September 9, 2013
Ah, the Regulars…
This past week was nothing short of magical, as Ryabaga enjoyed another Week 15 and the return of sixteen steadfast attendees. Though the vast majority of anglers in camp have celebrated this lovely autumn slot for years and years, there was a warm welcome too for the four newcomers, who were privy to this place for the first time. Anglers old and new converged on and astride the river to enjoy the finest that Ryabaga has to offer: food, service, guides, tackle, and easily the best Atlantic salmon fishing known to man.
Notable catches this week included not one but two 19-pound Autumn run salmon, taken by Len andJane. Jane found hers in the third cast of the morning, while Len was awarded his trophy catch just before quitting time, lending credence to the notion that a leisurely lunch will never get in the way of great fishing on Ponoi. Speaking of long lunches, I was coaxed from the office this week to join Robert and Giles of England at the Clough Creek tent, where we enjoyed a succulent fillet of beef and chips prepared expertly Argentine ‘el disco’ style. With a side of wild tundra mushrooms and onions, I’d venture to say that no finer fare was had in all of westernRussia that day. Other fine catches were those ofGraham, who landed a 17-pound bright, and Herve who boated two fish at 17-pounds, all on the same day. Not to be outdone, Bernard made some memories of his own, and landed a 20-pound Autumn run salmon to the delight of his guide Tommy Sordelli.
The Autumn run is on for certain, and there are bright fish in evidence throughout the river. The notable catches mentioned above are representative of the quality of fish we are seeing, though they are not to be taken without some finesse. The Ryabaga Guide Team has been working through a full spectrum of fly choices, lines, and presentations to ensure that anglers leave no ‘taking’ fish un-tempted. It has been a pleasure to watch this crew at work, teasing particularly selective salmon out of their lies and using an accumulated wealth of knowledge to do so. Conditions have not been the easiest, due to water levels, temperature, and clarity; a lesser guide team might be confounded by such challenges. Our crew, however, has made it all look easy.
Soon to become regulars, Finley and Colin of Alabama started the week on Sunday with sixteen fish for the boat and a 15-pound bright forColinon his first-ever day of Atlantic salmon fishing. The remarkable week had by the father-son duo is indeed evidence of the fantastic fishery we have here on the far eastern end of the Kola. The dreams that become reality in this river, in all her majesty and splendor, are what keep the regulars returning year after year. These experiences forge the tradition deep within longstanding anglers, and plant the seeds of magic in ardent anglers likeColinand Finley. Once Ponoi is in the blood, it runs strong and deep, and carries us through the years.
Until next time…
September 2, 2013
A Week for the Children
Ponoi River Co. owner llya Sherbovich hosted friends and family this last week of August, 2013. The group was composed of anglers both veteran and novice, young and old; the next generation of salmon anglers was well represented, as 6 children, ages ranging from 7 to 13 years old, did battle on the waters of Ponoi.
Guide TommySordelli, who we coaxed back to Ponoi with the promise of fall run magic, afforded one mother and her little boy great joy as he taught them the art of Spey casting. Ninaand Dino were hard at their practice when Tommyspotted a bright fish rolling in the break at ‘Dead Reindeer’ point in Hourglass. He positioned the boat where Dino could make a good cast for the fish, which struck the fly at once but did not stick. Instructed to cast again to the same place, the 8 year-old laid out another long line and tempted the fish once more. Unable to resist Maxi’s Nail, the salmon struck hard, and the battle was on. Tommy managed to weigh anchor as Dino held tight, and the trio drifted with the fish. Dino played the fish well, as children ordinarily do, and brought to net a beautiful 16-pound Osenka. The fish was praised, photographed, and released, and smiles were in evidence all around. Well done Dino andTommy!
Another notable catch included that of 11 year-oldDaniilB.ofMoscow, who ventured to Ryabaga in his initial pursuit of Atlantic salmon. On his fourth day of Spey casting, Daniil’s efforts were met with great success as he and guide Big Dan fought and masterfully landed a beautiful autumn salmon of 18 pounds.
