Ponoi Photography Part 3: Autumn

After nearly four months of guiding on the Ponoi, I’m finally back stateside. It is certainly nice to be able to read signs not written in Cyrillic characters and eat food free of dill and cucumbers, but it’s a bittersweet feeling. Looking down onto Ryabaga Camp as the helicopter lifted off for the last time, I already felt a palpable sense …

THE FLIES!!

For better or worse, the best fishing in the world is usually found in the far-flung corners of the globe, and often takes considerable effort to get there, let alone endure the various discomforts that come with a true wilderness environment. Lucky for us, Ryabaga camp on the Ponoi has worked hard to provide us with all the luxuries of …

From Russia with Love….again

Greetings from the Kola Peninsula! I have returned to the Ponoi River in Russia for another summer of guiding Atlantic salmon. A month has already passed since I stepped foot in Russia, so I figured it about time to send a brief update and share a few photos of the journey, the fishing, and life here in camp. Things are …

Back from Russia at Last

After 4.5 months of guiding on the Ponoi, I’m finally back stateside. Now that I’ve had a couple weeks to readjust and reflect on the experience, I’ve come to realize that my most salient memories aren’t the awesome salmon fishing or wild scenery that I had the privilege to witness, but rather the many friendships I forged during the process. Going …