Ponoi

Overview

The Ryabaga Camp on the Ponoi River epitomizes all that we love about a remote fishing experience: the excitement of a true wilderness location yet an oasis of comfort, hospitality and fine cuisine; a totally wild Atlantic salmon population that is thriving where the efforts to care for the stocks really do show positive results; and a team of people who are not only interesting as well as inspiring to be with, but whose attitudes to service, work ethic and team spirit have been described as uplifting. Well into its second decade of operation in one of the most logistically complex parts of the world, under the stewardship of the Ponoi River Co, the Ryabaga Camp on the Ponoi River has achieved extraordinary recognition. For many, a vitally important aspect in their enjoyment of the Ryabaga experience is the calibre of the guide team. The team of 12 is a combination of excellent English-speaking Russian guides and talent drawn from all over the world. All guides are fully trained and highly experienced. They are able to teach all aspects of Atlantic salmon fishing, from fly tying to the use of single- and double-handed rods and all forms of spey casting. Guides are intimately involved in the scientific work on the river and are therefore able to discuss the life cycle of the Atlantic salmon and their unique movements on the Ponoi. As well as being teachers, you will find your guide great company on the river, sensitive enough to leave you in peace if you wish or fun to chat with. The camp itself enjoys almost as much recognition as the fishing. The Ponoi River Co has created a luxury wilderness operation in what must be one of the most remote locations. Its crew of 30, includes five mechanics, three chefs, four housekeeping staff, a massage therapist and doctor; each is highly trained and dedicated to offering the best possible service to our guests. Every effort has been made to make sure the camp and its staff has the best possible equipment with which to operate and ensure the finest food and amenities are available. Relax in spacious American-made tents with carpeted wooden floors. Each tent features two extra-wide, handcrafted beds with comfortable mattresses, premium arctic sleeping bags with flannel sheets and over-sized Finnish down pillows. Each tent also has a wood-burning stove that is lit for guests before they rise in the morning and in the evening before they return from fishing. The camp has a luxurious shower building and a Russian sauna that guests always enjoy after a long day on the river. There are many facilities including a drying room and a fully-stocked tackle annex that is often the hive of fishing tales in the camp. The Big Tent, is the social centre of the camp. It plays host to the dining room, bar and evening activities, such as the fly-tying bench and music if a staff member or guest can be persuaded to play.

The fishing

Ryabaga Camp has a well-deserved reputation for a phenomenal Atlantic salmon fishing. It offers remarkable numbers of fish, placing it statistically as the most productive river in the world, with balanced catches from grilse all the way to plenty of good-sized fish up to the 30lb mark. It encompasses all the methods of fly fishing, from long casts with double-handed rods to more delicate single-handed rod fishing with skated flies, the occasional upstream dry, endless wading or fishing intimate spots from boats. In this wilderness there is no poaching, no pollution, netting or any other obstacles. The beats are fly fishing only and strict catch-and-release is adhered to. Over 37 miles (61 km) of double-bank water offers guests unprecedented fishing. Beats are accessed using 17-ft jet boats and by hovercraft for the most distant beats.

Details

Cost: Price ranges from $5,490 – $12,990. Single supplements: Available on request. Max Pax: The camp can host up to 20 guests between 14 tents (2 Anglers to 1 guide) Inclusions:

  • Round-trip air transportation from Murmansk to the Ponoi camp of your choice
  • Seven nights and six full fishing days at the Ponoi
  • All meals and accommodations at the river
  • Soft Drinks and water
  • Fishing licences
  • One guide and jet boat for each two anglers on a rotation basis

Exclusions:

  • Round-trip airfare from your home to Helsinki
  • Helsinki/Murmansk charter flight. (Cost estinmate $1500)
  • Meals and accommodations in Helsinki or other en route cities
  • Visa processing (Cost estimated at 120 or $210).
  • Alcoholic beverages and other items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for guides and camp staff
  • Travel & Medical Insurance
  • Tackle & Flies

Location: The Ponoi is situated on the eastern part of the Kola Paninsula in the North Eastern part of Russia. Getting there:  Guests need to fly via Helsinki where they get a commercial flight into Murmansk. Visiting the Ponoi requires flying in Russian helicopters and/or small aircraft and boats in wilderness country. Passengers must understand and accept the risks associated with such means of conveyance. Travel schedules in Russia can change due to adverse weather, strikes, or other factors beyond our control. This can cause delays and even missed international connections. Such delays could impose additional cost to you in hotels or in changing low-cost airline tickets (which often have tight restrictions) for which we cannot be responsible. Target Species: Atlantic Salmon, Seatrout, Grayling. Fishing Season: Season runs from late May to early October. Boats: 12 x 18ft Rough Neck Alumanim boats with 60hp outboard jet enjines. Additional: There is a massage service in camp.

Pre trip

Time Difference: GMT +4 hrs (BST +3) Flight Times: 

  • South Africa Helsinki: 10 hrs
  • London – Helsinki: 3 hrs
  • Helsinki – Murmansk: 1 hr 40 mins

Visa Requirements: A Russian visa is required. Medical & Health Requirements: Manditory emergency medical evacuation insurance Currency: The Curency in Russia is the Russian Rupee. US Dollars and Euro are the preferred currency in camp. Language: All staff members and guides are fluent in English Communications: The Ponoi is equipped with a satalite link which can be used to make phone calls as well as e-mail. This will be charged to the guests at an additional cost. Tackle and Kit: 14-15ft double-handed 9 weight rod or 9-10ft single-handed 8 weight rod, multi-tipped lines from floating to fast sink, 12-20lb clear leaders, flies, chest waders, wading jacket, lifejacket, wading stick and polarised sunglasses. Russia can have all seasons in one day and we recommend that you wear comfortable layers that can be stripped or added to as required. Generally May, June and September are cooler with possible frost in the evenings with the summer months being July and early August. It is worth taking a waterproof bag for additional clothing, cameras etc.

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