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.
Specializes in the Ponoi and Iceland fishing programs, and Elegant Journeys.
Specializes in Atlantic fishing programs and heads up Elegant Journeys.
We have a cancellation opportunity for the week 9th to 16th June 2018.
This week is as good as it gets with great numbers of fish, usually excellent skated fly action and Home Pool in perfect condition.
Please email Tarquin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
We have the following final opportunities for Ponoi this season...
9th to 16th June - 2 rods - these were reserved for Ponoi River Co use but have been released. This is amongst the best two or three weeks of the season.
23rd to 30th June - 4 rods - wonderful summer fishing with skated fly and Home Pool usualy in superb condition.
18th - 25th August - the autumn run is picking up daily and one of the prettiest times of ...
We had a very successful time at the London Flyfishing Fair and spent some of our time interviewing key people in the industry or who support the industry. Tarquin Millington-Drake, a Trustee of the Salmon and Trout Conservation Trust interviewed its CEO Paul Knight and Nick Measham about their current three key priorities. View the interview Read more
Just 82 days until the first fly will be cast in anger in the Ponoi and just a few rods remain available as follows:
1 rod (just become available) 16th June
4 rods 23rd June
4 rods 18th August
2 rods 25th August
4 rods 29th September
Please contact Tarquin Millington-Drake for further details.
Week 19 Report
Another Season Passes
The final week of the 2017 Ponoi salmon season has come to an end, and with impressive numbers of bright fish still pushing through our system, we were privileged to finish the year on a very high note.
As in previous weeks, the weather remained as favourable as can be expected for this time of the year, particularly as cooler temperatures and shortening days made the approaching ...
In recent years it seems there has been a shift in the arrival of the autumn run on Ponoi. We do not know if this is permanent. There used to be conjecture that it looked like a poor run but year after year such conjecture has been proven wrong. It seems the run has been late rather than small. We know this because each year we return in the spring the river is full of fish with sometimes over 1000 fish caught in some of the spring ...
This past week, finally fishing conditions came together on Ponoi, resulting in a week for the record books. Water temperature, clarity, and flow coincided with good weather and a proper influx of bright fish, and in response Ryabaga anglers experienced superb fishing, and fresh fall-runners in particular. The Arctic tundra was especially gorgeous this week, and all in camp were amazed by the impressive fall colours that shone on the ...
Situated in the heart of autumn’s prime time, this week’s fishing is typically nothing short of amazing, and the 2017 Ponoi River Club Week was no exception. Despite a high river and some challenging angling conditions, the water remained quite clear, and the salmon, especially the bright ones, were keen to pursue flies. As a result, the 14 rods in camp landed almost 400 fish this week, with nearly 75% of those fish being bright ...
This past week was not only the 14th week of the 2017 Ponoi salmon season, it was also the annual Ponoi Friends & Family Week in Ryabaga. It was, once again, an unforgettable experience for all involved; with almost 30 guests in camp and friends spilling over into the Guest House, Ryabaga was humming with life.
PRC owner Ilya Sherbovich and his wife Tanya welcomed friends and family into camp, and led guests through a wonderful, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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