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Mongolia

Hucho Taimen, Lenok, Amur Pike
Fly Fishing Expedition – Upper River / Camp II

All Inclusive Fly Fishing  –  7 Days of guided flyfishing,  floating the lower river with Clackacraft Drift Boats –  Flies, Fuel,  Airport Transfers, Taimen fishing permit, Overland transport, full accommodations plus Camp meals & drinks prepared by a professional chef and expedition crew. Guide to Client Ratio is 1:2

 

 

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Tackle

Rods & Reels
Class 05 -10

Species

Hucho taimen
Amur Pike
Siberian trout

Sleep

Ger Tent
Dining Tent
Hotels Included

Duration

6 Full Days
Willderness float

Prime Times

August to
October

Taimen Camp II

Taimen Camp II

 

Fly Fishing  Northern Mongolia – Upper River Taimen Float
Per Angler $ 6,950

Fly fishing for taimen on this trip means averaging six to eight miles of water per day in stable and comfortable Clack-a-Craft drift boats.  Mid summer presents a great opportunity for fly fishing anglers targeting taimen in Mongolia. As the water temperatures being to drop, the natural instinct of taimen, trout, and pike ignites an insatiable appetite to feed voraciously.

Fall fly fishing season in Mongolia starts in late August with cooler days starting in early September. Both anglers and the native Mongolian hucho taimen can sense the change in seasons. Think big streamers for taimen, dry flies for trout, and both for Amur pike.

Taimen will hunt down prey and attempt to pack on as much weight as possible. Winters in Mongolia are harsh. The taimen, Siberian trout, and Amur pike will all be in competition to smash your flies. Not to say the fishing is too easy. At times, taimen can be mysteriously elusive.

Your fly fishing guide will go the distance to decode the mystery and maximize your chances of a hookup. Guide to Client ratio is 2:1 on every trip.

 

Far East – Conservation Funded Destination

Conservation Commitment Far East Fly Fishing donates $100.00 for every trip we sell.  We beleive in sustainable fly fishing and work with international experts & local partners.  Interested to learn, volunteer, or contribute financially? Read More Here 

 

 

How to Get to Mongolia
Flights from the USA, Canada, Mexico, or Australia

At this time there are no direct flights from anywhere in the US or Canada. Those coming from N. America will need to stop in Tokyo’s Narita Airport OR Seoul’s Incheon. From either airport, take a direct flight to Mongolia where your hosts at Mongolia River Outfitters will pick you up and get you to the hotel room in Ulaanbataar Note* hotels, transport are included in our rates.

Flights from Europe, South America,  the Middle East & Africa 

Anglers coming from these regions should take into account that travel to and from Mongolia has been greatly affected by the current war in Ukraine. Flights from Istabul, Turkey provide direct service to Mongolia’s Ulaanbataar International Airport. Your hosts at Mongolia River Outfitters will pick you up and get you to the hotel room in Ulaanbataar Note* hotels, transport are included in our rates.

Visas
US & Canadian Citizens

You do not need a visa if visiting for fewer than 90 days, but your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your date of arrival. For stays for more than 30 days, register with Mongolian Immigration within seven days of arrival.

 

“Swinging flies is a lot of fun but nothing beats the titantic mouse fly. The first strike from even a small taimen on the surface is an incomparable fly fishing experience. Staff and guides always started early and worked late to keep us feeling like a VIP the entire trip.”

Robert Olsen

“Andy and Mateo are the top of the game in Mongolia with a strong effort to find the taimen and never give up the search. Food is good and camping under the starry sky”

Enzo Ferrara

Taimen Float – Upper River

The ger camps on the upper river offer a bit of extra 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

Fly fishing for Mongolia’s taimen requires a 9wt to 10wt rod with both floating and intermediate sinking lines. Amur pike also occupies taimen territory. Expect sudden strikes from sunken root balls and deep holes. Taimen will generally be in a faster current but not always. As we row downstream, your guide will position to deliver the fly, sink the fly, strip the fly, and get in touch with the heavyweights you came to see. These taimen are big and burly. Be ready for punchy runs around the pool, sudden dives, with aerial leaps at the surface.

Packlist Essentials

What to pack for this trip?

An old timer once said “If you don’t pack it, you absolutely won’t have it at camp” We’ve compiled an abbreviated but essential packlist that will provide for a comfortable and successful flyfishing expedition.