It was a great pleasure to welcomeMariuszWrobleskiback to Ryabaga. Mariusz, former long-time manager ofRyabagaCamp, has made quite a name for himself as a tournament Spey caster, and as a conservationist of coldwater fisheries throughout thePacific Rim. Mariusz was particularly moved when he browsed through the Ponoi museum, reliving memories of yesteryear and his glory days here on Ponoi.
Another sojourn to a secret river on the Kola was warranted this week when the kitchen found itself in need of some smoked sig. These delicate fish accompany some wonderful wild mushroom dishes, herring salads and Galuptse, all of which were planned for the menu this week. Never one to leave the kitchen staff wanting, Ilya hatched a plan that included a sig-catching competition between two teams comprised thus: me (MattBreuer) andDanPodolsky versus Ilya himself andMaxMamaev. We were to take as many sig as possible over the course of the day’s fishing. We set about equipping the teams with 4 wt rods and a selection of nymphs, and the race was on. I lament to report that at the day’s end tally,Dan and I were defeated by a margin of 8 sig to 5. No matter, the time was fine and the fruits of our labor were widely enjoyed at the next evening’s supper… crisp French Burgundy, hot smoked sig, wild mushrooms and leeks… what could be better?
A tremendous week was had by all. Anglers enjoyed the mighty River, the tundra and all it’s mystique, the fellowship of friends and family, a late night poker game or two, and wonderful libations. To cap it off, there was a crackling fire on the hill, with Sergey Pavlov and his guitar, Russian melodies wafting through the crisp autumn evening, and the sight of Ilya’s annual fireworks salute. Could there be a better way to enjoy a week? I think it nearly impossible.
Until next time,
August 26, 2013 Ponoi river update
An extremely low river returned miraculously to early June levels by week’s end as a torrent of rain fell on Ryabaga this past Friday. The storm of the season afforded us that necessary pulse of water that is sure to entice our tardy fall run Osenkas. Despite the difficulty in conditions this week, I am nonetheless able to proudly report some fantastic catches!
Borisand son Vladimirjoined us again this week from Moscow. The father-son team witnessed what autumn fishing on Ponoi is all about when Vladimir coaxed a spanker of a fall run salmon out of his lie with a “Maxi’s Nail”, the infamous pattern developed by our head guide Max Mamaev. GeoffreyMitchellalso did battle with an Osenka of considerable note: the fish was taken in GoldBeachwith veteran guide TomasSordelli. Please see photographs of these fine salmon on our homepage at: www.ponoiriver.com.
Of the 14 anglers in attendance last week, we were proud to showcase our camp and program to three new-to-fly-fishing anglers. While learning the art of Spey casting and fishing for salmon,Jonas, Antonas, and Vilius each landed their first Atlantic salmon.
Even when conditions are less than prime, the Ryabaga experience is paramount and seems to take the angler’s moods and minds away from all that is left behind when in attendance in our fine camp. As fall takes hold, the tenor in camp grows with the anticipation of what the fall run holds. I always reflect that at this time of year the guide team is humming along in peak fitness, the kitchen and camp staff have the subtleties honed, and the operations of the world’s finest Atlantic salmon camp are well-oiled. It is, in some ways, the finest time to be in Ryabaga, as the season is near enough it’s end to make each moment precious. Meals are savored, wine is relished, and the evening fire is a welcome place to gather. As we stand poised to receive the height of the Fall run, I take these moments to share some gratitude, for the lovely river and the anglers who cherish her. And of course, let’s raise a glass to Salmo salar, and her successful return to Ponoi waters and the age-old rite of Fall! Nastarovia!
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August 19, 2013
An Anniversary To Remember
After a midsummer drought, heavy rains finally fell on our eastern end of the Kola Peninsulalast week. With the river at an all-time low, the soaking was a welcome event that brought the Ponoi back to this year’s early June level, much to the delight of our anglers.
