Accomodations: Ger (very spacious felt tent with heat)
Dates: May-June & Sept-Oct
Family: Sweetwater Travel
Length of Stay : 7 days / 7 nights
Location: Err River, Mongolia
Phone for reservations: 800-410-1222 Ask for Gary or Paul
Price : $5,600 Spring / $5,900 Fall, Fish Lisc $330
Species : Taimen, Lenok Trout, Pike
|Mongolia Taimen Camps - Mongolia
For years, Mongolia has been known as a land of fierce nomads, barren steppes, and cold, desert landscapes. In fact, a closer glance reveals fertile river valleys inhabited by kind, hospitable nomads, and rivers filled with the world’s largest salmonid -- the Taimen.
The rivers where Taimen are found are small to mid size low gradient rivers that will remind the fly fisherman of the American West. The rivers are wild and populated by Taimen and the Asian Trout, Lenok. The river valleys are inhabited by nomads and the home to populations of elk, wolves, deer, and the ubiquitous herds of sheep or cattle.
Our camps are about more than just fishing. Mongolia offers a level of cultural authenticity that is very unique in today’s increasingly mono-cultural world. Camp translators are available to lead visits to local villages, horseback trips to visit local families, and accompany fishermen on day hikes and mountain bike rides.
For anglers visiting in the fall, upland bird hunting is also available. With healthy populations of Daurian Partridge, Hazel Hen, common quail, and Blackcock, upland bird hunting can easily be combined with a day of fishing. When available, upland bird hunting is included with the fishing package price, although there is a small charge for a bird license which generally runs between 5 and 10 dollars per bird.
Mongolia offers a wonderful cultural and sporting experience for today’s angler. It provides the opportunity to step backwards in time where people still move to the rhythms of the seasons, the landscapes are still unbroken, and the fish are even bigger than the fish which Lewis and Clark found. It is completely unique and will remind you of the Rocky Mountain West we all dream about but will never experience. Join us for the fly-fishing adventure of a lifetime.
Sweetwater facilities are located on the banks of the river and provide a wonderful home during your visit to Mongolia. Anglers stay in the gers while at camp -- gers are the Mongolian felt tents which dot the Mongolian countryside. Each ger has been upgraded to include electric lights, hot water, wood stoves, wood floors and comfortable beds. These spacious Mongolian homes are comfortable and offer clients a truly unique living experience. For clients, staying in a ger is one of the highlights of the trip.
Sweetwater owns and operates exceptional lodges all around the world. Their Mongolian lodges offer the same attention to detail which has made their lodges in Alaska, Brazil, and British Columbia famous. From your arrival in camp until your departure, you will enjoy a high standard of personal service and comfort. Their camps are basic but fairly luxurious and complete with the necessary amenities. Each camp has a bathhouse and a dining lodge. The bathhouse includes shower facilities with plenty of hot water, good pressure and a wash area with sinks, mirrors and 110 volt electricity.
The dining lodge provides fishermen an area to congregate and enjoy the camp food. Cuisine at the camp is a variety of American and Mongolian dishes. Each meal is complimented with homemade soup, a variety of salads, fresh-baked bread, a modest dessert, coffee and tea.
Camps are staffed by both American and Mongolian staff. Each staff member has been selected to insure a quality experience for guests. Both the Mongolian guides and American guides have worked in Mongolia for several years. Days on the river are spent with professional guides for whom guiding is a profession, not a summer job. Evenings are spent with the Mongolian staff who, with the help of a certified translator, will entertain you with stories of Mongolian winters and life as a nomadic herder. They are a delightful people, and even the most intense anglers find the cultural interaction with Mongolians to be one of the highlights of their trip.
Mongolia is home to the world's largest surviving salmonid, the Taimen - Hucho hucho Taimen. Taimen are known to the Mongolians as the "River Wolf". They are an exceptionally ferocious predator which feeds on ducks, prairie dogs, mice, and fish.
Historically, Taimen had one of the largest ranges of any of the salmonids with a habitat extending from the Pechora River near the Kola Peninsula to the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia. Taimen have been known to reach weights of 200 pounds in the rivers of Siberia, and, in Mongolia, the largest fish we have landed weighed approximately 75 pounds.
They are quickly becoming renowned for their voracious strikes. Most of our fishing for the Taimen is done with dry flies. We use mouse flies for the Taimen and, generally, have not found any fish unwilling to attack a properly fished dry-fly swinging across a Taimen lie.
In our experience, these are greatest freshwater game fish in the world.
All fishing is catch and release with single, barbless hooks. Taimen are handled with the utmost of care and consideration of the fish's well-being. We regard the fishery as one of the planet's healthiest Taimen populations. Through hard work and angler cooperation, we intend to keep it this way forever.
The most overlooked aspect of our fishing is the dry fly fishing for Lenok, the oldest member of the trout family. Lenok, in our rivers, run from 16 to 30 inches long. They spend a majority of their time in shallow water where they are very accessible to our anglers fishing assorted dry flies and terrestrials.
Be very wary of websites which show large, dead Taimen. These sort of angling practices deplete rivers and mean that your trip will not result in large Taimen. Taimen live a very long time, and strict catch and release is the only way to operate a successful Taimen camp. We catch fish over fifty inches every week, and, in every case, that same fish will still be there when you arrive.
Similarly, be wary of operations showing mostly small fish. This means they are fishing a river that has suffered from over fishing. As a result, the big Taimen are gone and you will not have ample opportunities at large fish. We manage our fishery very carefully, and this means that every week provides world class opportunities at the world’s largest salmonid.
The price of round-trip helicopter flight to Ur Camps or commercial flight with jeep to Three Rivers Camp; accommodations based on double occupancy at the fishing area; all meals at the fishing camp including beer; taimen fly patterns; fishing permits; guide services based on one American guide-two anglers for the fall season; English-speaking camp operator and Travelex insurance for fishing package.
International airfare to and from Ulaanbaatar; Mongolian visa; three days lodging, meals and entertainment in Ulaanbaatar and Beijing; gratuities to camp staff, guides and hotel personnel; baggage handling or overweight charges; personal items; alcoholic beverages; telephone calls; laundry; room service; fishing equipment/tackle; and airport departure taxes.
Email owner to ask questions & request reservations or call 800-410-1222 ask for Gary