Korea fly fishing

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  1. james.jimenez

    james.jimenez Active Member

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    Cool beans. I just got my fly tying gear delivered on Monday. I am in 304th ESB, where are you? I have walked to the river, about a 30-45 minute, walk north. I didn't catch anything but saw some Korean family with fish in their baskets. This weekend, probably Sunday, I have to get on a bus and head to Yongsan and look for an indoor fishing pond.. I know it's not the best thing in the world but it may provide a small fix to my fishing dependency.
     
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    James-- PM sent.
     
  3. Ron McNeal

    Ron McNeal Life's good!

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    Cool thread. When you guys hook up and go exploring, be sure & take some pix and post 'em up.
     
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    Ladies and gentleman here are two pictures of a couple of my catches today.. Our fish were so big that as we took pictures of them even our cameras became heavier. These fish were huge.. The camera angle may make it appear that they are around 8-9 inches but keep in mind that cameras can be deceiving. I am sure "Mabism" will also post his Monster Fish pictures soon.. ESPN has already purchased the copy rights to these Monster Fish pictures so cut/copy at your own fish of being in violation of copy right laws... But please feel free to look on in awwwwww...... LMAO. image.jpg image.jpg
     
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    I finally made it out to another pay pond here in Korea. They longest trip ever!!!!

    0330 wake up
    0500 called taxi to get to the walk out gate
    0520 taxi company texts and says no cabs available
    0521 begin 3+ mile run to back gate in order to catch bus to Pyeongteck train station
    0600 barely make bus
    0632 get on subway to God knows where..
    0900 just catch bus 300 as its pulling away from bus terminal
    0930 realize on right bus but going wrong dirrection
    0948 jump on another bus 300 going the right direction
    1100 get to next transfer station
    1115 bus 37-31 passes by bus stop without stoping. leaving myself and 8 Koreans stranded. apparently we didn't wave our hand enough to get the drivers attention.
    1118 Google best route to get to the pay pond.. Google laughs and says start over...
    1120 I begin 8 mile road march to the pay pond
    1320 I arrive at the pay pond which is actually a lake that has a portion of it netted off in order to allow for fishing and no ice to build up. I PAY THE $20.00 ENTRY FEE. The rest of the lake is frozen and people are walking on it
    1330-1620 I fish. I catch a couple fish that just so happen to eat anything that resembles a pellet.. They are schooled and stacked in every conner of the pond. By the was is the size of two olympic size swimming pools next to each other... TOTAL LET DOWN...
    1620 begin break down of gear and prepare for another 5 mile road march to the closest bus stop, to catch the LAST bus, in order to get home before I miss all my transfers and miss Army curfew.

    2040 In the end I made it home...

    I do have some GoPro video of my trip but I am still learning to use it and cannot load then to the site yet... If you have any pointers please let me know..
     
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    That is an awesome story, seems like fishing here is an actual adventure. I have been looking at some of the trout festivals they have here. Some are in Seoul. Let me know if you are down for some of them and we can work something out.
     
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    James, the Fish Gods owe you a big one.....
     
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    This is the best thread I've read in a while. Keep after them, man!
     
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    I second Jason's comments. That is great commitment, James.
    Steve
     
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    Hi James,
    All three videos made it. It may not have been the most scenic fishing, it was fishing. Thank you for sharing and I hope that all is going well for you.
    Steve
     
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    Good for you getting out and finding a fishery to be had... thanks for sharing. Perhaps I missed it, but what type fish are they? Did the locals find you using a fly rod to be totally esoteric or are they familiar with the sport?
     
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    All the fish I caught we're all stocked rainbows. A lot of the locals were using fly fishing gear but not all of them where using flies. I mean most where using what might have been considered a trout bead but it was more like a marshmallow placed on a hook with a sinker. My fishing gear wasn't what got the weird looks, it was the flies that I tied. I think it was because I wasn't using the marshmallow things to catch my fish. I have read and talked to a few people who have said the sport is pretty big here but mainly in the north east portion if South Korea. Because I do not have a car, the Army says I am not responsible enough, I have to rely on the public transit system to get around. So it is gonna take me some time to find better trout water..
     
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    Great report James!
    As for getting around, have you checked the various base clubs for a fishing club?? Surely you arn't the only guy who wants to test the local waters... maybe find somebody with wheels ...

    Keeps the reports coming and best wishes for a safe and productive 2014!

    Dave