Taimen Fly Fishing Rods

  • Rod 9wt – 10wt single handed
  • Rod 7wt – 8wt spey, Rio Outbound short 
  • Lines Float / Intermediate / Sink Tips

Amur Pike & Trout Rods 

  • Rod #4 to #5 Trout– Float
  • Rod #7 to #8  Pike – Float / Sing 

What to pack for this trip?

Fly fishing in Mongolia and wondering what to bring? To maximize your days afield in Mongolia, we suggest the following gear – We provide a comprehensive list of items to pack in our pre-trip planner after you book your trip. Below is an abbreviated version of essential gear and tackle for your Fly fishing trip to Mongolia.

Must have tools  

  • Line Cutter “nips”
  • Forceps + barb crusher
  • Amadou Drying patch (Orvis)
  • Hook Sharpening Hone

 

Wearables  

  • Seasonal Appropriate
  • Polarized Glasses
  • Cap or Hat (Drab color)
  • Warm hat “beanie”
  • Rain Jacket
  • Running leggings or shorts
  • Fleece Jacket
  • 2 pair of socks per day
  • Camp shoes or slippers

 

Wading Gear

  • Chest wader – Spring / Fall
  • Wet Wader Socks (Summer)
  • Studded Boots – Felt OK
  • Staff – Optional

 

Camp Supplies

  • Sleeping Bag rated to 32F / Zero C
  • Camp Pillow
  • Headlamp or Torch “Flashlight”
  • Multi-tool / Knife
  • Waterproof Bag or Pack
  • Toilet Paper, Personal Kit
Camp Information

 

Float, Camp & Fly Fish

Float between well appointed ger camps strategically placed along the best sections of river. As on all of our Mongolia fly fishing trips, you have the new waters to explore each Fly fishing for taimen on this trip offers anglers the chance to cover six to eight miles of water per day.day with no backtracking, shuttle transfers, and the ultimate roadless and wilderness fly fishing experience in Mongolia.

The Camps – Fly Fishing the Upper River 

After a full day of flyfishing, we float into a stunning Mongolian camp where the drinks are cold, the fires are warm, and the meals are delicious. The next day, you wake up to hot coffee, sit down to a great breakfast, wader up, board the  boats, to chase more lenok, pike, and those big burly taimen. Each morning, we float downstream towards the next camp with professional guides without ever having to shuttle. Hot lunches are served streamside with tea or coffee to finish. The cargo boats “gear boats “and camp staff transport everything we need for the week on a series of rafts

Sleep & Shower

Get a good nights rest in a small but cozy bed in your private yurt (tent) that has a water reservoir for washing up and a small storage area for your personal items. There are two cot beds per tent. Hot water is boiled at camp and tranfered to a field shower (walled tent) on your request. There is also a private and hygenic latrine at every camp.

Camp Menu

Western & Mongolian fare are served three times daily and include fresh vegetables, meats, breads, cheeses, wines, beers with the recipes at camp blending the best of Mongolian dishes with  classic American and European favorites. We pack perishable items with dry ice providing great food through from the start to the end of your trip. There is a professional chef at camp serving up camp classics and a few things maybe you haven’t tried. Bring an appetite – The camp chef takes pride in preparing healthy and tasty fare for everyone at camp.

Evening Drinks

Beer & Wine are complimentary for our guests and vodka is also a camp treat at no additional cost to you. Ice is not available once we arrive at the river. Enjoy cocktails at room temp or wait until we return back to UB “Ulanbataar” for a celebratory evening on the town with guides and crew.

Weather – What to Expect

Mongolia generally has good weather in fall with mostly dry and sunny days and strikingly beautiful autumn colors. The sunshine in autumn is intense. Night time temperatures can suddenly plunge below freezing. Choosing a durable and warm sleeping bag should be a top priority.

Pack your sunglasses, camera and hat. Warm, sunny days usually extend through late September with cool evenings and warm days.

 

Fly Fishing Mongolia

 

Lower River Taimen Camps – Mongolia

Fly fishing for taimen in early autumn means water levels are stable and clear. Late September through October is  prime to time to be flyfishing in Mongolia for taimen, trout and pike on the lower river. Trees and grasslands explode into a splendor of red, green,and gold. The drop in temperature triggers larger taimen and smaller ones as well to feed voraciously. First snows can come as early as mid September with some of the best fishing all year coming at the cusp of winter at the end of the fly fishing season in Mongolia.

