The guys from
AEG, who brought you Trout Bum
Diaries: Patagonia and Trout Bum Diaries II: Kiwi Camo, are back.
The team heads to Mongolia in
search of the elusive and endangered taimen. They are opening new
doors to the world of adventure angling, doors that now demand a
trip half-way around the world.
For two months the guys travel to
five rivers that potentially no other fisherman has floated down in
search of a mysterious fish. Their travels in this fly fishing
adventure movie take them into inner Mongolia by horse, camel,
Russian military vans, and hiking boot in search of the taimen, also
known to Mongolians as River Wolf.
The taimen is the world's largest
salmonid—the family of fish that includes salmon and trout. The
species can live for more than 50 years, but they grow slowly, not
reaching maturity until seven to nine years of age. They are not
known to be exceptionally migratory, but tend to stay in a small
section of river for their entire lives. This has put the future of
the species at risk due to years of over-harvest and lack of
First they guys have a hard time
locating taimen. What does taimen water look like? Where do they
hold up in the river? These are the questions the guys have to
answer during their 14 to 20 km river floats. In the beginning, the
crew is catching lenok, which is the Mongolian equivalent to trout.
The crew tried a multitude of flies: tungsten head streamers, top
water streamers, giant grasshoppers, and so on, but all they could
catch was lenok. It wasn’t until one guy had on a lenok and after
releasing the fish back to the river, a giant taimen come out of
nowhere and ate the fish. That is when the guys realize that they
were not fishing flies that were big enough.
They had to find local farmers and
chasing their jaks to get hair long enough to create this big flies.
The movie is superbly filmed and
presented in a wide screen format. It popped, impressed and
sometimes overwhelmed with its fast cuts, well-saturated color and
The movie has some spectacular
views of the mountains and rivers of Mongolia as well as plenty fly
fishing footage. The guys spend their nights sleeping in tents or on
the ground, drinking beer, tying flies, and fly fishing for the
mysterious River Wolf and once again the deliver a great fly fishing
adventure movie. I can’t wait until the next movie.
The production quality is beyond reproach, the
content is entertaining and the images are startling. No one who
claims to have a passion for fly fishing will escape this film
without having their heart beat a little faster and their
imagination wander a little farther.
More info can be
found at AEG website