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Fly Fishing in Khao Sok National Park

We offer world-class guided fly fishing trips to the pristine jungle rivers in Khao Sok national park - legendary Thai fishing locations for big Thai Mahseer and Hampala Barb. The rivers we fish are located in the heart of Khao Sok National Park, 180 km north-east of Phuket in southern Thailand.

Fly Fishing in Khao Sok National Park

Fly-fishingDeep in our pristine jungle rivers swim a fish so majestic, so beautiful and so elusive, it has become a holy grail for anglers. The Thai Mahseer invariably represents the ultimate challenge for these sportsmen. To locate this fish is already a triumph. Then comes the challenge of enticing it to take a fly. Finally, the angler has to contend with its extreme strength and tenacity before it can be brought to the river bank, to be lovingly photographed and released, none the worse for wear. In fact, many a time it is the angler who is exhausted, albeit elated! Our guided fly fishing trips to the Khao Sok Rivers are multi-day trips due to the remote location of the rivers, a minimum 3 day trip is recommended for the best fishing result. All fly fishing equipment plus waders are included in our packages, but if you prefer to use your own equipment you are welcome to do so, we use class 5-7 rods and reels with floating lines and leaders with fluorocarbon tippets.

You can often spot the Masheer and the Barbs in the clear river and to cast your fly to them is great sport. You will be amazed by the power of the first run of a Thai Mahseer or a big Hampala Barb. The Fly fishing in these rivers is very similar to fly fishing for Trout in rivers or streams, the Mahseer and the Barb takes streamers, wet flies, nymphs and big dry flies and a stealthy approach is very important. Undeniably, the Mahseer is one of the fiercest fighting freshwater game fish in existence. Pound for pound it had unparalleled strength and endurance. The Thai Mahseer are hard-hitting, incredibly-strong fighters that attain weight in excess of 40 lbs. They are, in short, South East Asia's hyped-up version of a 'tropical trout".

In our packages we also include: transfer from Phuket International Airport or from any Phuket or Khao Lak hotel, all meals during the trip, mineral drinking water, fruit of the season, accommodation at a jungle camp that consists of basic floating raft houses made from locally obtained sustainable materials that blend in with the environment. There is no TV or air-conditioning, and this fishing experience is targeted at adventurous anglers who are looking for the REAL jungle experience and are prepared to do without luxury home comforts for a few days! There are very few mosquitoes and no Malaria in the area. We fish here all-year round, the rainy season (mid May to mid October) is the spawning time for the Mahseer and for the Barb and some of the biggest fish in the area moves upstream to spawn, this is prime time to catch fish over 5kg size. During the dry season a very healthy stock of fish up to 4 kg fish inhabits the pools we fish in and offers great action. The Thai Mahseer is not a fish suitable for human consumption and the area is a sport fishing area only, so the future of this fishing is secured.

We only fly fish in wild waters, no artificial lakes or stocked fishing parks and our trips are personalized for max 2 anglers at the time. Our foreign staff are legally working in Thailand and holds valid work permits and also speaks Thai, our company is fully registered with the Tourist Authority of Thailand License number: (T.A.T.) No.:
Not included in the packages: International or Domestic Airfare, Guide gratitude and alcoholic beverages (we can order in advance for you to self cost price if needed)
What to bring: Polaroid sunglasses, sun block, fishing hat, light weight waterproof clothing.
Socks for the wader boots, Fishing shirts and shorts (It's best to use green or camouflage colored clothing so you don't spook the fish when approaching them), towel, camera and a big smile.

Package Price:

Package 3 days:
1 angler 34.000 THB
2 anglers 36.000 THB (18.000 THB per angler)

Package 5 days:
1 angler 53.500 THB
2 anglers 57.000 THB (28.500 THB per angler)

Package 7 days:
1 angler 74.000 THB
2 anglers 80.000 THB (40.000 THB per angler)

Species we target on fly fishing:

Thai Mahseer

Thai Mahseer (Tor tambroides) Thai Mahseer is found in clear, clean rivers in the mountains. Reported from: Chao Phraya and Mekong basins, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java, and Borneo, Myanmar (Burma), Salween and Mae Klong rivers. Habitat: Medium to large rivers with rocky, sandy and leafy bottom. Prefers highly oxygenated water and dark environment. Adults inhabit pools and runs over gravel and cobble in rivers flowing through undisturbed forests. Juveniles were most commonly collected in or near rapids. Found in small rivers and streams during the dry season. Move downstream at the onset of the rainy season, but generally avoid turbid waters. Mature individuals migrate upstream after two months and spawn in July near the mouths of small streams that the young subsequently ascend. Habits: Stations itself in prime lies where its needs of security, shelter and food it readily served. May forage in shallow areas or close to rapids when it is assured of security. A very shy fish. Omnivorous, feeding on both animal and vegetable matter, at times consuming toxic fruits in flooded forests, making them temporarily inedible. Max size is about 100 cm and 20 kg. Common English names for the Thai Mahseer is: Greater Brook Carp, Malaysian Red Mahseer (Malaysia) and common local names are: Pla Wien or Pla Peang (Thailand), Kelah (Peninsular Malaysia), Empurau/Semah (Sarawak), Pelian (Sabah). Recommended fly equipment for Thai Mahseer: class 5-7, floating lines, 16-20 lb fluorocarbon leader, small streamer flies, wet flies, nymphs and large dry flies.

Hampala Barb

Hampala Barb (Hampala macrolepidota) Cyprinidae family. Hampala Barb has a black bar between the dorsal and pelvic fins in adults; orange to red caudal fin with a black longitudinal, marginal stripe along each lobe. Occurs mainly in clear rivers or streams with running water and sandy to muddy bottoms. Found in most water bodies, except small creeks, torrents, and shallow swamps. Hampala Barb is a migratory species and enters flooded forest. Abundant in the Mekong River and in big reservoirs throughout SE. Asia. Found in the basin-wide tributary of the lower Mekong. Breeds throughout the rainy season. Max size is 80 cm and 15 kg, but fish over 6 kg size are very rare these days. Common names for Hampala Barb are: Jungle Perch, Transverse Barb, Pla Kasoop kead (Thailand) Hampala Barbs are a pretty fish with large, silver scales and orange fins. They take steamers, nymphs and wet flies and they fight very hard. Recommended fly equipment for Hampala Barb: class 5-7, floating lines, 16-20 lb fluorocarbon leader, streamer flies, wet flies, nymphs.

Not included in the packages:

International or Domestic Airfare, Guide gratitude and alcoholic beverages (we can order in advance for you to self cost price if needed)
What to bring: Polaroid sunglasses, sun block, fishing hat, light weight waterproof clothing.
Socks for the wader boots, Fishing shirts and shorts (It's best to use green or camouflage colored clothing so you don't spook the fish when approaching them), towel, camera and a big smile.

 


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