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.
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.
2020 was a year that many of us would like to forget. It was a year during which we all missed doing what we love with the people we most enjoy. Instead of joining friends on our favorite river, we spent the year sitting at home, dreaming about getting back to the Ponoi where we might once again feel alive.
The arrival of 2021 brought some hope. ...
Excitement was in the air this week as we welcomed a returning group of experienced salmon anglers from the UK. Only Nadim had not fished for salmon, a circumstance quickly remedied on Day 1 and reinforced by countless bright fish in the days that followed. It never takes much time on Ponoi to make a die-hard Atlantic-salmon angler.
Fishing this autumn has been very good, with bright fish regularly taken in all beats of the river. ...
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 conditions through the week, starting with a couple cold ...
From our friends at Ryabaga Camp along the Ponoi River:
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 ...
Another midseason fishing report from our friends at the Ryabaga Camp:
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 returning to our home on Ponoi once again, we did welcome a few new faces in Ryabaga. All present ...
From our friends at the Ryagaba Camp along Ponoi River, here's a midseason update:
Please find attached some images from this week. The fishing is good!! We are landing a good number of fresh fish and we are seeing a lot more on the run, fingers crossed! The weather has been nice, typical fall, colder nights but OK. The river is at very nice height for this time of the year and running ...
The Ryabaga Camp is in tip top form as we approach the opening of the fall season in just a few weeks. The camp is a hive of activity putting finishing touches on a number of enhancements and upgrades which include: