Korea fly fishing

Today was my first day on the water here in Korea. Been in country since 10 October. Didn't do well at all, in fact I got skunked. I had to walk from my base, Humphreys, about 40 minutes to the closes river. Saw a few Korean families fishing with what looked like high tech cane poles and worms. They had a few fish in their nets each about 9 inches long. Not sure of the species. I did see a large carp looking fish spdone to surface but nothing liked any of the flies I was throwing. Black wholly burger, charchuse rabbit fur leach, and a few top water bugs. Not even a nibble... I did get a lot of looks once I put the rod together and started casting. I was the most popular guy on the river!! Until I was unable to produce fish.. Easy come easy go.. Popularity is so hard to hold on to...

Anyone here have any pointers on oatterns or locations? The hardest thing for me to over come is not being allowed to own a vehicle while I'm here. Gonna be a long year..

This is shameful to say but next weekend I will be looking for an indoor fishing pond in Seoul... Look what I've been driven to... I MISS WASHINGTON!!!! FORT LEWIS IS MY RETURN DUTY STATION.. I CAN NOT WAIT TO PCS BACK THERE NEXT OCTOBER!!

David Dalan

69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E
http://awalts.com/fly-fishing/cold-water-species - Seems most of S. Koreas Masou (small salmonid that looks like a Kokanee) are land locked...find mountains.

Here is a club. Put this link in google chrome and accept the offer to translate. There is a "Free board" (bulletin board) targeting foreigners. http://www.sportfishing.co.kr

Looks like most of the angling near Seoul is rough fish, but I did see Snakeheads show up on the list...that could be fun.

Should be Chum somewhere, but if it were me, I'd want to find a bus into the hills and catch a Masou. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oncorhynchus_masou

David Dalan

69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E
I looked at pictures, and I think the Masou is more Chum-like, FWIW. Pretty cool looking in full spawning colors.

Eric B

Montana hillbilly
I was stationed at Camp Humphreys back in 1990. Man, I didn't see any water that was worth fishing, but I was probably more interested in drinking SoJu since I was 20 years old. That was a cool place, enjoy the food and the people.

I'm curious, how far off base did you have to go to find fishing? Down south toward Taegu (sp?) seemed like it might have some cool opportunities. Or the salt water on the East coast maybe.


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Jame - I did a little guiding in Mongolia. UB is short hop from Seoul. Maybe save up the time off and go there for a few weeks?
BTW... I have it on good authority that certain rivers in Eastern Russia have sea run Taimen. Those must be monster fish!

If you go PM me. I have Tugriks that need a home.

Jerry Daschofsky

Staff member
James my friend. I have the key for you. You'll get all the fish you can handle. Here's what you do.

Grab your 5wt. Make sure it's strung nicely. Get all your flies tied up, boxes filled, and organized in your boxes by style/type, etc. Load up your vest or whatever you're using so you have all your flyfishing needs at hand. Grab your net, make sure it's not frayed and the bail is in good condition. Make your way to the nearest body of water.

When you get there. Put all your fly gear down on the ground. Grab your backpack that you stole from the Ordinance room and open it up. Grab the concussion grenades, pull the pin and release any safeties, and toss into that body of water. Grab the net and scoop up the fish. You're golden my friend. ;)
I got some beta from a guide on where and how to fish around Jinju. There are barbels, notchmouths, largemouth bass, bluegills, snakeheads, river tarpon, and Mandarin fish in the river. I never had a chance to fish it though as I was planning to be over there for work recently and the trip fell through. It is a bit of a trek for Seoul, but shoot me a PM if you are interested.


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James--I am currently at hump as well, I didn't bring my gear but I did bring my tying gear with me. Hit me up and I will do some exploring with you some time.

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