Our story

We have been fly fishing in Mongolia for three decades. We established these operations for the specific purpose of protecting Mongolia’s wild rivers and fisheries. Now, both of our operations, Mongolia River Outfitters and Fish Mongolia, are recognized for outstanding service, wonderful fishing, and conservation leadership. Our taimen conservation programs and remote fly-fishing camps provide access to and help protect hundreds of kilometers of taimen habitat.

The team

We are particularly proud of our camp staff and guides. On the water and working hard from June – October every year, these folks know what they are doing. Our international team is diverse and multi-lingual, coming from the nearest villages and the rest of the world to share their enthusiasm for taimen and wild rivers. The best taimen fly fishing team on the planet and a great group of friends. 

We hope you’ll come and join us!

Meet the guides

Peter Fong

Peter Fong

Peter has been the head guide forever! With several published books, Peter’s writing regularly appears in top-notch journals. He recently completed an incredible three month adventure floating from Mongolia to Lake Baikal. Peter fishes the world, every year returning for a little more Mongolia magic. Thanks Peter!

Tulga

Tulga Tumenjargal

Battulga (Tulga) is pure joy!  He grew up on these rivers and has fished them with his family since childhood. Lately he’s been focused on the Buryat Expeditions.  His mother lives a couple kilometers from the last camp.  Tulga is passionate about conservation and making certain every guest smiles all day long. 

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Jaime Castillo

Jaime was raised in Chile with a fly rod in his hand.  He’s the definition of a true professional, and has been guiding his entire adult life. Jaime started and now runs the Chimalfe Lodge, one of Chile’s finest fly fishing destinations.  He has over fifteen seasons of experience in Mongolia now, and keeps coming back every year.  

Zolboo

Zolboo Bodonguud

As a young teenager, Zolboo walked into our camp with a broken down fishing rig.  We handed him a fly rod and he hasn’t set it down since!  In fact, he’s become quite famous in Mongolia, winning several national fly casting championships!  You will not find a finer angler – or fishier person – anywhere in the world. 

Fabian

Fabian Mendez

Fabian has guided at MRO/FM for nearly fifteen years.  He’s spent his life in the outdoors and when he’s not in Mongolia he guides for some of South America’s premier operations, including several seasons as head guide at Nomads of the Seas.  He is an absolute professional…Fabian gets it done!

Batbold

Batbold Norovsambuu

Batbold is the original gentle giant…quick with a joke, great on the oars, and enthusiastic about every fish.  Batbold speaks “fish on!” in Russian, Turkish, and, of course, Mongolian and English.  Batbold works year round for MRO/FM, making certain these rivers are well protected. 

Daniel Mesa

Daniel Mesa

Daniel is an artist…creating music with a fly rod or classical guitar.  Daniel has guided for over twenty years, with over fifteen season on Mongolia’s rivers.  A whitewater kayaker and backcountry expert, he’s climbed some of South America’s most remote peaks. 

Jangar

Jangar Bataakhuu

Jangar (aka, “Jack”) has been on these rivers since 2004.  A native Mongolian, Jack has travelled extensively and even spent part of his youth living in New Delhi.  He’s a taimen whisperer who is also obsessed with catching pike.  He’s a Mongolian guiding legend…and the stories just keep getting bigger. 

Marcelo

Marcelo Poo Montecinos

Marcelo’s got the heart of a teddy bear…a very fishy teddy bear!  He began fishing with his father on the waters of central Chile.  He soon traveled south to the wilds of Patagonia where he’s now head guide at Estancia de los Rios.  Marcelo has been with us in Mongolia for over a decade.  We’re lucky to have him!

Jeff Forsee

Jeff Forsee

Jeff is originally from the USA, but now he divides his time between New Zealand, Mongolia, and other fishy places all over the world.  He is well known for his prowess at hooking his guests up with memorable fish.  Jeff really takes it to the next level; he’s like a fly fishing life coach… professional, caring, and in the game all day, every day.  

Chino

Andres “Chino” Mickman

You can always count on a smile from Chino!  Andres is as happy on the rivers of Mongolia as he is back home in Chile where he owns and operates Koon Outfitters, based out of Coyhaique.  Chino brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to the team with over 15 years of professional guiding experience. 

Portman

Mark Portman

Mark started out as a teenager rowing gear boats on Montana’s Smith River.  Now he’s a globally recognized fisheries biologist.  Mark returns for the taimen, but secretly hopes to finally win a Mongolian wrestling match.  One of the finest individuals you will ever meet, we are so pleased to. have Mark on the MRO/FM team. 

Meet the management

ABOUT

Manduhai Suhbaatar – Manager

Manduhai is owner, cofounder, and managing director.  Raised in a family of academics, she studied economics at Moscow University.  A highly respected member of Mongolia’s business community, she hast thirty years experience running successful tourism adventures.  Manduhai is the quiet engine behind these operations.  She’s out on a river every chance she gets. 

Mark Johnstad

Mark Johnstad – Operations

Mark is all about protecting taimen and helped found MRO.  He first came to Mongolia in 1991, lived here for several years, helped establish the modern national protected area system, rode a horse across most of the country, and has been back almost every year since. Mark is from Montana and now travels the world supporting conservation projects. 

Ganna

Ganna Ganna –
Operations

Ganna keeps the pieces working smoothly.  She started her career working on conservation and development, serving as a consultant for organizations such as The World Bank.  When you book a trip, Ganna will likely contact you to help take care of all the details.  She is one of the most pleasant people ever and she looks forward to welcoming you to Mongolia!

Handaa

Khandsuren Jigmed –
Camp Manager

Handaa’s smiling face welcomes you into camp each evening.  She grew up along the river and famously taught herself to read English while caring for the family’s sheep herd.  Now she travels to high-end destinations across Africa and Asia, learning what it takes to run a world-class operation.  Handaa is a super-star, working year round to make certain every detail is perfect for our guests. 

Michael Caranci Mongolia

Michael Caranci – Guest Services

Michael is one of fly fishing’s most experienced and respected professionals.  For more than two decades, he has helped anglers with their international adventures. He has seen it all, and fished nearly everywhere! Give him a call and you’ll understand why we are lucky to have him on the team. 

Please contact us to learn more about our Mongolia fly fishing adventures for taimen, trout, and more!

We’re here to help answer all of your questions, find the best trip options for you, and help ensure you are well-prepared every step of the way. 

+1.530.604.2160

info@mongoliarivers.com