As winter began to blossom into spring just a few months ago, we were full of optimism and looking forward to once again welcoming guests to the beauty of the Mongolian countryside.
Mongolia was poised to open in June. Covid cases were at rock bottom. Vaccines were rolling out by the thousands every day. Then a series of unfortunate events unfolded. It was a relentless torrent of crazy mixed signals.
“Borders open. Flights open. Flights closed. Borders open, quarantine required. Flights closed.” Mongolia went from few Covid cases into the thick of things. Our hearts go out to all of those who have suffered. It’s not been easy.
We also feel for our incredible staff and guests. Every person scheduled to fish with us this summer was all in. Folks made strenuous efforts to get to the river. The staff was vaccinated and ready to roll. But it was not to be. In the end, we had to postpone a second season. Another tough blow for everyone.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom.
We have some fantastic supporters out there. Individuals and organizations have graciously provided continuing – and substantial – support for our ongoing conservation efforts. That support has meant that our guides and core staff were out on the rivers most of the summer and through the fall. They are recording data, conducting anti-poaching patrols, and engaging with the local communities (socially distanced and safe). Everyone is working together to keep these amazing taimen and wonderful streams protected.
For more information on fly fishing trips in Mongolia please contact Alex Jardine or call our office on +44(0)1980 847389.