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-$16,490 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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Specializes in the Ponoi and Iceland fishing programs, and Elegant Journeys.
Co-Owner, Global Destination Specialist
Specializes in Atlantic salmon fishing programs and heads up Elegant Journeys.
This season, along the Ryabaga section of the Ponoi three golden eagle nests and 13 gyrfalcon nests have been registered. The density of the gyrfalcon nests is unique not only in Russia, but the entire range of the gyrfalcon.
The increase in disturbance of the nesting pairs of the gyrfalcon, noted in previous years, caused by the intensive movement of snowmobiles and the presence of people engaged in ice fishing on the river, was ...
The Ponoi season can be easily broken down into sections and the one with the most anticipation is perhaps in mid to late August as the fall run builds in numbers and the beats fill up with these amazing fish. Making up the majority of the fish that run the river, the fall run are superbly athletic salmon with an extraordinary lifecycle which means they must endure real hardship to reach spawning and perhaps ...
With the benefit of hindsight and the wisdom of age, and to reflect, memories of 2003 and 2004 (16 & 17 years ago) are as follows –
As a Frontiers employee...
It was my first time travelling alone and I was so scared in Helsinki I did not leave the room and was then pretty shocked at meeting all the guests on the Saturday morning. When we ...
I have lost count of the number of weeks I have spent on the Ponoi River; I think it is 18, including a trip to Brevyeni in June 2012.
I first went to the Ponoi river in July 2000, I had worked for three years in Oslo and had not fished much, the Ponoi river was a one-off dream trip. July 2000 was a hot bright summer, the river low and dropping with the heat, high 20’s and the water temperature was 78F on the Friday. I was ...
A Foolish Decision
After (another) heavy and thoroughly enjoyable evening of great food and wine swopping stories of our day on the river with the other guests, my husband and I decided to avoid any of the good stuff at lunch the following day to protect our livers, as we were only halfway through our week on the Ponoi. We gave the instructions to our guide and ...
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