Fishing: Home of Taiman

When Fishing
Spring season – for a couple of weeks after spawning the taimen are hungry and aggressive; standby for some spectacular surface action.
Fall Season – as the temperatures fall the action turns on as the taimen fatten up for the winter.

About Mongolian Fishes

Taimen – 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. 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 gamefish in the world. During our Mongolia travels all fishing is catch and release with single, barb less 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.

Others species are the Lenok– the Mongolian equivalent of a trout, generally around 15 to 20 inches they can grow to over 30 inches and the Grayling are plentiful in Mongolia’s rivers. They spend a majority of their time in shallow water where they are very accessible to our anglers fishing assorted dry flies and terrestrials.

Equipment:
Taimen (Hucho taimen) Fly tackle: 9 foot rod AFTM 8-10 – alternatively a two-handed salmon rod may be used. A floating line and a selection of floaters (T-200, T-300). Short and stout leaders 1-1,5 meter 15-25 lbs. And a robust fly reel with a solid brake system and a capacity of 150-200 meters of bavking. Large flies are needed to tease the taimen effectively. Streamers same type as used for pike preferably 12-20 cm long or tied as tarpon flies made of light and colorful materials. A must are large mouse patterns tied with deer hair. They work well in sizes up to 10 cm body + tail or as big as can be cast on the fly rod. Spinning tackle: A stout 9-10 foot rod handling 10-40 grams (a heavy pike rod) with a strong spinning reel holding 150-200 meter of 15-25 lbs. line. Wobblers suited for pike, surface wobblers (mice) a selection of pike spoons and large spinners.


Lenok (Brachymstax lenok) and Grayling (Thymallus thymallus) Fly tackle: a light rod 8-9 foot AFTM 4-7, a standard fly reel with a floater, 9 foot leader 5-7 lbs., a selection of dries, nymphs and streamers. Spinning: A 6-7 foot rod casting 5-15 grams 5-7 lbs line and a selection of spinners, wobblers and spoons as for trout fishing.

 


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More Recommended Tackles:
The list of recommended tackle and fishing equipment includes 2-3 weight rods for medium and heavy drag, spinning reels with lines ranging from 0.20-0.30 mm. High quality reels such as Shimano, Aero GT or Stradue are recommended, as well as a sufficient number of lures (floating wobblers of 14 cm-18 cm, spinners, rubber, dummy fishes and other systems).
Fly-fishing anglers are advised to opt 6-8 AFTMA rods averaging 295 cm in length and to bring a set of both dry and wet flies nymphs. Under different conditions large steamers and mouse imitations work well. One catches lenok and grayling with 3 or 5 weight fly rod and with floating line.

Taimen (Hucho taimen)
Fly tackle: 9 foot rod AFTM 8-10 – alternatively a two-handed salmon rod may be used. A floating line and a selection of floaters (T-200, T-300). Short and stout leaders 1-1,5 meter 15-25 lbs. And a robust fly reel with a solid brake system and a capacity of 150-200 meters of bavking. Large flies are needed to tease the taimen effectively. Streamers same type as used for pike preferably 12-20 sm long or tied as tarpon flies made of light and colourful materials. A must are large mouse patterns tied with deer hair. They work well in sizes up to 10 cm body + tail or as big as can be cast on the fly rod.
Spinning tackle: A stout 9-10 foot rod handling 10-40 grams (a heavy pike rod) with a strong spinning reel holding 150-200 meter of 15-25 lbs. line. Wobblers suited for pike, surface wobblers (mice) a selection of pike spoons and large spinners.
Lenok (Brachymstax lenok) and Grayling (Thymallus thymallus)
Fly tackle: a light rod 8-9 foot AFTM 4-7, a standard fly reel with a floater, 9 foot leader 5-7 lbs., a selection of dries, nymphs and streamers.
Spinning: A 6-7 foot rod casting 5-15 grams 5-7 lbs line and a selection of spinners, wobblers and spoons as for trout fishing.

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