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Ponoi River, Russia: Vast, Open, Hard Country by @jess_mcglothlin_media

October 26, 2016

Ponoi (also spelled Ponoy River) is in the norther reaches of Russia along the Artic Sea. Characteristically long winters this is a hard place to make your keep, but the tundra unleashes it's bounty in the summer months. If it's not on your international fishing trip bucket list, it should be.

 as told by @jess_mcglothlin_media

What's the must do and see here?

Catching up with old friends. And fishing. Usually both at the same time.

What makes this a special place to connect with nature?

The people. The place is haunting — huge and wild and it can eat you up if you're not careful. But once the locals decide you're "in" well, you're in.

Favorite memory here?

Taking a day off from working in a fly-fishing camp and hiking miles across the boggy tundra in the worst mosquito swarms I've ever seen. We eventually reached an old Sami reindeer herder's hut and took a lunch break in the cabin.

What superlative would you give Ponoi River, Russia?

Gnarly is overused. But, yeah, gnarly.

Tell us about yourself!

I’m happiest on the road in the strange, far-off corners of the world. I see my mission as a simple one: tell stories. Working as a freelance photographer and writer in the outdoor industry, while on assignment in the past year I’ve learned how to throw spears at coconuts in French Polynesia, dodge saltwater crocodiles in Cuba, and eat all manner of unidentifiable food. I’m based out of Bozeman, Montana. See more of her work at www.JessMcGlothlinMedia.com.


Atlantic Salmon fly fishing fishing, it's what will bring your to take the journey to the Ponoi river. It's not an easy trek, which usually starts in Helsinki, Finland and then makes it's way north, really north. Get ready for the wild expansive tundra with an abundance of wildlife.

The summer is the season on the Ponoi River, which lasts from June to October. June and July are your best months to witness of the unreal salmon runs that occur along the Kola peninsula's widest river. The journey up is long and mostly only accessible by helicopter. Enjoy the flight and keep an eye out for the reindeer herds that make their home along the river.

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