This fish is well known by most people in the region (South East Asia) not only as a tough figther but the meat is also known to be one of the best taste for freshwater fish. Unfortunately, the fish is a slow grow and take longer years to grow to its maximum size. The fish can grow to 10 kg in size even more in some cases, but common size is between 3-5 kg max.
The fish is omnivore but prefer insects such as cockroach, cricket, and hopper. So this fish is very potential for fly fishermen. The fish is strong and has sharp tiny teeth, so the use of light tippet could mean dissapointment for the fisherman. Also, the fish lives in still water where current is very weak or none existence.
Anyway, enough with all the introductory and go straight to business. The fish was caught using pellet like fly. The fly is made of orange close cell foam. When you fish using this fly, it is best to chum the water with real pellet and cast your fly right in the middle of it then you wait for the rise.
It was Saturday morning, I head my car toward the Jakarta International Airport and made a stop just before the gate into the airport. I met with a fellow flyfisherman ... one who actually introduced me to the world of fly fishing: Ricky.
Turned out, Ricky was there earlier and he took along his eldest son Fritz. We had planned this trip a week before to fish for brackish water milkfish and tilapia.
It wasn't until another 30-45 minutes before we reached the the boatman's place. After unloading all the equipment onto the boat, we cruised along the river for about 15 minutes until we arrived near the location. Another 5 minute walked we reached our final destination: a complex of large brackish ponds filled with milk fish and tilapias.
To make the long story short, I'll let the pictures say it all ... (only sample of so many successful landings). I'll talk about my successful story with the milkfish tomorrow ... :D
Based on the experience of fellow fishermen (not necessarily fly fishermen), I gathered information on the best color combination that work best in the water surrounding my area (Indonesia), and that is red and white. To my interest, the color combination is similar to the color combination of our national flag. So I feel very nationalist when making this popper ... hopefully this will yield me uncountable fight with various species in my local waters.
As you can see I still need to work on my epoxy skill
I consider myself as an unordinary fly tyer who rarely follow advises from other senior more experienced fly tyers. Not that I don't put respect to their higher rank, but I have never been able to put myself on the 'right' track and keep on it. My curiosity to try something else and using alternative materials always exceed my want of becoming a regular tyer who always on the 'right' track .. track that the fundamentalists/purists/traditionalists have set.
I have nothing against those fundamentalists/purists/traditionalists, in fact I want to become one ... it's just ... ahhhhh, forget about it. So please don't be surprised when you see something out of the ordinary .... enjoy!