Our journey is bright and sunny day as we ride the open top boat to the raft house with a stop about halfway to have a very late lunch in a floating “restaurant”. Rain is certainly not in our minds.
I notice a lot less insects than a month ago.
Water level has gone down significantly, easily by five foot.
Fishing in streams and rivers can be very weather sensitive. Or more accurately, rain sensitive. That’s why having more days can come in handy, although there can never be any certainties.
HALF DAY FISHING
Our first day on the river sees rain and we had to call it quits at midday.
However, we had a great start to the day, just a short distance after we began wading, Tim caught his first fish after just a few casts and it was a nice fish around 2kg.
Although we do get nice fish fish early, they are the exception rather than the norm. We usually have to wade a fair distance upstream before finding better size fish.
Rain started to fall shortly after and continues for most of the day with dark clouds everywhere. We stopped fishing at 1:30pm as the bite turned off and the river became very murky.
We did some downstream fishing as we headed back to the boat. Nearing the river mouth, I reached for my HTC RE camera and realise to my horror I’d dropped it somewhere.
I had fashioned a velcro mount for it on my Fishpond sling pack so that it is in front of my chest allowing me hands free recording. Obviously, it was not well done. The HTC Re does not come with any available chest mount, fyi.
It is not the value of the camera as you may know, but the recordings in the SD card that’s of value. The camera is a review unit anyway.
NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK
What are the odds of finding a small pocket camera in the thick rainforest? It could have dropped anywhere within a couple of kilometres, could even have dropped into the water. But…no harm just tracing our track from the day before and look!
And what do you know!? Everyone shook their head in disbelief we actually managed to find the camera in the jungle. It helped that the camera is orange in colour.
Challenging fishing in the morning although Tim still managed a couple of fish. We changed to a smaller fly just before settling down for a quick lunch.
BETTER FISHING LATER
Immediately after lunch Tim hooked a mahseer of around 1.5kg and the fishing got better from there on. It still was not easy but it just got better.
The weather held up but the river was still murky from the rain the day before.
In the afternoon, just before were due to turn back and trek to our boat, I spot a rise near the far back just before a deep pool. Tim places his fly on target and it was quickly taken.
It was a surprise catch of a forest snakehead, which is not common but a highly desired catch species nonetheless, especially by fans of snakehead fishing.
THE BIG ONE
At the same spot, Tim went on to catch a big mahseer. Still the biggest we’ve personally seen caught on fly here. Me and the park ranger estimate the fish between 4kg to 5kg.
Over the years we’ve seen a couple of big fish, even hooked a couple but landing them is a totally different story. Mainly due to their power and tricky challenging conditions.
David landed one a bit smaller only to realise the hook on the fly has open up but the fish stayed on to his relief.
Amongst others…Aznir, too, landed a nice fish which you can see here.
LAST TWO DAYS
There were more rain later on that clouded the rivers and washed out our earlier plans. As a result everyone fished at one particular same river for two days. This is the only river where the water quality is still fishable.
We went on to catch more fish, had a few shots with big ones and finishes the trip without too much to complain about having caught some memorable fish.
Last day means getting up early and taking the boat ride out after breakfast.
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