Our story

We are a world-class professional fly-fishing team dedicated to protecting Mongolian rivers and taimen. We run Mongolia’s only drift-boat operations: Fish Mongolia and Mongolia River Outfitters. Both are recognized for outstanding service, wonderful fishing, and conservation leadership.

We’ve been fly-fishing for Mongolian taimen longer than just about anyone. Our founders started fly-fishing in Mongolia back in 1991. We have dozens of boats. Our remote fly-fishing camps provide access to hundreds of miles of Mongolian rivers.  We are Asia’s first and only Orvis Endorsed International Destination. There is no one better staffed and equipped for your Mongolian adventure.

The team

We are particularly proud of our camp staff and guides. You’d be hard pressed to find a stronger international team. These folks are floating Mongolian rivers from June through October every year. They come from as close as the nearest village to as far away as Chile, Morocco, New Zealand, and Montana.
When the season ends in Mongolia, they are writing about fly-fishing for headline journals or leading trips to some of the globe’s finest fly-fishing destinations. They are seasoned veterans with decades of experience and they make a great group of friends. You’ll enjoy their knowledge and enthusiasm for the country, fly-fishing, and taimen conservation.

 

 

Meet the guides

 
Peter has been the head guide at Mongolia River Outfitters for more than a decade. His stories and photographs have appeared in American Angler, Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod
Peter has been the head guide at Mongolia River Outfitters for more than a decade. His stories and photographs have appeared in American Angler, Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, Gray's Sporting Journal, the New York Times, and many other publications. He lives in Tangier, Morocco.

Peter Fong
Head Guide

Some people enjoy life in the city: going to the office and to parties. Battulga Tumenjargal can understand the appeal, but he is happiest when close to rivers, mountains, and forests. He loves all sports, especialy fly fishing. His older brother, a former MRO guide, taught him to fly fish when he was 16. Before that, he was a spinfisherman and killed all the fish he caught. Since then, he has worked hard to protect taimen. In the off season, Tulga likes to do everything possible (he has a lot of energy).
Some people enjoy life in the city: going to the office and to parties. Battulga Tumenjargal can understand the appeal, but he is happiest when close to rivers, mountains, and forests. He loves all sports, especialy fly fishing. His older brother, a former MRO guide, taught him to fly fish when he was 16. Before that, he was a spinfisherman and killed all the fish he caught. Since then, he has worked hard to protect taimen. In the off season, Tulga likes to do everything possible (he has a lot of energy).

Tulga Tumenjargal
Head Guide

Jeff Forsee grew up chasing sunfish and largemouth bass in the farm ponds of southern Ohio. These days he occupies his time in the far flung corners of the globe chasing some of the most sought after species on the planet. 
He cut his teeth guiding in Alaska’s far west and now when Jeff is not acting as head guide at our Fish Mongolia operation he is busy running an independent guide service at the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island.
Jeff Forsee grew up chasing sunfish and largemouth bass in the farm ponds of southern Ohio. These days he occupies his time in the far flung corners of the globe chasing some of the most sought after species on the planet. He cut his teeth guiding in Alaska’s far west and now when Jeff is not acting as head guide at our Fish Mongolia operation he is busy running an independent guide service at the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island.

Jeff Forsee
Head Guide

Zolboo grew up in the valley where Genghis Khan was born and was an avid fisherman (and poacher) before joining WWF's taimen conservation campaign in 2010. Since joining MRO in 2011, he has devoted his time to protecting taimen and now releases all of his fish. In 2015, he won the Mongolian national fly-casting championship.
Zolboo grew up in the valley where Genghis Khan was born and was an avid fisherman (and poacher) before joining WWF's taimen conservation campaign in 2010. Since joining MRO in 2011, he has devoted his time to protecting taimen and now releases all of his fish. In 2015, he won the Mongolian national fly-casting championship.

Zolboo Bodonguud
Guide

 
 
Fabian Mendez

Fabian Mendez

Fabian Mendez
Guide

Batbold has liked fishing since he was a kid. He began working for MRO as a driver in 2012 and really enjoyed the introduction to fly fishing. He started MRO's guide-training program in 2014 and began guiding full time in 2016.  In the off-season he likes to tie flles and teach others about fly fishing and catch and release.
Batbold has liked fishing since he was a kid. He began working for MRO as a driver in 2012 and really enjoyed the introduction to fly fishing. He started MRO's guide-training program in 2014 and began guiding full time in 2016. In the off-season he likes to tie flles and teach others about fly fishing and catch and release.

Batbold Norovsambuu
Guide

Daniel started fishing when he was 12, at about the same time he began learning to play the guitar. Eventually, fly fishing, music, and the outdoors became his life. He studied classical guitar for many years but traded a profesional musical career for that of a fishing guide. When not in Mongolia, he guides at Chile's spectacular Estancia de los Ríos and tries to spend as much time whitewater kayaking as possible.
Daniel started fishing when he was 12, at about the same time he began learning to play the guitar. Eventually, fly fishing, music, and the outdoors became his life. He studied classical guitar for many years but traded a profesional musical career for that of a fishing guide. When not in Mongolia, he guides at Chile's spectacular Estancia de los Ríos and tries to spend as much time whitewater kayaking as possible.

