Our story

We have been fly-fishing in Mongolia for nearly thirty years. We established these operations to protect Mongolia’s wild rivers and fisheries. Now, both Mongolia River Outfitters and Fish Mongolia are recognized for outstanding service, wonderful fishing, and conservation leadership. Our conservation programs and remote fly-fishing camps provide access to and help protect hundreds of kilometers of taimen habitat. We hope you’ll come and join us!

The team

We are particularly proud of our camp staff and guides. They are seasoned veterans. Our guides are on the water from June – October and every year they come from as close as the nearest village to as far away as Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, and Montana to fish these rivers. The best taimen guides on the planet and 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 forever!  With several published books, Peter's writing regularly appears in top-notch journals. He recently completed an incredible three month adventure floating from Mongolia to Lake Baikal.   Peter fishes the world, every year returning for a little more Mongolia magic.  Thanks Peter!
Peter has been the head guide forever! With several published books, Peter's writing regularly appears in top-notch journals. He recently completed an incredible three month adventure floating from Mongolia to Lake Baikal. Peter fishes the world, every year returning for a little more Mongolia magic. Thanks Peter!

Peter Fong
Guide

Battulga (Tulga) is pure joy!   He grew up on these rivers and has fished them with his family since childhood.  He is passionate about conservation and making certain every guest smiles all day long.  Tulga makes the Mongolia experience exceptional.
Battulga (Tulga) is pure joy! He grew up on these rivers and has fished them with his family since childhood. He is passionate about conservation and making certain every guest smiles all day long. Tulga makes the Mongolia experience exceptional.

Tulga Tumenjargal
Guide

Jaime was raised in Chile with a fly-rod in his hand.  He's been guiding his entire adult life and been coming to Mongolia for over fifteen years.  Jaime started and now runs the Chimalfe Lodge, one of Chile's finest fly-fishing properties.  If you want to know how good Jaime is:  This is the guy we all want to fish with on our days off!
Jaime was raised in Chile with a fly-rod in his hand. He's been guiding his entire adult life and been coming to Mongolia for over fifteen years. Jaime started and now runs the Chimalfe Lodge, one of Chile's finest fly-fishing properties. If you want to know how good Jaime is: This is the guy we all want to fish with on our days off!

Jamie Castillo
Guide

As a young teenager, Zolboo walked into our camp with a broken down fishing rig.  We handed him a fly-rod and he hasn't left since!  Zolboo personifies the expression "still waters run deep".  You will not find a finer angler anywhere in the world...  Amazing on and off the water.  Zolbito!!!
As a young teenager, Zolboo walked into our camp with a broken down fishing rig. We handed him a fly-rod and he hasn't left since! Zolboo personifies the expression "still waters run deep". You will not find a finer angler anywhere in the world... Amazing on and off the water. Zolbito!!!

Zolboo Bodonguud
Guide

 
 
Fabian has guided at MRO/FM for nearly fifteen years.  He's spent his life in the outdoors and guides for South America's premier operations, including head guide at Nomads of the Seas.   He is an absolute professional... Fabian gets it done!
Fabian has guided at MRO/FM for nearly fifteen years. He's spent his life in the outdoors and guides for South America's premier operations, including head guide at Nomads of the Seas. He is an absolute professional... Fabian gets it done!

Fabian Mendez
Guide

Batbold is the original gentle giant...  quick with a joke, great on the oars, and enthusiast about the fish.  Batbold speaks "fish on!" in Russian, Turkish and, of course, Mongolian and English.  Batbold works year round for MRO/FM, making certain these rivers are well protected.
Batbold is the original gentle giant... quick with a joke, great on the oars, and enthusiast about the fish. Batbold speaks "fish on!" in Russian, Turkish and, of course, Mongolian and English. Batbold works year round for MRO/FM, making certain these rivers are well protected.

Batbold Norovsambuu
Guide

Daniel is an artist... creating music with a fly-rod or classical guitar. Daniel has guided for over twenty-years, with over fifteen seasons on Mongolia's rivers.  Whitewater kayaker and backcountry expert, he's climbed some of South America's most remote peaks.
Daniel is an artist... creating music with a fly-rod or classical guitar. Daniel has guided for over twenty-years, with over fifteen seasons on Mongolia's rivers. Whitewater kayaker and backcountry expert, he's climbed some of South America's most remote peaks.

Daniel Mesa
Guide

Jangar (Jedi Jack) has been on the rivers since 2004. A native Mongolian, Jack spent part of his youth living in New Delhi.  He's a taimen whisperer who is currently going through a period of pike obsession.  Jack's a guiding legend.  And the stories just keep getting bigger.
Jangar (Jedi Jack) has been on the rivers since 2004. A native Mongolian, Jack spent part of his youth living in New Delhi. He's a taimen whisperer who is currently going through a period of pike obsession. Jack's a guiding legend. And the stories just keep getting bigger.

