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. The fly fishing operations we have selected for taimen are strictly catch-and-release with barbless hooks. The two operations are very different in nature and on different river systems. There are still a few spaces left for the 2015 season and we are taking enquiries for 2016.
Our option for the adventurous angler: Delger Muron River
Located in the Hovsgol region of Northern Mongolia, the operation operates 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.
For this season the float trip has undergone a serious upgrade. Instead of camping on the route down small ger camps have now been installed at each nightly stop giving a real feel of Mongolian culture and little more comfort. The operation has also invested in brand new NRS inflatable drift boats which are perfect fishing platforms for hunting taimen. The addition of the pre-assigned camp spots also means that the operation will cover 30 – 40% more of the river which in turn will increase the number of taimen covered.
- August 8-18: 6 rods
- August 18-28 : 2 rods
- August 28 – September 7: 1 rod (Alex Jardine hosted week)
- September 17-27 : 6 rods
Our option for fixed camp taimen fishing: The Sweetwater Camps
Located in the Eg-Ur watershed, Sweetwater’s Taimen camps have been operating in the same place since 1995. They have carefully managed the fishery to insure that today’s anglers enjoy the same opportunities as the first anglers who visited Mongolia fifteen years ago.
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. Fishermen stay in traditional Mongolian gers 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 storing gear.
The use of jetboats on a daily basis means that around 120 miles of river is available between the two camps with a comfortable base every evening. The lack of fishing pressure on the water is the reason why the fish average 30 inches with 50 plus inch fish hooked every week. The biggest Taimen we have landed measured 60.5 inches and weighed upwards of 80 lbs. There truly is no better place in the world to catch a trophy Taimen. Sweetwater Camp anglers have caught the last three world record Taimen on a dry fly.
- August 31 – September 7: 4 rods
- September 7-14 : 3 rods
- September 14-21 : 6 rods
- September 21-28 : 6 rods
For more information please contact Alex Jardine or call +44(0)1980 847389.