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Lenok trout, Tsetserleg river - Mongolia

Lenok trout, Tsetserleg river

Fishing equipment

Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring a telescopic, collapsible fishing rod from home, including reel, line and lures. Don't bring your most expensive gear, nor the type that will break down once you look at it.
Dimension your equipment for fish up to about 3-4 kg (line, reel etc.). 0.30 mm regular fising line worked fine for me.
Small lures and spinners (unless you go for fly fishing, og pike and taimen fishing) in the range 4-10 grams, copper, red, yellow colors seemed fine.
Local advice didn't seem too smart. I wanted small, edible fish, while locals tried to make me catch 10 kgs pikes and 50 kgs Mongolian river salomon types - taimen. I went my way with a considerable degree of success.
Try to catch the local trout type "lenok", which gets up to about 4 kgs; and arctic grayling that gets up to 2 kgs. Both are abundant, and very tasty fish for the pan, and fairly easy to catch.
In tourist-geared stores in UB you can pick up a map that shows which rivers have fish and what sorts of fish.

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  • Written Jan 17, 2005
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Some extra food for the mood

Miscellaneous: Ready for the steppe and the fermented milk, sour cheese and other interesting dishes from different critters? I don't like sour things... and I knew this, and therefore packed some small tin cans of bread spread of various kinds. I guessed bread of some kind would be available.
Proved to be a very good solution and really worked as a mood raiser when (or rather afterwards, on the sly...) the others were guzzling their airag, goat vodka (yes, I tried that, too) and very old sour cheese. The locals definitely took a liking to tinned mackerel in tomato sauce. Next time I'll bring a ton as gifts.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 9, 2004
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Miscellaneous: A compass is invaluable in Mongolia. It keeps you on track, literally, and you will be able to determine reference points much more easily. A small, handheld on should be fine.
The bad news is the quality of Mongolian maps. You cannot really use them for cross-terrain navigation.
For expeditions and serious out-of-the-way hikes and horserides, a GPS would probably be handy.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 28, 2004
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Headlamp - always useful! - Mongolia

Headlamp - always useful!

Light's out? - headlamp on!

Miscellaneous: Bring a headlamp that operates on AA batteries or other batteries that are easily obtainable.

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  • Written Mar 1, 2004
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Be prepared for Mongolia!

Luggage and bags: Backpack

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hinking shoes or boots

Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Just remember there is very little available outside Ulan Baatar.
Be prepared for strong sunshine, bring hat and suncream

Photo Equipment: Bring all you need
Use 50-ASA slides for best quality in this altitude and bright light

Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Wind proof jacket w/hood
Long underwear in late August/September
Sleeping bag and a light mattress

Miscellaneous: Bring a telescopic fishing rod, reel, line and spinners and drags sufficient to handle 2-kg river fish if you are self-catering/backpacking. Good fishing and good eating (greyling, lenok trout).

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 27, 2004
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