 Fly Fishing for Native Species

Mongolia’s taimen are predators & renowned for their greedy appetites and explosive strikes both on the surface & beneath. The taimen’s main prey items include trout, ducks, pikes, and anything they can fit in their mouth. That includes canibalizing smaller taimen. In low light especially, taimen patrol the surface, stalking out small mammals, ducklings and hopefully your gurgling surface flies. Mongolia’s taimen provide absolutely explode on the fly, sometimes leaping completely out of the water on the 1st strike. If the taimen misses on the first strike, expect and be ready for a 2nd assault.  Some taimen will hammer your fly over and over so be ready to drive the hook home.

“This was my third trip to Mongolia: the scenery was spectacular, with fall colors showing in the larch forests lining the rocky hills along the way; and the fishing was the best ever. In a word, it was exceptional. Our group caught countless lenok, numerous grayling, and 23 taimen up to 55 inches in length. The biggest taimen were caught in white water rapids where the water temperature was cooler and oxygen levels higher than the surrounding water; and the gurgler was again by far and away the winning fly pattern. Five to six-inch long streamers imitating lenok also produced well, but gurglers caught everything from big taimen to average-sized” Tom G.

Lenok (Manchurian trout, Mongolian trout, Siberian trout) grow often around the 20″ range and  are often mistaken for small taimen and will provide an intense bulldog fight on streamers and dry flies. Pack your 5wt rod and your favorite foam flies – They aren’t picky. Many of them have never seen a fly.

Amur Pike – Amur Pike -They just hit differently. Mongolia’s Amur pike are the unruly roommate of the hucho taimen. These pike like to hang out in slightly warmer water in the slower pools and and sunken holes in the river. Amur pike can grow up to (28 lb) 12.5 The lesser known predator of Mongolia’s taimen rivers are dressed in silverish olive with Inky black spots These fish charge at flies like a live torpedo from behind a log, rock, or even from under the boat. If throwing big streamers is your thing, these fish are great sport on the fly.

Fly Fishing the Lower River 

The taimen, Siberian trout, and Amur pike will all be in competition to smash your flies. Not to say the fishing is too easy. At times, taimen can be mysteriously elusive. The guides will go the distance to decode the mystery and maximize your chances of a hookup.

Guide to Client ratio is 2:1 on every trip

As we row downstream, your guide will position the boat to deliver the fly. The expert guides at Mongolia River Outfitters will coach you to sink the fly, strip the fly, and get the perfect drift to connect with a taimen heavyweight. These taimen are big, burly and looking for prey. We pair no more than 2 clients per guide to offer dedicated guide service tailored to the way you fish. Guides are rotated daily to give everyone on the trip a chance to learn the best elements each of our fly fishing guides has to offer.

Trout and taimen will generally be in a faster current but not always. As we row downstream, your guide will position to deliver the fly, sink the fly, strip the fly, and get in touch with the heavyweights you came to see. These taimen are big and burly. Be ready for punchy runs around the pool, sudden dives, and jumps at the surface.

 

On this  flyfishing trip in Northern Mongolia,  enjoy the stability, comfort and safety in an Clack-A-Craft drift boat. The outfitter’s boats are quiet and stable enough to stand and cast to predatory taimen, trout, and pike. Each boat can easily accommodate two anglers and your fly fishing guide (up to  900lbs) Boats have comfy swivel seats and large, secure casting platforms.  These drift boats have plenty of storage space for extra rods, camera gear, drinks & other goodies you need on board.

