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Purposefully lost in Mongolia By Jako Lucas

Picture yourself in the middle of nowhere in Northern Mongolia, surrounded by wide fertile valleys, thick forests, and surrounding mountains. Elk, as well as wolves, roe deer, moose, and wild boar inhabit these mountains and forests. Combine that with some of the most beautiful rivers on the planet that are just filled with Grayling, Lenok, Pike and other smaller fish species. Could it get any better than this? The answer is yes. Add the world’s biggest Salmonidae in the mix and you will find yourself in a Fly Fishing Nirvana.

These river wolves, or as I like to call them Huchosaurusrex, just command respect from not only the other fish in the river, but even their own species.

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I have been lucky enough to guide for some pretty crazy fish but Taimen have just planted a seed in my head and heart that just grows in respect, with every fish that I land with a client. These river wolves, or as I like to call them Huchosaurusrex, just command respect from not only the other fish in the river, but even their own species. As I have said many times before, there are very few fish that will teach you true fish appreciation like Taimen and it is a privilege landing every single one of them, big or small. In saying that it is pretty amazing seeing a 140cm fish clear the water almost Tarpon-like, flaring its gills and grey hounding.  I have even heard comments like, “It is a dolphin!!!” or ”what other species of fish do you get in this river, it is too big to be a Taimen!!!” The only way I can respond is by laughing hysterically in my head and try and keep everyone calm.

In saying that it is pretty amazing seeing a 140cm fish clear the water almost Tarpon-like, flaring its gills and grey hounding.

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It is amazing to see the hard work that is implemented on preserving this fishery for many more years to come. I would just like to thank Sweetwater Travel, Taimen Conservation Fund and the Mongolia Fly Fishing Association for their continued work.

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