Ponoi, Ryabaga Camp - 27th September to 3rd October 2021

“And They Just Keep Pouring In…”

Excitement was in the air this week as we welcomed a returning group of experienced Atlantic salmon anglers from the UK. Only Nadim had not fished for salmon, a circumstance quickly remedied on Day 1 and reinforced by countless bright fish in the days that followed. It never takes much time on Ponoi to make a die-hard salmon angler.

Fishing this autumn has been very good, with bright fish regularly taken in all beats of the river. That said, the fishing became exceptional this week. Ryabaga guides and anglers have been seeing fish pushing into the system for weeks now, but this week the weather, water temperature, conditions, and fish migration cycles came together to create something special. Good omens were apparent after the first day, when boats with both single anglers and pairs came in with tales of numerous bright salmon hooked. David F. wasted no time on the first day and locked into a fall-run fish over 10 lb before he had even lengthened his line to cast. All in all, the week ended with an average of around 30 fish per rod, all bright and full of vigor! Weather was a consistent 8-9 degrees Celsius with very little wind, and the water temperature warmed to 6 degrees, which certainly put fish on the take.

Our guests this week employed wading to a very successful degree; several anglers hooked more than 20 fish from the bank! These numbers represented both salmon taken on the river during the day’s fishing and around the edges of the guided day in Ryabaga Home Pool, which continued to produce great fall-run action.

As far as big fish go, an impressive number of fish over 10lbs. were caught this week. On Day 1, fifteen salmon over the 10 lb mark were landed, and that trend continued through the week. There were some monsters landed as well, notably Jonathan’s sea-liced 20lb fish taken all the way at the top in the Kolmak windows. Just looking at the fishing report every day was cause enough to smile, as reports of special fish were present from top to bottom. Any cast on Ponoi can yield a trophy bright fish, and this week proves that. As we move deeper into autumn, we recognise that there is nowhere else on the planet that can deliver hundreds and hundreds of bright salmon to a group of enthusiastic anglers.

It has been a pleasure to open Ryabaga to international guests again, and as the autumn winds down with only one week left, we are looking with great anticipation towards our spring fishing. With the fast and furious fishing, we are having in Ryabaga, this last week and the spring look to be exceptional. We cannot wait to experience them with you! For current updates and photos from the river be sure to check out our social media accounts (@ponoiriverco). Until next time, tight lines, and thanks for sharing this special place with us.

All the Best,

Max Kantor, Ryabaga Camp Manager

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