2023 & 24 ' Rates

 

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Mongolia – Lower River Float
All Inclusive Package Rates

Rates & Pricing

2023 Per Angler $ 6,950
2023 Per Angler $ 7,500
Partner Outfitter – Fish Mongolia / MRO

(9) Nights (7) Full Days  Fishing
(9) Total Days of Travel

Included

  • Overland 4X4 Transfer to Camp
  • Includes transport fuel fees & taxes
  • Hotel Rooms on 1st & last night
  • Flies + Tippet /Terminal Tackle
  • Boats & Rafts – 2 Anglers Per Boat
  • Guide Service x 7 Days
  • Room & Board x 7 Nights
  • All Meals (3) Per Day X 7
  • Complimentary Beer,Wine, Soda
  • Conservation Area Taimen Permit
  • Airport VIP Welcome & Shuttle to hotel
  • Morning coffee, tea, snacks
  • Emergency Travel Support 24/7
  • 50% off any guided trip in S. Korea
  • Interpreter / Translation service while inside S. Korea

 

Not Included

  • International Airfares to Mongolia
  • Meals & Drinks in UB
  • Other personal travel expenses
  • Rods & Reels – Add to packlist
  • Waders – Add to packlist
  • Wader Boots – Add to packlist
  • Crew & Guide Gratuitities
  • Evacation Insurance – Required
  • Travel Insurance CFAR recommended
Rates & Terms

 

 

Booking & Deposits

Our clients have (5) five calendar days to secure dates with a 50% deposit after confirming your dates. Trip dates will not be confirmed if payments are not completed within 5 days (Mongolia)

Full payment for trip is due (6 Months)  from the confirmed start date of the trip to finalize the booking. If the client (s) are booking inside of 6 Months, the total balance of the trip is due at the time of booking excluding rental gear or tackle.

After invoice is emailed to client, client has (5) five calendar days to complete payment. Trip dates will not be confirmed if payments are not completed within 5 days

The following terms and conditions apply to all offers or trips organized or operated by Far East Outfitters, LLC (“Far East”) We encourage you to read through all terms and conditions carefully before sending deposits or making the final payment.Clients who book trips, send deposits, or send final payments shall be considered acknowledged and aware that all clients involved have read and accepted and agreed to all the terms and conditions contained herein.

 Cancellations & Refunds  

Mongolia fishing packages, both deposits and final payments received are non-refundable, regardless of the reason. Because of the operator’s no refund and no credit policy, we highly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance. In no event will the operator’s be responsible for any cancellation of services or operations due to inclement weather, any event of force majeure, airline delays, missed travel connections, or any other reason beyond the control of the lodge. If your flights are late and connections are missed, operators are not responsible for alternative travel arrangements including flights, hotels, meals and any other expenses incurred. If a cancelled package is resold by either the outfitter or by Far East Fly Fishing Co , then a full refund will be sent minus a $100.00 per person cancellation fee charged by Far East Flyfishing. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages.

Far East shall not be liable for any nonperformance or delay in performance caused by any act or event beyond its reasonable control, including without limitation acts or omissions of Third Parties, unavailability of supplies or labor, equipment failure, war, protests, lock-outs, fire, flood, COVID-19 restrictions, earthquake, poor flight conditions (helicopter delays) hurricane, disease, epidemic, pandemic, plague, quarantine, any other Act of God, any law, regulation, ordinance, or other act or order of any court, government, or governmental agency. Should the client choose to completely cancel the trip and forfeit a one-time, no cost complimentary date chance, refunds will be issued according to the table below

Far East nor the operator is responsible for client (s) missed flights or transportation connections nor meal, hotel or travel expenses incurred due to missed or delayed transport connections. We strongly suggest protecting your investment with travel insurance in the event of a sudden cancellation or date change. –

Cancellations Notification  – Clients are asked notify Far East their intent to cancel the trip in writing by email or call during business hours to start the reimbursement process

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The following terms and conditions apply to all offers or trips organized or operated by Far East Outfitters, LLC (“Far East”) We encourage you to read through all terms and conditions carefully before sending deposits or making the final payment.

Clients who book trips, send deposits, or send final payments shall be considered acknowledged and aware that all clients involved have read and accepted and agreed to all the terms and conditions contained herein.

Cancellations & Refunds  

Far East Reserves the right to cancel trips due to extreme weather events and will offer to reschedule the trip or offer a full or partial refund pro-rated for time and services provided.

  • Far East shall not be liable for any nonperformance or delay in performance caused by any act or event beyond its reasonable control, including without limitation acts or omissions of Third Parties, unavailability of supplies or labor, equipment failure, war, protests, lock-outs, fire, flood, COVID-19 restrictions, earthquake, poor flight conditions (helicopter delays) hurricane, disease, epidemic, pandemic, plague, quarantine, any other Act of God, any law, regulation, ordinance, or other act or order of any court, government, or governmental agency. 

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