Week 7 Report
Week 7 has just come to an end, and with it the first half of the 2015 Ponoi salmon season. Needless to say it was a fine first half, with wonderful guests in Camp, and the high degree of client satisfaction we’ve all come to expect. Per-rod catch numbers remain above average over our 24 year history operating on Ponoi, and we ended the 7 weeks with a total of 4282 salmon landed, which is indeed an impressive result for any salmon river in the world.
This week, conditions remained steady with unprecedented wet and cold weather, particularly for this time of the year. This weather has resulted in high water levels and low water temperatures. Also in keeping with last week’s trend, the percentage of summer-run fish has increased, as well as the number of sea-liced fish. Needless to say, everybody has seen their share of Ponoi silver. The weekly total this past week was 307 salmon, of which a considerable number were bright, summer-run fish.
Orazio and Giovanni from Italy join us again this season, and while Orazio was, as usual, one of the week’s more productive anglers, it was Gianni’s turn to catch the biggest fish. This beast proved the largest taken not only of the week, but of all the fish landed in the first half of the season. Gianni’s fish, after running into the Ponoi system last fall, spending the winter under the ice, and weathering both the spring and what portion of the summer has passed, maintained an incredible condition. Much depleted, it still tipped the scales at 24 lbs. By our best estimations, this fish would have gone in the 26-28 lb. range when he first arrived in the Ponoi system; in either case, it was a truly remarkable fish. Congratulations Giovanni!
France was well represented by six anglers. Jean Pierre and Achille had a memorable first day in Tomba with head guide Max Mamaev when they landed 16, including 5 bright fish and 7 in the 10-15 lb. range. Neither gentleman will soon forget that fine day.
As we approached the summer break, we bid farewell to a portion of the multinational Ryabaga team, who left Camp for a few weeks of respite. Camp has been slightly quieter with these departures. As you read this report, a portion of the remaining staff will also be headed to their homes for a midsummer break, while others will stay in Camp as they dedicate quiet moments to the projects that will be undertaken in the next four weeks. Midsummer is always a fine time to re-group and make refinements within Ryabaga, and this year is no different. With this continued effort, we can guarantee that the next part of the season will begin in great shape, with Camp running at top condition.
After two low-water seasons, the steady water levels are raising expectations for the upcoming fall run. Though the summer has continued to produce, the autumn could prove to be truly epic. We are already looking forward to see what lies ahead for the Incomparable Ponoi.
Enjoy the Break,
Joaquin Arocena and the Ryabaga Team