Ponoi River Guides

Let us introduce our team of guides
Max Mamaev
Head Guide

With 19 seasons in the Ponoi, Max is likely the most successful Atlantic salmon guide in the world. He leads the PRC Guide Team on the strength of his example. His reputation precedes him, most definitely for his provenance as a guide, caster, and angler, though also for his ability to contribute such enthusiasm and quality to a day of salmon fishing.

Andrei Federov

Andrei Federov has been part of the Ryabaga Team since 1999. Andrei is a passionate angler not only on the Ponoi but also in his home waters. In the winter, when not busy ice fishing he guides anglers on The Rio Grande in Tierra Del Fuego. He hails from St. Petersburg and is the proud father of 2 daughters.

Anatoliy Vaulin

A former Yokanga guide, Anatoliy is a native of Umba, where, like many, he grew up in a rich fishing culture. Anatoliy is an Army veteran, an accomplished artist, and a former fisheries employee.

Danil Schelokov

Danil, aka “Big Dan", is a resident of Murmansk, and has fished for Atlantic salmon in the region since he was a small boy. Despite Dan’s physical presence, he is often remembered for his gentle, unflappable manner both on and off the water. Big Dan’s calm demeanor and extensive knowledge of the fishery makes for some very pleasant moments on a salmon holiday.

Evgeniy Danilov

Evgeniy hails from nearby Murmansk, and joins us for his third season in Ryabaga.  He has guided extensively on the Kola, and knows both the northern rivers and the Ponoi extensively.  His intimacy with the local landscape and geography is unparalleled.

Nick Sigov

Nick is a native of Murmansk and, despite his age, one of the most seasoned guides on the Ponoi River. Having spent summers on the Ponoi since he was 16 years old, Nick has a developed a keen “nose” for Atlantic salmon, and he manages to deftly locate the biggest fish in any beat he’s working.

Juan Medina

Juan Cruz hails from Bariloche in northern Patagonia, Argentina.  Having guided fly anglers throughout Argentina for species including golden dorado in the north to sea-run brown trout in Tierra del Fuego, Juan is becoming recognized as a leading professional in the field.  

Matthew Solon

Matthew Solon joins us from the west of Ireland, where he recently completed a course of study in Marine Science at the National University, Galway. Matthew has been a favored guide at Kau Tapen for several seasons now, working alongside Ryabaga Head Guide Max Mamaev.

Luciano Saldice

Luciano joins the PRC Team from his native Patagonia, Argentina.  He has extensive experience as both a trout guide and a golden dorado guide, and his knowledge of technical whitewater, and good angling water, is extensive.

Benjamin Wagner

Born and bread in south west Scotland on the banks of the river Annan.. Benjamin grew up with a double handed salmon fly rod in his hand, with over 13 years experience of salmon fishing all over Scotland with particular experience on the river Tay and Spey! 
James Armstrong

James joins us from the the North East of England. He is an avid salmon and sea trout guide for has a soft spot for his saltwater fishing. He has guided and fished all over the world, from big browns in NZ to chasing gt’s in western Oz. His main love is guiding on his home rivers, the Tweed Tyne and Coquet for Salmon & Sea Trout.
Max Kantor

Max joins us from the USA where he recently completed an undergraduate degree in ecology. He grew up fly fishing for saltwater species in Connecticut, chased trophy trout in the American West, and guided for salmon in Alaska. His diverse skill set and experience with various fly fishing techniques make for a great day on the water.”

A true skilful Team of Internantional English speaking guides, well trained, great spey casting instructors, fun to be with and always ready to help. A very strong asset that adds to an Incomparable fishing experience!