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.
$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.
UK Managing Director
Manages Frontiers UK office.
UK Sporting Specialist
Deals with Alphonse, Argentina, Iceland, Russia, and UK Shooting and Stalking.
Specializes in the Ponoi and Iceland fishing programs, and Elegant Journeys.
Specializes in Atlantic fishing programs and heads up Elegant Journeys.
As Autumn Approaches - Week 12 Report
It is always a bit startling to realize how quickly the seasons seem to slip by on Ponoi. Already, as we approach September, the days are growing markedly shorter, as the sun takes a shorter path across the Arctic sky. As we reflect on our 12th week of the 2017 Ponoi salmon season, the seasonality of this place and its fleeting summer bring mixed feelings. All in camp are eagerly ...
After a 3-week midsummer break, we returned this week to welcome the first days of August and the second half of the 2017 Ponoi salmon season in Ryabaga Camp. As is often the case through this midsummer period, the Ryabaga staff went in several different directions: some members of the crew took vacations, some launched an exploratory expedition to the distant Yakutia, and some remained in camp to undertake both maintenance projects and ...
Week 7 Report
Here on Ponoi, the middle of July brings about our midsummer break, as we mark the end of the first half of the season’s fishing. The longest winter in over a century made the beginning of the season quite challenging to say the least, and the ice pack forced us to cancel angling on our historic Week 1. Though we were able to open for guests on Week 2, we nonetheless struggled a bit with ...
The 6th fishing week of the Ponoi salmon season just passed as we said goodbye to a camp full of happy guests. With spring-like river conditions and fair weather throughout, our first week of July 2017 ended up with a tally of almost 800 fish for the 20 rods in camp!
The Ponoi looked and fished very much like a typical Week 2 or 3 this week, with the water level dropping steadily and the river slowly warming up. Under ...
Week 5 Report
Summer Run Arrives On Time!
The particularly late spring we experienced on Ponoi this year has without a doubt benefitted those guests who plan to arrive a bit later in the season. In point of fact, the river condition and the general look of the tundra is strongly reminiscent Week 1 of the 2016 season! With just a couple weeks left before the start of our summer break, the water remains cool and the ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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