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Russia and fishing implies vast forested areas with more fish than people. The best fishing regions are thinly inhabited, even by fishermen, but dense with wildlife. The region of choice depends on what type of fishing visitors prefer.

In the far northwest, Kola Peninsula and its famed Ponoi River is a known destination for top Atlantic salmon fishing. It has 42 miles (67km) of fishable river and great camps and lodges along the way. The Kamchatka peninsula stretches out the other side of Russia into the Pacific and is an ideal place for fly-fishing, with rainbow trout, Arctic char, grayling and Pacific salmon all available. Flights from Anchorage Alaska have opened these streams to more business but visitors can still be assured their paths won't cross another's. Camps helicopter anglers to favoured fishing holes that are often kept a trade secret. Float trips are the best for longer voyages. Some advertise exploratory missions to streams never before fished by westerners.

Farther into the Pacific is Sakhalin Island, stretching from the continent 589 miles (950km) to Japan. Float trips take fishermen past days of wilderness to do battle with the Sakhalin taimen, the strong and battle-ready prize of Russian catches. The island is reachable from Korea.

Winter-time ice fishing is very popular in Russia, and an option for the adventurous traveller, although it's necessary to take care on the ice and int he cold.