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.

Sergei Bistrov
Guide / Mechanic

With more than 10 seasons on the elite Ryabaga Guide Team, Sergei Bistrov is an invaluable asset to PRC. His mechanical skills on the water are only rivaled by his ability to locate, and land, big fish.

Andrei Federov
Guide

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
Guide

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
Guide

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
Guide

Evgeniy hails from nearby Mumrmansk, 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
Guide

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.

Ruslan Ryadovkin
Guide

Ruslan, brother of Big Dan, joined the Ryabaga team in 2007 after several seasons of work on Brevyeni. Prior to his work at Brevyeni, Ruslan spent many seasons guiding upstream with childhood friend Kolya Sigov in the waters of Acha and Pacha.

Agustin Logreco
Guide

Agus Logreco returns for a 4th season in Ryabaga. He is a superb casting instructor, a skilled mechanic, a phenomenal classical and jazz musician, and generally a fascinating character.  A day on Ponoi with Agus is a day not soon forgotten.
Juan Medina
Guide

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
Guide

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.

Hamish Prestige
Guide

From Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Hamish is lucky to call his home water  River Dee. His first guiding experience was at Bristol Bay Lodge, Alaska. Currently, he is a student studying Latin and Ancient Greek literature at the University of St. Andrews. He enjoys playing the highland bagpipes and deer stalking.

Luciano Saldice
Guide

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.

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!