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Ryabaga Camp, the Ponoi River

Kola Peninsula, Russia - Incomparable Atlantic Salmon Fishing

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.

Fishing

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.

Accommodation

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.

Gear

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.

Trip Specifics

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.

Rates

$7,990-$16,490 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.

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News

Ponoi Scientific Project Explained, Part Two

Frontiers Tarquin Millington-Drake and Fin and Game's Tom Leslie tell us all about Ponoi's scientific project, the history of it and why it is so important. This tagging project is still carried out every season on the Ponoi

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New Manager Appointed for Ryabaga Camp, Russia, 2020 Season!

We have the following announcement from Ponoi River Company for the upcoming season.

Happy New Year from Ponoi River Co! Though the entirety of the Kola Peninsula remains cloaked in ice, thoughts of the coming Ponoi salmon season continue to warm our hearts. Our longtime friend, guide, and Ryabaga Camp Manager Agustin Lo Greco ...

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Ponoi Scientific Project Explained, Part One

Frontiers Tarquin Millington-Drake and Fin and Game's Tom Leslie tell us all about Ponoi's scientific project, the history of it and why it is so important. This tagging project is still carried out every season on the Ponoi. 

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The Missing Salmon Alliance... the Alliance we have all been waiting for...

Yesterday, 26th November 2019, the Alliance we can understand and have all been waiting for was launched - The Missing Salmon Alliance. An alliance between our leading fishing organisations - The Atlantic Salmon Trust, The Salmon and Trout Conservation Trust, The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and The Angling Trust. This is a HUGE step forward towards saving the United Kingdom's (and other) Atlantic salmon.

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A first time experience of Ponoi - Pt 2

This year Maddie Millington-Drake visited Ryabaga Camp on the Ponoi for the first time. After growing up with her father telling her stories and sharing photographs of this special place, she was very excited to go and experience the true wilderness for herself! This interview is an insight into the younger generation's perspective of Ponoi. During Part Two of this interview, we will discover what the camp is famous for and what she thinks ...

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Ponoi 2019 End of Season Report

Following a smooth winter that was marked by an average snowfall, the Kola Peninsula was shaping up nicely as the 2019 Ryabaga salmon season approached. Early May saw the arrival of our first group of mechanics who reported a nice clean camp, very little snow left on the ground, and a river that was opening quickly despite that there was some residual ice on the banks. A period of road ...

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Ryabaga Camp, Ponoi river - Russia - Week 20 Report: Season’s End

Frontiers Note: The Ponoi fall season ended on a high with plenty of fresh fish entering into the system daily, which bodes well for the spring 2020 season.  If you would be interested in fishing the Ponoi in 2020 please get in touch with Richard via email rs@frontierstrvl.co.uk or via phone 07983 ...

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Russia - Ryabaga Camp - Fishing Report Week 16

Week 16 Report: And They Just Keep Coming…

As Week 16 comes to an end we all pause to celebrate the season. As Head Guide Max Mamaev said this week: “Welcome to Ponoi, one of the best salmon rivers in the world…”. This past week was a fine example of that maxim (or Maxism, as the case may be!!).

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A first time experience of Ponoi - Pt 1

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