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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
$6,690-$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.
My colleague Richard Scrope and I were invited to attend the London launch of the reinvigorated Atlantic Salmon Trust with its new and enthusiastic team. The object of the reception was to brief the huge turnout on the new team and their objectives. The evening was opened by new Chairman Robbie Douglas-Miller, the lead scientist Ken Wheelan then gave an intriduction to the preview of the film Lost at Sea, a documentary which seeks to work out ...
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 ...
Our 18th and final week of the 2016 Ponoi salmon season just ended, leaving behind a great number of stories, memories of days on the Kola Peninsula, and of course a glowing record of many remarkable fish.
Howling winds two Fridays past left us with off-color waters at the start of Week 18 which, when combined with cold temperatures, made for some very challenging conditions. Fortunately, the water began to clear by ...
With the passing of Week 17, the end of the 2016 Ponoi salmon season draws increasingly near. Though conditions were far from ideal through much of this past week, some fine fishing was accomplished by guests and guides alike; the week was, on the whole, quite productive. Rains early in the week were not terribly excessive, but proved far from favorable for a river that was just returning to nice shape after some earlier high ...
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 ...
Though our fall-run fish have been in the system for over a month and the bankside colors are nearly turned, it was not until this week that we in Ryabaga got a taste of a proper fall. The weather is at last turning rougher, the days are getting noticeably shorter, and the fall-run itself is getting ever more productive.
Though water levels are still much higher than we would hope for this time of year, colder temperatures have made ...
The twelfth week of the season started out in the most unusual way, as at the end of the previous week a major readiness rehearsal was initiated by the government, involving all military forces in the Barents and White Seas. This unexpected and completely unprecedented event brought about the closing of all air-space for several days throughout a good portion of the Kola Peninsula. Unfortunately, due to these impositions, our group of ...
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 ...
After several weeks of rest, Ryabaga welcomed guests last Saturday to celebrate the beginning of the most special event of the season: The Fall run. This late summer event represents our primary run of fish, and it hosts from 60% to 80% of the potentially 60,000 fish that enter our system. These fish arrive in Ryabaga waters ready to spend up to 20 months in the Ponoi before returning to the White Sea and they are, upon arrival, at their most ...
Sunday, August 14 heralded the start of the second half of the season on the Ponoi. There is a full camp of guests who are all enjoying the new upgrades, which were made over the summer break. The upgrades include:
Despite a superb Spring for 2016, except when it got very hot (but even then the river produced fish remarkably) prices for 2017 remain unchanged.
This is a very good decision by Ponoi River Co given the weak post-Brexit pound.
We will soon be commencing writing to all those that fished the spring of 2016 to ask if they wish to retain their spot for 2017. If you fished in 2016 or hope to come to Ponoi in 2017 please feel ...
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 ...
June 12, 2016
Week 2 Report
Spring Weather, but the Fishing Stays Strong
After a record 1st week with over 1200 fish landed, our expectations for the second week of the 2016 season were appropriately high. The flows remained in good condition, and with a full camp of 21 rods, all were poised for yet another memorable event.
Mother Nature, however, had a slightly different plan for us. Weather ...
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 ...
For those of you who fish Ponoi in the spring, these picture will make the mouth water. Home Pool looks to be fining down superbly and the leaves are beginning to come out. For those who have not been before, this is all good news!
The good news is that all but two of the great guide team of 2015 will be back for the 2016 season, led by Joaquin Arocena and Ponoi River Co CEO Steve Estela.
Hamish Prestige is one of the new guides from Banchory in Aberdeenshire. Having completed his school education from Glenalmond he is now at St Andrews studying Classics. Hamish did the 2014 summer season at the famous Rainbow King Lodge in Alaska so his boating skills will ...
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 ...
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 ...
The Fishing Seasons
A Day on Ponoi
Boats & Wading
A Message from the Owner
Ponoi Camp Facilities
The Scientific Project
The Ponoi Journey
Thoughts on Ponoi
The Camp Experience: Ryabaga