When Tulga and Yeruult Tumenjargal were boys, they tramped along the wild, birch-lined shores of Mongolia’s Onon River in search of river monsters. Beneath the pristine waters lurked taimen, apex predators that can grow to 6 feet long and devour just about anything that swims. But for taimen unlucky enough to snap at one of the brothers’ barbed hooks, there was one destination: the frying pan.
“I was a killer; every fish I caught, I killed,” Tulga recalls. But after he started working on guided fly-fishing trips at age 16, his outlook changed: “I learned about respect for nature,” he says.
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