Philand Denisecelebrated their 37th wedding anniversary with us this past week. A champagne toast and delectable lemon meringue pie were conjured up for the event, and as a prelude to the momentous dayDenise landed the first official Autumn run salmon of the season! The specimen was a fine 13-pound fish of noteworthy depth and strength. It is always remarkable to encounter these fish at the very start of the 20-month journey that perpetuates the species.
The families Boley andTaylorturned up again in fine form this year, and they enjoyed the comfort and luxury of the Ryabaga Guest House. With the advent of our 2013 cabin project, we are proud to afford our guests the option of either wall-tents or permanent rooms, adding greater diversity and signature charm to the Ryabaga experience. Longtime Ponoi angler Jobe joined the quintet of anglers who sipped Santiago Rum andBordeauxbefore descending the hill from the Guest House to take a seat beside us ‘lowlanders’ at the dining table in the Ryabaga Big Tent.
The fishing came around nicely this last week. PhilandDeniselanded their Ponoi personal best record of over 70 salmon between them. Philalso landed a 13-pound autumn run salmon, rounding out what he dubbed the perfect week of fishing. Jobe found great fortune at the end of his line on his last day’s fishing withOllyThompson. A 15-pound belter did battle with Jobe, and took the honor of being the grandest fish of the week.
With the rise in water and the official arrival of the autumn run, monumental fishing is sure to arrive in spades. As evidenced by our early season statistics, the 2013 season is positioned to be another record-breaker. That said, we look east towards the sea to imagine what lies there, gathering strength to surge up into Ryabaga waters. No doubt, it will be a grand sight to see. In anticipation, I encourage you to grease your reels, stretch your backs, and prepare to lean into the finest Atlantic salmon fishing the world has to offer.
Welcome fall, and all of her riches!
Can you help us this year? More than ever we need to protect salmon from nets, fish farms, dams and governments. Here’s some great news about a new book that will help us us do it.
“Seven Nights on the Alta“ is a new English edition of a Swedish classic and, thanks to the generosity of a Swedish family, the Ekmans, NASF will receive the entire proceeds. It was originally published in 1983 and I believe it to be one of the best books ever written about salmon fishing. Yes, as the title suggests, it is about one of the greatest rivers in the world with its incredible monster salmon, but it is also full of replections about history, the struggle to manage a natural resource, and last but not least, why we fish.
I’ve attached a marketing pamphlet that gives full details on how to pre-order the book. 100% of sale proceeds will go directly to the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF) and our work to save the Atlantic salmon. Please don’t hesitate to buy more than one copy. It’s a wonderful gift to all your fishing companions!
We hope this will prove to be a great fundraising combination of a wonderful read and a great cause. It comes with appreciations written byPaulVolckerand Lefty Kreh. Again, our thanks go to the Ekman family, who have worked hard to present a beautiful book to the wider audience it deserves.
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Awesome new Alphonsevideo clip from my old mate Keith Rose Innes, Giant Trevally, ‘cuda, into Pacific permit etc, fly fishing must watch
This is a brilliant video taster of Spring fishing at Ryabaga camp Ponoi…must watch
A sample of some fishing atAlphonseisland fishing company
My dear friend Trey Combs fishing evening hatch water for steelhead with a Burkheimer TC series grilse rod
Still praying for rain, river is 1” at Sprouston, small dark flies the order of the day and the sunray shadow worth a swim as well or better still the tsunami series
July 1, 2013
Summer Weather, Summer Fishing, Summer Run
Summer has arrived in spades on theKola Peninsula. With optimal levels throughout Ryabaga waters, Ponoi salmon are widely evident, lurking deep in the tea-colored river in wait for swinging flies. The structure of Ponoi is laid bare right now, much to the delight of our wade-fishing guests. In many places the river reaches only to mid-thigh, and anglers are finding themselves literally and figuratively immersed in this magnificent fishery. It’s been truly a special summer to date.
