Thai Fishing are specialized in river and stream fishing and have for years been the most productive guide team, who fish in these waters. We are proud to say that we personally and meticulously tailor all our tours for anglers of all levels. Our trips will give every angler a unique chance to experience Thailand’s real jungle and wildlife up close.
The habitat is in pristine condition and provides a mix of small streams and Freestone Rivers. They are absolutely loaded with fish and the fishing is consistently excellent through the season. Some of the rivers and streams can be challenging, for the non-experienced fisherman, because of the surroundings. But it is also incredibly rewarding, since Mahseer feed very well, when they are undisturbed; but if they sense your presence, they are gone. So it’s fishing that will test your stalking and casting ability like never before! A good pair of sunglasses with Polaroid lenses and also a cap/eye shade to help cut out dazzle from the light are always important to carry on a fishing trip. Together with a good pair of wet wading boots, which are highly recommended for these river trips.
Fly fishing is a wonderful way to search out the Mahseer with amazing results. These jungle waters boast the best dry fly and sight fishing in Thailand; this is not just fly fishing this is hunting! The gear for fly fishing is the same type as used for trout fly fishing in general around the world. 9ft fast fly rods in Class 5-8 are perfect for Nymph and Dry fly fishing in these rivers and streams.
Lures fished on light spin tackle and presented in the right way, can be very effective for Mahseer; especially at the start of our fishing season. When the water is high in the rivers, lure anglers have the advantage of long casting distances. That easily covers the rapid water and the big and deep pools. A 6 – 7 foot rod with a reel that is balanced to the rod; loaded, with 8 – 12 lbs. lines is perfect for most of the rivers and streams. Lures like, soft plastic, spinners, Spoons, floating and deep running wobblers; are all good when they are fished in the right way.
The rainy season in Thailand varies from region to region. Very broadly speaking, Thailand’s rainy season can be classified as May/June to October. The jungle river fishing season in southern Thailand is influenced by the monsoon winds from both the Indian and Pacific Ocean. Our fishing locations consist of 3 big rivers and 4 smaller streams.
Our Base camp on the lake is placed so that gives us a choice of rivers from different catchment systems. So your guide can choose the most appropriate river according to the various flow rates at that particular time of the year. In that way our clients always have the minimum travel time to the best river fishing. Some of our clients say that fly fishing the Jungle Rivers is difficult. We would say that it’s not difficult but it is different. We can guide you to be successful with fly fishing techniques which include – upstream dry fly, upstream nymph, New Zealand style – and the associated skills including river, observation, stealth, accurate delicate casting and careful wading.
Is the area with the highest level of rainfall in Thailand, so the time scale, as described here, can change a little from season to season, but would be a good guide line, when planning your river fishing trip. The main fishing season runs from early September to early March.
Depending on how hard the rainy season treated us; the water level of most of the rivers can still be a little high. The water flow begins to slow down, making wading easier. Drifting flies across some currents might still be hard to do in some of the rivers until mid-November; this is a good time for nymphs and streamers. Dry fly action will bring some nice Mahseer and this action will definitely increase later in the season.
We usually have sunny days and days mixed with some clouds. Not every season is the same, and the weather can rapidly change. The Jungle mountain range keeps much of the rain on the Surat Thani side, but we might have some rainy weather. December to the end of February gives you the best dry fly fishing. The water clarity at this time in the Jungle Rivers is crystal clear, and provides some fantastic river fishing for sighted Mahseer.
For the fisherman who is looking for a fishing adventure in the Jungle, staying overnight in the jungle at one of our river side camps, Experience the crackling from the campfire; the taste of jungle brewed coffee, December to March is the best time as usual at this time of year there is minimal rain.
April and May is the hottest months in Thailand, and the water level in rivers will be so low, that you have to go far up the rivers, to find pools that hold fish, and they will have lost much of their strength, because of the low oxygen level and high water temperature. The monsoon rain starts again around June. When the rain starts, and with an average rain fall of 3,500 mm per year, it can result in the rivers being impossible to fish, because of the likelihood of colored water and flooding due to the monsoon rains. There will be periods where you can do some river fishing but it is difficult to plan a fishing trip long in advance.