Gengis Khan’s Kingdom
Seems like the never-ending journey as a skilled Mongolian driver brings our fishing expedition closer to making our lifetime dream come true. Ever since we left a small airport in the regional town of Moron we haven’t noticed any civilization’s mark. The asphalt road ends and the first meters of earthen path disappear under our jeep’s wheels. The road really tests our toughness. It’s surrounded by endless prairies with lonely yurts and by extensive mountain ranges. The peaks pierce the azure sky in the distance. We pass by herds of horses and cattle who freely pasture here in peace. Many groups of anglers from all around the world come here every year to battle with predators of trophy sizes. Ten days full of unique fishing in the one of ten fishing camps which are almost all located in highly protected national parks. But life in the beauty of unrestrained nature of Mongolia, which reaches almost all natural zones by its breadth, is hard and tough. Despite that, the hospitality and friendliness of local people are notorious. Just like their pride and mystery as descedents of Genghis Khan, the great conqueror. Our expedition is aimed at the foothills of the wild mountains of Eastern Sayan, right to the richly planted valley near
the Shishkid river canyon, where Genghis Khan’s army used to pass through. This is where we await the unique battle with the king of local rivers - the Taimen. This is the magnificent trophy that most of anglers aim for as they journey thousands of miles to these inhospitable conditions of Mongolia.
After a lonely, multiple-hour ride, we overnight in a standard equipped log cabin camp on the Tengis river. In the morning we continue to our base camp on the Khanagai river. The camp is located approximately 20 kilome- ters downstream in the national park’s wild taiga, so we plan to float down the river by raft boats. The log cabin camp in Khanagai is comfortable and provides quality service from the beginning of the season in mid-June after the fish’s reproduction, when they become very active. Our own assistants take care of anglers for the whole summer to season’s end in mid-October, when insulated apartments with a warm shower and great meals are really appreciated after hard fishing in cold weather. Despite the tough weather conditions, fish are predacious and catches are recordable. Shishkid river is full of great locations for fly fishing, just
like the Tengis or the pure and clear Delgermoron, which is located near Russian borders. Crystal-clear waters are guaranteed by limestone rocks, untouched taiga, but mainly by strict rules in this highly protected area.
The number of incoming anglers to Mongolia is limited by fishing licenses and that’s the reason why the promise of trophy fish here is guaranteed – trophy Taimens in Shishkid or beautifully dotted Amur pike in Khalkhingol river, which meanders through shrubs and grass steppes near Chinese border. Khalkhingol river is better for spinning fishermen, but there are also good spots for fly fishing. Beyond the trophy Amur pike, Khalkhingol river is home to big taimens and two precious species of lenok, Mongolian asp or Amur catfish. Mongolia offers additional treasures of crystal-clear
Famous angler and photographer Bram Bokkers with a beautiful trophy Amur Pike from Khalkhingol river.
Graylings of the Altai grow up to trophy sizes.