The summer run is here!
Week 5 Report
The first full week of Summer has come and gone here on the Kola Peninsula, with warmer weather and the a steady presence of summer-run fish. Needless to say, this influx made for us all feel quite happy about the prospects of another summer, and anglers were witness to Ponoi chrome throughout the week. Following a hard rain on last Friday and Saturday, the waters of the Ponoi rose a full 2 feet, and rising levels provided the conditions that the summer-run salmon were waiting for. A few fresh fish were landed in Home Pool on Day 1, and the following days proceeded in kind.
As the week wore on, the weather improved dramatically. Tuesday brought some high winds, making casting more challenging, but by Thursday the weather was so seasonal that some angers opted to leave waders in camp and to fish in shirtsleeves. The total count of salmon was 414 by week’s end, caught mostly on floating lines and intermediate tips with medium sized tubes. A 2-inch cone-head Cascade continued to be the most effective pattern.
We had another colorful group of guests this week. A party of eight from Ireland afforded steady entertainment at the Big Tent's bar each evening, and brought the Camp’s beer consumption to an admirable level. We also had the honor of welcoming Peter T. back into Camp. He was joined by Pat, who landed a strong 18 lb. salmon, and happily held the “biggest fish of the week” title until Kevin claimed the title with a 20-pounder late in the week.
Alfredo and Toño from Spain made their first journey to Ryabaga waters and seemed very impressed by the River and the operation. Toño (Puicercus) is an amazing artist who has provided most of the artwork for our new book, "The Incomparable Ponoi". Cyril from New York returned to the Ponoi with his friend Keith, who had the great pleasure of landing his first salmon on Sunday's Home Pool session. Also making his first acquaintance with Salmo salar was our lovely guest Alfredo from Argentina.
Our old friend Ueli from Switzerland joined us in Camp once again. The highlight of his week was a trek up the Purnache with Big Dan Shelekov, where Ueli landed several fish including a nice 15 lb. Atlanic salmon.
PRC owner Ilya Sherbovich hosted his personal friend Bill Young for a few nights this week. Bill the elder is of course a legendary angler, storyteller, and occasional magician who came in the company of his son, also named Bill. The younger Young is a noted bass player, jujitsu wrestler, and fine angler in his own right. The camaraderie of these two special people made this week even more memorable.
As I write, it seems that summer has only made a brief visit to our outpost here on the tundra. Temperatures this morning were chilly in Camp and on the River, and rain is forecasted. This weather pattern bodes quite well for the fishing, and we look forward to welcoming another group of anglers into Camp this week, for what hopes to be a steadily increasing summer run. It is our pleasure to be sharing this place, and these remarkable creatures, with them. We hope to see you soon.
Joaquin Arocena and the Ryabaga Team