Ger camp accommodation
6 days fishing
Adventure Dates: Aug 30 – Sep 7,
Sep 13 – Sep 21, Sep 27 – Oct 5,
Oct 11 – Oct 20
Cessna Caravan to/from river
The classic MRO journey
Beautiful landscape, fascinating culture, professional staff, exceptional camps, and world-class fishing. A small group of anglers explore nearly 80 miles of pristine river. Float through the world’s first taimen sanctuary, casting for taimen, lenok, and trout on a fresh stretch of river every day. Stay in a well-appointed ger camp every evening. Much like an African tented safari, the camps are rustic but very comfortable. Each campsite along the river is uniquely peaceful, designed to reflect Mongolian traditions and integrate with the countryside’s natural surroundings.
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,
overnight in ger camp.
Days 3 – 7: Float and fish between
Day 8: Chartered Cessna Caravan
back to UB. Overnight in hotel.
Day 9: 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. 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 upper river offer a bit of luxury in a remote setting. Each camp has a large dining ger – the traditional round Mongolian structure – where anglers and guides can relax as a group after a wonderful day on the river. The sleeping gers feature comfortable cots, linens, and wood-burning stoves. The camps reflect Mongolian traditions in the spectacular valley where Genghis Khan was born. 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.
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.
There are fewer and fewer places in this world where you can experience a truly untouched environment. The terrain went from open prairies and rolling hills to rocky cliffs. Most beautiful skies and green grass I have ever seen. If you have the chance to experience it… don’t pass it up!
– Susan Hampton, Texas, USA
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