Small, sparse offerings were the ticket this past week, in the form of Red Francis’, Silver Doctors, and Gledswood Shrimp. Small is beautiful in low water, and guides have keyed in on fly sizes appropriate for taking salmon under the current conditions. With stealth in mind, many anglers have turned to floating lines and long leaders, and some have enjoyed the use of single-handed fly rods. For the die-hard two-handers, Spey outfits of lighter proportion than our high-water rigs are a nice option.
Unseasonably warm temperatures this week necessitated the use of a gang of Punkawallas from the far east to cool anglers and guides throughout the fishing day. Also under consideration is the installation of Bimini tops on each of our customjonboats. In all seriousness, however, the guide team and guests found great comfort in the use of short pants, lightweight fishing shirts, and plenty of sunscreen as they continued to enjoy what no other salmon river could provide: 394 salmon, up to 18 pounds, and multiple summer-run fish among them. Seldom will rivers in the Canadian Maritimes, British Isles, Iceland, Greenland, or even the Kola Peninsula deliver such success under 33 degree ambient air temps and 22 degree water temps. All too often, salmon anglers come up with a null score at day’s end when bluebird weather shines down. But Ponoi is not the average salmon river. While elsewhere in the world anglers posted no-fish days and retired to the pub, Ponoi anglers this week enjoyed an average of 19 fish per rod and after hours Home Pool fishing that produced steady numbers of wily fish. Oh, and Ponoi anglers were still able to retire to the pub.
So it’s summertime on Ponoi, and the livin’ is indeed easy. The bright summer-runners are in, the river is in perfect form, and camp is humming along like a well-oiled machine. With the arctic days still stretching long into the night, we are able to savor this place and this experience at a leisurely pace, to enjoy long hours of fishing and friendship. Meals stretch on, with wine and laughter and maybe an after-dinner cigar, with the potential of a late-evening stroll down to Home Pool for one last cast. It seems sometimes in this northern midsummer that the season is squeezed into a few precious weeks of glorious weather, sunburned noses, silver fish, and sunsets that barely come. We are all, here in Ryabaga, feeling the bounty of the season. We can’t wait to share it with you soon.
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July 8, 2013
Casting for Recovery
RyabagaCampwas filled this week by a fantastic group of folks from across the globe. Of particular note was another visit by Erkki and his band of keen Finnish anglers. This veteran group of ardent salmon anglers fished relentlessly through even the most challenging midsummer conditions. By night, Klaus was found at the tying bench crafting new and ever smaller patterns to coax salmon from their warm-water lies. In fact, so successful were these customized offerings that Klaus and father Erkki landed a combined 17 salmon on their final day of fishing. Well done gentlemen! We look forward to seeing Erkki again on Ponoi in August to kick off our 2013 fall run.
Roman, daughter Dasha, and her cousin Ksenia were on hand to revel in the Ryabaga experience. Romanhas been to Ryabaga several times in the past, and knows a good thing when he sees it. Always one to share the wealth, he brought his daughter and niece to try their hand at Atlantic salmon fishing. Dasha posted numerous salmon taken with skillful spey casts; it just goes to show that young, sharp people can adapt and learn the art very quickly. Ksenia landed a fine 16-pound salmon in the earliest days of her salmon fishing career. I am sure she is hooked for life.
One angler, as part of his recovery against a bout with prostate cancer, joined us this last week. EliotHermanelected to indulge in another week of salmon fishing with us here on Ponoi. A tenured professor of Plant Sciences at theUniversityofArizona,Eliothas a deep appreciation for the natural world we live in. Now that he is on the upside of a debilitating disease, he has an even greater appreciation for life. We spoke before his trip, andEliotshared with me that one year ago he was not sure if he would ever see the Ponoi again. Taking command of his illness and his treatment,Eliotwas hugely grateful and blessed to be with us here again. We at PRC appreciate the drive, fortitude, and determination of such a man. It is gestures such as these that give us pause to relish this life and this place all the more.
