Taimen and Golden Eagles

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I've been working with the Mongolia file and I can't stop thinking about the trip. I've got to tell someone about it, so I've chosen you. We are returning to Mongolia in late September for fall taimen fishing at Sweetwater Travel's Eg Ur camp. From the photo, you can tell that this is a beautiful camp on the banks of the river. While it is rustic, it is very comfortable with wood stoves in each ger, hot showers, and good meals in the dining lodge. Fall is an amazing time to be in Mongolia and after a week in camp, we'll travel on to see the Eagle Festival.


Hunting with golden eagles has been a Mongolian tradition for a 1,000 years, passed down from generation to generation. The young female eagles are taken from the nest just before they are able to fly and adopted by their new "parent" for eight years before they are allowed to hunt freely. By this time the bond is so strong between the eagle and her owner that he knows she will not leave him when set free to hunt. The Mongolian children trap ground squirrels for the young eagle to eat while she in "in training" for the eight years.

You can view the itinerary and photo gallery on our web site by clicking HERE

I've also found two amazing photo albums on the web and these are the links for them:



Along with the albums I found three very informative Youtube movies.




Traveling across Mongolia to get to the Eagle Festival is an adventure in itself. We've heard about the Eagle Festival for years and we're already going to be in the country so we thought, "why not?" We're working with an amazing company in Mongolia, Hovsgol Travel Company, who is arranging the itinerary and who has been working with Sweetwater/Frontiers from the beginning of the camp more than 15 years ago.

If you would like more information or have an interest in joining us, please contact us or Hank Ingram at Frontiers, 800-245-1950, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We'd love to have you join us!

Cathy & Barry


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Lilypond Cosmetic Bag

Sorry guys, this one is for the girls. Although it would make a great gift. It's the most amazing cosmetic bag I've ever used.  The Nightingale is loaded with useful features and is hands-down the best designed, easiest to use and clean, cosmetic bag ever. It's got tons of room, 5 zip compartments, vinyl lined for easy cleaning and easy to separate the dry  from the "leakable".

And the best part? I can always squeeze in one more thing. There's always a little more room when you need it. Take a look at this and the other really cool Lilypond luggage, bags, totes, & accessories. They are attractive, functional and fun. Find your sense of place and spirit without boundaries at Lilypond.

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Better Packing for a Trip

Ever had a bottle of shampoo burst in your checked luggage? Or suntan lotion? How about your container of split shot spilled inside your fishing vest? The handle broken or bent on your favorite fly reel? Ever had your rod case go AWOL? Sooner or later it will happen to anyone who travels, but there are some things that we can do to help lessen the chance of accident.

The first thing to consider would have to be the piece of luggage you choose for the trip. We have several hard bottom/soft top roller duffel bags in different sizes that we love. In particular are the Sage DXL Rolling Duffels. We have them in two sizes, one for short trips without fly rods and the other larger one for fishing trips.

Maybe it's my age, but a couple of things have become glaringly clear to me after a lot of years of traveling and carrying luggage. The first thing is that I don't want any luggage that isn't a roller bag anymore. Yes, the roller and handle add some weight to the bag but it is so much easier to move your luggage that I will gladly deal with the extra weight. Carrying all that weight on my shoulders doesn't work anymore.

Secondly, for anything longer than a weekend, I want a hard bottom which most roller bags have. The hard bottom protects fragile items, keeps things in place and gives shape to the bag which is important if you want to leave it standing for a second while you find your passport, or if you have to use it as a portable desktop while standing in line trying to take notes while on your cell phone.

Now that we have the right bag, let's talk about packing it. There are certain items that always go in the bottom of the bag: binoculars, fishing reels, fly boxes, shampoo, sunscreen and other liquids, and anything valuable that I can't put in my carry on luggage, anything fragile. So, you might be saying, 'she puts her shampoo with her fly reels, is she crazy?' The most important item next to the luggage that we use are resealable plastic bags. Every liquid, gel and cream is put in a sealed plastic bag. Sometimes double bagged and placed on the bottom of the luggage with socks, buffs, or a fleece vest across the top of the bottom layer for cushioning.

The fly rods go on the bottom of the bag in the cloth sacks, no hard tubes. We stagger the ends so the reel seat of one is against the ferrule ends of the next rod. The bottom of the duffel is sectioned and the rods lay comfortably and safely in these sections. This is also where the reels go in the neoprene cases with handles up. On top goes some soft items as mentioned above, gloves, hats, socks, a fleece vest, flip flops, etc.

One other thing that is especially nice about the hard separate bottom section is that TSA has never inspected it. They riffle through the top of the bag but never the bottom. Maybe this makes the items a little safer I don't know, but I do know that when I open it things are where I put them when I packed.

All my clothes go in the top section. My shirts go in one Eagle Creek Pack It Folder and my skirts or trousers go in another one. I like the 15" size but Barry prefers the 18". These folders keep the items neatly stored and organized. My smaller items I place in a mesh draw string bag. Larger, crushable items like a fleece jacket, rain coat, fleece pants, are stuffed around the edges. My shoes go in the large end zippered pocket.

The one item that stays packed at all times (I have a copy in each piece of luggage that we own) is a laminated copy of the inside pages of our passports. If the passports are stolen, this copy will provide us with identification, numbers, and information necessary to get out of the country. It will still be a big hassle, but the copies will make it somewhat easier - I'm told.

When I'm on a tropical trip and don't have a lot of fleece and my bag is not full, I can easily cinch down the size of the bag by pulling the adjustable straps on the outside of the bag.

In all the traveling that we do, our bags are only rarely over the 50 pound limit. This might happen when we are out for three weeks or more and/or carrying gifts for people at the other end. With careful planning and today's easily washable quick-drying fabrics, we don't have to take a lot of extra clothes. Oh yes, a small 4 oz. bottle of liquid detergent goes in that bottom compartment - in a resealable bag, of course.

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On Our Way Home

Well, we're stuck in the Atlanta airport for 8 hours. Isn't much fun. The last two days at Isla Holbox were something else. The ocean was like liquid glass on Friday and tarpon were rolling everywhere. Everyone who went out (some went to the lagoons for baby tarpon) had shots at big tarpon in perfect conditions. It was incredible to see. The day was truly a gift after a tough start to the week. Saturday was not as calm a day but nearly perfect again, a little ripple on the water which probably helped the fishing. We watched Ted Reznik jump two big fish. I didn't boat any, but it sure made us want to go back! Next year seems so far away now. Luciano, we miss you already!
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