Trip Report Northwest Mongolia Taimen Fishing - Canyon Trip

I just got back from fishing in NW Mongolia.... whatever image you may or may not have of Mongolia, the first things to know about this area of the world are that it is remote and that it is beautiful. No cell service, no internet, no crowds, no cars, and no trash..... it’s a stark departure from fishing the Cedar all summer...

Also, it takes a little time to get there.... once you arrive in ULaanbaatar, there’s a short domestic flight to Muron, then a +6hr drive down a dirt road that would more accurately be called a beat up goat path....

All trips, no matter who you book through, are handled by the same Mongolian outfitter who has exclusive rights to the Taimen rivers. This is particularly good news because this outfitter is outstanding, and though the fish may bite differently at different times and weather can obviously vary, every other aspect of the trip should be consistent....and they do an awesome job...

Personally, I cant stand camping... I don’t even like to eat outside at restaurants... the reason why I disclose this because if I can survive and almost enjoy sleeping in a yurt for a week, I imagine anyone can.... as you float down the river for 7 days, the camp staff (15-20 people) pack everything up, float down in front of you, and setup camp downriver. Each night is a different location, however the logistics are handled so flawlessly, that you wouldn’t know that except for the scenery.

As good as the accommodations are for this trip, the food is even better.... 3 huge meals a day.... my thought of losing weight during this trip didn’t exactly work out....

The fishing day started at 9am each morning, and ended around 5 or 6pm. There is zero travel .... you float the river the whole day, with the only stop being for a riverside lunch....

This is a pretty hardcore fishing trip.... most of the time you are casting and stripping.... I split the skin on my stripping thumb in 2 different places... and it was wrapped with tape.... to sufficiently cover the water requires aggressive double hauls with heavy lines and heavy flies.... most fish an 8wt.... I fished 2 8wts (Sage Method and 8’4” Scott Meridian), a 9wt Scott Meridian and an 11wt G Loomis Muskie rod.....this may seem like overkill... and may be, but it allowed me to cover tons of water, carry long head lines and big flies.... and frequently get into the backing on 105ft lines....the drawback is this takes a toll on you when you do it for 7 days straight.... bring lots of Aleve....

For all this “work” the results were pretty tough.... I only caught 1 25” taimen all week.... our group of 6 Angler’s only caught 8 all week... to add insult to injury, the biggest (47”) and most fish of the week (4 total) were caught by the fella who fished in the boat with me all week...

There is also Lenok (Trout) and Grayling, and even though that is fun, it’s not the reason most would travel to the other side of the world to fish....

This trip requires a large commitment of time and money.... but it’s also unlike any fishing I’ve ever experienced....and as disappointing as the fishing was that week, I’d go back in a minute....
 

Attachments

  • 1C341FC1-8C3B-4014-ADC3-0D907E26E725.jpeg
    1C341FC1-8C3B-4014-ADC3-0D907E26E725.jpeg
    1.4 MB · Views: 219
  • 5F1A3882-E40E-46FF-AEA8-C9BA183D3A70.jpeg
    5F1A3882-E40E-46FF-AEA8-C9BA183D3A70.jpeg
    4.2 MB · Views: 241
  • 9DA92ACD-3A98-415D-8699-329FB501D3BD.jpeg
    9DA92ACD-3A98-415D-8699-329FB501D3BD.jpeg
    5.4 MB · Views: 267
  • 44E3602B-0D14-4AB4-AF16-A006425DEB26.jpeg
    44E3602B-0D14-4AB4-AF16-A006425DEB26.jpeg
    2.7 MB · Views: 266
  • 9E4CBB7E-3A09-476A-8523-C9F07AEDF8AF.jpeg
    9E4CBB7E-3A09-476A-8523-C9F07AEDF8AF.jpeg
    2 MB · Views: 255
  • 14C52CF8-CD9E-4FCA-9A25-BC9749671AFE.jpeg
    15.9 MB · Views: 10
  • A3A218FB-E8F3-4F2E-A8FA-BAA48CA0BAB3.jpeg
    A3A218FB-E8F3-4F2E-A8FA-BAA48CA0BAB3.jpeg
    2.5 MB · Views: 235
  • 6AA78448-8098-4A79-922D-AAE1956924AE.jpeg
    6AA78448-8098-4A79-922D-AAE1956924AE.jpeg
    3.8 MB · Views: 211
  • E6795077-067A-4EC8-80A6-2930720863DA.jpeg
    E6795077-067A-4EC8-80A6-2930720863DA.jpeg
    5.8 MB · Views: 202
  • 92E0234B-00BF-44D8-9BBF-AFC69DF08457.jpeg
    92E0234B-00BF-44D8-9BBF-AFC69DF08457.jpeg
    2.7 MB · Views: 210
  • 285F5965-F3B6-4680-B4AC-28DC1E749770.jpeg
    285F5965-F3B6-4680-B4AC-28DC1E749770.jpeg
    2.6 MB · Views: 209
  • 80DB98B4-6527-49B3-A6FC-F59BAEEB267A.jpeg
    21.4 MB · Views: 11

Support WFF | Remove the Ads

Support WFF by upgrading your account. Site supporters benefits include no ads and access to some additional features, few now, more in the works. Info

Latest posts

Top