While temperatures, both ambient and water, remained high, Summer run fish, adorned about.
It rained all Saturday night bringing the river up 6 – 10 inches after 3 weeks of 21c + temps warmest water for a decade 14c
The Watson party at Tillmouth, Elspeth Watson 18lbs fresh fish fromWellington on #7 Val Flynn seatrout 8lbs on #7
An update from my dear friend Trey Combs, steelhead fishing on the Klickitat and using the new Burkheimer TC grilse rod
The grilse rod received a good work out from a number of superb spey casters on my visit to theKlickitat River June 1, the opening of the steelhead season. That afternoon we had a birthday party forJanCottrell.JeffandJanCottrelllive on the river, so the partygoers took the rod to the river and passed it around. I had a hard time getting the rod back; everyone really liked it.Kerry Burkheimer was at the party, too.
During the float that day, several persons got a crack at the rod, including BenDow. Benthrows the tightest loops I’ve ever seen, like six inches or less. He also underlines his spey rods. I was fishing a 480 grain Skagit Compact line with the rod, with 8 feet of T-11, only because this setup was already being used on a 12′ 7″ 6-7-8 Burkheimer. I’d brought along a reel with a 420 grain Skagit Compact and Type 6 tip of 11 feet.Benchanged to this and personally liked this better with the rod.Ben’s fishing this line in the video you’ll get next week. I changed sink tips on the 480 to 10 feet of Type 6, and personally liked this setup. The “Grain Window” I sent you was about 450 to 500. Obviously a good caster likeBencan get a lot out of the rod with a 420 grain head.
The Klickitat normal summer flow is about 1000 cfs; the day we fished it was running 1900 cfs. The river was so clear that the difference was hard to appreciate until we started fishing. But these summer fish will come up for a fly; you don’t have to dredge the bottom at all. Just before we began fishing,Benasked me if I had a small black fly. I did, a one-inch tube with a very small orange tungsten bead on the leader.Benfished the fly on an intermediate tip and had a steelhead just crush it, run off and get off, the only fish we found. (I did get a jack steelhead of 15-16 inches.)
When we first fished the rod that day, we noticed a slight “click” somewhere in the bottom section. We thought that perhaps the rod and fore grip weren’t fully bonded. Kerrycheck this out, and in a couple seconds diagnosed that the “click” occurred because I hadn’t fully seated the bottom ferrule.Kerrybuilds to fine tolerances!
The Klickitat is a medium sized river with a run of about 4,000 summer-run steelhead. These fish are known annually to reach 20 pounds, but they are more typically in the 7-8 pound range. When the river drops, a waking dry is an exciting choice. In the meantime, I like small black or purple rabbit leeches. I think the grilse #7 is ideal all season on the Klickitat in clear water conditions.
Couple footnotes: The rod is so light that with a light click reel it can be cast single hand. The rod is absolute perfection for theAlaskabound angler. Rainbows in big water, and chum and silver salmon are in this rod’s wheelhouse. Overhand casting those heavily weighted flesh flies and white leeches would almost be fun.
When I first emailed you about the rod, I’d just got home from fishing the lower Quinault for winter steelhead withKerry. I would do this again. I personally tend to fish smaller flies for these fish. Fishing large, heavily weighted Intruder style flies and long string leeches simply require heavier lines and more powerful rods to cast them.
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Week 3, 2013. Record-Breaking Season Continues
“Everything is perfect at the bottom of the steps.” -As quoted by Ian Irvine, longtime Ponoi angler and star/narrator of The Incomparable Ponoi. Ian returned to Ponoi this week with fellow angler Dick Penley, and together they brought into camp a whopping thirty years combined experience on the river. Ian’s continued loyalty speaks volumes about the fishing, service, friendship and fellowship that anglers have come to expect and enjoy on Ponoi, and he shows his gratitude for our work in a final night toast of celebration for the week’s catch. This week was no exception, though it proved exceptional, as collectively 20 anglers landed 1,231 salmon for the week. Thus far 2013 is proving a stupendous year: in the first four weeks of this season we have totaled 4,161 salmon! Numbers like these have never been seen in the 22-year history of Ponoi.
