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One of the things I really miss from Europe is fly fishing. Salmon, trout, grayling and similar was an important part of my life BT (Before Thailand), but that is all but a memory know I'm afraid.

Surely there must be a place where I can find similar fly fishing in Thailand? Maybe not trout, but something similar?

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There is a place called ammazon fishing you fish with flies or lures there for airipaima and others.

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theres a fish called the Masheer .inhabits clear mountain streams and can be taken on fly gear,have not fished myself but am in hopes of doing!!

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Masheer are extremely rare in Thailand, have not heard of one being caught recently, would be great to be told I am wrong. Your best bet is India, but it don't come cheap and even there you need to trek to the best spots and take a guide. You will also need substantial equipment, pound per pound they say the strongest fighting freshwater fish.

Some great trout fishing too in the north of India.

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There are mahseers in Chiang Rai province, but their locations are carefully guarded. There was a one-off exploratory mahseer fishing expedition by a group of Malaysian fishermen last year, with the help of the Thai park rangers. Mahseers were filmed swimming in pristine rivers next to native settlements deep in the jungles.

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i myself have been a fly fisherman all my life till i moved to los,fished most of the comps.in the uk and international trials,got rid of a lot of expensive gear,but my dream was always to go game fishing in new zealand,they have some of the best trout fishing in the world.[dreaming again]

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Masheer are extremely rare in Thailand, have not heard of one being caught recently, would be great to be told I am wrong. Your best bet is India, but it don't come cheap and even there you need to trek to the best spots and take a guide. You will also need substantial equipment, pound per pound they say the strongest fighting freshwater fish.

Some great trout fishing too in the north of India.

Actually, a lot of people refer to the Hampala Barb (falsely) as a Masheer. It looks rather similar, but it's not in the same family. They do fight harder than any trout I've ever caught, but don't taste nearly as good... though I catch and release almost all of the fish I catch.

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Masheer are extremely rare in Thailand, have not heard of one being caught recently, would be great to be told I am wrong. Your best bet is India, but it don't come cheap and even there you need to trek to the best spots and take a guide. You will also need substantial equipment, pound per pound they say the strongest fighting freshwater fish.

Some great trout fishing too in the north of India.

Actually, a lot of people refer to the Hampala Barb (falsely) as a Masheer. It looks rather similar, but it's not in the same family. They do fight harder than any trout I've ever caught, but don't taste nearly as good... though I catch and release almost all of the fish I catch.

Are you sure about that?

This is a youtube video of an actual Mahseer caught in Nepal. They are identical to the ones caught in India. Mahseer love fast, clear, cool mountain water.

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These fish are what I've caught many of in Thailand... on the fly.

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Both fish look identical.

Mahseer have a little barbule near their mouth. Barb do not, at least none of the various species of barb I've caught in Thailand ever had a little barbule near their mouth.

This is a jungle perch which is a sub-species of Barb known as Hampala barb, and quite common in Thai reservoirs. I've caught hundreds of them up to about 4 or 5 pounds.

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Asian Mahseer, of which there are several varieties, can grow much larger. We've caught them up to 15 pounds, but in India and Nepal they've reached weights over 60 pounds.

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sorry the youtube quotes didn't work. thaivisa must have a different system of embedding youtube than other forums.

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