For cheollyeop (Kor. 천렵, Chin. 川獵, lit. stream fishing) people get together to spend all day fishing on a river. This leisure activity, which usually consisted of river bathing, fishing, and cooking fish stew was practiced in the spring and autumn, but was more popular during summer, particularly during the hottest period of Sambok (Kor. 삼복, Chin. 三伏, Three Dog Days, three hottest days in the sixth and seventh lunar months). On Ganghwa Island, for instance, villagers went to the river with fishing equipment including nets or woven bamboo baskets. After fishing they cooked and ate fish stew and enjoyed other kinds of entertainment such as drinking, bathing and wrestling.
Along with mulmaji (Kor. 물맞이, water bathing), takjok (Kor. 탁족, Chin. 濯足, dipping feet in the stream) and sand bathing, cheollyeop was one of the most popular ways of spending free time in the scorching summer heat in traditional Korea.