Kiss a Fish – Be a Taimen’s Valentine This Year

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The Taimen Fund has big plans for 2019, including the expansion of our RiverKeepers Program to other Mongolian watersheds and a social media campaign to educate Mongolian anglers and public of national fishing regulations. Our most ambitious program to date – bringing an award-winning, Livingston, Montana developed elementary school watershed health and science curriculum to schools in the Murun area – will launch in 2019.

All of these programs need your support. Please consider donating today.

Meet our Research Partners and Welcome to the Taimen Vault:

The Taimen Fund inhabits the confluence of conservation and education and without each neither alone can save the taimen of Mongolia. We are fortunate to work with a number of area experts and research partners and we’d like to shine a light on their participation.

Please visit the redesigned Taimen Fund website to meet our team of dedicated scientists, educators and conservation specialists at

You’ll also find the start of our Taimen Vault – a repository for what we hope to be the world’s leading research and reporting on taimen on the web. It’s just a start but we’ll be adding to it over the coming months so please check back again.

Slideshow of Peter Fong’s Lake Baikal Headwaters Expedition:

The Taimen Fund supported author and adventurer Peter Fong’s 2018 Lake Baikal Headwaters Expedition and in return his team surveyed communities along the Delger Murun watershed for future TTF conservation work in the area.

The Baikal Expedition, the first of its kind saw the team summit the largest mountain in the region and descend down to the first braid of water forming the Delger Murun. They then proceeded to follow the Delger Murun in its entirety to the Selenge River and all the way into Russia at Lake Baikal.

We’ve uploaded a short video of photos of the journey here:

TTF – 2018 News

Season’s Greetings!

As the year comes to an end, please consider a donation towards our important work in Mongolia. TTF is a registered 501c3 and donations are tax deductible. Use the “Donate” button below to pay with a credit card or Paypal.

Thank you one and all for everything that you have done to make 2018 a great year for The Taimen Fund (TTF). We have so many friendships, partnerships, donors and advisors that help throughout their year, truly too many to mention on a one-page note. However, we would be remiss not to mention Ross Purnell and Fly Fisherman Magazine for putting on a fantastic fundraising event in Denver last month. In one evening, we were able to raise over $20,000 to put towards our projects in Mongolia. Thank you and Happy 50th Anniversary Fly Fisherman Magazine.

2018 has been another successful year for TTF. We have continued our efforts in the Eg Watershed with our marquee RiverKeeper program.  Working with this group of locals and herders has helped curb poaching and has produced a core of advocates and outreach network throughout the watershed. For fly anglers the Eg watershed is best known for the Hovsgol/Sweetwater Travel Camps and we are proud to help protect that amazing resource.  Special thanks to TTF longtime partner Taimen Conservation Fund-Mongolia for their tireless efforts in the watershed and for Yellow Dog Conservation and Community Fund for awarding TTF a grant for continued work with the RiverKeepers.

In 2018 TTF also supported the ambitious effort of author/scientist/adventurer Peter Fong and his Baikal Headwaters Expedition.  Peter and his team, including longtime partner, Conservation Geneticist and UNR PhD candidate Lanie Galland, began on August 12 when they summited the largest mountain in the region and descended down to the first drop of water forming the Delger Moron. They then proceeded to follow the Delger Moron in its entirety to the Selenge River and all the way into Russia, where Peter successfully reached Lake Baikal on October 10th.

Throughout the expedition Peter and his team collected water samples, invertebrate samples and fin clips.  On behalf of TTF, the expedition conducted surveys in villages throughout the watershed.  The surveys covered questions pertaining to watershed health, environmental education and fishing regulations.  We are sifting through the results at this time and look forward to using the knowledge gained to better focus our conservation efforts in the region. Congratulations Peter on an amazing endeavor!

It was great to reconnect with long time conservation partner, Dr. Olaf Jensen of Rutgers University.  TTF supported the participation of three Mongolian students in a joint Mongolian-American research expedition from June 9 – July 14, 2018.  The expedition focused on social and ecological change in the Eg River Valley.  Our donors supported a PhD student from Mongolian Education University, a student of geography and GIS at the Mongolian Academy of Sciences and a Mongolian MS student in socioeconomic studies at Incheon University in South Korea, to work alongside American students in projects focused on understanding changes in the way Mongolian herders use natural resources, especially fish.

Finally, as promised last year, we have nominated a Mongolian to join the TTF Board of Directors later this month.  Mr. Esentsengel (Esee) Sukhee is a Deputy Director at MCS Holding LLC, a partner with the Fly Shop Mongolia, fly angler and conservationist.  We look forward to working with Esee for many years to come.

TTF is excited about our upcoming work in 2019.  We will continue our work with the RiverKeepers and partner with Bioregions and Mongolia River Outfitters to host the second “Healthy Taimen Festival” and wellness clinic along the Onan River.  Additionally, we are excited to work with PhD candidate Mrs. Chris Pavlovich of the East Side School in Livingston, Montana collaborating with teachers in Hovsgol Province to enhance their watershed health curriculum.  Her proven program brings hands-on conservation and ecology to the fifth-grade classroom here in Montana and will be an important new program for our work in Mongolia.

Please consider a donation towards our important work in Mongolia.  TTF is a registered 501c3 and donations are tax deductible.  Donate here on our websiteThank you one and all for all of your support and all the best in 2019. 

Fish On!

Charlie Conn

Executive Director, The Taimen Fund.


©Earl Harper

Welcome to our new website!

We’re proud to announce the launch of Generation 2, a completely re-designed presentation of our work and our place on the web.

Please take a look around the site and let us know what you think. We’re trying to highlight the programs we’ve developed in support of Mongolian taimen conservation and giving due recognition to the many partners who’ve supported these efforts.

Many of those will be on-hand Sunday, November 4th at the Paramount Theater in Denver, Colorado to support the release of Fly Fisherman Magazine’s One Path feature film and our fight to save the world’s largest salmonid.

The evening will feature a silent auction benefiting The Taimen Fund’s work in Mongolia, a concert by local favorite Coral Creek (word is the Executive Director of The Taimen Fund, Charlie Conn, is going to join the band on stage!), a new beer release from Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewery, great food and company.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at:

For more information, please contact John Bailey of The Taimen Fund at

As part of the site’s re-launch, we’ll be accepting secure bids for a number of the items from the night’s auction, including a Taimen Fund-themed driftboat from Boulder Boat Works, original art from Josh Udesen of Tightline Studios, a taimen trip from Mongolia River Outfitters, and Colorado angling. Many more items will be available at auction on Sunday.

Please visit for further information on the One Path event, the auctions and updates from Mongolia.

One Path Denver Event

Thanks to Ross Purnell, Editor of Fly Fisherman Magazine, The Taimen Fund 501c3 will be the beneficiary of a very cool event in Denver. On November 4th Fly Fisherman is premiering their new film, One Path: The Race to Save Mongolia Giant Salmonids, at the Paramount Theater. The evening will be abuzz with live music from Coral Creek, the debut of a special beer from Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewery, and ticket sales and auction items will help support out continued work in Mongolia. Thanks so much to Ross and our event sponsors and donors including Boulder Boat Works, Mongolia River Outfitters, Traeger, the Fly Shop, Costa, Tightline Studios, Landon Mayer, Umpqua and Earl Harper.

So, save the date and we’ll see you there!


For more information, please contact John Bailey of The Taimen Fund at