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.
$7,990-$16,590 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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Specializes in the Ponoi and Iceland fishing programs, and Elegant Journeys.
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Specializes in Atlantic salmon fishing programs and heads up Elegant Journeys.
Running Fish and Happy Anglers!
With the fall season in full swing, we welcomed groups from the USA, the UK, and Kazakhstan to Ryabaga this week. Yet again, it was great to see so many old friends back here in camp after such a long absence, and it was a special treat to share our river with a few anglers who were making their first pilgrimage to Russia. We had a variety of ...
Fall Has Arrived and So Have the Fish
With our Fall Run in full swing, it was a pleasure to welcome a group of guests from the UK and Russia. Ryabaga has been experiencing true fall conditions for a while now, with cold temperatures hovering around 6 degrees C and a vibrant orange and yellow taking over the landscape across the river. Cold nights have dropped ...
Week of September 5th to 12th Report
An International Camp Once Again
After more than a year it was our pleasure to open Ryabaga Camp to international guests once again. This past week we welcomed guests from Ireland, the UK, and Italy. All arrived to cooling temperatures and a volume of running fish. While many guests were old friends ...
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Your Questions Answered
What do I need to enter Russia?
You will require a 30-day visa which we will assist you with.
A PCR test 72-hours before departure.
Valid passport with more than 6-month validity.
The only covid test required is a PCR taken within 72 hrs of departure for Russia. There is an online form to ...
This is complex at this time but...
We have a party of three looking for others to share in a private jet flight from Helinki to Murmansk and back for the week 19th to 26th September 2021.
There is also another party coming out of Murmansk privately on 19th September so there is some saving to be had there.
If you are interested in flying to Helsinki commercially on the 18th, overnighting, flying privately to Murmansk ...
We are delighted to announce that Ryabaga Camp on the Ponoi will operate from 28th August to 2nd or 9th October depending on demand. This is the prime of the autumn season and we have some space so if you were hoping to get on a river in prime time, now is your chance! Please ask us for availability.
In terms of travel, it has been necessary to adjust travel plans to avoid ...
Autumn 2021 - Sample Ponoi Itinerary
Depart London/Moscow at on Aeroflot Flight 2583 at 1755.
Arrive Moscow (Sheremetyevo Airport) at 1055 local time.
On arrival met by a PRC representative who will assist you with the short walk (luggage on a trolley) to the Radisson Blu Hotel for check in and overnight.
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!!).
A Message from the Owner
A first time experience of Ponoi - Pt 1
A first time experience of Ponoi - Pt 2