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.
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 Ponoi is now OPEN! i
It broke a couple of days ago and its now running free of ice.
It is high and clearing but we assume it will be in optimal shape by the day we kick off 2016!!!
No snow left on the ground, nights are still chilly but nice.
Murmansk is +4 now with a forecast of 52 degrees (11C) for the rest of the day.
Internet will be up and running on the May 18, so regular updates ...
Dear Ponoi Friends,
Just wanted to say hallo and let you know we are getting ready for the 2016 season that will open in slightly more than a month. Take a look at the attached pictures of Ryabaga as of few weeks ago. Not easy to believe that we will be fly-fishing there very soon!
Steve Estela reports from Murmansk that winter was very cold this year with lots of snow at the camp area and surrounding tundra. ...
We have two rods available at half price due to medical cancellation for the week 13th to 20th August 2016
This week is an early autumn run week when the run of big autumn fish should be beginning to flow and yet fishing is still at its best using floating lines and Home Pool fishing into the long evenings still possible.
The average catch per rod is about 20 fish per rod for the week.
Outstanding to be paid is $4,245 ...
Things are already busy at Ryabaga Camp this year and improvements continue...
20 tons of wood have been transferred into camp by the 'winter road' on tanks for a new banya at the Guest House.
4 new Lowe boats are on their way to camp, these will join the 2 new ones from last season and the 8 new Mercury Sea Pro eco-friendly engines purchased for last season.
2 new docks have also been delivered into camp, one for the ...
Frontiers is pleased to offer two great introductory weeks for first time Atlantic salmon fishers, first time visitors to Russia or family…
The great strength to the Ponoi is that it is capable of challenging the experienced. The Ponoi is equally a classroom for the inexperienced, especially with the calibre of guides who can teach all the spey casting disciplines and how to fish, not just how to cast.
Both weeks on ...
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 ...
As the last bits of green inexorably give way to the fall colours, we welcome the last and likely the most special part of the Ponoi salmon season. It is now in these final weeks of 2015 on the Ponoi, that there are truly great numbers of bright fish in the river.
To the joy of our anglers, the 15th week of the season started with lovely weather and bright sun that enhanced all the wonderful colours of the fall. But in compliance with ...
After a full month of fall-run fishing on Ponoi, we are entering the last part of our season with very good numbers of fresh fish in most of our beats. At the end of Week 14 the fish are still arriving in good numbers and it looks as though we are in the midst of the best fall run of the last few seasons.
This week, the first cold nights of the autumn arrived and the consequent drop in the water temperature forced the running fish to ...
It has become a mainstay of the season that on this last week of August that Ponoi River Co. owner llya Sherbovich hosts friends and family in Ryabaga. This year, the friends and family week was again unforgettable for everyone involved. It was a highly international group in camp, with representatives from Russia, USA, Serbia, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Colombia, Belgium and the UK. In fact, Ryabaga Camp hosted the biggest party in its rich ...
It was a tough week on the Ponoi last week. The two days before we arrived saw the river system get battered by a heavy storm. The river rose three feet and the water colour turned a dark shade of the famous Ryabaga camp hot chocolate. As the week went on the water started to settle down but the colour was very much still there. Fish were seen moving constantly throughout the week but connecting with them was hard work. The guides did ...
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