Our Jungle Fly-fishing trips will take you to the finest freshwater fly fishing in Thailand, deep in the jungle; where your days will be filled with tremendous fly-fishing. You will be surrounded by breathtaking scenery, wildlife like; Hornbills, Gibbons, Monkeys and Elephants.
The lakes and rivers in the jungle of southern Thailand; offer different hard fighting fish species, which are interesting for the fly angler. Below is a brief description of the most known fish species we fly fish for in our waters.
The rivers hold fish up to 4-5 kg; where sight casting for moving shadows in clear water is part of a normal day. You can use Nymph or Streamer, but it’s the sight fishing with dry flies that make the rivers so special; because the Mahseer like nothing better than grabbing a well-placed dry fly as it floats by. If you want only the biggest Mahseer +10kg, it’s in the lake you find the largest fish. There you can blind cast with streamer while covering the water or sight fish with Nymph, Streamer and Dry flies. Read more….
Giant Gourami are found in the lake and in the lower part of the rivers up to 8-9 kg. They feed on fruit, aquatic weeds, various insects, crustaceans, earthworms as well as small fish and frogs. They can be caught by using small Streamer, Dry flies and Nymph. It’s no secret that the Gourami is shy. Very shy!! Catching a Giant Gourami on fly rod is something, not many fly anglers have experienced. Gouramis have long had a reputation for being one of the most difficult freshwater fish you can catch on fly at all. Sight fishing for Giant Gourami is incredibly exciting and you sometimes experience completely crazy fights when you finally have fooled this sometimes impossible fish. Read more….
We are pleased because there are not many places in Thailand, that can offer quality Giant Snakehead fly-fishing in the wild. This species is the top predator in our waters. You find them in the lake, very rarely up in the rivers. It’s an ambush predator that use the weed, logs and snags as cover; for passing prey they can pounce on.
The most used way to fly fish for Giant snakehead is when they have juveniles. Giant Snakehead or Toman are an air breathing species. Both parents guard the nest and fry, after hatching the juveniles will swim in large shoals. When they came up for air, is the time for you to cast your fly. If you manage to do it right, so it looks as something is attacking the juveniles; the parents will attack your fly. The younger the juveniles are the more aggressive the parents are. Another way is Sight casting for cruising and free rising Snakehead; here both speed and accurate casting also extremely important. Read more….
Hampala Barb are also known as ‘jungle perch’, can grow to over 2 feet in length and weigh in excess of 5 kg. Found in both the rivers and the lake all year round. In the lake you can often spot big shoals of Hampala Barb, as they press shoals of baitfish to the surface when they are feeding. During the rainy season the biggest fish migrate from the lake into the rivers. At that time you can experience, some incredible fly-fishing for Hampala barb; when it’s the number caught, that counts!!
The Asian river Catfish is considered as a bottom feeder. But they do sometimes come up from the bottom and smash the fly, which in most cases results in some immensely powerful takes and strong runs.
If you would like to tempt one of the whiskered Thai predators on fly, your best chances are early morning and again in the afternoon. Trophy size river catfish of 4 – 6 kg come to the river mouth, from deeper water and feed in the low part of the river. You will need 7-8 weight fly equipment with a sinking line or a set up with a floating line with a long leader. These setups together with some weighted flies and fished in the right way, will usually work fine
When booking a guided trip with Thai Fishing, all fly fishing equipment is included. We use only high quality equipment but you are obviously welcome to use your own, if you prefer to do so. With our trips, there really are no hidden extras. All packages include all taxes, equipment hire, food, accommodation and transport. We offer pickup from Phuket, Krabi, Ao Nang, Khao Lak, Phang Nga and Surat Thani.