The incomparable Ponoi is the world leading Salmon river. There is no other river where guests average 30 fish per rod over the season. Having the correct Flies for the Ponoi is key to your enjoyment on the river. The weather conditions on the Kola Peninsular can change dramatically over night and it would almost be foolish to try and fish the Ponoi without a selection of our hand selected flies. Richard from Salar Flies has fished the Ponoi on numerous occasions, he hand picked our selection of flies for the Ponoi with the camp manager and the excellent guide team.
Our Russian collections are primarily based around the rivers of the Northern Kola Peninsula such as the Kharlovka, Litza, Rynda, Kola, Yokanga and Varzina where large fish and tough conditions require flies tied on very strong Partridge & Loop hooks. This is not a pre-requisite for the Ponoi, Varzuga, Kitza or Umba rivers however many of the patterns are similar.
Salmon Flies for the Kola Peninsula - What to Take
Early Season Tube Flies - The first 3 weeks of the season will require large flies fished slowly with sinking lines. Tungsten Coneheads and Copper bodied tube flies in the 1 - 2 inch range are essential. Templedog, Snaelda, and large Monkey patterns are key.
Prime mid June-Early July Weeks - This period will see the shift away from heavy tubes to flies that can be fished just below or on the surface. Hitching is key with doubles, light aluminum tubes, and Sunray Shadow patterns being deadly.
Summer Season-Mid-July-early August – Bomber dry flies will really start to come into their own alongside anything hitched. With the lower water conditions small ½ inch hitched tubes and mini tungsten coneheads start to become very effective. Make sure that no matter how small the fly is it is coupled with a very strong hook.
Late Season-August & September – Conditions will start to get colder and a rise of water is likely. Small compact tubes such as 1/4 & 1/2 inch Snaeldas can be very good but be prepared to try anything from tiny hitched flies to heavy pothole plumbing tubes!