We are extremely excited to be the first fishing guide services in Thailand that can offer fly fishing trips for Giant Gourami. The flooded freshwater reservoir “Cheow Lan Lake” is home for a very healthy population of big Giant Gourami and provides some exciting sight fishing for this powerful fish; It’s not a numbers game, but not uncommon to have multiple shots on large size fish on the same day.
Giant Gourami is a member of the Osphronemidae family. Feeds mostly on plants, but also feeds on small fish and insects. They can be caught on Dry flies, Nymph and small Streamer. If it should have a nickname, it would be “Jungle Permit” The saltwater Permit is known as the “Holy Grail” for the fly fisherman, because they are one of the most difficult, frustrating and picky fish you will encounter. They have superb eyesight, are famous for refusing the flies you present and an amazing ability to sense fear. All this fits very well if you are to describe, Giant Gourami fishing for a fly fisherman.
Our Giant Gourami fly fishing trips are done from long tail boats, with a large casting platform at the front. Equipped with an electric engine, which is a must have, when you are searching the water. There are many things that have to be just right, in order to get a Giant Gourami from water to hand. One of the most important keys is to spot the fish before they are alerted to your presence. Your first cast needs to be close enough to pass through the fish’s sight window; but not so close as to cause the fish to spook, quick, accurate casting skills are essential.
Our experienced fly fishing guides will greatly increase your chance of catching this tricky fish. When booking a guided Fly fishing trip with Thai Fishing, all fly fishing equipment is included. We use only high quality fly-fishing equipment but you are obviously welcome to use your own, if you prefer to do so. We recommend a 9 ft. fly rod in Class 5-7, with floating line for this fishing.
What is included in the Price:
– All transport from Phuket Airport or any hotel in Phuket and Khao Lak to Cheow Lan Lake.
– Accommodation in our bungalows on Cheow Lan Lake (bed linen provided free of charge)
– Three meals per day.
– Use of longtail boats in Cheow Lan Lake. (With an electric engine)
– Use of all fly fishing equipment (although you may bring your own equipment if you wish)
– Professional English-speaking fishing guide and local guide
– Bottled water, soft drinks, tea, coffee and fruit snacks
Not Included in the Package:
– International or Domestic airfare to Phuket, Thailand
– Alcoholic drinks (if needed, these must be bought before we leave the pier)
What to bring on your Giant Gourami fly fishing trip:
– Sunglasses (we recommend Polaroid)
– Sun block
– Fishing hat
– Lightweight waterproof clothing
– Camera and your very best smile
Peak season: December – June.
For an optimum fishing experience we recommend fishing trips of at least three days, because of the travel time to these locations. These tours are max 2 persons but there can only be fished with one rod, from the boat, at a time. So if you are 2 fishermen you will need to share the same rod.
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With our Giant Gourami Fly fishing trips there really are no hidden extras. The price quoted above includes all taxes, fishing equipment hire, food, accommodation and transport (excluding flights into Phuket).