THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Bicycling with an Angle: The great outdoors with two wheels and a collapsible rod

Bicycling with an Angle: The great outdoors with two wheels and a collapsible rod

My passion for cycling arrived at about the same time as my passion for trout fishing, when I was a slip of a lad of 10 summers or so. I was lucky enough to find myself growing up in a family of keen anglers and spent many happy boyhood hours with my grandfather, father and sundry Scottish uncles trying to entice trout onto the end of a line and subsequently into a frying pan.

Travel
By Baz Daniel

Sunday 6 January 2019, 02:00PM


Most weekends, my father, grandfather and I fished on a stream in Worcestershire, while long holidays were spent at a family cottage of my Scottish mother in Banffshire, a few miles from the mighty Spey, one of Britain’s greatest salmon rivers, where I was lucky enough to land my first grilse when I was just 10.

I quickly realised that the most efficient way to get from one pool to the next on these rivers and streams was by a bicycle with fat tires (I don’t think we called them “mountain bikes” until much later). This mode of combining cycling and fishing has remained one of my most enduring passions, and the days I’ve spent enjoying this simple activity remain among the happiest of my life.

There’s something primal about being outdoors all day in beautiful riverside surroundings, pursuing an elusive quarry and expending abundant energy in clean fresh air.

So, when I moved to live in Phuket 12 years ago, I looked for a place where I could follow this passion and discovered the pleasures of Khao Sok National Park.

There were rumours that the mighty Mahseer, renowned as the world’s fiercest fighting fish could be caught in the remoter headwaters of the Sok River and so it was that I recently drove up there on a sweltering day with a mountain bike strapped onto my bike rack.

As we approached the park some three hours north of the Sarasin Bridge, it was like re-awakening into another universe.

We knew we were in for something special when the scenery became at first dramatic and then simply breath-taking, with huge limestone cliffs rising sheer from the verdant rainforest floor and towering majestically skywards above us.

At a well-marked left turn off Highway 401 we found the little road to one of the world’s oldest and most pristine natural rainforests: Khao Sok National Park.

BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET

Upon arrival we unloaded the bikes and pedaled past the Visitor Centre at the park’s entrance and across the bridge and followed the trail along the left-hand fork of the Sok River as it climbed a steep hill into the body of indigenous rain forest.

This is definitely mountain biking territory and the trail abounds in steep, often rocky climbs and descents. You share the path with a bipedal tribal ape known as Homo Sapiens, not to mention the elephant, tiger, leopard, gibbons, barking deer, Malay sun bears and scaly anteaters that have also been spotted here at various times. This is not exactly your common-or-garden Phuket ride to the local SuperCheap!

We rode the seven kilometres out to a deep shaded pool under overhanging trees. As I assembled my rod, I couldn’t help but notice a couple of yellow and black snakes, peacefully asleep among the branches.

I cast both spinners and flies using the collapsible rod that I’d stowed in my backpack as I wadded the tumbling waters.

After a couple of hours working the various pools along this section of the river I had tempted only a single minnow-sized fish, which was about the same size as my spinner itself. Perhaps he was trying to mate with it!

Despite my absence of luck with attracting a mighty Mahseer, we enjoyed the most wonderful day of outdoor activity in an environment of stunning beauty. Frankly, a fish would have been a bonus to an already perfect day of cycling with an angle.

To show you that this method of fishing really does produce results, I’ve included a picture of a lovely rainbow trout I caught in New Zealand’s Tongararo River by cycling with an angle earlier this year.

Tight lines!

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket Poll: Environmental damage, prices too high

And what would Mr.K like officials to do about those high prices? Force everyone to sell food at low...(Read More)


PM Prayut calls out Phuket van driver for overcharging Aussie tourists

What has this water shortage talk from Mr.K to do with this article? And as he knows that there wil...(Read More)


Phuket airport van B3k fare ‘just a misunderstanding’, say police

As Mr.K knows the prices so well,maybe he could tell us what the published prices are at those desk...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Hit the dog

No one would deny that this was an appalling thing to do, but if you want to talk about legal ramifi...(Read More)


Phuket readies for HM King’s birthday

Err Capn Jack READ the last sentence there is CLEARLY mention of it....(Read More)


Bridging Supply: Officials reveal B3.5bn proposal to resolve island’s water shortage woes

Ahhhh Dkk- still as arrogant as ever I read. I've been waiting years for YOUR constructive comme...(Read More)


Phuket Poll: Environmental damage, prices too high

Great Phuket Poll. Now waiting for response of Phuket Officialdom as the outcome is significant. Sic...(Read More)


Phuket readies for HM King’s birthday

And presumably no alcohol ban? Since it's not a religious holiday? And you've made no mentio...(Read More)


Weather warning for Phuket remains in effect

As per usual here the Met. issuing a weather warning has proven to be the perfect way to bring the s...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Hit the dog

As bad as this was lets remember amongst all the angst that this is a DOG. Where is the uproar ofver...(Read More)