The Joy of Aaroy – 18th to 22nd June 2017

‘Such armaments were often found wanting on the Aaroy steeplechase, like the parade of defeated anglers that had fished its Platforms of Despair. The outbuildings behind the fishing house concealed an elephant’s graveyard of smashed rods and broken tackle.’ Ernest Schwiebert – ‘Extract from Platforms of Despair’ in the book Death of a Riverkeeper. I had read these words and …

Reflecting on the infamous Spring of 2017 on Russia’s Kola Peninsula

My visit to Ryabaga Camp on the Ponoi – 3rd to 10th June 2017. Atlantic salmon fishing in Russia has been a phenomenon that all those that have been lucky enough to enjoy it are thankful for. Let us cast our minds back to the early 1990s.  Scotland was in dire straits with the north-east drift nets still active. Catch …

Providence Atoll, Seychelles, 4th to 11th April 2017

Let’s get some details straight before we start this adventure. We were a party of three, all paying our way. This was a business trip for me but there was no obligation to be complimentary and, to be honest, if somewhere I visit is poor, I simply do not write about it. Our first team member was Dom Quinlan, a …

Mountain Gorillas of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

I had seen the films, knew of Idi Amin, and recollect the atrocities, but that was about as much as I had focused on Uganda until the opportunity came to go and see the gorillas of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the south-west of the country. Seeing and being in Uganda was a hugely pleasant surprise. Seeing the gorillas was …

Video – Partridge shooting, Ventosilla Palace, Spain

Enjoy watching this 3-minute video on South African guest Aldo Rech’s second visit to Ventosilla Palace shooting partridges with his wife Michelle. In the short piece he talks about why he feels at home at Ventosilla and why the single gun system of paying for his own birds works well for him. Partridge shooting at Ventosilla with Frontiers Travel in …

Shooting in Spain – Two practical considerations

 Once again I have been very lucky to be a guest shooting in Spain and have loved it. It is always great shooting and the food is too good, one just eats and eats. You can read my previous blogs about Spain here and here but this year I have two practical considerations to reflect on:  The process of taking …

Ten things you need to know about the Ryabaga Camp on the Ponoi

The Journey – Most important to note is that you need to be in Helsinki on the Friday night before going to Russia the next day. Occasionally, because the days of the week are Saturday to Saturday for your week’s fishing, some guests forget about the Friday. You can leave as early as a 7.30 am flight (3-hour duration) from …