Fly Fishing for Mongolia Taimen
Mongolia is roughly the size of Alaska and is bordered by Russia to the north and China to the south. It has an extremely diverse terrain—vast semi-desert and desert plains, extensive grasslands, unbroken larch and pine forests, and high mountains. The three fishing camps are in the midst of fertile valleys, thick forests, and surrounding mountains. This terrain is inhabited by some of Mongolia’s elk herds, as well as wolves, roe deer, moose, and bear.
Catch a 60-inch Siberian trout on a dry fly
Taimen are an aggressive fish. Although they are primarily piscivores, they will eat most anything they can fit in their mouth.
The fishery: Their two small camps combine a friendly atmosphere and plenty of fishing water. Each camp has access to over 75 miles of water. Fly-fishing-only with barbless hooks, and catch-and-release only. The rivers in the region to be fished are a fly angler’s dream. They are clear and easy to wade. The banks are easy walking, ranging in size from 40 to 120-feet wide. It's hard to imagine that fish as large as taimen live in these waters. Oddly enough, the largest taimen to date, a 62-inch fish was taken on a mouse pattern in a particularly narrow stretch of river. Taimen, lenok, arctic grayling, and Amur pike are all present in the region.
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. The camp record is a 62" taimen, weighing betwenn 60-and 80-pounds.
Other Species, Boats, and Guides
The 2019 season runs from September 2 through to October 2.
Species: You may also fish for Lenok. In appearance, they look like a rainbow trout with the mouth of a tarpon. Lenok average 18-20 inches, and are very entertaining on lighter fly rods. Larger lenok will dine on mice patterns and streamers.
During hatches, two things become apparent; one, the rivers of Mongolia are full of 12-to 18-inch grayling; and two, taimen consider grayling an Arctic delicacy. Like the lenok, grayling provide good sport and action on dries.
Fish from 18’ aluminum Semi-V Lowe boats, powered by 55-h.p. Mariner jet units, with two anglers to a boat. Atlantic salmon-style drops are possible for anglers that enjoy a break from wading. Each boat is equipped with tools, an emergency kit, and a cooler for food and drinks during the day.
Personable, English-speaking guide staff (many who live in Montana) all with at least ten years experience in high-quality lodges and camps.
Western comfort is combined with Mongolian atmosphere. These are the most comfortable fishing camps in Mongolia. With Gers (yurts), a lodge building, and two masseuses, the camps are located on nice stretches of river in the remote outback of Mongolia. They are strategically positioned to enable anglers to access over 120 combined miles of river by jet boats. These wilderness facilities are isolated 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 the camp. Each camp is equipped with a dining lodge, bathhouse, and shower facility. 110-volt electricity, supplied by an on-site generator, is available for charging video cameras, satellite phones, etc.
You’ll be met at the airport in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia by a representative of Hovsgol Travel Company. See sample itinerary below.
Stay in Gers (Yurts)
Anglers stay in traditional Mongolian gers which are felt tents wrapped around a collapsible wooden frame. The Gers are 9-feet high and 18-feet in diameter and are much larger than standard wall tents. They are equipped with framed full-length single beds, ample room for storing gear, and an area to sit down and relax by a wood stove. Each Ger accommodates two anglers. There is no cell phone reception; however, they do have satellite phones.
2019 Rates: USD
8-nights and 6½-days guided fishing: $6,300.00
+ Fishing license $330.00 (2017)
Airport transfers in Mongolia, first and last night hotel lodging in UlaanBaatar, breakfast is provided with the hotel (dinner and incidental expenses in UlaanBaatar are the responsibility of individual clients), ground transfers to and from camps, 6½-days guided fishing, lodging, and meals.
Packages do not include:
Airfare to Mongolia, gratuities, fishing license ($330.00), or incidental expenses incurred in Mongolia, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Sunday: Arrive in UlaanBaatar, Mongolia via Seoul, South Korea, or Beijing, China. You’ll be met at the airport by a representative and driven to the Hovsgol Travel Hotel, where you'll stay your first night.
The hotel is located near downtown and has a Brazilian barbeque restaurant on the main floor. Dinner is on your own.
Monday: Transfer to the airport for the flight to camp. Travel from UlaanBaatar to the camp is either by helicopter or fixed wing charter. If flying by helicopter, you will fly directly to camp by helicopter. The flight is two hours. If flying by fixed wing, the flight is 1.25 hours, and you land on a runway about an hour from camp. If time allows, you can fish upon arrival.
Tuesday to Sunday: Six full days of fishing at camp.
Monday: After breakfast, you’ll fly to back to UlaanBaatar. You'll again spend the night in UlaanBaatar at the Hovsgol Travel Hotel. Dinner is on your own.
Tuesday: Transfer to airport for return trip to U.S. via Seoul or Beijing.