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Ryabaga Camp, the Ponoi River

Kola Peninsula, Russia - Incomparable Atlantic Salmon Fishing

Experience the excitement of a true wilderness location, yet an oasis of comfort, hospitality and fine cuisine. A totally wild Atlantic salmon population thrives here; the efforts to care for the stocks show markedly positive results. At Ryabaga Camp, you will also find a team of people whose attitudes to service, work ethic and team spirit are second to none. The Ponoi is one of the few rivers left where catches are recorded in thousands and even the slowest weeks exceed an entire season’s catch elsewhere. Perfect for salmon anglers of every age and ability and those with limited mobility.

Fishing

Fly fishing and catch-and-release only. Over 50 miles of double-bank water accessed by 17-ft jet boats and hovercraft for more distant beats. Highly skilled international guide pool. Options for endless wading or casting from boats with anchor drops. Outstanding home pool.

Accommodation

Guests enjoy single occupancy cabins with en-suite bathroom, 24/7 electricity and Wi-Fi; queen bed with comfortable mattress, duvet and down pillows. Meals are in central dining tent with bar/lounge area and adjacent fly shop. Sauna, massage room, drying room and museum documenting Ponoi history.

Gear

Double-handed Spey rods are the norm (14’ for 9 wt. is perfect); floating and/or sink tip lines; flies range from double hook traditional patterns to small tubes to skated dries, depending on water temperature and conditions. Chest waders, warm layers and rain gear are a must.

Trip Specifics

Located above the Arctic Circle at 67 degrees N, access is via Helsinki with chartered flight to Murmansk, the point of entry to Russia. From there, a 2 hour Mi-8 helicopter across the tundra to camp. Frontiers assists with flights and en-route arrangements including visas, required for most guests.

Rates

$7,490-$15,490 per rod for 7-night/6-days, depending on date + charter flight Helsinki/Murmansk/Helsinki $1,250; Season: late May-early October. Includes all meals, accommodations, 6 days guided fishing (1 boat/guide per 2 anglers), licenses, helicopter transport from Murmansk. Sat-Sat turnaround.

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News

Russia - The Ponoi River - Fishing report for 17th to 24th June 2017

Week 4 Report

Things are Shaping Up Beatifully

Though water levels remained somewhat high to start, the Ponoi witnessed a steady drop over the course of this past week, and in turn the river was able to showcase a more typical view of itself. High water forced the guide team to remain nimble, but guests were nonetheless able to access many of the traditionally favoured spots, and great fishing was found throughout the 40 km of ...

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Russia - The Ponoi River - Fishing report for 10th to 17th June 2017

Week 3 Report

June 18, 2017

After what was arguably the toughest week of fishing in the history of Ryabaga Camp, we entered the official third week of the 2017 season with a mix of hope and uncertainty.  Though all who know Ponoi understand that the resource is incredibly resilient and the river returns to its normal glory very quickly, a late spring and similarly late ice-out had delayed the 2017 season significantly. By ...

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Reflections on the infamous 'Spring' of 2017

Read Tarquin Millington-Drake's thoughts in this very cold spring on the Kola and why he feels Russia remains the top destination for Atlantic salmon here.

Mean Ponoi did superbly well under tough conditions with 768 fish for the week. Photos from this past ...

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Russia - Ponoi - Week 3

Week 3 on the Ponoi opened with the water temperature increasing dramatically on the change over day.  On the Sunday the water temperature was up to 6 degrees and it continued to rise through the week topping out at 10 degrees on the Friday.  As the water temperature rose the fishing improved dramatically.  

At the end of the week 627 fish had been caught for an average of 28 fish per rod. 

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Russia - Ryabaga Camp – Ponoi River – Week One defeated by the weather…

We would like to commiserate again with the wonderfully good-natured team of rods at Ryabaga Camp this past week. The week did not work out as anyone hoped with the fishing succumbing to the cold, snow and ice (as has been the case across the Kola Peninsula with the latest spring in 130 years) resulting in seemingly endless cold water rarely exceeding 2.5 degrees. Less than 100 fish (biggest 16lbs) were landed by the brave team who went at it ...

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Russia - Ponoi River - Ryabaga Camp - End of Season Report...

End of Season Report by Steve Estela

May found the Arctic Circle enjoying a warm and early spring. The first advance group of staff in Ryabaga was delighted by fair weather conditions which made the prep of the camp an easier-than-normal task. Long sunny days with temperatures in the mid-teens lead to the excitement in camp as there was high anticipation for the good things to come.

The fishing kicked off in high gear, as ...

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RUSSIA - PONOI - WEEK 16

At one point during the past week, I overheard a conversation between one of our female staff members and a guest. The guest had asked what the Ponoi River Club Week feels like for the staff and guides in Ryabaga. The answer was brilliantly simple and accurate: “For us, this week is always like celebrating the New Year!”

We at PRC welcome every week of the season with the passion and dedication that sets the Ponoi ...

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Russia – Ponoi River – Ryabaga Camp – not only have the fish arrived...

Many think that the summer recess at Ponoi is a holiday for all but that is not the case. An example is the amazing new dock which was built this summer. So, not only have the autumn fish arrived but the new dock has too - have a look at the pictures! The boats now sit both sides of the dock thus the dock is shorter and easier to use. It is amazing how the site of the Camp is so perfect, the best pool on the river right in front of camp and ...

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Russia – Ponoi River – Ryabaga Camp – Strong, Early Summer Run at Ryabaga...

After a challenging Week 2, weather and general fishing conditions drastically improved over the last six days, and catches returned to the impressive numbers that we expect to see on Ponoi.

Arguably the most notable news this week was the very early and prolific arrival of summer-run salmon. Historically, the first summer-run fish are caught sometime around June 20th, but we landed our first bright salmon on this ...

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Russia – Ponoi River – Ryabaga Camp – First week gets off to a record start...

This first week of the 2016 Ponoi salmon season has come to a close, and we could not have asked for a better start. A long anticipated spring left the river in unsurpassable condition. With barely any residual ice in the surrounding tundra, water levels slightly lower than average in historic first weeks. This flow allowed the Ponoi to showcase all of her features, much to the delight of our anglers. We truly could not have asked for a river ...

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RUSSIA - THE PONOI - RYABAGA CAMP - Fishing report for week 17 - fresh fish just keep on coming...

September 27, 2015

Week 17 Report

And Fall Keeps Coming

As we approach the end of our 2015 season, great fishing continues on the Ponoi. This year’s autumn fishing has been wonderful, and the weather has been rather mild; this week was no exception. Excepting some occasional rains and a few slightly windy sessions, conditions were close to perfect for most of the fishing days this week.

The salmon did not ...

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RUSSIA - THE PONOI - RYABAGA CAMP - Fishing report for week 16 - now over 80% bright fish

Week 16 Report

Syndicate Week at Ryabaga

The second week of September is one of the most anticipated weeks of the Ryabaga season. On this week each year we welcome back a Syndicate of regular anglers, and we celebrate the traditions, the camaraderie, and the wonderful fall fishing that we’ve come to expect in September.

This week, Fall-run fish continued to move through Ryabaga waters. Due to the steady ...

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Video

The Fishing Seasons
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A Day on Ponoi
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Boats & Wading
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A Message from the Owner
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Ponoi Camp Facilities
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The Scientific Project
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The Ponoi Journey
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Thoughts on Ponoi
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The Camp Experience: Ryabaga
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