Last season offered many large and beautiful fish to many of our customers. The water level in the lake was the lowest in a couple of years. But the huge jungle lake and rivers showed again this area provides the best freshwater fishing in Thailand for anglers; looking for a unique fishing experience in the wild.
Late January came Velici from Romania by with two of his friends. For 3 days lure fishing trip on the Lake. On the second morning on this trip, they caught a Thai Mahseer that stands-out from everything else that has been caught, so far in this season; An incredibly beautiful Thai Mahseer of 24lbs and 110 cm long.
Paul Heytens from the US come by again in early December for some Jungle river fly fishing. The fishing was difficult because the monsoon rains stopped late this year. So there was high water in the rivers and some of them still run discolored. But at this time of the year you have the best chance for a trophy Mahseer, because they haven't seen any anglers and are freely consuming an abundance of food to maintain their size; and Yes! He bumped into some big Mahseer.
After being in the fly fishing business, as a guide the last 15 years. We have tried many different fly rods and we are pretty selective when it comes to our fly fishing equipment. We are pleased that we now can offer these fly rods from C-L Fly Denmark to our customers.
In this season we have got a new rod in our collection of fly rods. The "Seven’ Eight" fly rod from CL Fly Denmark. This is a 7.8 ft long fly rod which casts with a 18 grams line. It is a highly accurate light rod which is pleasure to fish with and feels like a 6 weight. The fly rod has a fast progressive action and it is easy to make nice tight loops with a good line speed. This is just what we need, when we fly fish for Mahseer in our jungle rivers. Which many times require casting techniques such as roll casting or single-hand-spey-casting.
Late in October, Thai Fishing had the honor to organize a guided Mahseer fly fishing trip, for the non-profit organization Fly Fishing Collaborative. The organization had just completed a project in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.
Fly Fishing Collaborative is a non-profit organization
That partners with anglers, industry professionals, artists, and anyone else. Who shares the vision of using fly fishing to create change. They sell guided fly fishing trips (donated and led by professional guides) and hand crafted leather fly wallets. In order to provide a sustainable livelihood for orphanages, that are rescuing children from human trafficking.
They give the orphanages the sustainable livelihood by building self-contained Tilapia farms. That provide meat, fresh produce, skills training, and ongoing resources for the orphanages. So they can in turn rescue more children from the human trafficking industry.
A 4 day and 3 night Mahseer fly fishing camping trip. On this fishing trip we were so far up in one of the jungle rivers. So we from day 2 fly fished in jungle waters that have never seen a fly fisherman before. And the fishing become only better and better as deeper we went
Late in January had Jed booked a Mahseer fly fishing trip to the Jungle Rivers in southern Thailand. Jed comes from the area around Lake Michigan which is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. He started fly fishing for a few years ago, in the rivers that flow into the five Great Lakes, for salmon and rainbow trout.
The camping trip start with pick-up at 7 am in Ao Nang in Krabi. After a two and a half hour drive arrived, Jed at the pier. We loaded the longtail boat up and headed up the lake. I asked Jed if he was ready for a long hike and the answer was yes. My plan was to go up in one of the Jungle Rivers that nobody has been far up and fish before.
After we had sailed a while, we come to a place, where you have a view over the low jungle covered hills. You could see that the jungle had got some rain. All the steam because of the sun gave the mountains a foggy look, but it was not long before the sun has burnt the last of the fog away. So it will be very hot and we had a long hike before evening and the low water levels in the lake, would not make our hike shorter.
Arrived at the base camp
We got a quick lunch, and we re-packed down smaller. We took the longtail boat, as far as we could up stream. Jumped off the longtail boat at around 1PM. We had a half hour hike in the jungle mostly uphill. before we come to the river again.
A 5 day and 4 night jungle fishing trip, with catches of Big Thai Mahseer and Giant Snakehead. We spent most of our fish time on the beautiful Jungle Lake. But we also did a day trip, up in one of the pristine jungle rivers
Mid December came Rhine from South Africa over for 5 day jungle fishing trip in Southern Thailand. Rhine grew up within walking distance of good fishing for Bass and Tilapia, and the fishing trips for Tiger Fish. With crocodiles on the riverbanks and hippos in the mud, sounded like some very exciting angling experiences.
The fishing trip start with a pick up from Khao Lak at 7 am. We arrived at base camp at 11 am; we got our Bungalows and had plenty of time until the evening fishing would start. So we used the time on a good lunch and preparing of the fishing gear. The first evening we fished with top water lures in a bay, where we had found an area with shallow water. With Rhine’s fishing experience, it did not take long before, he caught the first of 3 Giant Snakehead, up to 4 pounds.
The second day
We fished a new spot, an area with deep water which on previous fishing trips, has given contact with very large fish. After about an hour, Rhine hooked into a big fish, which really could bend the rod and take some line. After a long battle with some thrilling hard runs under the boat at the end of the fight. We were able to land an incredible beautiful Thai Mahseer on 8+ kg.
Finnur from Iceland had booked 3 days and 2 nights Mahseer fly fishing trip with riverside camp. The Jungle Rivers from the eastern mountains had recently got a lot of rain and were still running with too high water for fishing.
But one of the bigger rivers, where the water comes from a westerly direction, runs with fine clear water for fly fishing. After a short stop in our jungle base camp for lunch and to make final equipment checks we arrive at the river around 12 am.
We have a hike through the jungle of about one and half hours before we can start to fish. It was easy to see Finnur was an experienced fly fisherman, it is always a pleasure to see a fly fisherman who can manage the fly line, it took only a short time before he had got used to the jungle surroundings and in contact with his first Mahseer, when we arrived at the riverbank camp, that first afternoon we had caught and released a handful of Mahseer in the 3 lbs. size.
The second day
The Mahseer didn’t let us down, after about an hour of fishing, we came to a section of the river with a mix of smaller pool's and rapid water, from there it was difficult to do anything wrong when you cast your fly. Mahseer were almost everywhere. We connected more fish than you can count, and landed almost more than you can remember. At the end of the day we had released over 20 Mahseer, with an incredible beautiful golden colored Mahseer of 6lbs. as one of the last fish on the day.
Two anglers from Denmark (Nicolaj & Erik) had booked, a seven-day guided fishing trip. In both saltwater, and freshwater in mid-September. The plan was to start with saltwater fishing and end their fishing holiday. With a 4 day and 3 night fishing trip in the jungle.
The two weeks before their arrival had been stormy, with very heavyrain. This made it impossible to fish in the ocean around Khao Lak. So we were forced to start with the Jungle fishing and hope that the water was not too colored. So it was with a certain excitement when the longtail boat took off at the pier and headed for our jungle camp.
Luckily the water in the lake, was not so colored that it could not be fished. Already the first afternoon we had a Giant Snakehead on the right side of 3kg in the boat. Generally the weather was on our side, with the exception of a single afternoon, with some strong winds and little rain here and there. we had a good number of strikes, from some pretty good sized fish. Released some Giant Snakehead in the 3-4 kg scale and Hampala Barb up to 2 kg in the lake.
Many of the major rivers in the area
Still ran with high and colored water because of the rain. But we found a small river, where it was possible to fish and we managed to find some nice Mahseer. Erik is a real fly fisherman, after a couple days nonstop casting, his left-forearm started to be painful. But with his huge passion for fly fishing, he continued undeterred and in the end. He had managed to catch both