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Fresh Mongolian Prairie Dog Bait

I came to Mongolia to flyfish for taimen, the legendary salmonlike fish that lives in its big rivers. When flyfishing didnít work, I tried spinning with lures. When spinning with lures got no bites, I tried half a dead lenok (another kind of fish). When the lenok was a bust, I went to the canít-miss bait: a prairie dog. And now, in the last hours of the last day, the dead prairie dog at the end of my line was mocking me.

After five hours of continuous casts into the Delger River without so much as a nibble, the dog was both absurdly stiff and unbearably heavy, the twin effects of rigor mortis and being waterlogged. And even though it had been dead for almost 24 hours, it somehow stuck its stiff, black tongue out at me.

Sure, Iím dead, it seemed to say, but you are one sorry-as fisherman. You couldnít catch a taimen if you were both in the same bathtub.    more...


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That is a trip I would like to make. I've had the infrequent frog on the end of my fly rod, and have tried to catch bats under parking lot lights. I just want to know how it is possible to cast with a prarie dog. E. Hough1/6/2005 8:24:27 AM
Better use a Floating line! mic1/6/2005 2:05:44 PM
Ok, you had to read to the "rest of the story" to get the big picture. "Looking back, there were signs—like the name of the Mongolian town from which I embarked on a six-day hunt for big taimen: Moron." Haven't you heard the old phrase "only a Moron would use a praire dog for fish bait"?1/7/2005 6:47:22 AM
I'm not so sure this is a joke. Check out this web site and look at the size of these mother's. I sure a prairie dog would be tasty for these guys. http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.cfm?ID=8681&genusname=Hucho&speciesname=taimen1/7/2005 8:17:59 AM
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