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Ponoi on fire! Week report 27 June - 4 July 2009

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Guide Tommy with a nice fish from the Ryabaga camp Guide Tommy with a nice fish from the Ryabaga camp

The Ponoi is on fire, the numbers this week were incredible for the 16 rods here at Ryabaga. Salmon landed totalled 740!

Ryabaga Camp: Ponoi River, Kola Peninsula, Russia River Conditions / Fish Report: Week of June 27 to July 4, 2009 What a week!! The Ponoi is on fire, the numbers this week were incredible for the 16 rods here at Ryabaga. Salmon landed totalled 740, while 184 of those were bright summer-run salmon. We landed 102 fish greater than ten pounds and eight greater than 15 pounds. Average catch per rod was nearly 50 fish!

Overall it was a cool week and so far it looks like the summer is shaping up to be cooler than previous years, according to mechanic and part-time weather correspondent, Genia Flidner. Air temperatures spanned from 8 to 18 degrees Celsius during the day. Water temperatures spanned from 10 to 14 degrees Celsius. Despite cooler temperatures through the week, Ponoi salmon continued to aggressively charge to the surface for smaller flies presented on floating and intermediate lines. Successful patterns this week included the Alley’s Shrimp and Cascade. Intermittent showers throughout the week contributed to a steady river level, only losing a few centimetres of height.

Guests this week joined us from the USA, England, Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Holland, Australia, South Africa and Russia. As always, such a diverse group really adds to the mixture of conversation at the dining table.

Martin, who graced us with his company for two weeks, was rewarded with a wonderful fish during his Saturday bonus session with guide Heather. Ken’s fervent efforts with his Spey rod and gifted casting ability gave him the fortune of  hooking and landing a beautiful 17 pound salmon, the largest fish of the week.

For three members of the party this week marked their first Atlantic salmon caught on fly.  Twelve-year-old Fernando Jr., 11-year-old Jonathan and his father Chris took to casting, hooking, fighting, and landing salmon after salmon.  Fernando and Fernando Jr. arrived at the dock after their first day of fishing absolutely beaming about their time spent with guide Daniel in the Clough Creek beat. Fernando Jr. landed nine salmon on his first day of using a Spey rod, while Chris and Jonathan each took a 14 pound salmon. Well done gents!

It was a particular pleasure to see the familiar faces of Jim, Rob and Hugo. Assistant manager, Annie, and I hosted a shore lunch for the group of filet mignon, sautéed vegetables and freshly baked bread. Guide Tommy’s influence from Argentina aided in the production of the meal over an open fire with his disco.

After having had a week so prolific with the presence of our “finned friends” Salmo Salar, let us pause for just a moment to reflect on why we venture to such far off places, in our case, north of the Arctic Circle. We are not only in search of fish, but the ever-so important need to re-create our souls, commune in wild places and with wild things, and share in the camaraderie of our fellow man.

With great appreciation, I hope we cross paths again.

 

Matt Breuer

Ryabaga Camp Manager







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