A good guide is a wise and trusted fishing companion able to lend a hand spotting, hooking and landing that amazing fish. The best guides become life-long friends. Every year, we look forward to welcoming back an amazing group of talented guides and friends.
Peter Fong started guiding with MRO in 2005. He was born in New York and moved to Montana as a young man. Pete lived for years along the Yellowstone and Bitterroot rivers and has chased fish all over the globe. His stories and photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod and Reel, Grayıs Sporting Journal, and the New York Times. When not in Mongolia, Pete resides near a beach in Aruba.
Jaime Castillo’s first year guiding in Mongolia was 2006. When Jaime’s not in Mongolia chasing taimen, he’s overseeing fly-fishing and most other things for the famous “Estancia de los Rios” operation near Coyhaique, Chile. Jaime has fished with some of the world’s best anglers and for good reason. When everyone else is puzzled, Jaime’s boat still catches the fish… sometimes with his famous “Chilean White Goat” fly and sometimes just by whistling.
Daniel Mesa started guiding with MRO in 2007. Daniel his had a long, storied and highly successful guiding career. He currently works for the highly respected “Estancia del Zorro” located in Patagonia. Daniel is an accomplished classical guitarist and one of the finest double haul casters around. He’s also a very gifted casting instructor.
Fabian Mendez first guided with MRO in 2007. Fabian was raised in the mountains along the Chilean/Argentine border and has had a lifetime obsession with all things trout. Fabian’s probably the best fish finding guide you will ever encounter, anywhere. When not searching out trout and taimen in Mongolia, Fabian manages fly-fishing operations for the luxurious live aboard adventure fly-fishing vessel, “Nomads of the Seas”.
Mark Johnstad 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 not goofing around in Mongolia or Montana, Mark travels the world assisting international donor organizations implement development activities.
Yuruult (Yogi) Tumenjargal is the newest addition to the guide team. Yogi has fished here his entire life. He was raised along the banks of the river in a family dedicated to outdoor pursuits. Yogi understands the stream, fish and culture in a way that’s only possible for a local. A very impressive young man with a great big smile, Yogi has fluent English and a blossoming command of French and Spanish. After apprenticing for two years, Yogi took over the sticks in 2010. Tolga, his younger brother, just entered the apprentice program and shows great promise.