the land of the Taimen
Northern Mongolia is an incredible adventure for taimen and lenok fly fishing. Enjoy comfortable ger camping and cast for some of the most impressive, fighting fish in the region.
Renowned Taimen Fishing
There are only four rivers in Mongolia that can be legally fished by international anglers. Fish Mongolia operate on the upper 150 miles of western Mongolia’s Delger Muron River, a beautiful freestone river. The limestone and granite cliffs rise hundreds of feet above the river. Steep gorges filled with larch and birch forests cascade towards the valley floor. Extremely large Taimen lie in wait within the easily negotiated rapids and rock gardens. Banks covered with willows give way to deep pools, sparkling braids and wide gravel bars.
Taimen can live for nearly fifty years and reach over sixty inches (1.5 meters) in length. Several giant taimen are landed every season, but most Mongolian taimen caught on the fly are generally between 30–40 inches. They are giant predators, renowned for a ferocious appetite and explosive strike. Their main diet is “small” fish and they do take well-presented streamers. However, taimen often feed on the surface, searching out small mammals and even ducklings. This means taimen aggressively take skated or gurgling surface flies.
Fly fishing for taimen is the big draw, however, the same pristine and productive water that holds this ancient species also produces phenomenal numbers of lenok trout and grayling. Lenok are an ancient and beautiful Siberian trout that aggressively feed on the surface throughout the season. The grayling are unfortunately, for them, the main food source for the taimen but they too offer some wonderful light tackle fishing.
The transport along the river is by drift boat as this is the most effective way to cover the distances between camps and fish at the same time. The river is floated at a leisurely pace, taking plenty of time to fish the best pools and runs. The boats are state of the art NRS manufactured drift boats, they are stable, comfortable and offer a great platform from which to fish.
Comfortable Ger Camping
In Ulaanbaatar you will be based at the Bayangol Hotel, a standard tourist hotel but one of the best on offer. Whilst on the river, the accommodation will be at ger camps situated along the river and currently there are eight in place.
All camps have the amenities one would expect to find on a comfortable African tented safari. The ger camps are very comfortable with two sharing a ger, a central dining ger and a shared shower ger with outside loo. Camping is an option on some nights to access more remote sections of river, the camps are comfortable, with individual tents or 3 person mountain tents for two to share, a dining tent, camp chairs and tables, toilet tent and simple shower. Meals are as good as at the ger camp. Please pack bearing in mind that your gear will be accompanying you on the rafts.
“The highlight of the trip was the 35 lb taimen, the wild horses, the children with their rosy cheeks, ger-living, the camel herders, and the wide open spaces. All of this will stay in my soul for a very long time!” P.B. – USA
“I am still thinking of Mongolia every day, it did turn out to be one of those good, simple, wild places to be, with big fish and like Argentina good sunny weather and few bugs.” B.S. – USA
“Taimen fight like a big brown trout: dogged, boring deep, using the current, twisting turning and rolling, and they jump if you put on pressure.” M.A. – UK
Discover Northern Mongolia
Northern Mongolia is a unique fly fishing destination surrounded by snow-capped mountains, vast forests, meadows filled with wild flowers and thousands of rivers and lakes. This is the land of the taimen.
Water Type: Freshwater
Species: Grayling, Lenok Trout, Taimen
Activities & Amenities
Mongolia is 8 hours ahead of GMT and flying time from London is approximately 8 ½ hours plus transfer time.
Visas are required for British passport holders.