Calm Sea

Mongolia - Mongolia

Taimen are the largest member of the salmonid family. Once common from the pacific to the Balkans, Taimen habitat has sadly been reduced to a few hidden spots along the southern taiga. We operate in a very remote, wilderness river system that is one of the mighty Taimens last truly healthy strongholds and, as we discuss below our operation exists to protect that stronghold. The river system provides so many heart pounding opportunities for Taimen in past due to the stunning amount of available Taimen food. These fantastic numbers of big fat Lenok Trout are the bread and butter diet for the hungry Taimen and make for some of the finest dry fly fishing anywhere on the globe.

The "no shuttle" journeys are unique to Mongolia. On all our trips anglers explore a different stretch of water and cast to fresh fish every day while avoiding time consuming shuttles. Each morning, you and your guide load into the boat and float directly from the camp. In the evening, you drift into one of our several pre-established stream side camps where the fires are lit, drinks are served and your bags are waiting. We operate on more than 200 kilometers of river, giving us plenty of water to explore each season.

Our camps, guides and cooks are the best in the business. Our non-motorized boats are perfect to drift and wade fish. The beauty, productivity and diversity of the streams is incredible. The pressure is negligible and we're striving to keep it that way. 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 country's natural surroundings. They are completed with cook tent, hot showers, toilet facilities, and gers for eating and sleeping. There are no generators or stereos, only the sounds of the trees and the river, the lights of candles and stoves, and the sparkling night stars.

The cooks are veterans, The food is fresh, diverse and very well suited to Western tastes. The coffee is usually hot, the beer cold and the wine very palatable. The resident Buryat people are famous for their homemade bread, butter and blueberry jam. Breakfast and dinner are served inside a central ger completed with tables chairs and woods stove.

Clients are accommodated in spacious ger (yurts). With their wooden lattice frames and insulating felt walls, sleeping in a cozy Mongolian ger is a great experience. Its much like having a spacious stream side hotel room. Each accommodates two guests and is outfitted with simple table and chairs, wool carpets, two beds, linen, piles of blankets and a wood burning stove. On cool mornings, one of the camp staff will enter at your request and light the stove before sunrise..... a great way  to start the day! Hot shower facilities are located in specially designed large tents..... Same with the toilets. Both facilities are quite comfortable and private.

Mongolian culture venerates hospitality and the camp staff are noi exception. They are wonderful hardworking, fun and highly attentive folks. You'll have a great time getting to know them and they will make your visit remarkable.

All angling for Taimen are by law catch and release, fly fishing only using single barbless hooks, However our conservation efforts go way beyond this and include tangible contributions such as designing river wide catch and release regulations, improving community awareness and economic opportunities linked directly to fisheries conservation, offering financial and in kind support to improve wildlife law enforcement and providing tangible sustainable business practice models.