Expedition Dates: Sep 5 – 15,
Sep 19 – 29, Oct 3 – 13
Cessna Caravan to/from river
Access a beautiful and remote stretch of river
Eight days fishing through a vast and isolated portion of the world’s first taimen sanctuary, casting for taimen, lenok, and trout on a fresh stretch of water every day, nearly 100 miles (160 kilometers) in all. This trip is designed for those of us who don’t mind just a bit of “roughing it” in order to journey down a glorious river casting to large fish. The entire angling experience – remote location, incredible fishing, world-class guides, unique nomadic culture, and outstanding wilderness accommodation – makes this trip feel like an absolute privilege.
Itinerary at a glance
Day 1: Arrive Ulaanbaatar, overnight in hotel.
Day 2: Board a chartered
Cessna Caravan for the 90-minute
flight to the river. First day of fishing.
Days 3 – 9: Float and fish between
taimen camps. Last day wade and fish option.
Day 10: Chartered Cessna Caravan
back to UB. Overnight in hotel.
Day 11: Depart Mongolia.
Mongolia River Outfitters is Mongolia’s only drift-boat operation. All anglers fish from ClackaCraft LPs or Headhunter Skiffs. Manufactured in the United States, Clackacrafts are graceful fishing platforms. They have cozy seats, solid casting braces, full-length rod tubes, and plenty of dry storage for your gear. These drift boats allow us to fish the river quietly, efficiently, and comfortably.
Each day’s float covers 10 to 15 miles (16 to 24 kilometers) of water, with a midday break for a shore lunch. Our guides have fished this river for many years and will put you in the best position to present the fly. It’s quite an experience: standing tall in a drift boat while casting to a feeding taimen.
The river is the first in Mongolia to be legally designated as catch-and-release, fly-fishing only for international anglers. We insist that all guests practice catch-and-release fly-fishing using single, barbless hooks.
The typical taimen rod is a single-handed eight- or nine-weight, although some casters prefer a ten-weight for the larger, wind-resistant flies. Switch rods and double-handers have been deployed with good results as well, particularly on the walk-and-wade day. Your trout rod should be suitable for presenting grasshopper-sized patterns: a five-weight will work fine.
Anglers can expect several opportunities to hook a taimen each day. That typically means you see the fish below the fly, behind the fly, or on top of the fly. Don’t be fooled, however: taimen fishing can be very challenging. The ability to make long casts can be an advantage but is not a necessity—many big taimen strike within a boat’s length of the rod tip. Patience and persistence are more important in this game.
The camps on the lower river are a bit more rustic than those on the upper section, but still eminently comfortable. We carry the entire camp downstream with us, including a dining tent large enough to seat 14 people. Guests sleep in Nordic tipis, with comfortable cots and plenty of headroom. The three last nights we stay in our private ger camps. There are no generators or stereos, only the sounds of water over stones and wind in the trees, and only the lights of candles and stars. During the fall, we often hear red deer bugling in the morning and wolves howling at night.
Our camp cooks are true professionals. Meals are designed for Western tastes, with big breakfasts, hot lunches, and multi-course dinners with fresh vegetables and fruits. You can see photos and read more about the camps here.
”Fantastic trip. From beginning to end, everything was first class. Am already planning my return trip!”
– Alan V, Sumatra, Indonesia
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