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.
Monday 15th April
The wind turned around yesterday from the bitterly cold east that we have had nearly all season to the wet west and was it wet the Ettrick guage yesterday was reading 6’ 1” rising and the Teviot guage at Hawick was 6’ 9” rising so we have the much needed water the Sprouston guage is reading 4’ this morning, with this lift in water levels the temperature should rise aswell especially as it is rain water not snow melt, I think the fishing will be very tough for the next few days but should be spot on for next Monday, last week proved to be a good week for catches with the following catches being reported on the old system Monday 21 Tuesday 16 Wednesday 19 Thursday 15 and Friday 14
By far the best week so fat this season, nany of the fish were sealiced and excellent condition, Sprouston recorded 11 for the week with Brian Lalor catching 9 of those 11 to his own rod great week, Tillmouth recorded 12 with the majority of those fish coming from the longstream including their largest a 16lbs’er which was covered in sealice and in perfect condition. The Lees had a good week reporting 18 with their best day Thursday 11th with 6 fish and South Wark had 17, the catches should really start to rise next week with all this fresh water and signs of more fresh fish at the bottom of the river last week
Week 25th FEB – 2nd March
A week of difficult for the angler and for the fish, summing up, the sun was out and shinning on a cold clear water, the barometric pressure was very high and winds generally from the east. The river level ended the week at 10” the lowest level since Aril last year! Some 55 Spring salmon were caught in the system mainly in the beats between Kelso and Coldstream and with Birgham Dub coming out best for the second week running with 8 fish also including the weeks largest an 18 pounder the most successful flies were lightly dressed 11/2” to 2” tubes of Willie Gunn, eternal optimist, black and yellow and in particular silver sheep all fished slow and deep in the 35 – 37 degree water, for spinners the successful baits were Blair spoons, zebra tobies and even black fly C’s and X raps
Although the conditions were difficult, anglers did have a fishable river for the entire week and could enjoy the sun and the approach of Spring, the first hatch of olives were feeding the black headed and common gulls, aconites and snowdrops were in full bloom and the first daffodils appeared at Rutherford Dub, willow catkins are swelling and mallard and oyster catchers starting to pair up
Water is now required to bring in some more new fish and move on the older ones, the barometer is now falling and some light rain and snow forecast , for Thursday, when the angler will be pleased with cloudy skies, but the wind will be an easterly and ‘taking’ conditions may not see much improvement
After a few lovely sunny days last weekend, we thought it was the start of some good Spring weather, sadly it only lasted for 3 or 4 days, we are now back to cold over cast windy weather, the river is in very good order and there are fish being caught most days generally on fly, even though spinning has started now. The majority of fish are coming from beats around the Kelso area, no big fish yet so far this year but there is plenty of time for some of those bigger Springers we saw last year to arrive. Most popular fly patterns are black and yellow on 1” copper tubes either piglets or Roxburgh castle or tosh
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