Week 6 Report
As we approach the Summer break, the weather remains determined to convince us that it is still early Spring. For the past week we have had cold, cloudy weather and some rain, and it seems that things are going to remain this way for the near future. As if the weather were not evidence enough of a non-typical season, there appeared in the Kitchen this week the first harvest of mushrooms (mushroom collecting being Ryabaga’s second favorite sport). A good haul of mushrooms in early July is quite unusual in our Northern territory.
Nonetheless, the weather has caused no complaints among the guests, who did not journey to Ponoi for the sunbathing, after all. The consistent rains have helped maintain good water levels, and water temperature did not rise over 13ºC this week. As a consequence, the overwintered fish, though colored as they slowly approach to their spawning season, have remained in good shape and strong. 496 fish were landed this week.
The most notable result of this cold wet weather is the good summer-run fishing we saw in these last few days, with 13% of the total catch comprised of bright fish. 64 bright fish in total were landed this week, to the delight of Ponoi anglers.
The Big Tent was as festive as ever through the week, as laughter, fervent conversation in several languages, and the occasional flurry of Finnish song took place each night. As is the custom during this week, Erkki Moisander joined us on Ponoi with a group of old friends from Finland. Among these regular Ponoi anglers we also welcomed Mauri, who made his first acquaintance with Salmo salar, and was blown away by the Ponoi experience.
Another group of experienced anglers joined us this week in Camp, this one a Spanish party composed of Inigo and Juan, who had visited Ryabaga before, alongside Eugenio and famed fly-tier Pedro, who were both new to our water. All had a fine week and are looking forward to returning. We were very pleased to have Bill P. and family, who hail from the US, back in camp. Bill, a Professor and Dean Emeritus from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was delighted by the new cabins. If all goes according to plan, we will meet the trio again next season. Completing the group of 20 were Aleksey from Russia and Nigel from the UK, who met in the Murmansk airport and became a great team, both on and off of the water.
In all, it was another successful week in Ryabaga, and our last before the Summer break. Spirits in Camp are as high as they were on the first day of the season, and we are looking forward to the remainder of the Summer, and a host of new and old friends. Until then, tight lines!
All the Best,
Joaquin and the Ryabaga Team