The gigantic fish is the world’s largest salmonid, the family of fish that includes salmon and trout. The species can live for more than 50 years, and grow slowly, not reaching maturity until seven to nine years of age according to scientists.
The taimen is fast becoming a well known game fish, particularly for fly fishermen. Catch-and-release with barbless hooks is practiced in many areas in order to conserve dwindling populations of this species. While the taimen is sometimes (often illegally) harvested commercially, its low price and slow growth and reproduction make it more valuable as a game fish.
This year, Trout Headwaters Inc (THI) and a team of scientists have launched the Taimen Project, a multi-year effort funded by the company to enable conservation of these protected fish in their last refuge – Mongolia. To learn more or join the project – email us.