TAIMEN RESEARCH AT TENGIS/ SHISHGED +
GIANT GRAYLING RESEARCH AT ALTAI TAVAN BOGD NATIONAL PARK COMBINATION TRIP
Hosted by Tom and Jeff Boyd, world renowned researchers, authors, fly fishermen, and explorers.
ADVENTURE DATE: May 03 – 26, 2020
Itinerary at a glance:
Day 1 (May 3): Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. A Fly Shop Mongolia representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to a hotel. If there is time or interest anglers will be taken to Fly Shop Mongolia to review your travel and fishing plans as well as viewing suggested fishing gear, you might need
Day 2 (May 4): After breakfast at the hotel, transport to the UB airport for a flight to Moron. Pick up in Moron by Fly Shop Mongolia representatives in 4-wheel drive vehicles and transport to Tsagaan Nuur Village. On the way we short visit to a nomadic family to experience nomadic life first hand. Arrive late evening to the Tsagaan Nuur Lodge and have a traditional Mongolian Dinner and be assigned lodging in wood framed cabins at double occupancy.
Day 3 (May 5): After breakfast leave by 4-wheel drive vehicles to Tengis/Shishged National Park. Travel to Shishged tent camp by large inflatables powered by jet engines. Arrive at campsite by midday where there is wade fishing available and double occupancy tents, with wood stoves and beds. A private chef will cook all meals and pack any lunches and supplies for overnights. Note: there are private eco toilets, private hot water tent showers and generators for lights and charging electronics.
Day 4-9 (May 6-11): Full research fishing days for taimen, lenok and gold-tailed grayling on a variety
of sections of the Shishged River. Note: No boundaries and quotes will apply for this special research expedition
Day 10 (May 12): After breakfast leave the camp and After breakfast leave the camp and transport to Tsagaan Nuur and further to province center Murun by 4x4 cars. Drive will take approx. 9 hours. Stay overnight in Murun.
Day 11 (May 13): Return flight to UB from Moron. Overnight in hotel in UB.
Day 12 (May 14): After breakfast at the hotel, transport to the UB airport for a flight to Ulgii City. Overnight in Ulgii city in hotel at double occupancy.
Day 13 (May 15): After breakfast drive further to Dayan Nuur in Ulgii Province. Drive around 6 hours. Arrive at the Dayan Lake and camp set up.
Day 14-16 (May 16-18): Fishing research around Dayan surrounding headwaters (small streams and rivers)
Day 17-20 (May 19-22): Drive further to Hoton and Hurgan Lakes and research fishing in lakes and surrounding headwaters
Day 21 (May 23): After breakfast drive to Khovd River and fish. Overnight at the river
Day 22 (May 24): After breakfast drive back Ulgii City
Day 23 (May 25): Flight to UB from Ulgii City and stay overnight in UB hotel
Day 24 (May 26): After breakfast transfer to the international airport to respective international flights
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TRIP DESCRIPTION: SHISHGED RIVER
Fishing in Tengis and Shishged Rivers is the ultimate fisherman’s challenge and a world-class fishing destinations. Situated1250 km away from Ulaanbaatar City the Tengis and Shishged Rivers are the most remote and difficult places for destination fly anglers to access in Mongolia. The Tengis/Shishged watershed is located in the western part of "East Taiga", the northern extension of the beautiful Darkhad Valley. The Shishged River originates as the outflow from Tsagaan Nuur Lake in the northernmost area of Mongolia. The Tengis River is a major tributary of the Shishged and after its confluence becomes an exciting and vibrant river with fast, clear running currents and deep pools. This is a perfect ecosystem for taimen to thrive.
This area is the most strictly “Protected Area” in Mongolia and part of The Tengis Shishged National Park. The number of anglers permitted to fish here is strictly limited each year with strict restrictions including single and barbless hook, catch and release etc. All anglers are required to pay a Conservation Fee and also obtain a Fishing License. Funds from these sources will be used to maintain the fishery.
Both rivers offer pristine habitat for Taimen. Their remoteness has protected them. Taimen are the largest member of the Salmonidae family and grow to incredible sizes: almost seven feet in length and over two hundred pounds. Taimen are the apex predator wherever they swim, in the Mongolian language they called “Tom Tul” which is literally translated as ''River Wolf''. They are extremely aggressive and fierce warriors, territorial, and likely to attack almost anything that enters their domain, most notably surface flies. Once hooked, taimen wage a ferocious battle laced with many thrilling jumps in their freedom quest. For fly anglers their menu includes a selection of skated flies imitating large mice, lemming, muskrat patterns, and huge streamers fished in deeper pools.
