Taimen fishing the Eg-Uur watershed.
Camels drinking at the river.
Camp pictured in lower left in the scenic
Eg Uur Watershed.
Ger lodging also known as yurts.
Mongolia - Taimen Fishing
Catch a 60 inch Trout on a Dry Fly
Sweetwater Camp - Eg-Uur Watershed
Taimen (Hucho hucho taimen) are an especially ferocious fish that can attain weights of well over 100 pounds. In Russia, there are reports of taimen up to 200 pounds. On the rivers to be fished in Mongolia, the average taimen is around 32 inches and roughly 10 pounds. However, almost every week, anglers will have chances on fish over 50 inches. Taimen are an aggressive fish that will eat anything they can fit in their mouth.
The outfitter’s permits are on the Eg River and the Ur River in northcentral Mongolia. Both rivers are a fly angler's dream. They are clear and easy to wade -- even the banks are easy walking -- and range in size from 40 to 120 feet wide. It is hard to imagine that a fish as large as the Taimen can live in these waters. In fact, one of their largest Taimen yet, a 60 inch fish, was taken on a mouse pattern in a particularly narrow stretch of river after they watched it eat a duck.
In between battles with Taimen you'll also be fishing for Lenok which are the Mongolian equivalent of a trout. In appearance they look like a rainbow trout with the mouth of a tarpon. These fish rely on the prolific caddis and mayfly hatches, and terrestrials such as grasshoppers and crickets. Lenok average 18-20 inches long and are very entertaining on lighter fly rods. Larger lenok will dine on mice patterns and streamers. With a great terrestrial hatch in late summer, and the traditional mayfly hatches in the fall, Lenok keep anglers busy.
Thanks to Sweetwater's management, the Eg-Uur is the only watershed in Mongolia that practices a strict catch-and-release of taimen. They utilize only single, barbless hooks, and all fishing is catch and release. They manage the river very carefully to insure that all of their anglers have the fishing trip of a lifetime. Personable, English speaking guide staff - many of them live in Montana. All have over ten years experience in high quality lodges and camps.
The camps are strategically positioned to access over 120 combined miles of river by boat. The camps are isolated wilderness facilities with very limited access to the outside world, which enhances the fishery and the adventure experience. Their guests have provided glowing reports about the standard of service and level of comfort at these camps. Each camp is equipped with a dining lodge overlooking the river, bathhouse and shower facility, 110 and 220 volt electricity, and are as well equipped as any lodge in Mongolia. They continue to make improvements to their facilities each season. They do have satellite phones in camp, but internet service is not available.
Anglers stay in traditional Mongolian gers (yurts) which are felt tents wrapped around a collapsible wooden frame. They are 9 feet high and 18 feet in diameter, much larger than standard wall tents. They are equipped with framed full-length single beds, ample room for gear, hot water for washing your hands and face, and a sitting area for relaxing by the wood stove. Each ger accommodates two anglers.
Meals include a wide range of traditional Mongolian and American dishes from lamb, beef, pork, and chicken, along with vegetables, dessert, and salads.
Includes: airport transfers in Mongolia, first and last night hotel lodging in UlaanBaatar, breakfast is provided with the hotel, but dinner and incidental expenses in UlaanBaatar are the responsibility of individual clients, ground transfers to/from camps, 6 ½ days guided fishing, lodging and meals. Package does not include: airfare to Mongolia, gratuities, fishing license ($330.00), or incidental expenses incurred in Mongolia.
- 2013 Rates: 8-nights and 6½ days guided fishing
- May 31 to June 21 (spring season) ...$5,600.00
- August 30 to October 4 (fall season) ... $5,900.00