This video by Ryan Peterson at The Fly Shop has been popping up a few places the past week or so and I thought I’d share it in case anyone has the inkling to drop some dough on a very limited 12-night fishing trip in Russia. As always, if you go, remember I’m fairly small and can fit in a large suitcase…

Steelhead are a protected species under Russian law and the last time I checked it was illegal to fish for them there.The Fly Shop says, “The Kamchatka Steelhead Project is a joint project operated under the aegis of Moscow State University, the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Federal Government, The Fly Shop, and The Conservation Angler. The aim is to monitor and protect runs of big-bodied steelhead within their micro-range of a few key rivers.

This trip is a bonafide non-profit program, and as such fully tax-deductible in which sponsoring anglers help science by catching steelhead. Tough work, but someone has to do it. These 11-day expeditions split time between base camps on the Kvachina/Snatolvayam and Utholok Rivers.”