part of the world in which to operate, where everything must be brought in by helicopter, but it happens seamlessly and efficiently at the Ponoi. The staff is legendary too, with a work and service ethic that is unparalleled. Indeed, some return just to experience the buzz, the magical atmosphere, and the “feel good factor” that abound in the camp.
The Ponoi River Company also maintains a highly skilled and bi-lingual international guide pool; high quality, American made jet boats and motors; reliable supply lines of fresh produce and top meats that result in gourmet cuisine; warm hospitality of an expert lodge staff; and our efficient ground team in Murmansk. The annual improvements and upgrades to the camp facilities, the insights and encouraging information about the river gained from an ongoing scientific project, the fully stocked tackle shop, the ability to completely outfit guests with waders, rain gear, and all tackle, are just a few of the many aspects that truly set the Ponoi experience apart.
Ryabaga Camp is the more famous of the two top camps operated by the Ponoi River Company on their 80 kilometer exclusive lease. Ryabaga was the first Atlantic salmon camp to operate on the Kola Peninsula after the region was opened to foreign anglers in 1991. It accommodates 22 anglers in double occupancy tent cabins, outfitted with polished wooden flooring, wood stoves for heat, and daily maid service. Other camp facilities include luxurious bath and sauna houses, an onsite helicopter and medical doctor in case of emergency, and a large dining lodge with comfortable lounge area, full bar, a fully outfitted fly shop, and some of the finest food in all of Russia. It has been said of Ryabaga that it is the finest tent camp in the world.
Brevyeni Camp—about 30 miles downstream of Ryabaga--is an intimate, 8-rod camp providing single accommodation wooden cabins for all rods, and a shared central bathhouse with 24-hour hot water and flush toilets. It’s perfect for a small group of friends to enjoy a week together and allows the party great flexibility in terms of fishing times, as well as how they rotate the beats. The Brevyeni water of the Ponoi is viewed as among the most interesting water on the river with plenty of rapids and runs and lots of wading opportunities. It includes some famous beats such as Lapinyaka, Hard Curve, and Sunken Log, as well as spots like “Alex’s Restaurant” and the “Cuban Disco.” These beats are legendary on the Ponoi and over the years have provided some of the most productive spring and early fall fishing.