Monday, March 19, 2012

T.F.M. Spotting - Big Malaysian Cats

It's been a bit since the last dispactch from Riki Liskandarsyah of KL Fly Fishing Shop who chases unusual fish big and small across Malaysia.  Recently he did a trip to a stocked catfish pond and did battle with a few brutes and sent a few images for the T.F.M. Spotting Photo Contest.


Riki wrote... "I had the privilege to fly fish here, undoubtedly using streamers and lures. It’s become known that the premise is stocked with numerous exotic species of catfish and the variations range from the Mekong to the Amazon Basin. Some of them are seriously huge, exceeding even the 100 pound mark.

Darker colored size #1 woolly buggers, magnum zonkers or weighted deceivers installed on a ten weight carbon outfit are the ideal orders of the day.  The word "finesse" will never enter any fly fisherman’s mind when it comes to these guys.  Always fight fire with fire.  At least there lies the thrills in this kind of game.

I haven’t had the chance to test my glass fly rods against these brutes, yet, hence the guilt.  Well, a McFarland Juniata or an old Silaflex could always tackle them good but I love them so much dearer to even torture them in such a way.  Or is it the other way around?  Any other way, watch this space!  So I put on my T.F.M. tee to have a feel of home.  This one’s for Cameron and The Fiberglass Manifesto."




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