter who knows the customs of local wildlife and living conditions in taiga. He also has all the documents and certificates required in Russia to conduct this type of trip.
Trip length: 6 days of fishing
Group size: 5-6 anglers
Season: second half of May – mid October
Cost of expedition: 3600 EUR/per
The cost of the expedition includes: care of a English / Russian-language fishing guide from the Krasnoyarsk airport, assistance with obtaining a Russian visa, , the cost of tickets for the ship (double first class cabins), domestic planes in Russia (Turuhansk – Krasnoyarsk) , help in purchase of airline tickets, hotel reservations, etc. The organization of the rafting as described, and all materials and products necessary to carry out the trip ( boats, tents, food, fuel, security measures, radio communication, licenses, etc.), advice on fishing tackle, baits, personal belongings to take on the expedition (the list of recommended equipment and items to be taken is given to every participant of the trip)
The cost of the expedition does not include: the cost of international air tickets, hotel in Krasnoyarsk, obtain Russian visa, individual insurance of participants, transfers and meals in Krasnoyarsk and on the ship, alcoholic beverages other expenses not directly related to the trip itself
Planned expedition program:
Day 1: Arrival to Krasnoyarsk, greeting at the Krasnoyarsk airport accommodation in the hotel, free time, city tours etc. According to arrangements with participants of the expedition
Day 2.Morning embarkation on the ship, sail from Krasnoyarsk, travel north Yenisei
Day 3-4: continuing the trip by ship on the Yenisei.
Day 4: On the morning 4th day we reach the starting point of the trip. Getting to know the guides, changing for air boats, transferring to the river to the first camp, preparing equipment, starting fishing depends of the time of arriving there (about 100 km from the river estuary and from last settlement).
Day 5-8: Fishing combined with rafting according to arrangements with participants and recommendation of the guide
Day 9: Rafting down the river conducted fishing
Day 10: Fishing, alloy to the village, overnight stay in the village.
Day 11. Transfer of an motor yacht to the local Turuchansk airfield and departure to Krasnoyarsk
Day 12: Arrival in Krasnoyarsk, transfer to the hotel
Day 13: departure to the country or an additional day at the hotel, rest, sightseeing in Krasnoyarsk
If you have never been on such an expedition or perhaps you have been and would like to repeat this with me, and you have any questions, just contact me:
Contact: Irek Szatlach
tel. +48 534 628 458