This is one of the most adventurous expeditions in Mongolia fly fishing remote, wild and isolated rivers. Being in good physical condition is an important requirement for those of you joining Fly Shop Mongolia on this premium adventure. The wading is challenging, and the water is often very swift.
The Fly Shop Mongolia operates inflatable jet boats to access remote areas. The boats are very robust and powerful to overcome the sometimes-challenging currents and rapids of these untouched rivers. All anglers will be transported to the rivers’ most productive fishing spots by boat where wading is the best option to fish.
Fly Shop Mongolia’s fishing program carefully manages the river available to us in order to ensure a productive fishing experience week in and week out. Our guides are unquestionably the finest, Fly Shop Mongolia offers a mix of local and western guides that have an intimate knowledge of both rivers, and know where and how to fish. The fishing is restricted to fly fishing and catch-and-release and we strongly feel it is the “ultimate fly-fishing challenge” for international anglers in freshwater anywhere on earth. You can expect several opportunities to hook a taimen each day, but please remember these fish are rare, long lived, large, and a true challenge to land with their inspired resistance. Patience and persistence are important in this game. Lenok, the most ancient trout species, are abundant. These beautiful trout look similar to brown trout but have never seen
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a fly and are not wary. They can get very large and we have many record-size lenok throughout the watershed. Golden-tail grayling exist in large numbers serve as a food base for taimen and lenok, and most importantly are a delight on surface flies. Virtually any fly in your box will entice these battlers, some weighing several pounds.
TRIP DESCRIPTION: ALTAI TAVAN BOGD NATIONAL PARK
Altai Tavan Bogd has some of the most stunning scenery in all of Mongolia with towering white mountains, glaciers, deep lush valleys, and large lakes. The park is divided into 2 regions, the Tavan Bogd Mountains in the northwest and the Lakes Region to the southeast. This stunning region stretches south from Tavan Bogd and includes the twin lakes of Khoton Nuur and Khurgan Nuur and Dayan Nuur. The park stretches along the Chinese border from the Russian border to 200 km south following the Altai Mountains, which form the borders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia. Tavan Bogd Mountains are considered sacred to local Kazakhs, Tuvans, and Mongolians. Ancient tribes have left many artifacts, using the region for religious ceremonies. Today, tens of thousands of petroglyphs in the park are part of a World Heritage Site. In addition, there are numerous Turkic Stone Men and stone burial mounds.
Located in the northern part of the Altai mountain range, near the Chinese border, in Bayan-Ölgii, the westernmost of the provinces of Mongolia, Dayan, Khurgan and Khoton are 3 lakes situated at an elevation of more than 2.000m. The road to the lakes, located in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, is gravel. It’s narrow, steep, and impassable in winters. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. From October the surface of the lakes starts to freeze, creating then 1.3-1.6 m ice thickness. Khurgan Lake lies at an elevation of 2,072m above the sea level, and Khoton Lake at 2,084m. It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging.
The Mongolian Grayling – a large-growing fish predator and relatively unknown among non-Mongolian fishermen. An exploration of its distribution range in West Mongolia. It is a large-growing fish predator, with great variability in its appearance. There are several features of its appearance that are very different from the more familiar European grayling (T. thymallus). In the framework of a doctoral thesis, Gernot Englmaier supported by Dr. Steven Weiss aims to study this species in more detail. He will try to determine if the different forms of Mongolian grayling (i.e. individuals specializing on a fish diet versus those specializing on insects and crustaceans) have genetic differences or live in distinct places. At the same time, he will integrate his scientific results into a wider perspective of nature conservation and the sustainable management and use of this species in recreational fishing.
In cooperation with FlyShop Mongolia and the Mongolian Ministry of Environment and Tourism we conducted the first research expedition to this region in summer 2019. The objective: to obtain genetic samples and explore the entire distribution range of this species in Mongolia within an interdisciplinary team of biologists, conservationists and passionate fly-fishermen.