Notable catches this week included two fish of 19 pounds. OlivierfromFrancelanded one of these beautiful salmon and Laurence fromEnglandthe other. These fortunate anglers fished hard through each day and stayed on the water well into each night. Such enthusiasm is not hard to muster in a fishery such as this, though these two gents showed a certain fervor. Laurence took pause to tell me what he thought of the Ryabaga Home Pool: he claimed that the consistency of catchment in Home Pool is unmatched in any other salmon lodge Home Pool of theNorth Atlanticdrainage.
Thunderstorms on Monday, a rise in water level and moderately difficult winds in some beats failed to discourage the spirited angling that tempts all who attend Ryabaga. This river just keeps producing the sorts of numbers that dumbfound anglers in salmon and steelhead circles. Skated flies continued to tease out over-wintered salmon throughout Ryabaga waters, and nearly all guests experienced the ravenous surface take of a charging fish. Kolmac, Alexaevsky andGoldBeachproduced and inordinate number of the week’s salmon, though the other beats kept time and served up a healthy number of fish as well.
It is with great pleasure that I report on this week, and it is with greatest anticipation that I look forward at the weeks to come. I am finding myself at something of a loss this season, as the numbers keep piling in, alongside stories of salmon both seen and taken. I’ve been at this business of guiding fly anglers for my entire career, and I count myself lucky to have seen the great angling destinations of the world. I’ve long known that Ponoi is special, and Ryabaga particularly special, but the past few weeks have astounded even me. At the rate 2013 is going, we Ponoi anglers are in for a record-breaker, and if you are a salmon angler, you owe yourself one gift, namely to see this river at her best.
Sleep on that thought, and let your dreams of salmon run wild… what you imagine cannot compare to what is actually happening on Ponoi!
Monday 3rd June
We are experiencing rather unusual weather at the moment it has been warm and sunny for a week or so and is beautiful, the river has sprung into life with flies hatching and trout rising, we are still seeing a few fresh salmon entering the river, but would start to expect to see more seatrout very soon, the water temperature is hovering around 50, ideally we could do with a little rise in the levels as it is getting low and a slight rise in temperature to the mid 50’s won’t harm, both would hopefully bring on more seatrout and may start to bring on a few early grilse check out: ponoiriver.com
Just had word from Ryabaga that Ponoi has had the best week 1 ever with a catch average of 65 fish per angler for the week, most being caught on the surface, nylon tubes and dries
Off Like A Shot!
June 3, 2013
It is my pleasure to announce that the first week of the 2013 Ponoi salmon season managed to exceed our wildest hopes. Week 1, 2013 now officially ranks as the best Week 1 in history, with 1213 proper salmon landed by an average of 18 anglers (a few came and went mid week, another couple were children just coming of age in the salmon circle). Broken down, this number accounts for an average catch of 65 fish per angler on the week, though several anglers surpassed the 100 fish mark. This astounding tally proves our assumption that a wealth of quality fish were waiting out winter beneath the Arctic ice, anticipating our return. But even a strong fall run and the undying optimism of Ponoi Anglers could not quite prepare us for the numbers we saw this past week.
Though not in camp this week, PRC ownerIlyaSherbovichwas an eager correspondent as history was made. He issued in the new season in characteristic style, inviting several friends and colleagues to experience the bounty of this mighty river in his stead. StoriedAltaRiversalmon guides Svein (aka the “Gary Dog Guide”) was on hand as Ilya’s guest along with Ivar, manager ofAltaLaksefiskeriandAltaguide – Rune; collectively and dutifully the trio bolstered the salmon count, with great pride and pleasure. By night the group made the most of the luxuries of camp: gourmet food, vintage wines, laughter and stories proved a fine complement to the fishing. No doubt Svein will return to theAltawith tales of Ponoi salmon and a few longing glances in an easterly direction.
