RUSSIA - PONOI RIVER - BREVYENI CAMP - WEEK 3 FISHING REPORT - FRESH FISH STILL ON THE RUN...
Added: Tue 3rd Jul 12
Week 5: Fresh Fish Still On the RUN!
The Spanish contingent arrived at Ponoi this week, with a big group of first-time guests! Almost all were experienced Atlantic salmon fisherman, though Spey tactics were new to some, specifically guest Arturo Torro. Though a very experienced ocean fisherman, Arturo picked up a Spey rod for the first time this week on the Ponoi River, and, of course, the river served him well: on his very first day he landed a fine chrome grilse at Lapenyarka.
Between the big Spanish group (Carlos Rafael, Gaspar, Manuel, Carles, Enric y Arturo) we were also fortunate to host the very experienced father-and-son duo of Tim & Tom. These two gentlemen barely stopped fishing all week! Tim (the father) came to Russia with the specific aim of catching his second Atlantic salmon. The lure of Ponoi became unbearable after 32 days of fishing in Scotland with only one salmon to net. Tim’s second salmon came a faIr bit easier in Russia, with a fine fish taken in Brevyeni`s Home Pool alongside experienced guide Patrick Brennan. It took a mere five hours of fishing Ponoi to make a believer out of Tim!
The excitement that began early in the week carried straight through, and the days sped by. Sunken Log proved our most productive beat, again next to Hard Curve. The average catch was close to 14 fish per rod.
Summer Run salmon are still flowing into the system. The river dropped rapidly through the beginning of the week, and held at a steady level through week’s end. With midsummer approaching, water temperature is more stable as well, averaging 14 degrees C. The weather, however, remains variable, and we saw some stormy days midweek that threatened, but produced no rain. Air temps climbed towards 20 degrees C at a peak before plummeting back to 9 at week’s end. These rapid changes prove how fickle the weather can be here on the tundra.
Among the highlights of the week was a wonderful day with Tom & Tim in Lapenyarka, during which Tom slayed them with his “Rachel Special” fly. I also spent a memorable day with Carlos & Manuel, who proved one of the most productive duos this week. We tried some dry flies at Hard Curve, and landed some big salmon on single-handed rods.
All of the guests this week enjoyed fishing Home Pool. Gaspar in particular fished the pool almost every night and morning… in fact, he’s likely skipped the helicopter and remains fishing at Home Pool now! Gaspar was nearly always found swinging flies with a fine Cuban cigar in his mouth, and he was the picture of contentment, enjoying the nature around him while catching some memorable Atlantic salmon.
In the evenings, we played mainly poker, and Enric proved to be not only an accomplished angler but also the resident card shark. Thanks to our satellite TV, we had the privilege of watching the soccer Euro Cup; it was something to watch our Spanish guests talking and cheering and pulling their hair during the penalty kicks against Portugal.
I want to highlight the presence this week of noted international angler Mr. Carles Verdaguer Gonzales (Salmon2000), who enjoyed the week next to Gaspar. Mr. Gonzales fished every inch of Brevyeni water like an expert, spotting the best lies just seconds into each drop. I also want to offer a special thanks to our Kitchen Staff, who worked very hard during this week to delight our Spanish and British guests. Head chef Anton Sidunov, and sous chefs Lena Karionova and Veronika Krainukova, made certain that every single entree, salad, soup, and desert was a masterpiece.
The week ended with some notable fish up to 16 lbs, with several 14 and 12 pounders as a compliment. Some sea-lice laden fish where caught to highlight the summer run, and many grilse were taken. And so, in just the blink of an eye, one more week ended on Brevyeni. Another sensational week on Ponoi River, Russia has come and gone, leaving so many salmon memories in its wake. We hope that some of those memories will soon be yours!