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Shishged: Our mobile tent camps offer a bit of luxury in a far removed, remote setting. We follow “No Trace” Expedition concept as an innovative project of environmentally friendly fishing, which is also supported by national park rangers and local government officials. Simply put: Leave the wild places you visit the way you would like to find them. We dismantle our camp after each fishing season. Our mobile camp has very convenient and spacious tents and gers suited for local weather conditions. Each tent/gers has tables, chairs and 2 beds with small wood burning stoves. Our camps have large dining gers where anglers can relax as a group after a rewarding day on the river. Every evening, our camp staff prepares a large open fire with chairs placed around it. There we typically discuss the fishing stories of the day. We serve local alcohol for those who are interested to celebrate and close each rewarding day. The restrooms and shower are set up on the same principle: outdoor, ecofriendly and located separately. The tent camp has also mobile power generators to recharge all electronic equipment for next day. Our camp cooks and staff are best local professionals and all meals are designed for western tastes. In case of emergency, we have satellite communication devices at the camp.
Altai Tavan Bogd: For Altai Tavan Bogd expedition we will be using only mobile tents with sleeping bags etc. As we will be changing our camping place time to time this is the most effective method for fishing there. This is exploratory tip and we will follow “No Trace” Expedition concept as an innovative project of environmentally friendly fishing, which is also supported by national park rangers and local government officials.
Tengis/ Shishged Expedition:
USD $6,750 per person
Hotel accommodations in UB at double occupancy
Two anglers share accommodation at the river
Ulgii Giant Grayling Expedition:
USD $5,750 per person
Hotel accommodations in UB at double occupancy
Two anglers share tent at the respective camping sites
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Price includes two nights hotel in UB, Domestic flight to or from Ulaanbaatar/ Murun, Domestic flight to or from Ulaanbaatar/ Murun airport transfers, and transportation to/from the river, guide services, meals, lodging, soft drinks, and local Mongolian vodka at camp.
Price does not include international airfare, meals and drinks while in UB, and other gratuities.
Global Rescue or Similar Medical Evacuation Insurance is required.
Our trips cover up to 6 anglers maximum in each group. This is to provide exclusivity to our guests. We request a 50% non-refundable advance payment to hold your reservation and payment in full at least 120 days prior to departure. Payments by wire transfer.
Catch and Release
Mongolian Law requires catch and release fishing using single, barbless hooks.
Travel and Visas
Ulaanbaatar (ULN) is served by regularly scheduled flights from many European and Asian hubs, including Berlin, Istanbul, Moscow, Seoul, Beijing, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Most international visitors, including persons from the USA and EU countries do not currently require a visa prior to arrival in Mongolia.
We will request a scanned copy of your passport at the time of booking and we can facilitate any necessary visa process.
Packing and Planning
Fly Shop Mongolia will provide guests with a comprehensive packing list prior to departure. Guests are responsible for bringing their own rods, waders, and other fishing gear and flies. Fly Shop Mongolia is the first and only fly shop in Mongolia. If travel schedules allow, we offer a trip to our fly shop upon arrival to acquire any last-minute gear or flies. If necessary, Fly Shop Mongolia can provide a rods and reels to anglers upon request.
Fishing Permits (As this is a research expedition angler are exempted from fishing licenses)
Mongolian law requires that every angler obtain a variety of fishing permits, including a specific national permit for taimen. Each province requires a separate fishing license and Conservation Fee. Our three lodges are all located in different provinces, so if more than one is fished in there are duplicate or triplicate license and Conservation Fees required. Only a handful of registered outfitters can legally obtain taimen permits. Each permit costs approximately USD $400. This may change with time, subject to Mongolian Central and Local Government decisions.
Beyond fishing permits, one must also obtain permission from national, state, local
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governments, protected areas, and even border authorities.
If you choose another outfitter, please be certain that you are fishing legally.
In Mongolia, the climate is strongly continental, with long and frigid winters, and short and warm summers: the temperature range between winter and summer is definitely wide. Precipitation is scarce and is concentrated in summer, when the country is partly affected by the Asian monsoon; in winter, when a thermal high-pressure system dominates, the sky is often clear and a beautiful blue. Precipitation is more abundant in the north, where it exceeds 300 millimeters (12 inches) per year, while in the south, which is desert, it drops below 200 mm (8 in) per year.
The climate in Mongolia is often unpredictable, so from year to year there may be significant variations in temperature and precipitation.
The weather in fishing season is generally dry but can change quickly with local thunderstorms. There might be rain or even snow, but it’s far more likely that September days will be sunny and warm (60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, or 15 to 20 C)
Please note that the Mongolian people are strong and proud people with a culture steeped in tolerance to those different from themselves. They are friendly to westerners and the nomads are willing to share what little they have. This is a safe country to travel in. We are especially respectful of hosting families. The nomads offer rides on camels, horses, and reindeer, often to observe beautiful scenery or locate rare members of specific cultures. Historical edifices and museums are also readily available.
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