It was a real treat this week to host famed fly fishing author ChrisSantella. Chrishas penned such titles as Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die, in which Tarquin Millington Drake, former President of Ponoi River Co., lauds Ryabaga Camp on Ponoi as one of the world’s finest angling destinations. A full camp of lucky anglers attested at week’s end that Ponoi is certainly an experience not to be missed! Dominic Quinlan and his son Sam enjoyed opening week on Ponoi alongside Frontiers representative Henrietta Strutt. The trio managed several fish in the teens. Ryabaga was further pleased to host Kirk Deeter of Field & Stream magazine. Several magnificent days on the river served as a fine foundation for the story Deeter is composing aboutMax Mamaev, the most ‘under the radar’, world-class fishing guide working today. We’re all pleased to seeMax getting the recognition he so richly deserves.
Record low water was atypical for this last week of May. Temps reached +29 Celsius! The water temp was at the salmon ideal of 14 – 16 Celsius for the week, and water clarity was good. Skated nylon tubes and various dries took the majority of salmon; never before has such surface-action occurred on a salmon river, and Week 1 anglers were awed by the explosive visual of taking fish. The river is in exceptional shape, and salmon are showing throughout Ryabaga waters.
The 2013 Rybaga Team was overjoyed this week to show off the winter’s work, and the culmination of several weeks’ preparation. The beauty of such a fine and friendly working environment is the pride it engenders among employees, and Ryabaga staff proudly delivered the finest this week. The Culinary Team, under advisement ofHead ChefAntonSidunov, produced a parade of lovely meals. TheCampStaffwere thrilled to offer the luxuries of Ryabaga to our guests, and to afford utmost consideration to the needs of anglers. On the river, the 2013 Guide Team delivered the goods in quantity. This year, guides hail from theUS,Argentina,Russia, and theUK. All tolled, the Guide Team represents the finest bank of angling know-how ever assembled on one river, as indicated by the numbers they put up this week. What’s more, under the supervision of Head Guide Max, the Ryabaga team encompasses more Atlantic salmon experience than any other guide team in the world. Ryabaga guides, despite their provenance, remain thrilled to offer this fishery to seasoned anglers and novices alike.
Campis looking lovely, and energy is humming in every corner. With building projects underway and refinements being made to existing structures, Ryabaga feels more vibrant than ever. The quiet spaces still exist, though, whether riverside or in camp. The birches are leafing out and the Banya stove is aglow by night, and despite the fervor of the season there remains a certain peace. Perhaps the remoteness or the vast sky and river keep this solitude in place, allowing us all relax into this magical place.
It has always been my policy to set the bar quite high for Ryabaga, and for the staff working in and for camp. It is of utmost importance to me that the camp and crew continually push harder and longer in the pursuit of excellence. The one element, though, that I cannot control is Mother Nature herself. But when Mother Nature smiles upon Ponoi, I have to admit, I smile too. With only one week on the books, we are already looking at a record-breaking season. 2013 will be, and already is, one to remember. We at Ponoi River Co. are eager to make you part of it. We look forward to a stupendous season, proving outChrisSantella’s assertion that Ponoi is, beyond doubt, more than worth it!
Best to you,
MattBreuerand the PRC Team
It was good to see the river settled for a full week meaning fishers could fish all week the river just below the Teviot rose on Aaturday approx. 1’ this morning it is getting lowand in need of a top up the water temperature dropped last week due to the colder winds and is now around the mid forties, still floating line water maybe an intermediate tip will be the answer with dressed flies making for pleasant fishing rather than the sinking lines with copper tubes needed earlier in the season, Junction produced a 34lbs’er the week before last on a black flying C a great fish and the largest this season it will take beating, forecast for today is rain in the west so we may get that rise in water we could so do with the weather generally is far more spring like, making fishing more pleasurable, there have been some good fly hatches, olives and march browns, in the Coldstream area, generally the Spring fishing been very good between Kelso and Coldstream.