Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Worlds Largest Trout : The Taimen

I recently watched some National Geographic footage of some conservationists on the Eg and Uur rivers documenting a species of trout that is becoming more and more endangered (big surprise)

This trout, the Taimen, can grow up to six feet in length, making it the largest of the Salmonids. Resembling some strains of brown trout in appearance, this trout is certainly no exception to the beauty of the trout family.

American "Eco-Tourists" are actually encouraged to fish for these mighty trout, required to use single, barbless hooks, and to strictly catch and release the Taimen. Fisherman bring much needed foreign currency to Mongolia, and by fishing with guides for these trout the help to ensure their future being that some of the money helps to conserve these fish.

A week long trip on the river will run you around 5500 dollars U.S.

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