The Week That Changed Everything
Week 11 Report
This past Week 11 we welcomed guests back to Ryabaga following the midsummer break, and we resumed fishing full-throttle. After a month-long heat wave that affected all of Europe (including the Kola Peninsula), we returned to a river that was experiencing a record low level, particularly for the first couple of days, but continued to produce nonetheless. The fishing turned out to be outstanding! The weather definitively changed by the start of the week, with air temperatures hovering around the mid-teens, as was the water temperature.
Wonderfully we returned to a full camp, with guests from Finland, USA, Switzerland and the UK. The group managed to finish with a weekly average catch per rod of 18 fish, a wonderful result especially considering that most guests were pursuing Atlantic salmon for the very first time. Matti B., Jean-Pierre Z, Andrea Z, Lewis H., Pekka A., Petri V., Kati P. and Jari S. each came to Ryabaga hoping to catch their first Atlantic salmon, and once again the Ponoi did not disappoint.
The midsummer river certainly showed its gentler side this week, and even offered up one of its brawling 22 pounders. This magnificent fish went to seasoned salmon angler Keith C., much to his delight. It was a thing of beauty indeed.
It was a challenging week at points largely due to temperature and weather, but spirits remained high. As is often the case, the final number of fish caught was not the primary focal point of guests, who clearly came to see that there is something more than just catching fish that gives substance to “the Ryabaga Experience”. Indeed, though the total number of fish was never the focal point this week, there was a report of one particular fish that required some attention on Friday night. Earlier that day, Kati S. had managed to secure a beautiful 11 lb. sea-liced, fall-run chromer, the first of the season. That was the fish that changes everything, ensuring us that the Fall Run is indeed around the corner, and with it some of the best fishing of the season. Expectations are running high in Ryabaga to say the least.
And so, another week comes to an end. It remains clear to us, and to all the anglers who have come and gone, that a week in Ryabaga is one to remember, and an experience that should be on everyone’s ‘bucket list’. Whether you are an experienced salmon angler or a first-timer, the Ponoi is a place where memories are made and dreams are made real. We are all so fortunate to experience it.
Until next week, Tight Lines!
Agustin C. Lo Greco
Ryabaga Camp Manager