Jangar Bataakhuu 
Guide

 
 
Mark started out as a teenager rowing Smith river gear boats.  Now he's a globally respected fisheries biologist. Mark returns for the taimen, but secretly hopes to finally win a Mongolian wrestling match.  One of the finest individuals you will ever meet, we are so pleased to have Mark on the MRO/FM team.
Mark started out as a teenager rowing Smith river gear boats. Now he's a globally respected fisheries biologist. Mark returns for the taimen, but secretly hopes to finally win a Mongolian wrestling match. One of the finest individuals you will ever meet, we are so pleased to have Mark on the MRO/FM team.

Mark Portman
Guide

Jeff is originally from the USA, but now divides his time between New Zealand, Mongolia, and other fishy places.  He's guided for decades.  Jeff takes it to the next level.   He's like a fly fishing life coach... professional, caring, and in the game all day every day.
Jeff is originally from the USA, but now divides his time between New Zealand, Mongolia, and other fishy places. He's guided for decades. Jeff takes it to the next level. He's like a fly fishing life coach... professional, caring, and in the game all day every day.

Jeff Forsee
Guide

You can always count on a smile from Chino! Andres is as happy on the rivers of Mongolia as he is back home in Chile where he owns and operates Koon Outfitter's. Chino brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the team with nearly 15 years of professional guiding experience.
You can always count on a smile from Chino! Andres is as happy on the rivers of Mongolia as he is back home in Chile where he owns and operates Koon Outfitter's. Chino brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the team with nearly 15 years of professional guiding experience.

Andres “Chino” Mickman
Guide

 

Marcelo's got the heart of a teddy bear... a very fishy teddy bear.  He started fishing with his father on the waters of central Chile.  He soon traveled south to the wilds of Patagonia where he's now head guide at Estancia de los Rios, a 360,000 hectare fly fishing property.  Marcelo's been with us for over a decade.  We're lucky to have him!
Marcelo's got the heart of a teddy bear... a very fishy teddy bear. He started fishing with his father on the waters of central Chile. He soon traveled south to the wilds of Patagonia where he's now head guide at Estancia de los Rios, a 360,000 hectare fly fishing property. Marcelo's been with us for over a decade. We're lucky to have him!

Marcelo Poo Montecinos
Guide

 

Meet the management

 
Manduhai is owner, cofounder and managing director. Raised in a family of academics, she studied economics at Moscow University.  A highly respected member of Mongolia's business community, she has thirty-years experience running successful tourism adventures.  Manduhai is the quiet engine behind these operations.  She's out on a river every chance she gets.
Manduhai is owner, cofounder and managing director. Raised in a family of academics, she studied economics at Moscow University. A highly respected member of Mongolia's business community, she has thirty-years experience running successful tourism adventures. Manduhai is the quiet engine behind these operations. She's out on a river every chance she gets.

Manduhai Suhbaatar
Manager

Mark is all about taimen conservation and helped found MRO.  He first came here in 1991, lived here for several years to help establish the protected area system, and has been back almost every year since.  Mark travels the world assisting international donor organizations to implement sustainable development activities.
Mark is all about taimen conservation and helped found MRO. He first came here in 1991, lived here for several years to help establish the protected area system, and has been back almost every year since. Mark travels the world assisting international donor organizations to implement sustainable development activities.

Mark Johnstad
Operations

Ganna keeps the pieces working smoothly. She started her career working on conservation and development, serving as a consultant for organizations such as The World Bank. When you book a trip, Ganna will likely contact you to help take care of all the details.  She is one of the most pleasant people ever and she looks forward to welcoming you to Mongolia!
Ganna keeps the pieces working smoothly. She started her career working on conservation and development, serving as a consultant for organizations such as The World Bank. When you book a trip, Ganna will likely contact you to help take care of all the details. She is one of the most pleasant people ever and she looks forward to welcoming you to Mongolia!

Ganna Ganna
Operations

Handaa's been with MRO/FM from the beginning.  She was raised in the countryside and famously taught herself English while caring for the family's sheep herd.  Now she travels to high-end properties in Africa and Asia, learning what it takes to run a world-class operation.  Handaa is a super-star, working year-round to make certain every detail is perfect.
Handaa's been with MRO/FM from the beginning. She was raised in the countryside and famously taught herself English while caring for the family's sheep herd. Now she travels to high-end properties in Africa and Asia, learning what it takes to run a world-class operation. Handaa is a super-star, working year-round to make certain every detail is perfect.

Khandsuren Jigmed
Camp Manager

Michael is one of fly fishing most experienced and respected professionals.  For more than two decades, he has helped anglers with their international adventures. He has seen it all. Give him a call and you'll understand why we are lucky to have him on the team!
Michael is one of fly fishing most experienced and respected professionals. For more than two decades, he has helped anglers with their international adventures. He has seen it all. Give him a call and you'll understand why we are lucky to have him on the team!

Michael Caranci
Guest Services

Jeff has worked around the globe.  He's a favored expert for gear makers and is often featured in magazine articles, videos, and a host of other media sources.  When you call or drop an email, Jeff and Michael are there to answer all of your questions and get you ready for an amazing fly fishing adventure.
Jeff has worked around the globe. He's a favored expert for gear makers and is often featured in magazine articles, videos, and a host of other media sources. When you call or drop an email, Jeff and Michael are there to answer all of your questions and get you ready for an amazing fly fishing adventure.

Jeff Forsee
Guest Services