Daniel Mesa
Guide

Jangar (Jedi Jack) began as a translator at Fish Mongolia in 2004. He got his first rod (a TFO) from his boss. And turned into a fly-fishing monster. He started guiding for Fish Mongolia in 2006, remains obsessed with taimen, and still uses that TFO.  Jack is a well-respected legend among both the locals and the international staff. He has also fished many of Montana's finest rivers, including the Bitterroot, Smith, Yellowstone, and Missouri, and loves steelhead and rainbows.
Jangar (Jedi Jack) began as a translator at Fish Mongolia in 2004. He got his first rod (a TFO) from his boss. And turned into a fly-fishing monster. He started guiding for Fish Mongolia in 2006, remains obsessed with taimen, and still uses that TFO. Jack is a well-respected legend among both the locals and the international staff. He has also fished many of Montana's finest rivers, including the Bitterroot, Smith, Yellowstone, and Missouri, and loves steelhead and rainbows.

Jangar Bataakhuu 
Guide

 
 
Mark has been working with fish since he was 14, both with Montana outfitters and in academic settings. He has a master's degree in marine affairs and policy from the University of Miami, and has done research in Washington, Mississippi, Florida, and Tanzania. Mark has been guiding since 2013 with MRO and he still has not won a wrestling match with a Mongolian.
Mark has been working with fish since he was 14, both with Montana outfitters and in academic settings. He has a master's degree in marine affairs and policy from the University of Miami, and has done research in Washington, Mississippi, Florida, and Tanzania. Mark has been guiding since 2013 with MRO and he still has not won a wrestling match with a Mongolian.

Mark Portman
Guide

Jaime has been fishing since the age of seven. Fly fishing is his world and Mongolia became his second home after ten seasons of sharing the river with its wonderful people and the mighty taimen. In Chile, he runs the Chimalfe Patagonia Lodge.
Jaime has been fishing since the age of seven. Fly fishing is his world and Mongolia became his second home after ten seasons of sharing the river with its wonderful people and the mighty taimen. In Chile, he runs the Chimalfe Patagonia Lodge.

Jaime Castillo
Guide

Ryan got into fly fishing after reading an article about fly-tying at his middle school. He went home that day, cut some hair off the family cat (it's face resembled a hare's mask) and tied his first fly. Almost 20 years later, he still has that fly. Shortly after, he began tying flies commercially. He began his guide career in 2004, leaving his home in Missouri for the rivers of Wyoming. He first guided for Fish Mongolia in 2013. When not in Mongolia, he operates and guides for the Wyoming Fishing Company.
Ryan got into fly fishing after reading an article about fly-tying at his middle school. He went home that day, cut some hair off the family cat (it's face resembled a hare's mask) and tied his first fly. Almost 20 years later, he still has that fly. Shortly after, he began tying flies commercially. He began his guide career in 2004, leaving his home in Missouri for the rivers of Wyoming. He first guided for Fish Mongolia in 2013. When not in Mongolia, he operates and guides for the Wyoming Fishing Company.

Ryan Hudson
Guide



Marcelo was born in Temuco, Chile, and fished with his father on the rivers and lakes around his hometown before becoming a guide in Patagonia. He has been guiding with MRO and Fish Mongolia since 2011. When not fishing, he studies audiovisual communication: the perfect complement for his work as a guide.
Marcelo was born in Temuco, Chile, and fished with his father on the rivers and lakes around his hometown before becoming a guide in Patagonia. He has been guiding with MRO and Fish Mongolia since 2011. When not fishing, he studies audiovisual communication: the perfect complement for his work as a guide.

Marcelo Poo Montecinos
Guide

 

Meet the management

 
Mark grew up in Montana with a fly rod in his hand. He first came to Mongolia in 1991, lived here for several years to help establish the protected area system, and has been back almost every year since. Mark is obsessed by taimen conservation and helped found MRO. When he is not in Mongolia or Montana, Mark travels the world assisting international donor organizations to implement sustainable development activities.
Mark grew up in Montana with a fly rod in his hand. He first came to Mongolia in 1991, lived here for several years to help establish the protected area system, and has been back almost every year since. Mark is obsessed by taimen conservation and helped found MRO. When he is not in Mongolia or Montana, Mark travels the world assisting international donor organizations to implement sustainable development activities.

Mark Johnstad
Operations

Dan was once tasked with boating every major river in Mongolia to investigate water quality. He decided that both the fishing and the water looked great. For seven seasons, he led the guide team at Fish Mongolia. Dan works tirelessly to protect taimen and taimen rivers. (His master's degree at the University of Montana focused on taimen conservation.) He is now home, missing Mongolia, and available to help plan your trip.
Dan was once tasked with boating every major river in Mongolia to investigate water quality. He decided that both the fishing and the water looked great. For seven seasons, he led the guide team at Fish Mongolia. Dan works tirelessly to protect taimen and taimen rivers. (His master's degree at the University of Montana focused on taimen conservation.) He is now home, missing Mongolia, and available to help plan your trip.

Dan Bailey
Guest Services