Mongolia Taimen

Destination: Mongolia Taimen
Country: Mongolia
Freshwater: Float trip, River and stream fishing
Capacity: 6 per week
Season: Early June to Late September
Specialties: Not suitable for non-fishers
Species: Arctic Grayling, Lenok Trout, Taimen

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Fly fishing for taimen in Mongolia is an incredible adventure.

Mongolia is a unique fly-fishing destination where you can fly fish for taimen, the largest member of the salmon family. Highlights of fly-fishing in Mongolia include clear rivers, abundant fish, tranquil fishing, stunning surroundings and unique culture. Not to be overlooked is the exquisite dry-fly fishing for Lenok Trout and Grayling. Fly fishing for Taimen is strictly catch-and-release with barbless hooks. You have the choice of comfortable ger camp-based fly-fishing weeks, or rafting float trips for the more adventurous. Both types of trip offer outstanding guided taimen fishing and a unique experience of Mongolia.

Located in the Hovsgol region of Northern Mongolia, we have exclusive permission for fishing three beats on one of the best Taimen rivers in Mongolia. At the camps we have over 100km of river to explore, by all-terrain vehicle or drift-boat, in a stunning river valley and canyon. The river has good wading with a rocky or gravel bed, lots of interest and structure, and many cliffs and Taimen pools. The float fishing trips take you down one of the most beautiful and un-discovered river valleys in Mongolia; carved through ancient limestone and granite bedrock, the valley is lined by spectacular cliffs and rock pinnacles. In its upper reaches, the river flows through an inaccessible canyon, accessed only by torturous jeep tracks down rocky ravines, on horse-back, or by raft. The river meanders along the canyon floor, from cliff to cliff, creating deep pools, long runs, and a few easy rapids (Grade II). In places the valley opens out into broad grassland, flanked by steep hillsides and larch woodland; these pastures are typically used as autumn grazing, or as hay meadows, by the local nomadic herders. You will float the river at a leisurely pace, taking plenty of time to fish the best pools and runs. The drift-boats are inflatable rafts, equipped with rowing frame and casting seats for two anglers. Your raft will be rowed by one of the campís Mongolian or Western guides, who will show you the good fishing holes, select good flies and lures, and help you to land and photograph your catch.

The Taimen fishing camps consist of traditional Mongolian gers (yurts), enabling us to provide a uniquely Mongolian experience in a genuinely eco-friendly camp. Gers are cozy felt-wrapped tents around 5m in diameter, and are heated with a wood-stove. The comfortable guest bedrooms are gers sleeping two or three guests, and equipped with single beds, sheets and blankets. The unique nature of this camp allows it to be completely dismantled and re-erected at a different location on the river, allowing us to fish different beats at different stages of the season, and to pack away the camp at the end of the season, ensuring that our environmental impact is minimized. One ger is equipped as a shower house, with two hot showers supplied with ample hot water from a wood fired boiler at surprisingly good pressure. A large ger serves as the dining room. The camp is supplied with fresh meat, fruit, salad, and vegetables every week. Meals include a range of tasty European and Mongolian dishes, and cold beer and wine is served at dinner, included in the price. Lunches are typically a picnic taken on the river bank.

For the float trips each night the wilderness camp will be set up on the banks of the river. The camp is comfortable, with 3-person mountain tents for two to share, a dining tent, camp chairs and tables, toilet tent and simple shower. The staff prides themselves on serving good food on all our trips; meals will include a range of tasty Mongolian and European dishes. Beer, soft drinks, and wine with dinner, are included in the trip cost.

For active travellers there is the offer of rafting, riding and trekking. The guides can take you on a moderate trek or challenging wilderness expedition. You can raft through beautiful valleys, ride hardy Mongolian horses, or hike on nomad trails through the mountains of Northern Mongolia - experience nomadic life, climb mountains, fly fish remote mountain streams and lakes, and visit reindeer herders in the taiga wilderness.

Please contact us with any questions or for booking information.