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The Ryabaga Camp - The Incomparable Ponoi

The Ryabaga Camp on the Ponoi River - - epitomizes all that we love about a remote fishing experience: the excitement of a true wilderness location yet an oasis of comfort, hospitality and fine cuisine; a totally wild Atlantic salmon population that is thriving – where the efforts to care for the stocks really do show positive results; and a team of people who are not only interesting as well as inspiring to be with, but whose attitudes to service, work ethic and team spirit have been described as ‘uplifting’. Now well into its third decade of operation in one of the most logistically complex parts of the world, under the stewardship of the Ponoi River Co, the Ryabaga Camp on the Ponoi River has achieved extraordinary recognition.

Ryabaga Camp has a well-deserved reputation for phenomenal Atlantic salmon fishing. It offers remarkable numbers of fish, placing it statistically among the most productive rivers in the world, with balanced catches from grilse all the way to plenty of good-sized fish up to the 30lb mark. It encompasses all the methods of fly fishing, from long casts with double-handed rods to more delicate single-handed rod fishing with skated flies, the occasional upstream dry, endless wading or fishing intimate spots from boats. In this wilderness there is no poaching, no pollution, netting or any other obstacles. The beats are fly fishing only and strict catch-and-release is adhered to. Over 37 miles (61 km) of double-bank water offers guests unprecedented fishing. Beats are accessed using 17-ft jet boats and by hovercraft for the most distant beats.

For many, a vitally important aspect in their enjoyment of the Ryabaga experience is the calibre of the guide team. The team of 12 is a combination of excellent English-speaking Russian guides and talent drawn from all over the world. All guides are fully trained and highly experienced. They are able to teach all aspects of Atlantic salmon fishing, from fly tying to the use of single- and double-handed rods and all forms of spey casting. Guides are intimately involved in the scientific work on the river and are therefore able to discuss the life cycle of the Atlantic salmon and their unique movements on the Ponoi. As well as being teachers, you will find your guide great company on the river, sensitive enough to leave you in peace if you wish or fun to chat with.

The camp itself enjoys almost as much recognition as the fishing. The Ponoi River Co has created a luxury wilderness operation in what must be one of the most remote locations. Its crew of 30, includes five mechanics, three chefs, four housekeeping staff, a massage therapist and doctor; each is highly trained and dedicated to offering the best possible service to our guests. Every effort has been made to make sure the camp and its staff has the best possible equipment with which to operate and ensure the finest food and amenities are available.

The new duplex log cabins offer individual accommodation for you and your fishing partner. Each building has two rooms, each with ensuite bathrooms with a shower. Inside each room there is a queen-sized bed with a duvet. Large Finnish down pillows are provided.  The cabins have a raised platform deck that connects the entrances to the two rooms. The deck has hooks for hanging waders and a long bench that is ideal for putting on waders and assembling fishing equipment. The camp has a beautiful Russian sauna that guests always enjoy after a long day on the river. There are many facilities including a drying room and a fully-stocked tackle annex that is often the hive of fishing tales in the camp. The Big Tent, is the social centre of the camp. It plays host to the dining room, bar and evening activities, such as the fly-tying bench and music if a staff member or guest can be persuaded to play. The Ryabaga camp is everything a salmon fishing camp should be both on and off the water.


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Tarquin Millington-Drake on +44 (0) 845 299 6212, or by email at:
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