Welcome to Ryabaga Camp on the Ponoi River
The finest, wilderness Atlantic salmon fishing on the planet
The Ponoi can be what you want to make of it.
Wade... experiment... learn... relax...
Want to be left alone to wade all day along 5 km beats reading water for yourself? No problem. Want to fish all night in the Home Pool or walk up or down river from camp and explore? No problem. Want to try all sorts of different flies and techniques and daft ideas like skated ear-plugs? Go for it. The Ponoi offers all this and more.
Maybe you are older and requiring a steady platform to cast from? Maybe you are learning and need good guides to teach you? The Ponoi offers all this and more too, thus extending salmon fishing careers for some and starting many a career for others.
Salmon fishing is all about building a bank of experience, what better place to get that experience under the watchful eye of top class guides and teachers?
Almost Endless Fishing
How we fish and how we get there
The camp hovercraft is used to transport guests to remote beats in warmth and comfort. On arrival at their beat, guests transfer to their boat for the day before being picked up in the evening to enjoy the journey home with a cold beer or cup of tea or coffee. The hovercraft can carry four groups (four guides and eight guests) at any one time.
Boats are used to travel to and around your beat as well as to fish from to reach lies that cannot be reached wading. Or to cast to the bank to swing the fly away to great effect. They are also used to carry equipment from lunches to safety equipment and guest’s personal equipment such as spare fishing tackle, extra clothes and cameras etc.
Guests can wade all day if they wish, they simply have to let their guide know their preference. Wading in the spring is easy because the fish are closer to the bank, as the water drops deeper wading may be required. There is nothing better than time on the water alone to wade for miles and miles reading the water for yourself.
The camp has a fully stocked tackle shop covering rods, reels, lines and a huge selection of flies to cover the varying water conditions. There is branded clothing if guests feel they need an extra layer or two. The tackle shop can also loan rods and loaded reels for the week and have back-up waders and wading jackets in case of emergency.
Ryabaga Camp and its facilities
Generations of guests love the Ponoi for far more than the fishing, it is the staff and their fellow guests that often make the trip.
"I promised myself that I would fish in Russia as soon as I retired. Speaking to people who had been before I had high expectations that fishing with Frontiers and the Ponoi River Co would be good but the whole experience far exceeded my expectations. If I could think of a way to improve things I would let you know but I can't!"