RUSSIA - PONOI RIVER - RYABAGA CAMP - WEEK 11 24TH - 30TH AUG - THE MAGNIFICENT PONOI SHOWING LATE FALL RUN PROMISE.
Added: Mon 8th Sep 14
August 30th, 2014
Week 11 Report
Another week just passed, leaving Ponoi anglers with great memories, strengthening friendships, and of course some amazing catches. Ponoi River Co. owner llya Sherbovich hosted friends and family over the last week of August, 2014. The group was composed of veteran and novice anglers alike, and a new generation of salmon anglers was well represented, with the young rods, aged from 7 to 16 years doing battle on the waters of Ponoi, and reported some outstanding results!
"On Monday, Ponoi River Company CEO Steve Estela and Head Guide Max helped me organize a unique Sigg (whitefish) expedition to a wild and remote Kola Peninsula river. We were accompanied by a small group of guests who enjoyed the change of scenery using light tackle for the day. All present enjoyed numerous fish of 1 to 3 kg, and Sigg made a wonderful central dish at Tuesday's dinner.
Several other guests had singular experiences this week, and many landed their first Atlantic salmon. The whole Kurtser family was among the fortunate, and by day 2 even nine-year-old Anna had landed an Atlantic salmon. Nina and her young son Dino visited us for the second time, and though Dino could not best his personal record (a stunning 16 lb sea-liced fish caught last year), both nonetheless had a great time. Mastering a rather unorthodox technique, Dino preferred to release line and swing the fly from one side to the other behind the boat. His success with this technique was amazing, and he fills the time between takes with a tremendous curiosity; guide Ollie spent a delightful day answering young Dino’s questions about a range of topics, and all in camp were impressed with the brightness of this charming little man. Our camp dog, Tomba, will miss Dino especially.
From Monday to Friday, Andrei Kruglov and his son Zakhar pleased us all with their presence and kindness. So too did Peter Fedorov and Sergey Pavlov who, though they opted to not perform their repertoire of amazing Russian songs, did not disappoint guides or guests with their series of epic lunches. Boris and Vladimir Levyant had a fine week despite some challenging fishing at times. Dominic, holder of Ponoi's record for most fish caught in a single week (achieved in Spring 2013), came again this season with his son Sam, who delivered one of the best fish of the week. Sam’s bruiser was an outstanding 16 lb sea-liced beauty that he hooked while wading in the lower beats. Well done, Sam!! From the UK we welcomed legendary Ponoi guest Len, who visited us for the 50th time this year. We look forward to seeing Len once again in a couple weeks.
A personal friend of owner Ilya Sherbovich, Nikita Mishin, was in camp this week with his lovely family (Ksenia, Mitya and Feodor). Nikita celebrated his birthday last Friday, and the Ponoi offered him a very special present: on the last cast of the week, right in the Ryabaga Home Pool, a hot chromer charged Nikita’s fly. After a dramatic fight, Nikita managed to bring the fish to hand, and it was indeed a beauty; all present appreciated the 19 lbs of muscle and silver. During the dinner that followed this fishing session, Ilya gave Nikita a special present on behalf of the entire Ponoi Team: henceforth, the rock in Home Pool near which Nikita managed this lovely salmon will be known as Nikita’s Rock, in honor of friendship and fine angling. Birthday cake and song made a fine end to a great celebration for Nikita.
The definitive winner of the week was young Kostya Sherbovich, who, at 8 years, hooked 17 and landed 11 fish in an unforgettable solo session with "Uncle" Nick on Purnache beat last Friday. This session featured a 14 lb bright fish and a few other double-digit brawlers. As if this was not enough proof of Kostya’s precocity, after a few requests Kostya was allowed to join the adult poker table, where he did his father proud. By the time he was forced to bed, Kostya was the clear leader in chips. A great day for Kostya no doubt, as it was also a great week for all of us in camp.
Decent rain last Saturday and consistent rain throughout the week pushed more fall run fish into the system, though water levels did not rise appreciably. Additional rain remains forecast, and we anticipate that the height of the fall run is still to come. Regardless of the low water levels, all beats remain fishable, and in an attempt to increase chances of encountering fresh fish, we have used the hovercraft to fish the upper Brevyeni water with good results. Autumn remains in full bloom on the Kola, and our resident foragers are reporting a tremendous mushroom year. Ksenia, Elena, Andrey, Peter, Sergey and their kids spent some fine hours picking mushrooms, and all had a great time. We all enjoyed the tundra’s bounty, despite the fact that the foraging hours damaged our fishing statistics!
In all, it was a wonderful week of friends and fishing. We look forward to more of the same in the weeks to come.
Joaquin Arocena and the Ryabaga Team.
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