October 18th, 2004
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First Fish on a Fly
By Mark Ranson, Hong Kong
We corresponded some months ago when I asked about fly fishing in Hong
Kong. Well, last Sunday I caught my first fish on fly, a small silver
carp that left a big smile on my face. I said thank you and returned it
to the water (see picture - hands wet to minimize trauma of course).
I caught this fish in the High Island Reservoir. It's a beautiful area
of the New Territories called Sai Kung and it was here that the film
The Sand Pebbles with Steve McQueen was filmed before the reservoir
was finished in 1978. Crystal clear waters, flat as a millpond with
lovely soft autumn light; hard to believe that one is in Hong Kong.
I believe there are 17 reservoirs around HK where the license allows
you to fish. The license costs roughly US $2 (yes, two US Dollars) for
three years and the season is from 1 September to 31 March (Purchase
from the Water Supplies Department). Outside that, saltwater fishing is
free. It is my understanding the reservoirs have also been planted
with Black Bass!
Mark Ranson, Hong Kong
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