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.
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During the 12th week of the 2018 salmon season Ryabaga Camp was host to a wonderful group of Finish and British guests. For the second week in a row, our dear friend Erkki M. was in Ryabaga along with his special group of colleagues and friends. Wonderfully, some of these folks were in camp to chase Atlantic salmon for the very first time, and needless to say they returned home with their wishes both fulfilled and exceeded. Several ...
This past week we welcomed guests back to Ryabaga following the midsummer break, and we resumed fishing full-throttle. After a month-long heat wave that affected all of Europe (including the Kola Peninsula), we returned to a river that was experiencing a record low level, particularly for the first couple of days, but continued to produce nonetheless. The fishing turned out to be outstanding! The weather definitively changed by the start of ...
The Ponoi Fall Run has kicked off for the 2018 season. 61 fish landed on day one with very low water conditions. Water temperature is 17 Degrees Celsius, with some light rain and cloudy conditions over camp.
Tight lines to all heading out this season from all of us at Frontiers.
This past week officially capped the first half of the 2018 Ponoi salmon season. As we move into the Midsummer Break it is interesting to note that though conditions were challenging through the bitter end of the first half, our steadfast guests remained resolute in their desire to make the most of the experience, and never lost hope that Atlantic salmon could and would be caught on swung flies. Despite challenging conditions, our group of 19 ...
On Friday night, a full complement of diners sat in the Big Tent listening to Turo and Sylvian, who were representing the Finnish and French groups respectively. Turo and Sylvian regaled the assembled guests with their impressions of the week and of the greater Ryabaga experience, attempting to put into words what a week on the world’s finest Atlantic-salmon river feels like. Wonderfully, a theme of quality shone through in their ...
The 5th Week of our 2018 season comes to an end with the departure of a group comprised largely of first-time salmon anglers. As we say goodbye to this group, we are fortunate to reflect on a week of fantastic yet challenging fishing that was shared with old friends, new friends, and what we have come to call “new old friends”.
Our longtime guest Orazio G. was in Ryabaga this week, accompanied by a group of his ...
Tom Leslie, owner of our friends in the field, Fin & Game (a tackle shop in Kelso), has just returned from a two week trip to the Ponoi at Ryabaga Camp.
Tom writes about "Tackling the Ponoi", this blog covers everything you may or maynot need for a trip to the arctic circle in search of the Ponoi's not so illusive salmon. Tom's expert advice is second to none ...
This past week once again displayed just how unique the Ponoi River is. Our guests were not limited by landing several kelts, fish that have spent more than twenty months in the river system and are working their way back to the ocean. Our guests also landed an impressive 885 fish that had entered the river in the months of August and September 2017, and are now waiting to spawn in the coming October of 2018. In a unique twist, these ...
Once again it is that time of the week when we pause for a moment to reflect on the last seven days. It seems that every time we slow down enough to look back, we arrive at a remarkable shared feeling of amazement. No better word describes the sentiment cultivated among both anglers and guides during a week of fishing the Ponoi River out of Ryabaga Camp. This feeling of amazement results not only from the sheer number of fish in the system, ...
Week 1 Report: A Long Winter, and a Fantastic Week of Spring Fishing
This past week represented the culmination of three intense weeks of preparation, during which a full crew brought Ryabaga Camp back to life after a long winter’s hibernation. On May 26th the first helicopter arrived in Ryabaga with a load of keen anglers from throughout Europe. All in attendance were filled with expectation and excitement, and they ...
The 2018 season at Ponoi has, as expected, kicked off with a boom, the team racked up a nice score of 220 fish in the first 24 hours. Congratulations to Somerset Fell, aged 16, for landing the first fish of the season! The river was in great condition at the start but a big wind blew up and they had wind, sun and snow for some days which dirtied the water. However, after five days the total was still an extraordinary 900+ fish for the week so ...
May 28, 2018
Dear NASF supporter,
Ten months ago, many of us travelled to Reykjavik to pay tribute to a legendary figure in the world of salmon conservation, Orri Vigfusson. At the time, we did not yet know what the future of NASF would look like, but we pledged to preserve Orri's legacy, to protect his life's work and, in doing so, to continue to work together to fight for the survival of North Atlantic ...
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 ...
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 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 ...
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